• Brow Tines and Backstrap

    Whitetails make the hunting world go round. Josh Honeycutt, deer hunting editor and "Brow Tines and Backstrap" blogger, knows a fair bit about killing mature deer. He was raised up hunting the river bottoms of Kentucky. And he still hunts there—among other places—to this day.

    Follow along as he shares his adventures, experiences and knowledge of the white-tailed deer.

  • 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

    Steve Hickoff is's editorial director and turkey hunting editor. He’s been beaten by more birds than he can remember. Still he kills enough to eat well, and fool with beards, spurs and fans until the next season. Pennsylvania born and raised, Maine is his home base now. A full-time outdoor communicator with a couple university writing degrees, he chases spring gobblers and fall flocks around the country.


Indiana's Spring Turkey Hunting Turns 40

Indiana's 40th annual spring turkey hunting begins Wednesday statewide [April 22, 2009], and DNR wildlife research biologist Steve Backs is expecting results similar to recent years. "I expect hunters to take 12,000 turkeys, plus or minus a 1,000 in 2009," Backs said. The 2008 spring turkey harvest of 12,204 was...

Vermont Spring Turkey

WATERBURY, VERMONT- Vermont offers some of the best turkey hunting in New England according to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. Vermont hunters have established new spring turkey harvest records in eight of the last eleven years. In 2008, Hunters took a record 5,454 turkeys in both the youth weekend...

Ohio Spring Turkey, Day 1

COLUMBUS, OHIO - Ohio hunters harvested a preliminary total of 1,712 bearded wild turkeys on the first day of the spring turkey-hunting season, which is open statewide through May 17. Steady rain over most of the state kept the preliminary figure 39 percent below last year's opening day harvest number...

New York Spring Turkey Season

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Pete Grannis today reminded hunters that the 2009 spring turkey season opens on May 1, with the annual special Youth Turkey Hunting Weekend set for April 25-26. "Turkey hunting is a challenging and exciting activity that is enjoyed by thousands of...

Shutmouth Gobblers

Q. What do you do when the birds refuse to gobble? Been having that trouble in SE Georgia. Any advice or tips? I know the birds are there. I see them every day during the day. --Clint Sheppard A. Thanks for the question Clint. Go bass fishing! Kidding aside, If...

When to Call?

Q.: Hello. When is the best time to start calling for turkeys? At the break of daylight or before daylight or a little while after daylight? Thanks ... John Maynor from W.Va... Our turkey season opens April 27th here. Thanks again. A.: Hi John. Thanks for the question. It's a...

Missouri Spring Turkey Hunting

As my trips around the country each spring go, some of the most intense, hard-gobbling, dagger-legged, thick-bearded turkeys I have ever encountered came to my setups in the Show-Me-State. Things change. According to the Missouri Department of Conservation, poor nesting weather over the past several years has been the major...

Clay County Turkey Fest, Day 2

Day two of Turkey Fest started like day one except that it was accompanied by more rain, lightning, and 50 mile per hour winds. For yet another morning, the same tom we chased yesterday humbled Bubba and I again.What we needed was a change of scenery. So this afternoon, we...

Clay County Turkey Fest, Day 1

The first day of the Clay County Turkey Fest ( ) was a fun one but the turkeys had us beat.On two separate occasions, Bubba and I had a tom headed our way when a trio of hens cut the tom's trail and he followed them into the mesquite...

Why a Wingbone Call?

No matter where you live and hunt in turkey country, you invest some time, often a lot, and some money too. It has paid off recently. You’ve gotten a wild turkey by the feet. There’s no greater feeling for many of us afflicted spring gobbler chasers, but now what? We...

The First Bird Is the Sweetest

I had killed a Texas longbeard on the north zone opener right after fly-down just like that, a kamikaze two-year-old that ran in to the setup with a half-dozen other male turkeys, but we were paying some dues now . . . Legal in Texas but not Maine where I...

Another Opener, Another Longbeard

In order to call wild turkeys to your position you usually have to set up where they're comfortable going. Yup, we had that woodsmanship in a local guide who knew how to put us into spring turkeys, an essential component for the traveling hunter. "We" also being one guy from...