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Have you been checking out Realtree Outdoor’s YouTube series “The X”? It’s not too late to check out this engaging series as the season winds down.

In this episode, two crews meet up for the last weekend of duck season in Minnesota. Our boys brave the bitter cold to take advantage of a great opportunity, as a huge group of mallards are in sight. We pick up on as the hunters get ready for some late-season action. Check it out.


You can never have enough camo in your life, can you?

If you want to display your love of hunting to the world while remaining stylish, have we got a gift guide for you.

Realtree has rounded up 22 items that would be perfect for the hunting enthusiast in your life. From the expected (jackets, guns) to the downright bizarre (hair dryers and slow cookers), you’re sure to find an excellent gift for this holiday season.


The end is nigh.

Deer season is quickly coming to a close. Have you tagged one yet? If not, put your fears to rest. Realtree’s Josh Honeycutt has a clever 5-day late-season plan that will greatly increase your chance of taking a buck while there’s still time.

With this plan, Honeycutt promises you only need five days to stake your claim. They don’t even have to be consecutive days. If you have time off in the coming weeks, you’re in luck. Check out the plan on Realtree’s site.

It may seem counterproductive to limit your hunting time when you only have five days, but you can’t kill a deer if none are around. It’s far better to spend two or three of your five days nailing down the best spot for a couple good hunts, rather than four of those days sitting in a gar hole.

The late season is driven by the belly of the beast, so your first scouting goal is to find food. Expect deer to concentrate in big numbers around the best food sources right now, old bucks included, since they can lose up to 30 percent of their body weight during the rut. Don’t count on seeing late-rut activity, but if you do, it’ll be because a select few doe fawns have come into heat for the first time. Those fawns will be on the food same as the other deer, so that’s where the bucks will look for them.

In the North and Midwest, late-season food means corn, soybeans, and milo as well as hard mast and brassica plots. Down South and in the East, you can still count on the row crops and hard mast, but also look for “green stuff” like wheat and oats, clover, and a variety of soft mast and browse. Much of that stuff stays palatable all winter long. Regardless of where you’re hunting, grain fields such as corn and soybeans receive more attention when it’s bitter cold. Green fields such as wheat and brassicas tend to be more attractive when temperatures are rising.


A giant moose attacks a pickup truck to protect her young.

These guys were just trying to get to dinner, but this moose cow felt threatened. Watch what happens as this moose defends her offspring.

A moose attack can be really scary! But I’d protect those little baby moose too.

Too bad it looks like there was no alternate route.

These men in the pickup truck were clearly trying to get by the wrong moose. She charges them several times and chases them off as they finally pass her.

Here’s hoping their pickup wasn’t damaged too much by her attacks.


Brayden Langley won $500 and first place in the RMEF Youth Division Calling Championships

Brayden Langley won $500 and first place in the RMEF Youth Division Calling Championships

With many of the hunting seasons winding down, outdoorsmen probably wish they could make like a bear and just nap the cold, snowy winter away.

However, winter is the perfect time to practice your calling, whether it’s waterfowl, elk, or wild turkey.

Calling contests are scattered around the country. While you probably won’t win your very first effort, animal calling is a great hobby. Most contests have sub categories to allow for experience and age. For example, Brayden Langley won $500 in the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s youth category.

Even if you don’t win, just think about how your hunting skills will improve and you’ll soon be the envy of your friends. Since several Eastern states now offer elk hunting, look for more and more contests in that part of the country.

For information on getting started, go to RMEF.org. or 1-800-CALL-ELK.


Father, daughter, and grandfather all enjoyed this great South Dakota hunt.

Father, daughter, and grandfather all enjoyed this great South Dakota hunt.

The Turkey Track Club has been operating in Sturgis, South Dakota, for 41 years. It offers great adventure for anyone who loves turkey hunting amidst great scenery. You’ll be hunting in a region famous for Mount Rushmore, Black Hills gold, and native Sioux heritage.

Although hunters can become permanent members of the club, there are always extra vacancies, and local residents will personally guide you to the best spots.

Camp is the Elk Creek Resort, which hosts great food and lodging and forms a social hub for the hunt.

This is an ideal father-and-son or -daughter hunt, as the mountains are modest and the success rate is very high.

Six camps are offered from April 12 through May 3, and vacancies fill up fast. You can opt for a single bird or multiple bird hunt, and there’s even a Couples Combination Hunt.

This is such a down-home, low-key hunt that the club doesn’t even have a website. You can contact John Hauer (the chief guide) or Tom Wilts (the camp manager) at 877-652-2235 or by e-mail at turkeytrackclub@rushmore.com.

Hauer and I once got slammed with two feet of snow the night before a hunt and we had to ride mules into the high country. It was one of the great adventure hunts of my life, and I bagged a magnificent Merriam’s gobbler. I’m sure you’ll have an equally impressive experience.