• Brow Tines and Backstrap

    Our deer blog is one of the longest-running and most popular ones out there. This is where we cover all things deer hunting, from experts and whitetail trivia to news, gear, and hardcore hunting advice. Whether you need to know how to test the soil in your food plot, tighten the groups from your crossbow, or scope out the latest on that big buck you saw online, you've landed around the right campfire. Pull up a seat and join us.

  • Guns and Camo

    Guns and Camo. From the basic to the advanced, we will cover the world of firearms (and maybe the occasional slingshot and air rifle) in a manner that puts hunting and in-the-field practicality first. Editorial in the name of powder, steel, and ammo. Heck yeah.

  • The Duck Blog

    Realtree waterfowl editor Brian Lovett has been an obsessive duck and goose hunter for more than 30 years, chasing his passion on the Dakota prairies and the marshes and open water of his home state of Wisconsin. He's been a writer and editor in the outdoors industry since 1991.

  • The Realblog with Stephanie Mallory

    Stephanie Mallory is a mom, a hunter and Realtree’s PR Coordinator. She’s here to deliver an insider’s look at the outdoor business and give her opinion on all things outdoors—whether you asked for it or not.

  • Timber 2 Table Wild Game Recipes

    There’s work to do after the trigger is pulled, but the cleaning and the cooking can be fun as the hunt itself. Timber 2 Table is where Realtree’s experts will teach you to skin a squirrel in 1 minute, cape a buck for the wall, grill a delectable wild turkey popper and so much more.

  • Turkey Blog with Steve Hickoff

    Realtree turkey hunting editor Steve Hickoff has chased gobblers all over the United States and Mexico. He was born and raised in northcentral Pennsylvania, and now makes his home in Maine. Hickoff was named the NWTF Tom Kelly Communicator of the Year for 2019, a prestigious award reflecting his longtime work promoting hunting and conservation as a turkey hunting writer, editor and book author.


Jacob and Goliath

Last Sunday, Mother's Day, Jacob Henry Smith tagged this 23-pound New Hampshire longbeard at 15 yards. According to his dad David Smith: "The bird's wings touched the blind and it gobbled as it walked by us. The guide went to pieces. The six-year-old sealed the deal." The trophy specs: an...

New Hampshire Revisited

I'd tagged Vermont and Maine gobblers on respective state openers this month (VT: May 1 & Maine: May 4). Yesterday, May 12, I returned to the scene of the crime where a New Hampshire gobbler outfoxed me three times on opening day (May 3): once coming to the calls from...

The Maine Thing

An estimated 20,000 Maine turkey hunters hit the woods and fields on Monday, May 4, 2009. That’s double from last year. Why? The birth year split-season is no longer at play. Everybody can hunt through June 6, single tag providing. Translation: hunter pressure. Here in southern Maine the competition for...

Strange Roosts

Q. My son and some others were hunting turkey in South Dakota this past weekend and located a bird bedded down in the side of a ridge rather than in a roost tree. I had not experienced this, nor has he in years past. Can you answer why this would...

Georgia Closes May 15

SOCIAL CIRCLE, GEORGIA - Georgia turkey hunters are privileged with one of the longest turkey seasons nationwide. With a bag limit of three gobblers per season, hunters have from Mar. 21 through May 15 to harvest their bird(s). For more information regarding wild turkey hunting opportunities, WMA hunting opportunities, 2009...

Gobble Call Effectiveness

Q. Are gobble calls more effective at first light, or later in the morning? Jon Squires A. Thanks for the question Jon. Gobble call effectiveness is based on the kinds of turkeys you're calling. A gobble can bring a hen to your position, and drag a strutter along behind. A...

Tyler Gabbert's Spurs

Here's a photo of the limbhanger spurs taken by Tyler Gabbert on his recent West Virginia hunt. Way to go Tyler! Cool bird.

West Virginia Hunt

My husband & son went spring gobbler hunting at Wallback, WV on Tuesday, April 28. My 13-year-old son got a very unusual turkey. We have shown several people the pics, and none of them have seen a bird with this much white. Here is what my son journaled about the...

Loudmouthed to Shutmouthed Gobblers

Q.: The scenario here in Pennsylvania is this: from about 5:30 a.m. until approx. 6–6:15 a.m. we are hearing quite a bit of gobbling then nothing or very little after that. Can you give me some advice as to what I should be doing or not doing? Thanks for the...

Vermont Spring Turkey Opener

The Boston Celtics lost Game 6 of their current playoff series by a point. In triple overtime. Against the Chicago Bulls. I turned in. Couldn’t sleep. Why? Surely not just a little bitty hoops loss. The Vermont spring turkey opener began the next morning—this morning—May first, just two road hours...

Maine Spring Turkey

AUGUSTA, Maine – Maine’s spring Wild Turkey hunting season opens Saturday (May 2) with a Youth Only Day to encourage young people to learn about the sport, and for adults it opens on Monday (May 4). Hunters must have a valid Spring Wild Turkey Permit and a valid Maine resident...

Badlands Birds

If you haven't hunted here you need to put it on your wish list. South Dakota’s spring gobbler opportunities can include classic Black Hills hunts to Badlands turkey time that seems like you’re trying to locate birds on the moon's surface. Currently open, the 2009 season runs from April 11...