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The Whitetail Restoration Story

Imagine a world where white-tailed deer do not exist, and neither do deer hunters. That was reality for much of America not too long ago, after the whitetail was pushed to near extinction. By the early 1900s, the species was a shell of its former glory, and of what it...


4 Deadly Soft-Plastic Rigs You’re Not Using

Soft-plastic lures catch more bass than anything else. We’ve heard this said throughout the history of our sport, from the early days of Fliptail worms to the more recent finesse craze. And it’s true, plastics do, in fact, catch more bass than any other lure you can buy. Bass big...


How to Find, Clean, Store and Display Native American Artifacts

I wasn’t the first hunter who had been there. Even though I was miles from the nearest road, the glint of gray rock shining on the muddy creek bank told me at least one other hunter had walked this valley in the past 13,000 years. It was a stone point,...


15 Ways to Bag More Late Season Small Game

Hunting upland game animals like rabbits, squirrels, quail, and grouse can be really tough during wintertime, especially late in the season. Snow and ice have destroyed food supplies and cover, reducing wild game populations considerably from what they were earlier. Hunters and predators have taken a toll on the game,...


All I Want for Christmas is a Giant Florida Bass

If you’re a bass fishing junkie like me, it may be time for a trip to a winter paradise, filled with pot-bellied bigmouths eager to eat a buzzbait. But where to go? For generations, anglers have headed to the Sunshine State to scratch an itch left by the cold and...


Team Realtree Talks 1 on 1 With Santa

Realtree recently signed a pro-staff deal with Santa Claus , making our patterns the Official Camo of Christmas and giving us direct access to the man himself — who many don’t realize is an avid outdoorsman. Santa particularly enjoys bowhunting, duck hunting, and catching catfish in the spring. We recently...


How to Hunt Giant Canecutter Rabbits

"Hunting swamp rabbits is the most challenging small-game hunting there is. Hunting cottontails is kid stuff compared to this.” My longtime hunting companion, Jim Spencer, of Calico Rock, Arkansas, uttered those words during a hunt in the eastern Arkansas river bottoms. We had just seen one of the big swamp...


10 Colossal Duck Hunting Screw-Ups

An old saying holds that life is tough, but it’s tougher if you’re stupid. Duck hunters might interpret that to mean waterfowling is inherently difficult, but becomes much tougher if you make silly mistakes. Think about it. Waterfowlers already deal with multiple variables such as weather, other hunters, and the...


Reasons Why Late-Season Deer Hunting Sucks … and Why It’s Great, Too

The big buck ambled through the snow-laden hayfield 180 degrees behind me. I was sitting on the ground overlooking a river bottom that wraps around the field edge with my muzzleloader on my lap when I craned left and saw tines. Unfortunately, several deer were between me and the bruiser...


Early Ice Fishing: Extending the Season on Hard Water

Ice fishing is a misunderstood sport. What many view as the pastime of grumpy old men can be as thrilling as any type of angling. Modern technology has turned ice fishing into a comfortable, active pursuit at which you can experience your best fishing of the season. Trust me, if...


First Aid Every Hunter Should Know

“That looks bad.” That was all I said as I looked at the blood gushing from my buddy’s hand. An hour earlier, he’d sunk an arrow in a Booner whitetail and got a little careless while field-dressing the deer. We typically open the ribcage to make the trachea easier to...


5 Factors for Rut Hunting Success

The rut is a fickle creature. It’s difficult to know exactly what the deer are doing from one day to the next unless you’re out there observing the behavior every day (though you can keep up with a lot on Realtree's Rut Report , updated by region every week). Even...


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