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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.

  • Video: New Deadly Diva Series Diaphragm Calls from Knight & Hale

    Realtree pro staffer and Bone Collector's Michael Waddell teamed up with the turkey folks at Knight & Hale to create a line of three new diaphragm calls – the Deadly Divas . Listen to Chris Parrish describe Trashy Trina, Lonesome Linda, and Ready Rita. Go here for more Realtree turkey...

  • Video: Nick Mundt's Bone Collector Canyon Cutter Acrylic Aluminum Pot Turkey Call

    Knight & Hale's Chris Parrish tells us more about Nick Mundt's new Bone Collector Canyon Cutter Acrylic Aluminum Pot Turkey Call . Go here for more Realtree turkey hunting . Follow us on Facebook .

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Video: Turkey Hen with Poults Fights Off Hawk

Wild turkey hens have plenty of challenges fending off predators once their young are successfully hatched. This brood hen alertly watches over her poults 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. Go here for...


How to Use Your Four Wheeler for Turkey Hunting

An ATV or Side-by-Side (SxS) can help you cover a lot of ground in a short amount of time. Turkey hunting from a four wheeler in places such as the Tennessee mountain country are almost essential to locate and hunt spring gobblers in hard-to-reach areas using rugged trails along steep...


Turkey Hunting Nation: Top 3 Turkey Hunting States in May

Spring turkey hunting season is never long enough. These three turkey hunting states will give you the chance to finish out the roughly three-month campaign with a bang. Yep, there are other states, for sure – many of us turkey hunt these places, too. When pressed to only select three,...


Top 5 Merriam's Turkey Hunting States

Some turkey hunters say Merriam's are easy. Not in my experience. Spring snows are often factors. High altitude. Dangerous cats. Birds that walk miles from the roost. Steep mountain climbs up skinny elk and deer trails. You earn it. Oh, you can arrange for easy hunts. Chip shots. Outfitters, eager...


Wild Turkey Checks Out Chevy Silverado with Sexy Hen License Plate

For sure, wild birds of all kinds, including turkey gobblers, sometimes get confused when they see their own reflection in a glass window, or in this case, a Chevy Silverado 's shiny bumper. We're not sure if the "Sexy Hen" license plate at the start of this video is mere...


6 Reasons Your Turkey Hunting Buddy Won't Kill a Bird This Spring

There are turkey hunters and there are turkey hunters. Some are deer or duck hunters looking for something to do in spring. Some prefer bass or trout over gobblers, but go out to do "something" other than sitting on the couch watching The Walking Dead reruns. That's cool. It's all...


Realtree Video: Watch a Gobbler Breed a Hen

Some wild turkey breeding facts . . . In spring, a male turkey gobbles to call hens for mating. A gobbler’s strutting is a spring mating display. When willing, a hen squats on the ground before a gobbler. The gobbler, twice her size, climbs on her back and they breed...


5 Wild Turkey Parts You Should Consider Eating

We love wild turkey. The tender breast meat on a big gobbler has way more flavor than you find in his barnyard cousins. Unfortunately, the breast meat is often all that gets saved from wild turkey. Believe it or not, there is a lot more to a turkey than fried...


Video: Watch, Listen as a Wild Turkey Hen Struts, Gobbles

Ever see a hen strut or hear one gobble? Watch this video. True enough, over the years we’ve seen an occasional hen strut in the spring, often to show dominance, especially when confronting a hyper-realistic fake staked in her territory. We’ve even witnessed strutting in the fall from certain brood...


Kill a Spring Turkey with Realtree's Flowchart

Turkey hunting is all about tactics. The bird gobbles, and you have to make some decisions. Is the bird still on the roost? Has the gobbler flown down? Are hens with the strutter? Is the turkey coming closer? Check out our interactive Realtree flowchart for classic situations in the turkey...


Boy Kills Huge Triple-Bearded Gobbler on Video

Youth turkey hunts allow kids to absorb important advice from mentors, as they take part in the tradition we love – often for the first time – learning practical skills and more. And some really start out strong. Watch as a boy kills a huge triple-bearded gobbler. Good stuff. Go...


How to Use a Slate Call for Turkey Hunting Video

Ever wonder how to use a slate call for turkey hunting? Check out our Realtree classic how-to video and learn more. Any questions? Please comment below. Go here for more Realtree turkey hunting . Follow us on Facebook .


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