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Tips for Hunting Turkeys Alone

Social distancing? Yep, this season is different. While it’s true I’ve happily gotten together with my tight-knit group of longtime gobbler chasers on hunts around the country for decades, certain local buds have also called me “the lone wolf” over the years. I’m okay with that, as I like to...


Do You Need a Custom Turkey Call?

Sure, a mouth call pocketed for the cost of a fast-food burger with fries can yelp up plenty of birds. They're cheap, effective, and all that. But for traditionalists, custom turkey calls embody a certain elegance and history, and that's reason enough for the hardcore turkey hunter to opt in...


April Deer Hunting News Roundup

Deer season is still five or more months away for most of us, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t already making headlines. There’s a lot going on in the deer hunting world right now. Here’s the latest roundup of news you need to know. 2019 Harvest Reports Trickling In Several...


Watch Realtree Fishing's Drew Gregory Compete This Saturday, May 2

Do you enjoy bass fishing from a kayak? Then you'll love this FishUSA event. Five kayak anglers will compete on as many bodies of water. The best-of-five fish shootout will include Ken Wood, Jason Willis, Kurt Smits, Craig Dye and Realtree Fishing's pro-staffer Drew Gregory. Drew Gregory – “Basser Drew”...


Are Turkey Seasons Opening Too Soon?

It’s no secret that turkey numbers are down, particularly in parts of the Southeast and Midwest. Lack of habitat, poor nesting conditions, predator impacts and disease have all gotten a portion of the blame for declining turkey numbers. But is it time that we, as hunters and conservationists, ask if...


Making the Traditional Bow Switch

Over the past few years, traditional archery has surged in popularity among recreational shooters and bowhunters alike. For many, making the switch from a compound to a recurve or long bow is a way to increase the challenge of a hunt; for others, it’s a way to embrace the simplicity...


Slowing the Spread of CWD

Scientists first learned of Chronic Wasting Disease in 1967, and it has plagued cervids ever since. Now it’s affecting how we hunt, butcher, and transport deer and elk. Even as we learn more about CWD, more cases continue to appear around the country. That’s why it’s important to understand how...


Chasing the Multigobbler

He was a jake when we first met. It was April 24, 2016, and he came in dogging the steps of an eager-to-die 3-year-old. The big gobbler answered my first call, then crossed a valley at the speed of a forced-march. He paused behind a tree at 70 yards, just...


How to Shoot a Bow

Recently, someone asked me on the Ask Winke part of MidwestWhitetail.com to go through my shooting form and the key things I think about when shooting a bow. That sparked this post. I’m not a world-class archer, but I learned to shoot a bow from guys who are. All of...


Herbicides Every Food Plotter Should Know

Weeds are the worst. While disking and mowing helps keep them at bay, spraying herbicide is generally the final maneuver for winning the war on weeds. Clover, alfalfa, trefoil and other food plot crops do well with consistent cutting throughout the growing season, but plants like soybeans, peas, lablab, sorghum...


What's in Your Turkey Vest?

Most serious turkey hunters are pretty particular when it comes to filling the pockets of their turkey vests. So what do the Realtree pros carry? We caught up with Phillip Culpepper and Tyler Jordan, hosts of Spring Thunder on Realtree 365 , to ask about the must-have items they carry...


How to Double on Gobblers

It was one of those hunts where everything was coming together. After a hot, windy morning with almost no gobbling, my wife, Cheryl, and I finally struck up a pair of willing longbeards. They were just over the rise and out of sight. We had them on a string, each...


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