Food Plots and Land Management Blogs

Planting Vegetation Barriers for Deer

Do you plant food plots? Need to hide a house or building from wildlife? Want deer to come out more during daylight hours? Start planting plot screens and see more whitetails. Don't Miss: How to Plant a Micro Kill Plot for Deer Are you a hunter wanting to learn how...


Chicken of the Woods Mushroom and Venison Stir Fry

While just about everyone knows about morel mushrooms in the spring, there are several other mushrooms that come on during the summer and fall months. One of those is the Chicken of the Woods (Laetiporus sulphureus, Laetiporus cincinnatus), and can normally be found from late summer through fall throughout a...


Easy Blackberry Freezer Jam

Blackberry season is in full harvest mode around here right now. The plants are loaded and we are racing with the birds and other critters that like the ripe juicy berries as much as we do to harvest as many as possible. Tarts , pies, cobblers, barbecue sauce , or...


Garlic Aioli-Rubbed Venison Backstrap

Like most of you, I think grilled venison backstrap is just about the perfect food. All it needs is a little salt, a little pepper, and just enough flame to get a good sear on the outside while leaving the center a nice rare to medium-rare. But every now and...


Federal Funding to Boost Wildlife Habitat

The federal government wants to encourage folks to preserve wildlife habitat and maintain land for farming and ranching — in a big way. Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Nov. 16 that $350 million will be made available to help landowners protect and restore critical farmlands, grasslands and wetlands across the...


Ground Blind Hunter Films Realtree-Clad Thief In Food Plot

Usually, when you see someone in a video donning a shirt with the Realtree logo on it, they’re hunting or enjoying some aspect of the outdoors. Sadly, in this case, it seems the filmed Realtree logo-wearer was not after game or outdoors adventure; allegedly, he was after another man’s property...


Test Driving The New Yamaha Kodiak 700

There are some great perks to working in the outdoor industry. Although most of my time is spent in front of the computer typing up stories, occasionally I get to participate in fun outdoor excursions and test the latest and greatest gear. I recently got to test drive the new...


ATV vs. Compact Tractor for Food Plots

Food-plotting is a money-and-time-sucking endeavor rivaled only by boat ownership or a blackjack addiction. Consider this before clearing that thicket and planting clover. Yet, in many situations, nothing can make a faster, more dramatic improvement to your hunting. Food plots can be created in a pinch with minimal tools. Hansen,...


DU Reports Progress in the MAV

As I shared with you a few months ago, I experienced my first trip to Stuttgart, AR, this season. Of course Stuttgart lies in the heart of the Mississippi Alluvial Valley (MAV) and is considered the holy land for mallard hunters across our continent. It's a place I’ve learned a...


Duck Dynasty Was Just The Beginning

I remember well the buzz around the hunting world when it was announced that the Duck Commanders crew would be getting its own prime time, mainstream show on A&E. For the first time, a real hunting family would be portrayed in a positive manner and in a way that wasn't...


Baird: A Modern Civilian Conservation Corps Won't Help Public Lands

Editor’s Note: Barbara Baird and Will Brantley are friends, colleagues and staff writers for Realtree.com. But they don't always agree. Last week, they got into a debate over the merits of a modern-day, privately funded Civilian Conservation Corps that finally ended with Barb challenging Brantley to a "rumble." Brantley accepted...


Brantley: Why America Should Modernize the Civilian Conservation Corps

Editor’s Note: Barbara Baird and Will Brantley are friends, colleagues and staff writers for Realtree.com. But they don't always agree. Last week, they got into a debate over the merits of a modern-day, privately funded Civilian Conservation Corps that finally ended with Barb challenging Brantley to a "rumble." Brantley accepted,...


The New Yamaha Viking is Awesome

When I looked at the list of “What to Bring” for the 2014 Yamaha Viking media event, I thought the suggested items were perh


The Farm Bill and You

It’s getting lost in the election shuffle and forgotten about by the mainstream media. The Farm Bill sits somewhere in Congress, awaiting an opportunity to be voted on in this session, sometime before Sept. 30. And while we may not think the Farm Bill affects anyone but farmers, a closer...