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.

  • Deer Hunting with Turkey Decoys?

    Assuming it's legal where you live, should you hunt deer with turkey decoys? Hunter numbers show whitetails are the top hunted species in the country and an easy favorite for many. Turkey hunting places a consistent second. You may love whitetails, sure . . . but a lot of you...

  • Man Finds Special Deer Antler Sheds While Turkey Hunting

    The big New England buck is still out there. Its antler sheds are full of the usual powerful meaning for my friend — let's call him "J" — who shared this story, but requested anonymity. The connection is personal; even spiritual. It's one of his spring turkey hunting updates, as...

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Late, Great Northern New England Spring Turkey Hunting

Maine. New Hampshire. Vermont. By definition, that's northern New England. Sure, southern New England has some pretty good turkey hunting, too, but I’m a little stuck in my ways. For me, the northern corridor pulls me in. I hunt all three states for turkeys and have for decades. Why should...


NWTF Confirms New World Record Turkey Killed in Kentucky

As reported by multiple sources, David Cody Guess has killed one big turkey. The National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) has officially confirmed the spring gobbler's weight at 37.6 pounds. Shot April 21, 2015 on his Lyon County family farm, it's the heaviest turkey ever registered. The second and third biggest...


Video: Bobcat Stalks and Attacks Turkey Hunter

As reported by Outdoor Overload, turkey hunter Kevin Walter has had a pretty good Virginia turkey season . He’s tagged two longbeards in fact. Then things got really interesting when a bobcat stalked his setup after he made a few squirrel distress calls, and attacked. He shot this YouTube video...


Invasion of the Turkey Snatchers

At first, from a distance, I thought it might be a group of Maine birders out for a nice stroll in an effort to add to their life lists . Or a couple of fellow wild turkey hunters. Instead it was deer. A lot of whitetails. Most of them young...


Wild Turkey Smashes Window, Turns Sink On, Floods Home

Multiple media outlets recently reported a Rhode Island woman returned home to find her place flooded – by a wild turkey in her bathroom. She called 911. Nancy Page said she recognized the bird as a turkey and shot a quick video with her iPad. By all appearances the juvenile...


High School Student Collects Frozen Wild Turkey Heads and Necks

According to at least one ABC News affiliate, “The H5N2 strain of avian flu has been identified on 49 Minnesota farms in 17 counties and has affected nearly 3 million birds in the state.” Domestic turkeys, of course. Researchers are now concerned it might also hurt the state’s wild turkey...


Photo Blog: Oklahoma Spring Turkey Hunting

One TSA agent at the Oklahoma City airport winced and let out a little groan as she screened my YETI cooler bag full of frozen turkey parts. "Wild turkey," I offered, smiling. Another TSA agent, an older guy, grinned. "Turkey hunter?" I asked. He paused. "Yep, I've rolled a few."...


New Winchester Ammunition Pattern Board Web App

Want to improve your ability to pattern Winchester turkey loads? Add this option to your preparation. The Winchester Pattern Board allows for gauge choice, choke constriction, shell length and pellet size. You can pattern distances from 10 to 70 yards. And over 2,700 trigger pulls will let you do this...


What Your Turkey Hunting Gun Says About You

Admit it. Your turkey hunting buds judge you by the shotgun you carry. THE CORNSHUCKER It could be an older or even newer tried-and-true Remington 870 pump or autoloader. It's nicked, a bit bloody (in season) and might even bear some duct tape — either for camouflage and/or to hold...


This is Your Brain on a Texas Turkey Hunt

Texas turkey hunting provided willing Rio Grande gobblers, good eating and more this spring season. Haven't hunted Lone Star State longbeards? You need to put it on your bucket list. In Texas, you have to be ready for anything. We shot a bunch of turkey loads, including Federal's new 3rd...


Video: Turkey Anatomy and Proper Arrow Placement

Killing a wild turkey with a bow and arrow might be the most difficult challenge in the spring or fall woods. Hoyt Archery and Gone Wild Outdoors simplify the deal with a detailed breakdown of gobbler anatomy and proper arrow placement. Where are the vitals located? Where should you put...


Egg Hunt Proposed to Control Wild Turkeys

Can you have too many wild turkeys in one location? Apparently, yes. While this sounds like a belated April Fool’s Day joke or an Easter weekend event gone wrong, it’s not. According to The Spokesman-Review , residents of Spokane, Washington’s South Hill have a problem: too many wild turkeys. The...


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