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Paint Your Old or Inexpensive Turkey Decoys to Add Realism

Today’s turkey decoys are more realistic than ever; often so lifelike that you have to look twice to make sure it’s a decoy in front of you and not a live bird. But that degree of realism usually comes with a hefty price. Ultra-realistic decoys can often total nearly as...


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Some Turkey Hunting Excuses for Why You Missed Birds

Missing turkeys is part of the game. All veteran turkey hunters have been there, and if you haven't yet, brace yourself. It hurts. Memories of that strutter stepping up into range – and the 10 inches of swinging beard running off after you pull your shotgun's trigger – will haunt...


When to Turkey Call and When You Shouldn't

As a teenaged turkey hunter, my late dad imparted words of sage turkey hunting advice to me. One of his insights has served me well over the years: "Sometimes turkeys that have been gobbling will go silent on the way in." You, in turn, might also want to shut up...


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...


10 Steps for Scouting and Hunting New Pieces of Public Land

Hunting a new piece of dirt can be overwhelming — whether private or public land. But if you’re like us here at Realtree.com, you relish in it. You welcome the challenge. And you appreciate the rewards all the more for it. If you plan to scout, and hunt, a new...


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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.


3 Things to Do This Off-Season

The off-season is a time for work. It's a time for preparation. And if you aren't willing to do it, you could experience less success next season than you would have if you'd made an effort. Here are three interesting things to get done this off-season. Set a Beaver-Pond Treestand...


5 Random Hunting-Related Things You Have to Do This Off-Season

It's the little things that mean so much when it comes down to tumbling late-season turkeys or arrowing a monster whitetail. Learn some sneaky tips from our cagey veteran outdoorsman. 1. Build a Food Plot for Fall If you have food plots, or are planning on putting one or more...


Why Turkey Hunters Love Gobbler Spurs

Often, as that gobbler struts toward us, wheels and turns, we first glimpse leg spurs on the bird. Wild turkey spurs are expected and common on male wild turkeys, though some atypical specimens are occasionally spurless. We often age a gobbler by spur length: 1-inch long or so at two...


Extreme Roost Setups for Turkey Hunting

Setting up tight to roosting turkeys can be the most productive strategy in your spring turkey hunting playbook.


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The Time and Miles of Turkey Hunting

For the spring turkey hunter, a year can be compressed into roughly three months of time well spent, with the remainder wasted – or at the very least compromised – by acts of necessity. Traveling along a linear path, time is wholly independent and egalitarian for all in its path...


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...


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