Turkey Blog with Steve Hickoff

Steve Hickoff is Realtree's Turkey Hunting Editor and Blogger. 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.

  • Wild Turkey Backyard Brawl

    Gobblers fight for dominance. They do it to establish and maintain pecking order. As spring approaches, they square off for the right to breed with as many hens as possible. Watch as two Rhode Island gobblers brawl in a backyard. Neither one seems ready to give in. Ever see gobblers...

  • Strange Turkey Hunting Laws

    Strange turkey hunting laws are on the books all over the country. You can kill a turkey with a spear in Nebraska (or at least try to). In the Cornhusker state, the "hand thrown spear" option falls under archery regulations. Maybe Realtree blogger Steph Mallory can take her newfound skills...

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10 Places to Hunt Fall Turkeys on Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving Day parades and football aren't enough? Go fall turkey hunting in the following states: PENNSYLVANIA My native Pennsylvania arguably has the greatest fall turkey hunting tradition in the country. It's where I cut my teeth on spring turkeys and autumn flocks. It's where I hunted earlier this month. As...


News Report: Thanksgiving Turkeys Scarce?

Nope, not an early April Fools joke. In the news today comes word from CNBC and Coordinating Producer Jeff Daniels: “Demand for turkeys is strong ahead of the holidays, and some producers wish they had more birds to go around . . .” Go figure. The news article quotes one...


5 Ways to Kill a Fall Turkey While Deer Hunting

I know. You want the shooter buck on your hit list. But Thanksgiving is coming too. If both seasons are open where you hunt, here’s how to put a wild bird on the table while waiting for Mr. Double Drop Tine. GET IN THE AIR You’re bowhunting, and have tags...


Maine Hunter Kills Trophy Fall Turkey

James Patch had scouted the Maine woods this past Sunday in anticipation of the 2014 firearms deer season (begins Nov. 1 for state residents; Nov. 3 for everyone). What he found too was a flock of turkeys – at least five were toms. “I didn’t plan this, but when I...


Fall Turkey Hunting Tips

There's more than one way to get your autumn turkey by the feet. Fall Fly-Down For a period of time after flying down from their roost, turkey flocks are separated. This is true for fall as it is in spring — especially in wooded situations where leaf cover may still...


Kill Fall Turkeys without Flock Scattering

I filled both Maine fall turkey tags this past Saturday. Limited range on the property – hunting one local farm where I’ve permission, adjacent to land I can’t – defines my hunting tactics. I can’t use one of my turkey dogs in this spot. I can’t run and gun birds...


New York Fall Turkey Hunting

Fall turkey hunting can perhaps best be described as lively, and is characterized by noise and motion and lots of excitement. Until turkeys are found and scattered there is a great deal of walking involved. – Tom Kelly , from "Fall" in the classic book Tenth Legion True when the...


Fall Turkey Hunting States You Should Avoid

Here at the Realtree turkey blog, we hunt the big birds spring and fall; even winter when we can. But not all states aspire to the "second season" tradition some of us grew up with decades ago. Connecticut : Management contacts say over 30,000 turkeys live here (though in declining...


Fall Turkey Hunting: How to Scatter a Flock

Fall turkeys are gregarious and want to flock together. This includes family groups – specifically birds of the year with brood hens – broodless hens and male-only gangs (young gobblers, super jakes roughly 18 months old, and longbeards). You'll also see mixed groups of varying configurations. Scatter them and you...


Are Old Bucks or Longbeards Tougher to Kill?

At some point, during the spring for turkeys and the fall for deer, a mature strutting tom or monster buck will appear right out in the open for everyone to see – this includes you the hardcore hunter. Some fall deer just avoid daytime, going nocturnal. During the rut, they...


Watch a Wild Turkey Swim a Lake

Of course ducks do it all the time. So do geese. Have you ever wondered if wild turkeys could swim? Your wait is over. Watch as a young gobbler does just that in Truman Lake, Missouri, then runs away as he hits dry ground. Your thoughts? Comment below. (YouTube video...


Early Fall Turkey Hunting Seasons

Our qualifier for "early"? The scheduled “fall turkey hunting season” has to start before summer officially ends. This year, the autumnal equinox is Sept. 22 . But you can hunt flocks before then . . . Arizona : Bow season for wild turkeys starts here on Aug. 22–Sept. 11, 2014,...


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