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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.

  • Realtree Video: How to Tree Call to Roosted Turkeys

    Tree calling can help you locate roosted wild turkeys before they fly down. If you're well-hidden, and they can't see your position, it's an advantage. If they can look down from their roost to the spot where you're tree calling, it's risky: they may not see another bird there, and...

  • How to Owl Hoot to Find Turkeys

    Owl hooting is a great locator call when used right. Spring gobblers, fired up about the prospect of breeding – and contesting pecking order – will gobble. When silent, you can make them "shock gobble" to various sounds, including owl hooting. After this, once the gobbler is located this way,...

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How-To Video Tips for Bowhunting Turkeys with Kirsten Godfrey

We caught up with avid turkey hunter Kirsten Godfrey at the recent NWTF Convention. She shared some how-to tips for bowhunting turkeys. Go here for more Realtree turkey hunting . Follow us on Facebook . Bonus Read : Kirsten Godfrey's Turkey Hunting Grand Slam on a Budget


Realtree Video: Montana Decoy's New Fanatic XL Reaper Decoy

We caught up with Montana Decoy and Sarah Weaver at the NWTF Convention to learn more about their new Fanatic XL . MSRP: $79.99. As always, first check to see if this trending tactic is legal in your state. Go here for more Realtree turkey hunting . Follow us on Facebook .


Map Photos Show Where NWTF Convention Attendees Came From

Realtree attended the recent NWTF Convention, along with others from around the country. One cool feature this year took place at the entrance to the event. A colorful map represented folks from around the country, and even Canada and Mexico. It was great. You were given a red sticker. You...


Realtree Turkey Hunting Tip of the Week: When You Should Shoot a Jake

We were a half-hour late for heading to the airport, but gobblers were fired up and coming. The Kentucky hunt had been great. I'd killed a beautiful longbeard early on, watched buddies take others, and had one tag left. We were a half-hour late for heading to the airport, but...


Realtree Video: New Primos Turkey Hunting Calls for 2017

We caught up with Jake Edson at the 2017 NWTF Convention to learn more about two new Primos turkey calls for the coming season. Check out our Realtree video as I run some clucks, purrs and yelps on the new Primos Hensanity . Go here for more Realtree turkey hunting...


Turkey Taxidermy Photo Gallery from the 2017 NWTF Convention

Wild turkey taxidermy recreates the scenes you remember from your hunts in mounted birds. If done well, the moment lives on forever on your wall or floor-mounted displays. Taxidermists are true artists, and their work is honored each year at the NWTF Convention . Check out this photo blog gallery,...


Realtree Video: The Tenzing TV14 Turkey Vest Pack with Seat

We're just coming off a fun and productive visit to the 2017 NWTF Convention in Nashville, Tennessee. Checking out all the gear, and of course plenty of talk about the coming spring turkey season, were priorities. We can't wait for opening day . . . In this video, Realtree Pro-Staffer...


5 Things You Need to Know About Bowhunting Turkeys

Watch Realtree.com contributor Patrick Meitin's excellent video on bowhunting shot placement for turkeys. View it again if you already have, and on a regular basis. Memory, both muscle and mental, are essential for bowhunting turkeys effectively. – S.H. When another hunter asks me if I've bowhunted much, I always reply:...


Why Your Grandfather Was a Better Turkey Hunter Than You

Back in the day, say before the greatest wildlife restoration story ever took place, chances are your grandfather had a bunch of challenges you don't here in 2017. In some ways, he was a better turkey hunter because of it. Some reasons why follow. Fewer Turkeys It's hard for some...


These 5 Animals Can Ruin Your Spring Turkey Hunt

We've all had unexpected things happen while turkey hunting. Sometimes other wildlife messes with your plans. Here are five animals that can ruin your spring turkey hunt. 1. Bobcat Attacks An uptick of bobcat attacks – on both wild turkeys and turkey hunters – has been on the social media...


5 Turkey Hunters You Love to Hate

As turkey hunters, we all try to get along. After all, we're all caught up in a great tradition. We're brothers and sisters of the hunt. Still, there are times when other turkey hunters get on our nerves just a little bit. Okay, well, maybe a lot. It might happen...


Realtree Video: David Blanton Kills a Nice Texas Longbeard as a Rattlesnake Watches Nearby

Rattlesnake encounters are fairly common during Texas spring turkey hunts. How you react to them depends on your character. Watch as Realtree's David Blanton stays calm, cool and collected while calling this Texas spring gobbler to the gun. We're sure you'll agree, it's an All-Stars of Spring classic video. Go...


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