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.

  • Video: Wild Turkey Hen Fakes Injury to Protect Her Young

    Wild turkey encounters can happen suddenly these summer days. You might be walking in the woods, or even in a suburban area where human habituation may have taken place. This time of the year, hens are with poults, if they've bred successfully. Some don't. Each day their young grow bigger...

  • Other Species Sought by Turkey Hunters

    Are you a two-season wild turkey hunter? Or do you hunt beards in the spring and antlers in the fall? Squirrels and rabbits? Upland birds, predators and even bear get plenty of attention by turkey hunters. They decoy and call in ducks and geese, too. How about you? Statistically speaking...

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How to Trap Raccoons Video

Why trap raccoons? As Roger Culpepper says in the video, "The turkeys appreciate it . . ." Raccoons are among the many egg-eating predators out there. Wildlife management on your property can help wild turkeys thrive better. As the late great Lovett E. Williams, Jr. wrote in his classic book...


Save a Turkey, Shoot a Pig

The jury is hung. Some studies show wild pigs don’t harm turkey populations; others indicate they do. My Realtree.com Quiz: Are You a Wild Turkey Expert? asks: Managed predator control – or lack of – certainly influences historical post-restoration population numbers. Many turkeys die by predation. Which of the following...


Video: Feral Kitten Attacks a Wild Turkey

Feral cats do plenty of damage to wild bird populations. This fact is well-documented . Watch as a feral kitten attempts to do just that in this YouTube video. Go here for more Realtree turkey hunting . Find us on Facebook .


Do These 5 Things Now to Plan Your 2017 Spring Turkey Hunt

The recent spring turkey hunting season is long gone. What you do now though – especially the questions you ask – can help make next year's gobbler-chasing campaign successful. 1. Permit and Lottery Hunt Deadlines? Such details can easily be forgotten with the fall hunting seasons approaching. Maybe you're in...


Realtree Video: Bill Jordan Archery Spring Turkey Hunt

Maybe you're bass fishing these days. Maybe you're getting ready for the deer, duck or even fall turkey seasons. Chances are you miss the recent campaign just a little. We do. Check out our Realtree video of Bill Jordan taking a nice Georgia spring longbeard with a bow. Go here...


Q&A with Realtree's Phillip Culpepper

Phillip Culpepper is Realtree's video producer. Often he's behind the scenes, shooting and producing filmed hunts. Sometimes too, he's in front of the camera, especially in spring. The man's a turkey hunting machine. As humble as he is talented, he's put a lot of people into birds over the years...


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...


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...


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