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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.

  • ATA Show: New Broadhead for Your Turkey Hunting

    My dad always used the classic Fred Bear Razorhead for his traditional bowhunting. He was a recurve man, and hunted deer sitting on a wooden plank wedged into the crotch of some sturdy apple tree limbs. And yes, he hunted wild turkeys, in fall and spring, but never with a...

  • ATA Show Video: LiT Cooler in Realtree Xtra Green

    This week Realtree visited the 2017 ATA Show in Indianapolis, Indiana. Our Realtree.com coverage has included broadheads, vertical bows, compound bows and more, including new turkey hunting gear, and the best turkey hunting vest I've seen so far this year . This LiT Cooler in Realtree Xtra Green will appeal...

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ATA Show: Best New Turkey Hunting Vest I've Seen So Far This Season

Turkey hunting vests are, put simply, the most important gear item you'll ever have for carrying your other stuff. Inside one, you'll shoulder shotshells, a facemask, camouflage gloves, water, snacks, turkey tags, and more; an assortment of many other things to help you find, and call in a spring gobbler...


Some New Turkey Hunting Gear from the 2017 ATA Show

Bows. Arrows. Blinds. All this, and even new turkey hunting gear. We're in Indianapolis, Indiana at the 2017 ATA Show, meeting with old friends and making some new ones. While walking the floor, and looking at new gear, there's not only plenty of talk about the recent fall hunting season,...


5 Tips to Plan Your 2017 Spring Turkey Hunt

It's winter, and the outdoor show season, but spring isn't far away. What you do now – especially the questions you ask – can help make this year's gobbler-chasing campaign successful. 1. Permit and Lottery Hunt Deadlines? Such details can easily be forgotten during your busy days. Spring's hunts are...


States Where You Can Turkey Hunt in January

Now that deer season is over for some of you, but still underway just a bit longer for others, the notion of turkey hunting has probably crossed your hunter's radar. Got the urge to travel for winter turkeys, or to hunt your home state if it includes the following places?...


Video: Hen Turkey Attacks Big Snake While a Gobbler Struts Nearby

Wild turkeys are notorious for finding strut zones on well-groomed golf courses. That said, this YouTube video posted by "techknowledge" might be a first. Watch as a turkey hen attacks a big gopher snake while a strutting gobbler does his thing nearby. And the snake fights back. And she gets...


6 States with the Cheapest Hunting Leases

Ever wonder which states have the lowest hunting lease rates per acre? The top six follow here. It's turkey season and gobblers sound off on a nearby ridge. Too bad somebody else is leasing it. Don't you wish you had your own place to chase birds? Sure you do ...


Video: Wild Turkey Chases a Mailman in the Snow

It's tough enough to get mail delivered these days, especially with snow, last-minute Christmas cards and a wild turkey in hot pursuit. Check out this YouTube video by "930GearHead" to see what happens next. Go here for Realtree turkey hunting . Follow us on Facebook .


Deer and Wild Turkeys Fight in the Snow to Eat Bird Seed

Deer and turkeys often interact in the wild, sometimes using the same food sources to survive. When winter arrives, and the snow gets deep up North, often both gravitate to bird feeders. That's true in this YouTube video too, posted by "ulmertown." In the end, the taller species sort of...


Top 5 Winter Turkey Hunting States

For some of us, wild turkey hunting isn't just a spring deal. We think about the bird every day. We build calls in the off-season. We plan hunts, watch turkeys and go to sleep thinking about them. Opportunities for pursuing the greatest game bird on the planet exist in fall...


Video: Watch an ATV Part Get Dipped in Realtree Xtra

I've used ATVs in rugged country to hunt turkeys in Texas, Wyoming, Nebraska and elsewhere. You have too, no doubt. But have you ever seen how unit parts are dipped? Watch this video as an ATV section gets a bath in Realtree Xtra. Go here for more Realtree turkey hunting...


Video: Rhett Akins Walks Right Up to a Deer During Spring Turkey Season

Rhett Akins walks right up to a deer during spring turkey season. I know, right? Seriously, he does. This stuff never happens during deer season . Go here for more Realtree turkey hunting . Follow us on Facebook .


Nike Boots for the Run-and-Gun Turkey Hunter

Some turkey hunters get comfortable for the "long sit" in blinds, and that's cool. I've been there a time or two. Sometimes it's kept me from getting frostbite and even hypothermia. Others like to run-and-gun spring gobblers, locating them with owl hooters and crow calls, slipping in tighter, then breaking...


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