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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.

  • Terrified Man Describes Crash with 30-Pound Wild Turkey

    According to ABC 7 Eyewitness News, and the LaPorte Country Sheriff's Office, a New Jersey family visiting Indiana's Notre Dame University collided with a 30-pound wild turkey gobbler, which was impaled in their rental vehicle's windshield. The gobbler was killed on impact. Go here for the rest of the story...

  • Top 5 Scoring Osceola Wild Turkeys

    Osceolas are a hard-gobbling, sharp-spurred, swamp-loving subspecies of wild turkey found only in Florida. There are also Easterns and hybrids along the northern intergrade line. That said, I love Osceolas, and even hunted them as recently as late March. For many hardcore turkey hunters, it's the first stop at the...

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How to Pattern Your Turkey Hunting Shotgun

Patterning your turkey hunting shotgun, turkey chokes and various shotshells is essential to success in the field. Steve Meyer, Winchester Ammunition's supervisor of new shotshell development, was on hand in Florida spring turkey camp this month. His tips on how to pattern your turkey gun follow in this click-through blog...


Realtree Video: Montana Decoy's Miss Purr-Fect with Motion Stake

Watch this Realtree video to learn more about the Montana Decoy Miss Purr-Fect and Motion Stake . Bonus Video : 10 Reasons Your Decoy Spread Looks Fake Go here for more Realtree turkey hunting . Follow us on Facebook .


Realtree Video: New Escort Left-Handed Shotgun for Under $1,000

Have you been looking for a true left-handed shotgun? Check out our Realtree video on the new Escort left-handed shotgun for under $1,000. Go here for more Realtree turkey hunting . Follow us on Facebook .


How to Hunt for Morel Mushrooms

Spring turkey hunts often have a way of turning into morel hunts for the fortunate hunters who live where the delectable wild mushrooms grow. Though gobblers can be fickle and hard to find at times, morels are usually a sure bet after daytime air temperatures start averaging beyond 65 degrees...


Another Turkey Hunter Stalked My Every Move

It started out just like another spring turkey hunt might, but things got dangerous pretty fast. Opening day, I arrived before dawn. I parked my truck where the farmer had always instructed me to do so, walked a half-mile or so, made my setup in the pre-dawn dark, then waited,...


10 Reasons Why You Suck at Turkey Hunting

Some folks just can't figure out the turkey hunting tradition for trying. Oh, they're good bass anglers, even deer hunters, but the little things you have to put together to kill a spring gobbler – or even a fall turkey where legal – are lost on them. Little things are...


Realtree Video: Turkey Hunting in the Wind

Treetops shake. Branches fall. Strong gusts whip past your head. Turkey hunting in the wind takes your ears away. Same goes for the big birds you're chasing. Still, there are some tactics for adjusting to this challenge. Check out these Realtree video tips for turkey hunting in the wind. Go...


Top 5 Longest Wild Turkey Subspecies Beards

One of the first physical details you size up when a gobbler walks into view is the beard. Beards are often a matter of shooting a legal bird in the spring, as "bearded bird" state regulations also include bearded hens ; other states are "gobblers only" and one, no jakes...


5 Tough Shots You'll Take While Turkey Hunting

Tough shots come your way while turkey hunting. You're sometimes seated at the base of a broad-trunked tree, anticipating where the gobbler will slip into view. Trouble is, wary spring turkeys have other plans. Whether you're on your butt, sitting in the woods, or in a blind, watching a field,...


Video: Wild Turkey Picks Fight with Pet Gobbler

Watch as a wild turkey gobbler struts and challenges a domestic tom. There's only one problem: the tame bird is contained behind netting. This doesn't keep both from trying though. What we do know is the wild longbeard's gobble wins hands-down . . . (Source: adessa182/YouTube) Go here for more...


How to Hunt Early Season Turkeys

Editor's note : This revamp post is from the classic Team Realtree Turkey Hunting Fieldbook (2001) . Written by the late Aaron Pass, the printed book still contains solid advice for hunting turkeys in the early season. We honor his memory here with this click-through blog post. – Steve Hickoff...


Photo Blog: 5 Food Plots to Help You Kill More Turkeys

Not just for deer, a good food plot will draw in turkeys and hold them in your area, vastly increasing your odds at tagging a longbeard this spring. While food plots are most often associated with fall deer hunting, a green spring plot can be absolutely deadly on spring gobblers...


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