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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Are Some Jakes Tougher Than Longbeards?

And now for a moment of controversy. Hung-up gobbler won't come to your calls? It might be a jake or "jerk" as one of my longtime turkey buds calls 'em. Those jerks are sometimes tougher than long-spurred toms, especially in pressured areas. I’ve heard this comment many times in turkey...


Wild Turkey Subspecies Map

Plotting your Grand Slam? This NWTF reference map should help you locate the gobblers you need to seal the deal (click on it to enlarge the visual). Want some inspiration? Check out the realtree.com main page for updates on the "Beards or Bust" competition. --RT Turkey Site Manager


A Strikeout and a Home Run

Longbeard down. High-fives all around. But we weren't done just yet. Buddy Steve Nessl had a California turkey to hunt that first day. Stoked, we kept right at it. Camp lunch could wait. Tailgate sandwiches never tasted better. Nessl stepped up to the plate next, swung at what he thought...


Golden State Longbeards

[Things kick in big-time over on the realtree.com main page as the 2010 Realtree Beards or Bust event commences April 8-18. In the meantime, check out this Realtree Turkey Site post on Steve Hickoff's recent California hunt. --RT Turkey Site Manager.] Guide, taxidermist and hardcore turkey hunter Chad Wiebe put...


Fishing for Turkeys

I had a microphone in my hand, which is always dangerous. At an outdoor show recently I'd been talking a little about my pleasure in walking a lot in the bigwoods, and locating gobblers I haven’t known about until then . It’s the way I often like to turkey hunt,...


Vermont's Spring Turkey Hunting

WATERBURY, VT— 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 nine of the last twelve years. In 2009, Hunters took a record 6,107 turkeys in both the youth weekend...


Realtree Turkey Tip: Study Harvest Reports

Get your read on, turkey hunting brothers and sisters. State wildlife agencies post turkey harvest reports where it’s required for a hunter to physically register a bird. Maybe your state does too. Here in northern New England, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont all do. I hunt them all. As a...


Mouth Calling 101

Why choose a diaphragm? Hands-free operation. Realistic sounds. Cost effectiveness. Just ounces to carry, you can hide one in your mouth. Running your mouth call with the right number, rhythm, length, volume, spacing, and pitch of notes will improve your calling game this season. (1) Number Listen to enough wild...


Hunt Big Country

Want to get away from the crowds, and find unpressured spring gobblers? Hunt big country. To look at the big picture, break your hunting property down into sections back at camp. Use all available map options, from old-school print sources to computer-generated custom options. (1) First, determine how far you...


Ohio Spring Turkey Hunting

COLUMBUS, OH - Spring wild turkey hunting opens in all 88 Ohio counties on Monday, April 20, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. The season continues through Sunday, May 17. "Based on brood observations, hunters can expect statewide harvest numbers that are similar to...


Kentucky Predicts Best Turkey Hunting in a Decade

FRANKFORT, Ky. - When Kentucky's spring wild turkey season opens April 17, hunters can expect to find a bounty of gobblers. "It's looking like one of the best seasons in the past eight to 10 years," said Steven Dobey, wild turkey biologist for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife...


Texas Rios, Adobe Lodge Style

[Friend Skipper Duncan of Adobe Lodge got in touch from Texas before their spring turkey hunts begin with this note and video. It's from 2007, but gives you a good idea of how they hunt 'em down there. --Realtree Turkey Site Manager.] Amigos – It is too bad that this...


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