Blogs

  • 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 Realtree.com'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.

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Venison and Sausage Pastalaya

Go to just about any Cajun family reunion, church potluck or football get together, and you'll probably see at least one dish in common: Pastalaya. Chances are, there will be several versions of it on the table, and they'll all taste pretty good. Pastalaya is one of those family dishes...


The Latest on Chronic Wasting Disease

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is a death sentence for whitetails. The neurological disease affects other cervids, too (mule deer, elk, moose), and can be transmitted through saliva, urine, feces, spinal material and brain fluids. It’s caused by prions, which are malformed (misfolded) proteins. It’s pretty scary, especially given how little...


Duck Hunting Rituals and Superstitions

Most duck hunters aren’t also professional athletes, but many of us share a trait with Major League ball players: We have distinct pre-game rituals and crazy superstitions. I’m not talking about four-leafed clovers and a fear of black cats. We have some seriously weird rites and traditional beliefs that we...


My Worst Deer Season Ever

My 2019-20 deer season turned out pretty good. I got the closest to a wild deer I’ve ever been (4 feet). I made many great memories with family and friends. Oh, and I killed three mature bucks in three states. But it definitely didn’t start out that way. And even...


Coyote Pack Surrounds Woman and Her Dog

Despite his intimidating bark and large size, a German shepherd / rottweiler mix named Storm was unable to scare away a pack of coyotes that surrounded him and his owner last week. Dianne Andre and her husband, Keith, had just returned to their Southborough, Massachusetts, home when the coyotes approached...


Tropical Fruit and Venison Pemmican

My oldest son, Hunter, loves to experiment with different pemmican recipes using our homemade venison jerky. If you aren’t familiar with pemmican, it’s a blend of shredded dried meat, fruits and nuts, along with a fat of some sort and sometimes a sweetener like honey. The first records of pemmican...


Woman Fined for Petting Moose

Despite warnings from others on the street, one woman was determined to approach and pet a wild moose she encountered in the town of Breckendridge, Colorado. Now she's paying the price. Fortunately she wasn't injured when the moose kicked at her, but she was fined by Colorado Parks and Wildlife...


Run it to the Plug

Duck and goose hunters often joke about “running it to the plug,” which means shooting until the gun is empty. We all do it now and then. The expression itself embraces the wild, carefree aura of the sport . But in practice, emptying your gun can have positive and negative...


2020 Midwest Turkey Hunting Forecast

As in other areas of the country, turkey populations are trending downward in much of the Midwest. Disease, habitat challenges, management variables and predator influences (including, sadly, poaching) are all factors. That said, there are some bright spots. Want to know where to go in the Midwest, get some insider...


Venison Taco Spaghetti Bake

Looking for a kid-friendly family meal? Try this Venison Taco Spaghetti Bake recipe. It packs all the flavor of tacos into a casserole with spaghetti noodles and lots and lots of cheese. The recipe doesn’t take long to prepare, and you can even cook the meat mixture a day or...


The Worst Hunting Hashtags

These aren’t the worst hunting hashtags. No, the worst ones are so egregious I can’t publish them. But of those that are at least passable for a family friendly website, these are the ones that we can’t keep using. Some are silly, outdated, or both, and others are simply in...


Big-Water Wood Ducks, Dry Field Divers and More

Waterfowl hunting provides unmatched variety. A cornfield hunt might yield a mix of dark geese, light geese and mallards. One small prairie slough could produce a several-man limit comprised of 10 or more species. But sometimes, we encounter ducks that we don’t expect. In extreme examples, we might be shocked...


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