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.

  • High School Student Collects Frozen Wild Turkey Heads and Necks

    According to at least one ABC News affiliate, “The H5N2 strain of avian flu has been identified on 49 Minnesota farms in 17 counties and has affected nearly 3 million birds in the state.” Domestic turkeys, of course. Researchers are now concerned it might also hurt the state’s wild turkey...

  • Photo Blog: Oklahoma Spring Turkey Hunting

    One TSA agent at the Oklahoma City airport winced and let out a little groan as she screened my YETI cooler bag full of frozen turkey parts. "Wild turkey," I offered, smiling. Another TSA agent, an older guy, grinned. "Turkey hunter?" I asked. He paused. "Yep, I've rolled a few."...

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New Winchester Ammunition Pattern Board Web App

Want to improve your ability to pattern Winchester turkey loads? Add this option to your preparation. The Winchester Pattern Board allows for gauge choice, choke constriction, shell length and pellet size. You can pattern distances from 10 to 70 yards. And over 2,700 trigger pulls will let you do this...


What Your Turkey Hunting Gun Says About You

Admit it. Your turkey hunting buds judge you by the shotgun you carry. THE CORNSHUCKER It could be an older or even newer tried-and-true Remington 870 pump or autoloader. It's nicked, a bit bloody (in season) and might even bear some duct tape — either for camouflage and/or to hold...


This is Your Brain on a Texas Turkey Hunt

Texas turkey hunting provided willing Rio Grande gobblers, good eating and more this spring season. Haven't hunted Lone Star State longbeards? You need to put it on your bucket list. In Texas, you have to be ready for anything. We shot a bunch of turkey loads, including Federal's new 3rd...


Video: Turkey Anatomy and Proper Arrow Placement

Killing a wild turkey with a bow and arrow might be the most difficult challenge in the spring or fall woods. Hoyt Archery and Gone Wild Outdoors simplify the deal with a detailed breakdown of gobbler anatomy and proper arrow placement. Where are the vitals located? Where should you put...


Egg Hunt Proposed to Control Wild Turkeys

Can you have too many wild turkeys in one location? Apparently, yes. While this sounds like a belated April Fool’s Day joke or an Easter weekend event gone wrong, it’s not. According to The Spokesman-Review , residents of Spokane, Washington’s South Hill have a problem: too many wild turkeys. The...


Scenes from a Predator Kill

Many things eat wild turkeys, including us. Raccoon, fox, opossum, skunk and coyote all target their speckled eggs. Add crows and snakes to this list. If poults survive the hatching process, the same suspects pose a threat, including attacks from above; namely from hawks but also eagles. Bobcat, owls, even...


Turkey Hunter Shot in the Face, then Kills Gobbler

How badly do you want a turkey? Minnesota hunter Jerry Cusick, a commander with the Washington County sheriff’s office, is tougher than most. According to TwinCities.com, while scouting spring turkeys on neighboring Wisconsin private land back in 2013, he took all the usual measures to be safe, as we all...


Nonresident Turkey Hunts for Cheapskates

You've filled your turkey tags at home and still want to hunt. Money's tight. Here's how to cut costs in another state. GO PUBLIC – Your first and most obvious move: public land. You called those state officials right? Some places might be big as designated counties or small as...


Five "Plan B" Turkey Hunting Tips

Consider these tactics when you need something different this spring turkey season. Trick #1 Most locator calls, like traditional crowing or owling, are loud to pull shock gobbles from distant birds. Looking to get tighter to a roost? Softly hoot like a great horned owl instead of the usual barred...


Turkey Hunting Tips for Junkyard Gobblers

Your goal: To find wild turkeys in locations pretty much ignored by other spring gobbler hunters. WHY IT WORKS Let's be honest. Some places around the country likely look more appealing to trash pickers than turkey hunters. The gobbler you unexpectedly locate there might be worth its weight in finder’s...


Epic Fails with Turkey Hunting Decoys

Sometimes you need them. Sometimes you don’t. WHEN YOU DO Ever been in a situation where you’ve called the gobbler and he’s arrived in a wooded opening or field setting? This turkey looked and studied your position. Seeing no hen, it alarm putted, did the exiting wing flick and walked...


The Future of Alabama Turkey Hunting Needs Your Help

According to the National Wild Turkey Federation ( NWTF ), an estimated 400,000 wild turkeys roam Alabama. Depending on the county, numbers range from excellent to poor. Bama's spring turkey season opened this weekend in most, but not all, counties. Dates vary. That said, the Alabama Department of Conservation &...


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