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  • Road-Killed Waterfowl? The Struggle is Real

    While constructing a recent blog post about lightning killing snow geese in Idaho, I thought about other odd ways in which waterfowl die. Diseases play a big role. In some high-density situations, boats might fatally strike roosted birds before dawn. And most folks are aware of aircraft smashing into geese...

  • Turkey Hunting: Did Hens Ruin Your Spring Season?

    As a turkey hunter, is your glass half full or half empty? In Florida this season, right after fly-down, a boss hen clucked, yelped and laid on some forceful cutting back at our every call. More birds flew down and gathered around this loud-mouthed hen turkey — more hens and...

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Buck Commander's Willie Robertson Shares the Gospel

I’ve often said one of the places I feel closest to God is in the outdoors. The oneness with nature and His creation is an incredible thing. Both Realtree and Buck Commander understand that and stand firm in their faith. And I personally wouldn’t be who I am if it...


Venison Bulgogi Recipe

Don’t let the funny name bother you. Bulgogi is simply a sweet and spicy Korean-style dish cooked quickly in a wok or heavy skillet. Since the dish goes together quickly and cooks in minutes, it’s the perfect choice for the family on a busy night. If you don’t see gochujang...


5 Reasons CRP Is Vital for the Future of Deer Hunting

The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is one of the most beneficial initiatives of all time for white-tailed deer. Similar programs like CREP also provide beneficial habitat for whitetails, too. Not only do whitetails rely on it but so do many other species of wildlife as well. Gear Review: Kimber Hunter...


New Study: Big Timber Not Suitable for Whitetail Fawns

The sun is shining. Trees are budding out. Flowers are blooming. On the surface, the timber seems like a tranquil place this time of year. But in reality, it’s a treacherous time to be a young white-tailed deer. Does are fawning, or soon will be. That means one thing —...


Whitetail Freaks: Practice During the Off-Season for a Better Fall

The off-season can make a bowhunter rusty. It doesn't pay to store your bow for months on end and then pull it out right before opening day. Don't learn this lesson the hard way. Take it from the Freaks. The Whitetail Freaks . And kill a whitetail freak (the four-legged...


5 Things Your Neighboring Deer Hunters Hate

I’m the type of hunter who enjoys many different methods of hunting. And I understand that people hunt for different reasons. That’s why I’d never criticize someone for shooting a young buck, using alternative hunting methods, or for doing anything differently than what I prefer or am used to. As...


Places to Spring Bear Hunt

By: Patrick Meitin Opportunities to hunt spring bears in the United States have become increasingly rare. Currently, only a handful of western states host spring dates. Subtract those where baiting isn’t allowed, and you’re left with just Idaho, Utah and Wyoming. This wasn’t always the case, but we live in...


Waterfowling Mentors: Spirits of Time and Memory

It’s been said the folks who shape us accompany us in spirit during every hunt . If that’s true, I have a pretty crowded and colorful boat every autumn. The group includes some larger-than-life characters: authors, decoy carvers, skilled shooters, local legends and habitual tellers of tall tales. Some probably...


Turkey Hunting: 5 More Excuses for Why You Missed Turkeys

Missing turkeys is part of the game. All veteran turkey hunters have been there, and if you haven't yet, brace yourself. It hurts. Memories of that strutter stepping up into range – and the 10 inches of swinging beard running off after you pull your shotgun's trigger – will haunt...


Seeking South Dakota Longbeards

I don't get to hunt turkeys very often. My four kids, their spring sports and my business just don't leave me with much time. That's why I was thrilled when I discovered the hole in my calendar matched perfectly with the Byers Media turkey hunt scheduled for the end of...


Top 7 Places You Can Still Turkey Hunt in May

For some of you, the spring turkey season is over. Elsewhere, it's just getting started. Here are our top seven places where you'll still find turkey season open. Maine Realtree's Maine Turkey Hunting Nation Last day: June 2, 2018 . I took two Maine longbeards (photo right) on opening day...


DIY Turkey Call: Building a Bamboo Wingbone-Style Yelper

By the late 1800s, Charles L. Jordan (1841-1909) began publishing how-to articles on turkey hunting, and making calls from wingbone and cane. Sources indicate he may have crafted them for decades before. After Jordan’s murder by a poacher, his writing on wild turkey hunting was compiled by Edward A. McIlhenny...


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