Blogs

  • 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.

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How to Tag a Gobbler When You Have No Time

Turkey hunting is often about having a boatload of insight on bird behavior — and especially when you time it right, to put that insight into action. Talk It Up “Mr. Johnson, those turkeys giving you a hard time with the farm work?” “Ha, don’t you know it. Can’t get...


Venison and Pork Kielbasa

Kielbasa in Polish means “sausage,” and this venison and pork version is one of the most versatile sausages we make. We smoke it and eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and as an ingredient in numerous other recipes. For most sausages, I like about a 70-to-30 ratio of lean...


80-Year-Old Retired Nurse Shoots Buck from Kitchen Window, and More Deer Hunting News

The Best Hunting Story of Last Season Virginia Luce, 80, recently retired after working 25 years as a nurse. She and her 83-year-old husband live and hunt on their 80-acre Texas spread. “I do all my hunting from the house now,” she told the Dallas Morning News. “My kitchen is...


Dashcam Captures Deer Herd Jumping Over Car

According to State Farm , there are about 1.5 million car collisions involving deer each year that kill approximately 200 Americans, cause more than 10,000 personal injuries, and result in $1 billion in vehicle damage . For this reason, it’s a good idea to keep your eyes peeled for deer...


Spicy Fried Rabbit with Cajun Honey Drizzle

There is something about spicy, crispy fried food and a sweet, spicy drizzle that just works. The popularity of hot chicken and waffles is proof. You can find it on menus all across the country now. That same combo works for rabbit as well. We love to fry up rabbit...


How to Make a Wingbone Turkey Yelper

OK, you’ve got a wild turkey in hand. That was the hard part. To build a wingbone yelper, find where the bird’s wing joint and body meet. Remove the wing from the turkey by twisting and cutting it free from the socket joint. Do this with both wings. Be careful...


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How to Skin and Prepare a Rattlesnake for the Table

Let me start with a caveat. I hate killing snakes — even the venomous species. I can’t count the times I’ve shared a western Kentucky fishing hole with a cottonmouth, or a woodlot of squirrels with a copperhead. As long as I see them first, it’s all good. Still, venomous...


Cajun Crawfish Cornbread

It’s crawfish season down South. I love a good boil as much as anyone, but I also enjoy using peeled crawfish tails in other recipes. This cornbread is our take on a popular Mexican version of the dish but features Cajun flavors and crawfish tail meat. It’s quick and easy...


Watch: Police Officer Helps Free Deer Trapped Under Car

One lucky deer managed to escape from beneath a vehicle following an accident in Southfield, Michigan, last week thanks to the help of a police officer. Officer Charles Becker with the Lathrup Village Police Department was called out to the scene of an accident after a driver hit two deer...


Venison Birria Fried Tacos

From the Jalisco region down in Mexico comes one of my favorite slow-cooked meals. Birria is traditionally made with goat or beef, braised with a flavorful pepper mixture. We make ours with elk or venison. It is sometimes served as a thick stew, but we like to use it as...


Wisconsin Couple Films Bobcat Taking Down Buck in Woods Behind Their House

When a couple in Onalaska, Wisconsin, was alerted to some commotion outside by their barking dog, they got to witness and film a remarkable battle between a deer and a bobcat. The footage, posted on the teamzlabek YouTube channel , begins with written commentary that sets the scene. “Our dog...


Best Rio Grande Turkey Hunting States

The Rio Grande turkey subspecies thrives primarily in two top states, with Texas and Oklahoma weighing in as the sweet spots. In the Southwest, New Mexico and Arizona hold small populations of Rios mixed in with Merriam’s (and even Gould’s in the latter state). Trap-and-transfer management efforts have also put...


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