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 Video: Michael Pitts on Taking Girls Hunting

    Michael Pitts is a redneck comedian and his stage is a pickup's tailgate. Yep, he's Realtree's resident funny man. Here's his routine on guys taking girls hunting. And be sure to watch until the end. Go here for our Men vs. Women: Stereotypes in Turkey Hunting Camps . And here...

  • Realtree Video: Amazing Phillip Culpepper PSE Gobbler Bow Kill

    Realtree's Phillip Culpepper closes the deal on an up close and personal spring gobbler with the new PSE Gobbler bow . Go here for more Realtree turkey hunting . Follow Realtree on Facebook .

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Video: How to Get Women Into Hunting

Realtree's deer hunting editor Josh Honeycutt is one heckuva turkey man, too. In this video, he guides his wife Kathyrn to her first turkey, and we hear from her about how we can get more women into the hunting tradition. Go here for more Realtree turkey hunting and follow us...


Artist Ryan Orndorff Illustrates His First Successful Turkey Hunt

If you're a regular visitor to our website, you know Ryan Orndorff's work. This spring turkey season, Orndorff illustrated our popular Shot Placement for Turkey Hunting post. We had some fun with the Men vs. Women: Stereotypes in Turkey Hunting Camps piece, and of course Stephanie Mallory 's infamous Snakes!...


Father and Daughter Turkey Hunting Connections

I am the father of a teenaged daughter. Michaela is 13, going on 20. Headstrong, stubborn, opinionated, smart and beautiful, she is the love of my life. And she is absolutely certain that I am wrong on just about everything. It seems these days that even the simplest of our...


Video: Mature Longhorn Bull Punches Out Turkey Decoy

As wild turkey hunters, we sometimes have to deal with farm or ranch cattle during hunts. We put up with cows of all kinds across the country, especially when targeting tough field birds. At times, they'll investigate a pop-up blind on a pasture edge – or in this case, turkey...


Realtree Video: Benelli Tactical Vinci Shotgun to the 3rd Degree

Watch our video as Realtree’s Phillip Culpepper patterns the new Benelli Tactical Vinci with Federal Premium's new 3rd Degree turkey load. Go here for more on patterning your turkey gun and where to aim on a real gobbler . Here's our Realtree video from the NWTF Convention on the new...


Kayla Nevius: My First Turkey Hunt

First turkeys are always pretty special. Kayla Nevius shares her first-time experience with northern California spring gobblers. Here's the story, in her own words, with photos. – Steve Hickoff, Realtree.com


Building Turkey Calls and Owl Hooters

Stu Bristol's self-published book Building Turkey Calls and Owl Hooters is sure to give new and veteran wild turkey hunters something to do in the off-season while looking forward to the next one. Available from Deadly Imposter Game Calls , the comb-bound book (for laying flat while building calls from...


Kirsten Godfrey: My Mother's First Turkey Hunt

Kirsten Godfrey, 24, a serious Kentucky turkey hunter since she was a teenager, killed her first Grand Slam last year. This major accomplishment is even more amazing as she was the only hunter in her family. Self-taught, she learned by doing it, often alone. She watched YouTube videos, read articles,...


Top 5 May Turkey Hunting States

Southern turkey hunters get an early start on the rest of the country, often beginning their spring season in March. Up north, chances are snow still covers the ground. Gobbler chasing often doesn't begin until late April or early May. In other parts of the country, it starts early enough,...


Realtree Video: Packing Your Bowhunting Gear for Safe Air Travel

Whether you bowhunters travel for spring gobblers or fall whitetails, you probably wonder how to get your hunting gear from place to place with minimal damage. Realtree's David Blanton shares tips on how to pack your bow and accessories to avoid (or minimize) the chances of damage during travel. Go...


Strut Commander

We caught up with Jordan Summit recently to hear more about his new project, Strut Commander. You've seen his work as a cameraman for both Duck Commander and Buck Commander. A hardcore turkey hunter, he's now both filming and hunting on camera. Steve Hickoff : Tell us a bit about...


Top 5 Youth Turkey Hunting States

Special youth turkey hunting seasons are a great thing for participants. They are also ironically subjected to some debate. For parents, friends and family members, mentoring younger hunters is as special as it gets. For the future of our tradition, it's essential to introduce the next generation to wild turkey...


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