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4-Step Deer Butchering: The Path to Amazing Venison

Roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty. Here’s the complete guide to field-dressing, skinning, quartering and cooking that deer you just killed.


The Bacon Lover's Guide to Wild Game Cooking

It all started around 1500 B.C. when a nomadic hunter ended up with more pork that he could eat. Lacking a $500 rotomolded cooler and a bag of ice to preserve his bounty, he salted it down and suspended it over a smoky fire to keep the flies away. Our...


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Summer Whitetails

Packing on the pounds, growing antlers and resting in the shade—whitetails live the life of leisure in the summer. Editor's note: This article was originally posted on June 7, 2016.


How to Stalk Wild Hogs

Editor's note: This article was originially published in 2007. It’s difficult to move palmetto leaves in a quiet fashion, but I was doing my best. Fortunately, it’s also difficult for feral hogs to feed in a quiet fashion, particularly when there are several of them competing for the same food...


Build the Ultimate Speed Bow

From buying and tuning a new bow to selecting the perfect arrow, here’s how to get blazing arrow speed without losing accuracy


Are You Wasting Money on Food Plots?

It's happening right now. Money is being wasted. Time is being squandered. And it's all on account of food plots. Yes, that's right. You are wasting your time and your money with food plots. I said it. I stand by it. The gauntlet has been dropped. There must come a...


Make a Food Plot Without a Tractor

I'm a different sort of food plotter. I don't own any land. In fact, about 50 percent of my hunting each year will be done on public land. I don't own any heavy equipment. Aside from an ATV, all of my food plot "implements" can fit in a backpack. I'll...


The Bird Hunter’s Club

( Editor's Note: This Retro Realtree article was originally published in March, 2011) It’s late August when I knock on the old man’s door. I’m in Graves County, a row-crop county in southwest Kentucky. People are still friendly here, and unsuspicious of a stranger at the door. The old man...


The Hell Ducks

Michelle and I had been married less than a year, and I could see traces of buyer’s remorse in her eyes. She stood in the door frame of the tiny bathroom in the 1-bedroom apartment. To her credit, she’d just gotten home from work, and the situation in the bathroom...


Lisa Brunner: Wisconsin Big-Buck Huntress

(Editor's Note: This Realtree Retro article was originally posted in August of 2011.) One hectic morning last fall, Jeff and Lisa Brunner were setting about doing what millions of you do: scrambling to grab a bite of breakfast while dressing for work and getting their two daughters ready for school...


Crazy Deer Stands

Ah, deer stands … rule number one is of course the obvious credo shared with real estate moguls: location, location, location. But there are a few other requirements for many. This short list includes concealment, and if possible, some creature comforts. Admittedly a little more attention has been paid to...


How to Skin a Squirrel in 1 Minute

Do you like to squirrel hunt? How fast can you skin a squirrel? Realtree.com editor Will Brantley demonstrates a fast and easy method that'll even work on the toughest old fox squirrels


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