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Only at Duck Camp

Years ago, my buddy Joe rolled out of bed before daylight, stumbled into the kitchen of the tiny South Dakota farmhouse and raised a John Belushi-esque eyebrow at the cluttered table. “High-fiber breakfast bars,” he muttered. “These have absolutely no place in duck camp.” The bars, packed by my health-conscious...


10 Old-Time Turkey Hunting Lies That Need to Die

I have seen a lot of gobblers come running like racehorses out of the gate and die with honor, dodge swarms of shot to live again, and, like the sun on an overcast spring day, never show. Win or lose, I loved every one of them. Yet when I was...


Wyoming Shed Hunter Recovering from Grizzly Attack

Spencer Smith didn't get a chance to discharge his can of bear spray when a grizzly attacked him a couple of weeks ago, but it may still have saved his life. According to Cody Enterprise , Smith, 41, was hunting sheds in Sunlight Basin, Wyoming, on May 1, when he...


13 Takeaways from a Deer Hunter’s Turkey Season

Rays of light cast through timber and glint off ivory tines. A series of throaty grunts cascade off surrounding cedars. Hairs stand at attention as the bow string slowly inches backward. A primitive, timeless moment of truth is seconds away, and every nerve in my body knows it. Deer season...


How to Make Wild Turkey Legs Delicious

They’re tough. They’re stringy. The tendons are a pain. They’re hard to skin. They don’t have much meat on them. They aren’t worth the hassle. Over the years, I’ve heard hunters use these and every other excuse for not keeping wild turkey legs. The good news is, none of them...


Late-Season Gobblers: Get Your Bird at the Wire

Late-season gobblers are a mystery sometimes. Is it over? Are they done? Fortunately, the answer is always no. Breeding may wane, but turkeys talk to each other every day of the year. As the sun rises earlier each day, inching toward late spring, you lose more and more sleep. Sure,...


South Carolina Woman Killed by Alligator

South Carolina deputies have shot and killed an alligator that fatally attacked a woman last Friday. CBS affiliate WCSC-TV reports the victim was Cynthia Covert, 58, of Johns Island. The Charleston County Sheriff's Office said officers responded to a call about an alligator encounter at a pond on Kiawah Island...


Phillip Culpepper’s Pickle-Brined, Ranch-Fried Turkey

Realtree’s Phillip Culpepper knows turkeys, both from a hunting standpoint and an eating standpoint. So when he says this recipe for pickle-brined, ranch-fried wild turkey is one of his favorite ways to cook up a spring bird, I listen. Give it a try. It might become one of your favorites...


Are Duck Guns with Long Barrels Better?

It’s no surprise that many serious duck hunters have specific preferences about their shotgun dimensions, including length of pull, drop at comb and other particulars. But weight and barrel length might be the most hotly debated measurements. Conventional wisdom holds that heavy shotguns with longer barrels perform better for the...


Sourdough Dutch Oven Biscuits

One of the problems (or blessings, depending on how you look at it) when it comes to maintaining a sourdough starter is that you end up with extra starter every time you feed it. What can you do with the discarded starter? Use it for all sorts of recipes. One...


What’s Going on with Paralyzed Fawns in Martha’s Vineyard?

In November of 2019, paralyzed whitetail fawns were found in multiple locations on Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts, prompting an investigation from area agencies and universities. “From early November to mid-December 2019, MassWildlife received reports of deer displaying signs of paralysis in West Tisbury and Chilmark on Martha’s Vineyard. Six affected...


Delta Waterfowl's Top Mallard Production Tool

Delta Waterfowl's hen houses have helped boost mallard production in habitat-challenged areas for years. Learn why in this new video. Click here for more Realtree waterfowl hunting content. And check us out on Facebook .


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