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Best Youth Turkey Hunting States

There’s something special about watching a young turkey hunter catch the fever when a big ol’ longbeard comes strutting into range. Seeing their eyes go wide and hearing their breath catch when that gobbler spits and drums so close that they can feel it in their chest – that’s when...


The 10 Commandments of Public Land Turkey Hunting

Some folks have private honey holes. Filling spring gobbler tags without too much outside hunting pressure is pretty much assured. And then there are the rest of us, the guys who hunt public land turkeys with everyone else. It’s busy. It’s crowded. Some special strategies are in order — and...


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...


2020 West Turkey Hunting Forecast

As the “West” goes, we’re looking at turkey hunting opportunities in Colorado, Utah, Nevada, California and yes, Hawaii. Our other regional turkey hunting forecasts are found at the end of this post. While this season’s campaign might prove to be challenging due to public-land closures and COVID-19 travel restrictions, we’ll...


Fool’s Gold: Are You Shed Hunting Too Soon?

Much of life is about timing. Being in the right place or making the right move at the correct time. Searching for shed antlers is no different, and that’s why I believe it’s time we start waiting longer to hit the woods in search of cast crowns. Past vs. Present...


15 Archery Tips from the Pros

Deer season is in the rearview mirror with months to go until opening day. Every bowhunter should be proficient with their archery equipment. Likewise, they should strive for growth, and to become better than they were last season. With that in mind, we consulted with numerous archery professionals to compile...


Watch and Participate in Realtree 365's Spring Thunder Facebook Broadcast

The Spring Thunder crew will be hunting Georgia March 25 and 26, and you can follow along on the Realtree Outdoors Facebook page . Watch a live turkey hunt with Tyler Jordan and Riley Green unfold this Wednesday and Thursday morning on the Realtree Outdoors Facebook page. These live episodes...


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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