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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Three Kinds of Fall Gobblers

Whether you do it from a treestand with a turkey permit in your wallet while also hunting archery whitetails, or chase flocks in autumn season mode, you’ll encounter three kinds of male turkeys in the fall. 1. Fall Jakes Born roughly 5-8 months before — as fall seasons vary across...


The Other Turkey Season

That summertime honey-do list is finished (well most of it!). Time to start scouting for fall. Are you a "beards in the spring; antlers in the fall" guy? Here are some reasons you should turkey hunt this autumn . .


Volunteers Needed for Turkey Brood Survey

Waterbury, Vermont - The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is again seeking help in determining this spring's turkey nesting success by asking volunteers to record wild turkey sightings during August using the department's web-based survey. Turkey production is highly variable and is directly linked to success of the spring nesting...


Got Water?

Want turkeys? Get yourself some water, and work hard to keep it. According to Texas Parks & Wildlife (TP&W): “Turkeys, like all other terrestrial animals, require water for survival. Wild turkeys are able to get water from green plant material, fruits, insects, dew and free water from puddles, ponds, creeks...


The Squirrel-Turkey Connection

No matter where you chase fall turkeys, especially during some of our early hunting seasons, squirrels will likely be nearby. And if just the squirrel season is open, but not the turkey-hunting opportunity, you'll be able to get out early and scout for flocks. As a teenager first hunting my...


Fall Turkeys: Interview with Pete Clare

He once yelped in a spring gobbler for recently retired NFL New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan. He probably calls more fall turkeys into range annually for lodge guests than anyone else in the country. Above all, Pete Clare owner of Candor, New York’s Turkey Trot Acres with his...


Ray Eye Injured. You Can Help!

Ray Eye, one of turkey hunting's legends, recently had a run-in withhis lawn tractor. After an operation to remove a huge blood clot and atouch-and-go period when the doctor thought Ray might lose his foot,the prognosis is good. But Ray still has a tennis-ball sized hole inthe heel of his...


What About Turkey Dogs?

As a two-season turkey hunter and dog guy, I get that question sometimes: "What about turkey dogs?" It's fairly open-ended, but I know where the person is leading. Callers on the line often want to hear more about the fall turkey dogging tradition. How can they get a dog that...


Top 5 Oklahoma Counties?

Q. What top five counties in Oklahoma have the largest turkey populations? Looking for a good place in Oklahoma to hunt turkeys is the reason for my question. Thank you, Bill Hubbard A. Thanks for the question Bill. Rio Grande turkeys inhabit Oklahoma’s western two-thirds, while Easterns roost elsewhere. Legal...


Bay State 2009 Youth Turkey Hunt Results

As you undoubtedly know, this was the first year of a mentored youth turkey hunt, as approved by the [Massachusetts] Fisheries & Wildlife Board last fall, and based on the successful youth pheasant hunt which has been in place for a few years . . . For the turkey hunt,...


Preliminary Massachusetts 2009 Spring Turkey Harvest

I have completed data entry for the 2009 [Massachusetts] spring turkey season. This was the first year in which the spring harvest exceeded 3000 birds. The excellent weather during the first week of the season and an increase in hunter numbers undoubtedly contributed to the high harvest. There were 16,440...


Wisconsin's Near Record Turkey Season

Wisconsin hunters registered a near record 52,581 turkeys during the 2009 spring turkey season coming up just 233 birds shy of 2008's record harvest of 52,814 birds. “We were very pleased about the harvest totals this year,” says Scott Hull, DNR upland game ecologist. “Despite some more intense weather events...


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