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.

  • Kirsten Godfrey: My Mother's First Turkey Hunt

    Kirsten Godfrey, 24, a serious Kentucky turkey hunter since she was a teenager, killed her first Grand Slam last year. This major accomplishment is even more amazing as she was the only hunter in her family. Self-taught, she learned by doing it, often alone. She watched YouTube videos, read articles,...

  • Top 5 May Turkey Hunting States

    Southern turkey hunters get an early start on the rest of the country, often beginning their spring season in March. Up north, chances are snow still covers the ground. Gobbler chasing often doesn't begin until late April or early May. In other parts of the country, it starts early enough,...

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Realtree Video: Packing Your Bowhunting Gear for Safe Air Travel

Whether you bowhunters travel for spring gobblers or fall whitetails, you probably wonder how to get your hunting gear from place to place with minimal damage. Realtree's David Blanton shares tips on how to pack your bow and accessories to avoid (or minimize) the chances of damage during travel. Go...


Strut Commander

We caught up with Jordan Summit recently to hear more about his new project, Strut Commander. You've seen his work as a cameraman for both Duck Commander and Buck Commander. A hardcore turkey hunter, he's now both filming and hunting on camera. Steve Hickoff : Tell us a bit about...


Top 5 Youth Turkey Hunting States

Special youth turkey hunting seasons are a great thing for participants. They are also ironically subjected to some debate. For parents, friends and family members, mentoring younger hunters is as special as it gets. For the future of our tradition, it's essential to introduce the next generation to wild turkey...


DIY Turkey Call: Building a Bamboo Wingbone-Style Yelper

By the late 1800s, Charles L. Jordan (1841-1909) began publishing how-to articles on turkey hunting, and making calls from wingbone and cane. Sources indicate he may have crafted them for decades before. After Jordan’s murder by a poacher, his writing on wild turkey hunting was compiled by Edward A. McIlhenny...


Youth Turkey Hunting Video

Realtree.com's Josh Honeycutt guides "Taking Kids Outdoors" youth hunter Caleb Rearden on a Kentucky turkey hunt. Go here for more Realtree turkey hunting tips .


New Jersey Residents to Scare Off Wild Turkeys with Air Horns

Wild turkey flocks in suburban areas of the country can cause plenty of problems for humans. People have been attacked. Complaints have risen. Traffic has been disrupted. Lawns have been, well, soiled with droppings. One New Jersey township is fighting back. As reported in The Record newspaper, Teaneck, New Jersey...


Realtree Video: Tyler Jordan's 2016 Alabama Gobbler

Tyler Jordan and Phillip Culpepper make a move on some henned-up Alabama gobblers. Watch and see what happens next. Go here for more Realtree turkey hunting .


Coyote, Hog and Turkey Hunting

I've had coyote and hog encounters on turkey hunts around the country (and closer to home). As for many, sometimes it ruins the hunt. Other times, it becomes the hunt – or part of it. Texas. A bright-eyed but toothsome head popped up in range where we thought a turkey...


Florida Turkey Hunting Camp Photo Blog

Florida turkey hunting can be a challenge. You need an Osceola for your Grand Slam, so these swamp-roosting birds feel the steady pressure. Also, fall hunts here are gobblers and bearded birds only (some hens wear them). As a result, henned-up flocks are common on spring visits. Hen-only groups, too...


Video: The Primos Hook Up Box Call

I floated this question in a recent conversation with a legendary custom callmaker: "What manufactured industry turkey call is the most innovative?" "Probably that new magnetic lid call Primos brought out," he said. True enough, the Hook Up call sounds great. Don't believe us? Watch the video. MSRP: $42.95.


Opening Day of Turkey Hunting Season

As Michael Pitts says in the video, "It's that time of the year again – opening day of turkey season." But don't get too excited just yet, even though, ". . . you think you're gonna end that streak of not killing anything, to limiting out in a week." Why?...


Turkey Hunting in Canada

Canada is known for a number of things. Ice hockey. Maple syrup. Moose and caribou. Wild turkeys, too. Thanks to wildlife restoration, and the amazing capacity of the bird to move into new habitats, Canadian turkey hunting is offered in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba (residents only), Ontario and Quebec (also...


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