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How to Build a Buck Bedding Area

We all need a place to lay our heads after a long day. The same goes for big, mature bucks. But not all private land has adequate bedding cover to hold deer during legal shooting hours. Fortunately, in many places — and for many budgets — that can be fixed...


Do Cedar Trees Make Good Deer Habitat?

Many deer hunters wonder about eastern red cedars. Do they make wildlife habitat better or worse? Across much of the eastern United States, there are massive stands of them. Do you leave those, or cut them down? Here’s what to know. A Case for Red Cedars Cedars can be assets...


How to Hog Proof Your Feeders

Feral hogs have been around for long enough that just about everyone is aware of the destruction they cause. Invasive pigs wreck the land and edge out native wildlife, and the consensus is that total sounder removal is the best way to combat the invasion. But I can tell you...


Best Tools for Low-Budget Food Plotters

Today’s deer hunters are more focused on managing their hunting properties than ever before. But habitat improvement isn’t always easy, and it rarely comes cheap. But there are tricks and tools you can use that cost a little less money, but still help get the job done . First, the...


How to Kill Invasive Trees

There are plenty of good reasons to kill a bad tree. If you’re a wildlife habitat manager, selectively eliminating low-value trees – essentially, those that have little mast production or timber benefit – is one of the most cost-efficient things you can do to improve your property. Removing those trees...


Do Poor Man Food Plots Really Work?

Hunters and land managers have been using the term “poor man plots” for more than a decade, but they’ve been putting these in the ground for much longer. So, it begs the question, does this method meet the hype? Or, is it just a good play on words? Realtree 365...


You've Got Hogs on Your Place. Now What?

The first feral hogs appeared on our Alabama farm in 2004. That was a single sow with piglets. We shot the sow, but the young ones disappeared. By 2010, the hogs had launched an all-out assault. The corn and chufa we planted for deer and turkeys were rooted and destroyed...


How to Plant a Deer Orchard

Lush fields of clover, alfalfa and brassicas aren’t the only crops that will hold deer on your property. Once established, fruit trees can produce highly attractive forage for 40 years or more. The right trees produce edible fruit throughout the entire hunting season , drawing deer from a distance and...


How Bees Can Help Your Hunting

Honeybees are a great asset for wildlife managers. Installing beehives on your property will increase food plot production, improve production in native and cultivated fruit trees, and generally thicken cover across your property. The Case for Pollinators “Honeybees play a critical role in our development of new plant varieties for...


Our Dirt: Creating a Deer Hunter’s Paradise

Proper land management is like a good marriage. The more you put into it, the more you get out of it. Improvements are slow to materialize, and best measured over time. It’s a lot of work, but the rewards make it all worthwhile. Habitat is a living, breathing thing. It...


Realtree’s “The Grigsby” Available Free on Realtree 365 App

Realtree introduces a new digital series called “ The Grigsby ,” which follows the famous Illinois Grigsby Farm, its family and staff, its hunting operation, plus land and wildlife management. This show is hosted by Realtree Pro Staffer Mike Stroff and is available for free on the new Realtree 365...


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Oak Tree ID Guide: The Different Acorn-Producing Tree Species

If you’ve spent any amount of time deer hunting in the timber, there’s a good chance you’ve hung a stand in an oak tree. Oaks are synonymous with whitetail hunting because of the acorns they drop in late summer and early fall. That mast crop gets a lot of attention...


7 Best Food Plot Shapes for Bowhunting Whitetails

Squares and rectangles and circles ... oh my. Food plots shaped like that are almost as scary as lions and tigers and bears. Trust me, I’ve planted a lot of them. They can work but if you’re a bowhunter, strategically shaping your plots will maximize the odds of close-range encounters...


How to Save Your Failed Food Plots

You clicked on this post because your food plot sucks. No judgment here. It happens. Luckily, while not every food plot can be saved, most failed plots that go astray are worthy of salvation. It just takes a little time. And in some cases, a little more money. We have...


Mess Hall Mixtures: 5 Food Plot Combos for Full-Season Attraction

Who doesn’t like seeing – and shooting – more and bigger deer? Ultimately, that’s the purpose of a food plot. Holding deer on your hunting ground throughout the season protects them from neighboring hunting pressure, and that helps to improve the herd’s age structure and increases your own odds of...


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The Top 5 Hunting Land Management Articles of 2018

Land management. It's important and necessary for wildlife populations to thrive. Here at Realtree.com, we live for that. Conservation is everything. And if there's something that can be done to benefit the animals we love, we'll do it. We talk the talk, but we also walk the walk. Here are...


How to Use Prescribed Burning to Improve Wildlife Habitat

Prescribed burning safely reduces excessive amounts of brush, shrubs and trees. It encourages new growth of native vegetation and it creates shelter for animal species. It also helps reduce the catastrophic damage of wildfires. Don't Miss: 18 Trees Whitetails Need and How to Identify Them Are you a deer hunter...


8 Ways to Increase Antler Production in the Southeast

Realtree and Purina Wildlife Series are partners, along with a number of other quality companies that supply industry leading outdoor products. In addition to producing high-quality products, these companies are committed to wildlife management, habitat management and education. Bill Jordan is committed to doing whatever is necessary to continually improve...


3 Cost-Effective Land Management Tips for Hunters

Landowners or hunters interested in improving their land for wildlife will find creating openings or planting food plots to be the most effective way. Unfortunately, it is also the most costly. And of those costs, brush control is the largest, most continuous expense. Despite this concern, landowners have three brush-control...


Are Young Forests Overlooked Habitat for Whitetails?

Young forest is the new buzzword in the world of bird management and it turns out what’s good for the birds might just be the ticket for managing quality whitetails. In many states, particularly throughout the Appalachian Mountain and Great Lakes Region forest owners are being encouraged through cost share...


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