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How to Buy Farm and Work Boots

Farming isn’t just a job; it’s a passion. Living on the farm means no clocking out at the end of the day. You need boots that can go the distance – boots with the support and protection needed to focus on the challenges of getting the work done. While most...


Duck Decoy Fix: 4 Diver-Rig Switchouts

Editor's note: This blog originally appeared Nov. 12, 2016, on Realtree.com. On the surface, decoy rigs for diving ducks can be simple: Throw out as many highly visible blocks as you can safely carry in your boat or lug to shoreline spots. But nothing is that easy. And actually, rigging...


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Tested: Turkey Hunting with the Federal Premium .410 TSS

Outwardly, the gun was nothing special. An old single-shot .410 with a loose action and decades of wear generates little interest from hunters or collectors. But the gun belonged to my grandfather, the man who taught me to shoot, walked with me through the dense woods bordering our farm, and...


9 Things to Know About Deer Hunting in 2020

Turkey season is open for some and around the corner for others. But for the diehard deer hunter, fall can’t get here soon enough. Before it does, study up on these nine things that could influence your season, courtesy of the Quality Deer Management Association’s 2020 Whitetail Report . A...


So, You Want a Job in the Hunting Industry?

One of the most common — and difficult-to-answer — questions I get is, “How can I get into the hunting industry?” Before I respond, let me say I consider myself one of the most fortunate and blessed people. I’ve worked at Realtree for almost 30 years. It’s been an incredible...


Delta Waterfowl Video: What Really Drives Duck Numbers?

Like most waterfowl hunters , you've probably wondered why duck numbers seem to fluctuate from year to year. In this video, Dr. Frank Rohwer, president and chief scientist at Delta Waterfowl , explains why events on the breeding grounds really drive annual duck populations. Click here for more Realtree waterfowl...


Sea Ducks I Won’t Forget ... and a Few Mergansers, Too

Now that I’ve covered my favorite memories about common dabbling and diving ducks in my previous two blogs, it seems appropriate to reminisce about sea ducks and, yes, even mergansers. I’ll never claim to know much about sea ducks, as I’ve only taken a few dozen. Mergies? I’ll plead guilty...


7 Ways to Get Permission to Hunt Private Property

One spring turkey season ends and another will begin soon enough. Deer. Duck. Fall turkeys. You name it. In these COVID-19 days of "social distancing," you might need to make some accommodations to the following advice on getting permission to hunt private property. Then again, ever hopeful, an e-mail or...


Can You Have Too Many Deer?

It is possible to have too many deer when trying to hunt during the late season. All those eyes and their wary late-season nature make it really tough to get away with any movement. It can be nearly impossible to hunt with a bow and not clear the field well...


The Bittersweet Taste of Leasing Hunting Land

Ever take a bite out of a grapefruit? A little bit sweet, right? But with a sour aftertaste that’s a little hard to stomach, too? That’s the taste leasing hunting land leaves in my mouth. But in today’s deer-hunting world, renting land is often a necessary evil. I’ve had both...


Diver Ducks I’ll Never Forget

Last week, I reminisced about my favorite encounters with common puddle ducks. But seeing as I’m a big-water diver geek, I probably have more memories involving diving ducks . Here are my favorites. Greater Scaup As young hunters, my buddies and I would often look at the bluebills we had...


Puddle Duck Hunts I’ll Never Forget

When duck hunters discuss certain species, the conversation inevitably turns to hunts for those ducks. It’s not enough to mention that you prefer mallards. Someone will say, “Remember when all those greenheads piled into the creek and we hit them just right?” That sentiment struck me recently as I pored...


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