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8 Things Land Managers Should Be Doing Right Now

The skeeters are biting and humidity is climbing. Summer is almost here, and if we don’t get to work now, it’ll be over before we know it. Here are eight things hunting-land managers should be doing right now to get a jump on deer season. 1. Maintaining Treestands Treestand falls...


The Dog Pond Bullfrog Story

There is no scoring system for bullfrogs, and maybe that’s for the best. A good frog hunter can identify a "trophy" from across a 2-acre pond, just by looking at the size of and spacing between his eyes in the beam of a flashlight. It’s a skill learned only from...


Frog Leg and Sausage Étouffée

Another frog-gigging season is upon us. Summer evenings when I was a kid meant donning our headlights and gathering with a group of buddies to hit the local ponds for bullfrogs. I still love to hunt frogs at night, now with my family. Our go-to recipe for those first summer...


The All-Time Best Duck Hunting Snacks

Duck hunters face plenty of logistical and equipment considerations, but few things rival the importance of snacks in the blind, pit or timber . It’s not easy staying focused when your stomach growls and you’ve been up since 3 a.m. Fortunately, quality grub can keep you in the game. We...


Firecracker Frog Legs Recipe

Most of the time, if I see Firecracker shrimp on the appetizer menu at a restaurant, I am going to order them. Creamy, a little spicy, a little sweet — they make a great starter or even main dish. Most shrimp recipes work well with frog legs, Firecracker shrimp included...


All About Froggin’

(Editor's Note: As summer kicks off, we're celebrating frog hunting all week on Realtree.com. This classic from the archives was originally published in spring of 2009. The couples referenced here are all still married to this day.) A plate of fried frog legs is the best-tasting dish known to man...


May Deer Hunting News Roundup

We have the whole summer ahead of us before we can jump back into deer season, but whitetails are active and making headlines no matter what time of year it is. Here’s the latest in the deer hunting world. Deer Hunting Regulation Changes Changes to hunting regulations are common. So...


Giant Tegu Lizards Invade Georgia

As if "murder hornets" aren't scary enough, now Georgia residents have another invasive species to worry about. The tegu lizard, a species native to Argentina, has invaded Georgia and is said to pack a potentially dangerous bite. Mark Mandica, founder and executive director of the Amphibian Foundation in Atlanta, said,...


Hunting and Fishing License Sales Boom During COVID-19

Social-distancing requirements, lost jobs, cancelled events and closed businesses are all heartbreaking results of the COVID-19 outbreak, but there’s a silver lining. According to many state game and fish reports across the country, more people are hunting and fishing. Some state biologists credit the uptick in license sales to the...


Roasted Duck with Gochujang Rub

Don’t let the name turn you off from this recipe. If you aren’t familiar with Gochujang, it’s simply a fermented mixture of soybean paste, chili powder, salt and rice. It is, at the same time, sweet, salty, spicy and savory. It makes an excellent flavoring for any type of upland...


Here’s What Could Kill Turkey Hunting

The wild turkey’s comeback in the U.S. is one of modern conservation’s great success stories. In the mid- to late-1900s, intensive conservation efforts helped reverse severe population declines, including trap-and-transfer programs, habitat investment and pure sweat equity. Back then, we turkey hunters were part of a great movement. Turkey numbers...


Duck Hunters: Sit Tight or Move?

Most duck hunters love being mobile. If we can use aggressive moves and critical thinking to get on the X, we usually will. But sometimes, sticking with a setup can be the best decision, even if it doesn’t pay dividends immediately. Let’s examine four scenarios when staying put can trump...


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