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How to Skin and Prepare a Rattlesnake for the Table

Let me start with a caveat. I hate killing snakes — even the venomous species. I can’t count the times I’ve shared a western Kentucky fishing hole with a cottonmouth, or a woodlot of squirrels with a copperhead. As long as I see them first, it’s all good. Still, venomous...


10 Tips for Training a Squirrel Dog

The last thing I needed was another hunting hobby. Between hunting at home and out-of-state trips, there seems to be something going on every weekend from September to February. Besides, I’d squirrel hunted all my life in the traditional, sneak-slowly-through-the-hardwoods way. I’d never hunted with squirrel dogs. How much better...


Aggressive Squirrels Attack Residents of New York City Neighborhood

Aggressive squirrels have terrorized a Queens, New York, neighborhood, causing some people to fear leaving their homes. Micheline Frederick is still recovering from bite wounds after she was attacked by a squirrel in December 2020. “You hear someone has been bitten by a squirrel, you’re like ‘Okay, you got a...


Video: Dog and Raccoon Fight in Living Room, Knock Over Christmas Tree

Last Thursday morning, a Florida woman was awoken to something making noise in her Christmas tree. At first, she thought it was a cat but then realized the furry intruder was actually a raccoon. Fortunately for all of us, she filmed the encounter and the chaos that ensued. According to...


Watch Man Hand-Feed 25 Fat Raccoons

The chubby raccoons in the video above don’t look as though they’ve ever missed a meal, and they have James Blackwood to thank for that. Blackwood, who’s also known as the Raccoon Whisperer to those who watch his YouTube videos, has been feeding wild raccoons for 20 years. He obviously...


No Dove Field? No Problem

My buddy shouted at me from 60 yards away, and it was just the type thing you hope to hear on the First of September. "Coming in hot behind you, to the right!" I twisted around on my bucket seat to catch sight of the dove coming over the barn...


10 Tips for Better Dove Hunting

Follow this pro shotgunner’s advice, and you’ll never miss another dove again (well, almost never).


Watch Baby Raccoon Free Its Mother From Trap

A couple of years ago, raccoons wreaked havoc on my screened-in back porch. They tore up cushions, toppled over furniture, and ripped the screen door. So, I set a live trap and waited. Morning after morning, I walked out to discover an empty trap with missing bait. I could never...


The Dog Pond Bullfrog Story

There is no scoring system for bullfrogs, and maybe that’s for the best. A good frog hunter can identify a "trophy" from across a 2-acre pond, just by looking at the size of and spacing between his eyes in the beam of a flashlight. It’s a skill learned only from...


All About Froggin’

(Editor's Note: As summer kicks off, we're celebrating frog hunting all week on Realtree.com. This classic from the archives was originally published in spring of 2009. The couples referenced here are all still married to this day.) A plate of fried frog legs is the best-tasting dish known to man...


Giant Tegu Lizards Invade Georgia

As if "murder hornets" aren't scary enough, now Georgia residents have another invasive species to worry about. The tegu lizard, a species native to Argentina, has invaded Georgia and is said to pack a potentially dangerous bite. Mark Mandica, founder and executive director of the Amphibian Foundation in Atlanta, said,...


Chicken Killer Is My Name

Most nicknames are earned. They’re worn as a badge of honor, dishonor or plain old mockery. My most notable hunting handle all started on a youth upland bird hunt sponsored by Quail and Pheasants Forever , where I shot a stocked pheasant hen. Of course, while Kentucky does have native...


Where to Hunt Spring Squirrels

Spring squirrel hunting is an opportunity many of us overlook, and a family tradition for others. The following states offer short spring seasons or longer seasons that stretch into next year. Many of the same sit-and-wait or spot-and-stalk tactics you use in the fall and winter work now, too. Arkansas...


4-Year-Old Alabama Boy Bitten by Rattlesnake in Driveway

A 4-year-old Alabama boy is recovering in the hospital after being bitten by a rattlesnake in his own driveway. The encounter was captured on home security footage , and it reveals just how easily a dangerous snake can go undetected. AL.com reports that Spencer Briggs is in a Huntsville Hospital...


Possible Herpes-Infected Monkeys Invade Florida Coast

The headline for this story sounds like the title of a low-budget horror movie, but believe it: Monkeys — that could be infected with herpes — are spreading across parts of Florida. According to First Coast News , in recent months there have been numbers of sightings of invasive rhesus...


Mom Tackles Home-Invading Otter

Moms will do anything to protect their children, including taking on a crazed otter. According to WisTV.com , a mom came to the rescue when an otter attacked her 17-year-old daughter and her dog in their Lakeland, Florida, home. Just before dawn on Tuesday, Feb. 4, Gwyn Ewert, 17, let...


Attack Squirrel Terrorizes Texas Neighborhood

The idea of an "attack squirrel" is kind of funny. But two women bitten by the squirrel aren't laughing. Residents in Houston's Bridgeland Shores neighborhood said the squirrel started off friendly and playful but has now become aggressive and mean. "We usually don't go outside in the daytime because he...


Squirrel Ransacks Home While Owners Away on Vacation

An Atlanta couple came home from vacation to discover damage throughout their house. The floors were scratched, the rooms were a mess, the baseboards were chewed up and the kitchen faucet was running. The culprit? A squirrel. Kari and Dustin Drees were visiting family out of town for the holidays...


Porch Pirate Squirrel Caught in the Act

This time of the year, it's not uncommon for delivered packages to go missing from front porches. It's so common that the thieves have been dubbed Porch Pirates. But those pirates aren't always who you'd expect. A home surveillance camera recently caught footage of a sneaky squirrel grabbing a package...


Boy Pets Rabid Raccoon, Gets Bitten

Most of us know that petting a sick wild raccoon is a bad idea, but one 15-year-old had to learn that lesson the hard way. According to Fox13.com , Damien Ransom was skateboarding in the Providence neighborhood in Davenport, Florida, when he saw a raccoon on the road. He said...


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