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.

  • Anthony Virga: Turkey Hunting Grand Slam for a Friend

    Realtree pro-staffer Anthony Virga killed his first turkey (a five-bearded jake) at age 10 while hunting with his uncle. This was the start of his personal obsession with the big birds. This past February, the New Jersey native competed in the NWTF Grand National Calling Championship . Not long after...

  • Video: Man Walks Up on Sleeping Turkey While Groundhog Hunting

    Joe Hoffer was groundhog hunting this month in Pennsylvania's Perry County when he and a friend saw a turkey around 150 yards away. What happened next isn't all that common . . . We caught up with him recently and he shared this story: We couldn't believe it didn't see...

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Georgia Student Receives NWTF Scholarship

As Pete Muller, Public Relations Specialist for the National Wild Turkey Federation ( NWTF ) told us, the organization recently awarded a $5,000 National FFA Organization Collegiate Scholarship to Brady Sluder of Crandall, Georgia. That's great news as it supports wildlife conservation, and here's how . . . According to...


Video: Turkey Hen with Poults Fights Off Hawk

Hatch-rearing wild turkey hens have plenty of challenges fending off predators these days of early summer. After nesting successfully, this brood hen alertly watches over her young as they feed in the tall grass. They're not alone. A red-tailed hawk, also hungry for dinner, swoops in. Watch what happens next...


Poisoning Confirmed in Mississippi Wild Turkey Deaths

Insecticide-laced wheat seeds killed Mississippi wild turkeys this spring. According to Mississippi Sportsman , 15 hens were found dead in Tallahatchie County, their full crops packed with the seed. The turkeys appeared to be in "good physical condition" otherwise, the article said. Tests confirmed the treated seeds were responsible. As...


5 Things to Do Since Turkey Hunting Season is Over

It's official. Turkey hunting season is over. Part of you feels a little sad it all ended, and part of you is probably relieved. You've been running for weeks, working hard to cover the monthly bills, trying to locate birds for the morning fly-down, roosting turkeys and surely getting along...


Nebraska Turkey Hunting Photo Blog

I'm a huge fan of Nebraska turkey hunting . Over the years, I've visited the state in April during the early season. Falling snow. Gusting winds. Sub-freezing wind chills. Massive flocks still in "winter" mode. We've always done well though, despite the challenges. Cornhusker strutters coming to your calls while...


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 .


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...


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