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10 Skills for Backwoods Survival

Being self-sufficient and able to survive in the absence of modern conveniences isn't just for doomsday preppers. It's necessary for all hunters. Plus, there's a great deal of confidence and satisfaction that comes with being self-reliant. These are skills everyone should know, and if you can master them all, you'll...


Know H2O: How to Purify Drinking Water

You’re way off the grid on a wilderness elk or mulie hunt, and you've run out of water. You find a creek. You're thirsty. But is it free of disease and safe to drink? If you don't purify it, chances are that it isn't. You can only survive about three...


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7 Expert Big Game Hunting Tips from the Pros

The experts. They know a thing or three about bringing down big game. That’s why we’ve tapped into the Realtree pro staff to dig into their knowledge of the animals they pursue. Here are seven top tips for hunting the big ones.


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13 Things Public Land Deer Hunters Despise You For

The public land scene is much like the private land venue, but with subtle twists. For those who’ve never hunted public land, these things might (or might not) be new to you. Some even apply to private land. But if you’ve spent any length of time hunting open-to-all properties, these...


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10 Awesome Venison Recipes for Deer Hunters

I’ll give you the top three reasons I deer hunt. Backstrap. Tenderloin. And backstrap. Food — that’s the main reason we hunt, right? It is for me and many hunters that I know. I’m not saying you shouldn’t hunt for fun or to be with family and friends. Those are...


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5 Reasons to Buy the New Elite Valor Budget Bow

There are a lot of great new bows on the market today. Problem is, most of them that offer flagship-level performance will also pillage your pocketbook. That makes the new Elite Valor worth a serious look. “We heard dealers and bowhunters around the country asking for an affordable bow that...


Choosing the Right Camo Pattern

Camo. If you’ve seen one pattern you’ve seen them all, right? Wrong. Absolutely not. Not even close, Jack. Some say there’s a science to creating quality camo patterns. And there is if you look at the technology side of designing patterns. But if you’re looking purely at how well a...


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30 Deer Hunting Safety Tips

Safety. It's rule No. 1 when deer hunting. Be responsible. Be safe. Here are 30 things you should be sure to do (or not do) while in the field.


7 Tips for Still-Hunting Deer

Still-hunting is one of the most difficult methods of hunting available. But it’s effective once mastered. And it’s fun. Here are 10 tips that will help take your still-hunting game to the next level. 1. Use the right equipment. Don’t wear too many clothes. You’ll be moving, albeit slowly. Make...


The Truth About Deer and Urbanization

Urbanization. Urban sprawl. Habitat Destruction. It goes by different names. But its true name — the death of deer hunting. Or is it? That’s what we’re here to discuss. Before we delve in, it’s important to note that whitetails thrive on early successional edge habitat. And edge habitat often comes...


What We Know About the Recent News of a CWD Cure

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) continues to worry deer biologists, managers and hunters across the country. It isn’t going away. It’s only getting worse. Many people aren’t aware of CWD, or simply don’t understand the full breadth of the threat it poses. Most researchers believe CWD is caused by an abnormal...


How to Map Your Next Buck

Each year while doing seminars at various outdoor shows and sporting store events, I‘m often asked, “How do you and the other Realtree pro staffers find time to scout, hang stands and then hunt on a time-conscious schedule? Usually, I plan on one to two days for scouting, hanging stands...


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