• 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'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.


Virginia Longbeard Smackdown

Karen Lee [C.J.'s wife, and editor of the NWTF's Turkey Country magazine], and I just returned from a great hunt in Virginia at a super place called Primland ( The lodge sits on top of a mountain overlooking 12,000 +/- acres of turkey heaven. We hunted two mornings (VA shuts...

Locator Owling with a New Hooter

I located three beard-swinging gobblers in Maine this morning; one strutter. Many hens filled out the flock. Season starts May 3. You could say I'm ready. If you're like me, you might not try to locate birds on the roost by calling, and just let them gobble on their own...

Ohio Spring Turkey Season Underway

COLUMBUS, OH - Ohio hunters harvested a preliminary total of 2,874 bearded wild turkeys on the first day of the spring turkey hunting season, which is open statewide through May 16.

Kentucky Turkey Opener: Longbeard "Mr. 16.5"

Opening Day in the Bluegrass State began hours before we left the truck to ease through the pasture field to the tree line where we'd lie low and wait, a couple dekes staked nearby, and Kentucky gobblers just a 100 yards away. It started with us scouting there the night...

More California Longbeard Action

The 2010 California spring turkey season commenced March 27 and closes May 2.The daily bag is one bearded bird per day; three for the season.Bring your binoculars for glassing, broken-in boots for hiking high and far, and the Golden State will take care of the rest.During our time in California...

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 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 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...