Turkey Blog with Steve Hickoff

Steve Hickoff is Realtree's Editorial Director and Turkey Hunting Editor. 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.

  • How to Kill a Longbeard While Fall Turkey Hunting

    Pattern fall longbeards? Scatter them for the calling advantage? Either way, you wait. Check out these tips to get one by the feet. Big gobblers flush far. Sometimes they take their time regrouping, but other instances prove otherwise. Can’t call them in? Can’t wait that long? You can wait for...

  • Top 5 October Fall Turkey Hunting States

    For hardcore turkey hunters, the two-season types who chase birds in both spring and fall (guilty), October is pretty special. Many fall turkey hunting opportunties around the country are available then. The top five states for chasing autumn flocks follow here. Turkey dogging, the tactic of finding and scattering fall...

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Trail Running

One major challenge of modern culture is many of us sit all day in front of a computer screen. Fact is, I'm doing that right now. Office chair time does precious little to keep me in shape. Trail running is one answer. So how do you get started? The folks...


How One Turkey Feather Can Help You Kill a Fall Gobbler

A fall longbeard is like a mature buck, but without the rut part. Sometimes a key scouting detail can be all you need to have the confidence to hunt him hard. In the spring, gobblers announce their presence, and can be heard by both the hens they're trying to contact,...


Video: How to Film Your Hunts with a GoPro

It's amazing how far technology has come as filming hunts goes. Now, just about everybody can do it. Devices such as the GoPro make it possible. And, don't worry, the learning curve isn't steep. Need some advice? Watch as Realtree's Phillip Culpepper talks about GoPro filming options for your shotgun,...


Video: How to Set Up a Low-Poundage Bow

Fall turkey seasons often run right along with archery-only deer dates around the country. A low-poundage bow is a great option for the big birds as well as whitetails – so long as you first check legal archery-tackle regulations for both and maximize your bowhunting gear. Both youth and older...


Dude Needs to React Faster as Coyote Attacks Turkey Decoys

Many of us have had coyote encounters while turkey hunting . This video, posted by Alex Taylor on YouTube, is yet another. Nice field setup for sure, with the promise of turkeys, no doubt. But wait . . . Dang. Unexpected predators in range don't always give you much time...


5 Tips to Keep Your Hunting Dog Happy

Between early September and late December, I'm on the road, most often in my pickup truck, hunting multiple states for fall turkey flocks. And ducks. And geese. And all those smaller upland birds. We get out plenty here at home as well. My English setter Luna, like my canine hunting...


Video: Realtree Xtra Multi Weapon Pack by In Sights Hunting

Almost all of my bowhunting for turkeys has been done on foot. Sure, I've spent some time in blinds, but as a run-and-gun type (even with archery tackle) I've enjoyed hunting turkeys – especially fall flocks – covering ground, and trying to get close enough to birds for a good,...


Realtree Video: How to Cook Your Steak Caveman Style

I don't know about you, but my turkey hunting buds and I have eaten plenty of memorable steaks in camp. It seems to go with the territory, especially with unfilled tags and tough birds. But to cook right, you need a good cut of meat. The E3 Meat Company offers...


Realtree Video: LifeProof Phone Case Destruction Field Test!

Whether you hunt turkeys, deer, ducks or all three, cell-phone mishaps are part of the deal. Watch as we drop an iPhone with its Realtree camouflage LifeProof case in a stream, then run it over on a trail with a Bad Boy Buggies four-wheeler. Ever do unintentional harm to your...


5 Tips to Help Travel with Hunting Dogs

If you travel with hunting dogs as I do – any canine pet really – portable, cushioned beds are essential. Good food and fresh water, including a collapsible dish, are also mainstays. Over the past 20 years my English setters have put on many road miles with me. They’ve been...


Video: Realtree Farms' Roger Culpepper and One Angry Gator

Don't mess with an alligator, folks – especially one you legally captured the night before. They might be a little ornery. Like some of you, I've encountered a few while spring turkey hunting down south. I've seen and heard them in swamps where those Osceolas like to hang out. In...


This Video Gives New Meaning to the Phrase "Henned Up"

We all like to road scout, looking for wild turkeys before, during and between the hunting seasons. "Henned up" is a phrase we turkey hunters like to use as an excuse for why gobblers won't come our way during spring hunts. Road scouting and shooting some raw video like this...


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