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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Crispy Sesame Sticky Squirrel Wings

My youngest son and his mountain feist squirrel hunt this time of year like the good Lord himself commanded it. That means we eat a lot of squirrels. When we clean our squirrels, we often package the front legs separate from the backs and hindquarters. The latter get fried, smoked,...


5 Things to Know About Muzzleloader Accuracy

Late muzzleloader hunts are the last hurrah in a lot of whitetail country, and they can be a great opportunity to kill a good buck. Big deer powerhouses like Iowa and Ohio offer seasons into January. But you have to make the shot when it happens, and muzzleloaders don’t always...


Video: Dog and Raccoon Fight in Living Room, Knock Over Christmas Tree

Last Thursday morning, a Florida woman was awoken to something making noise in her Christmas tree. At first, she thought it was a cat but then realized the furry intruder was actually a raccoon. Fortunately for all of us, she filmed the encounter and the chaos that ensued. According to...


Woman Uses Shovel to Defend Dog from Coyote Attack

A Stamford, Connecticut, woman used a shovel to fend off a large coyote as it attacked her dog earlier this month. Animal control officials say the coyote has already killed another family’s small dog. According to CBS2 , Karen Danks was with her dog, Dakota, in her backyard when the...


Texas Officials Disagree on Whether Man Was Killed by Mountain Lion

Texas officials can’t agree on what killed a man found in a wooded area near Lipan, approximately 85 miles from Dallas, last week. The Hood County Sheriff’s Office said it suspects Christopher Allen Whiteley, 28, was fatally attacked by a mountain lion, or other wild animal. But the Texas Parks...


Elk and Wild Rice Stew

On a late spring trip to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area along the northern Minnesota-Canada border, I noticed several of the shops offering locally harvested wild rice. I’d cooked with wild rice in the past but never explored methods behind its growth and harvest. A conversation with a shopkeeper in...


Best States for Winter Turkey Hunting

Winter turkey seasons are a sweet tease toward the more traditional spring hunts. State depending, the weather might be bug-dope balmy. Or downright neck-gaiter bitter. Filling tags can be incidental to hunting whitetail deer, a byproduct of it — or may be road-trip intentional for the year-round hardcore turkey hunter...


6 Ducks You’ll Hate During Tough Seasons

Uncooperative ducks get on your nerves every season, but they’re especially vexing during tough years. From flaring to almost disappearing at times, their mocking behavior makes you shake your head. Hopefully, you’re not having a difficult season . But if you are, you’ve probably met these annoying birds. And if...


Coffee Braised Elk Shanks and Cheese Grits

Elk shanks often get relegated to the burger pile. That’s a shame. While the shank portion of the leg, from the knee down to just above the hoof, does have a lot of connective tissue, meaning it can be pretty tough if not prepared correctly, it’s that very connective tissue...


There’s Another Hunter in Your Stand. Now What?

One night a fellow named Dave watched me hunt deer from a treestand on public land on my television show, and it brought back sour memories for him. He wrote in an email: “Mike: One day I was sneaking into my bow stand, and when I got 50 yards away,...


Stranger Saves Woman and Dog from Aggressive Buck

A woman says a stranger came to her and her dog’s rescue during a scary encounter with an aggressive buck last week. Tawney Hilliard was hiking with her pup at Flying J Park in Conifer, Colorado, when a small buck approached her. According to CBS4 , the buck touched Hilliard...


The Dangers of Duck Hunting

Soapbox alert: Lovett is going to discuss duck hunting safety again. Yawn, right? Yet every season, we’re reminded in tragic fashion that those basic lessons don’t always sink in. And they must, because waterfowling can sometimes be risky business , even for experienced hunters. So in the hopes of sparing...


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