Turkey Blog with Steve Hickoff

Steve Hickoff is Realtree's Turkey Hunting Editor and Blogger. He’s been beaten by more birds than he can remember. Still he kills enough to eat well, and fool with beards, spurs and fans until the next season. Pennsylvania born and raised, Maine is his home base now. A full-time outdoor communicator with a couple university writing degrees, he chases spring gobblers and fall flocks around the country.

  • Realtree Guide to Fall Turkey Hunting

    Fall turkey hunting seasons have opened (or will soon) in 42 states and even some Canadian provinces. You needn't wait until spring to get on these big birds. Go here for 5 early archery seasons for fall turkeys . The New Hampshire bow season for both turkeys and deer runs...

  • New Hampshire Archery Season for Turkeys and Deer is Super Long

    Imagine, bowhunters, a state where opening day is September 15. Imagine doing it for the two things you love most: whitetails and wild turkeys . Imagine having until December 15 to fill both tags. Well then, you've just found yourself in the state of New Hampshire where you can do...

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3 Ways You Won't Kill a Fall Turkey

Just ask any hardcore fall turkey hunter: finding and killing one of these birds takes time. Sure, not always. If you're hunting human-habituated flocks on private land, well, it can be pretty easy. Take to the bigwoods of the northeast or expansive properties out west, and success might come a...


Should Hunters Worry About Avian Flu?

Avian flu is expected to impact the United States this fall in some major ways. Just ask officials. Other authorities think we shouldn't jump to conclusions just yet . . . (Go here for the CBS News video .) As you've likely noticed, avian flu is in the news, sickening...


What Women Love to Hunt

The number two species women love to hunt is number one in the spring. It's true for many men too, though us two-season turkey hunters do it as often as possible, road-tripping to neighboring states, like these five early archery seasons for fall turkeys . But this isn't about the...


5 Early Archery Seasons for Fall Turkeys

One of the great pleasures of my turkey hunting life has been bowhunting fall birds. On foot. Moving slowly. Sitting in cover. Dozing off. Waking up to kee-kee . Scattering flocks for the call-back. It's hard to beat the sound of a bunch of separated young hens and gobblers hunting...


Sign Me Up: Scouting for Fall Turkeys

Wild turkeys, fall and spring, are pretty messy. That's a good thing for us second-season flock chasers. Scout with your eyes on the ground. Study where they've recently traveled. You can read turkey "sign" for a glimpse into their daily movements and to pattern groups. Move slowly. Yes, look ahead...


Three Things You Don’t Know About Fall Turkey Hunting

I wish I had a dollar for every time somebody told me they don’t hunt fall turkeys because: (1) males don’t gobble then, (2) they don’t like killing young birds, and even worse, (3) it’s not fun. In baseball, that’s a strike out, because they’re wrong on all counts. In...


Guns and Fun in Edgefield

Do you like shotguns? Sure you do. How about sporting clays mixed with a little competition? The annual National Wild Turkey Federation ( NWTF ) Turkey Shoot will take place at the Palmetto Shooting Complex August 13-16. It's guns and fun in Edgefield, South Carolina time. The general public is...


Fall Turkey Hunting Seasons, Then and Now

Those who fall turkey hunt love it. Those who don't often want to learn more about the tradition—or they simply opt out for other pleasant diversions: namely deer and ducks. I first turkey hunted north-central Pennsylvania, where I was born and raised, back in the 1970s. At the time, PA...


Turkey Hunter Sees Bigfoot—Yeah, Right

Bigfoot turkey hunter sightings stay on the radar often enough to provide social media and online interest. Some angrily scoff at posts, fueled by critical thinking, while others passionately affirm they've seen one too. It's hard to know what to believe. I have to think many are cases of mistaken...


How Many Days Do You Turkey Hunt a Year?

Turkey hunters are a hardcore bunch. Just like the deer and duck folks. And some people chase spring gobblers, whitetails, mallards and more. Here at the Realtree turkey blog, we like that. Question is, how many days on average do you turkey hunt? Do you get out in the spring...


Video: Bobcat Tackles Turkey Decoy

Get a bunch of us turkey chasers together in the off-season, and talk inevitably turns toward some of the crazier things we've seen out there in the woods and fields: wild hunts, glorious misses and sometimes stories involving decoys and what they lure in. Hen and gobbler fakes draw plenty...


Video: "I'm getting attacked by a wild turkey."

Human-habituated wild turkeys, and those haunting roadways, are increasing problematic as suburban sprawl flushes tight against woods and fields. In this YouTube post, a citizen videographer can be heard saying, almost in disbelief as he films: "I'm getting attacked by a wild turkey." By all appearances, it actually seems to...


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