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.

  • New Turkey Hunting Book: A Far Green Country

    Brian Lovett is a well-respected writer and editor in the outdoor industry. A frequent Realtree.com contributor, we caught up with him to get the good news on his new turkey hunting book. – Steve Hickoff, Realtree.com turkey hunting editor Steve Hickoff : How long have you been turkey hunting? Brian...

  • 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...

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Turkey-Hunting Video: Calling Roosted Gobblers

Daylight is breaking over the spring turkey woods. You've got birds roosted nearby. Now what? Realtree.com turkey-hunting editor Steve Hickoff shares his advice on calling to roosted gobblers. Go here for more Realtree turkey-hunting tips .


Osceola Turkey Hunting

Confession: I love Osceola turkeys. And here are some reasons why: 1) Spring Seasons Open Early As a northern-based spring turkey hunter (Maine), my spring turkey season doesn't open until May 2, 2016. That's a long wait, brother. Florida solves the challenge. South of State Road 70, it kicks off...


Realtree.com: The Top Turkey-Hunting Website In The World

Google the words "turkey hunting" and see the result. What's at the top, sitting first in line, a credit to all of you Realtree.com site users? Well, we know the answer: Realtree turkey hunting . And heading into spring turkey season, that's something we're proud of, especially as we celebrate...


New Federal Premium 3rd Degree 20-Gauge Turkey Load

The new Federal Premium 3rd Degree 20-gauge turkey load was announced at the SHOT Show today. Full disclosure: I haven't shot this new 20-gauge option yet, but know plenty of turkey hunters who will this coming spring gobbler season. There's a good chance I'll be among them, if only to...


How To Make TSA Agents Smile

“Did ya get your bird?” he asked, handling my custom box call like he’d run one before. I'd met one of us. As a traveling turkey hunter , you’re lucky if you get the right man or woman who is just doing their job and also a turkey hunter. Others...


Video: New JAKE PURR-FECT™ 3D Decoy

In this video, a longbeard clearly takes issue with the jake decoy, contesting dominance, real or imagined. According to Montana Decoy, the combination of JAKE PURR-FECT™ 3D Jake Decoy 's realistic feathers, 3D body, short beard and red head gives every indication of authenticity to the discerning eye of hens...


Video: How To Use A Slate Turkey Call

Are you new to turkey hunting? In this video and blog post we show you how to use a slate call. What's a slate call? A striking surface attached to a hollow pot — often with drilled holes underneath to create sound resonance with the inner chamber — and a...


Video: Four Wild Turkey Gobblers Square Off and Fight

Pecking order is established on a daily basis between wild turkeys, and often fights break out. This is especially true as breeding activity approaches. Dominance needs to be established. And this is how they do it. Sometimes no clear winner is declared. Who won this fight? Comment below. > Go...


5 Reasons Why It's Hard to Film a Turkey Hunt

Some of you have filmed spring gobbler hunts. Some of you would like to add footage to your YouTube channel and even dream about having your own TV show. Wild turkeys don't care. 5 reasons why it's hard to film a turkey hunt follow . . . 1) TURKEYS DON'T...


Happy New Year Winter Turkey Hunting

Want to start turkey hunting early this year? These 5 states offer January seasons for winter flocks. KANSAS The Kansas "late archery/shotgun" winter season runs from Dec. 14-Jan. 31, 2016. Go here for more on Kansas turkey hunting . KENTUCKY The Bluegrass State offers archery turkey hunting through Jan. 18,...


Things to Do with Wild Turkey Feet

My taxidermist dad, now retired, had plenty of ideas for turkey feet. Often, in a prankster mood, he'd make his infamous hat racks. They'd later hang in various hunter-friendly, north-central Pennsylvania bars as conversation pieces. I don't have to tell you which toe was extended and which two were folded...


Video: Wild Turkeys Attack Mailman "Every Day" on His Delivery Route

Territorial dogs usually get blamed for challenges like this – at least as mail delivery goes. In this YouTube video shot by "CapeCodWave" a mailman is chased down by five gobblers. Their aggressive purrs indicate combat is clearly on their minds. The postal worker can be heard saying "Every day"...


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