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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The Best One-Liners from Realtree’s 2020 Bow Camp

Early bow season is a special time of the year, and even more so as we enter the home stretch of 2020, the Year of the Crazy. My wife, Michelle, and I hosted Realtree’s 2020 Bow Camp during opening week at our place in Kentucky. We invited a crew of...


Sorghum Pickled Deer Heart

Deer heart gets a bum rap. So many hunters I talk with recoil at the mere mention of saving the heart from their kills. “It’ll taste like liver” or “It will be tough and chewy” are two of the main responses I get. Neither is correct. Venison heart is pure...


2020 Duck Hunting Nation: Mississippi Flyway

Our second Duck Hunting Nation roundup covers the waterfowl-rich Mississippi Flyway. Stretching from remote Minnesota rice lakes through Louisiana's coastal marshes, this tradition-rich flyway features some of the country’s most famous duck and goose hunting opportunities . We’ve updated each state’s page with license costs, links to current regulations and...


Video Shows Black Bear Waking Man From Poolside Nap

A Greenfield, Massachusetts, man just wanted a peaceful nap by the pool, but a curious black bear gave him quite the shock instead. A Ring home security camera caught the moment the bear walked into Matt Bete’s backyard. It appeared to drink from the pool before walking up to the...


Rangers Euthanize Smoky Mountain Bear Discovered Scavenging Human Remains

For the second time since 2019, rangers in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP) have euthanized a bear for scavenging human remains. According to 10 News , hikers stumbled upon an unoccupied tent at a campsite near the remote Hazel Creek Trail in North Carolina last Friday, Sept. 11...


Squirrel and Pumpkin Slow Cooker Stew

The weather for most of us is finally starting to cool off. Leaves are donning their autumn brilliance and hunting seasons are upon us. Nothing says fall like a big bowl of hearty squirrel stew. Add pumpkin to that stew and you can almost smell October. One of my favorite...


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5 Easy Ways to Ruin Your Cast Iron

Cast-iron cooking utensils have been around since 513 B.C. They became popular in England around 1100 A.D. and came to America with the first settlers. While its popularity dropped a bit 20 to 30 years ago with the advent of space-age, non-stick surfaces, cast iron is currently experiencing a resurgence...


How Will the Pandemic Affect Waterfowl Season?

Headlamps cut through the hazy pre-dawn, confirming our fears. We had unexpected company in our opening-day goose field, and the uncertain COVID-19-influenced 2020 waterfowl season had begun. The situation shouldn’t have surprised us. With widespread furloughs, layoffs, travel restrictions and safer-at-home orders during the 2020 pandemic, more folks throughout the...


Venison Bitterballen (Fried Dutch-Style Meatballs)

Bitterballen meatballs might just be the favorite snack of Holland. These little bite-sized morsels aren’t your standard meatball. They are crispy on the outside with a soft and gooey venison and gravy center — more of a fried croquette than a standard meatball. Traditionally they’re made with beef, but we...


What's the Word on EHD This Deer Season?

This has been a bizarre and difficult year for all of us, but I have some good news to report from the whitetail world. As of mid-September, outbreaks of epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) in deer herds are minimal across America. In fact, so far, 2020 has the lowest infection rate...


Video Footage: Bear Repeatedly Enters Lake Tahoe Gas Station, Customer Smacks It on the Butt

Surveillance footage shows a number of dangerous close encounters between a large black bear and people at a Lake Tahoe gas station. Footage taken on Aug. 30 and shared by CBS Sacramento shows a bear lying on the Kings Beach Chevron convenience store floor devouring candy and crackers for approximately...


South Texas Ranch Owners Sue Seller and Real Estate Broker Over Subpar Deer Herd

Rosita Creek Ranch in Eagle Pass, Texas, was advertised as a “true sportsman’s paradise.” The 7,000-acre property, with an asking price of approximately $14.5 million, features four large lakes for waterfowl hunting and fishing and is home to blackbuck antelope and other South Texas critters, but the buyers say it...


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