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: Realtree Xtra Multi Weapon Pack by In Sights Hunting

    Almost all of my bowhunting for turkeys has been done on foot. Sure, I've spent some time in blinds, but as a run-and-gun type (even with archery tackle) I've enjoyed hunting turkeys – especially fall flocks – covering ground, and trying to get close enough to birds for a good,...

  • Realtree Video: How to Cook Your Steak Caveman Style

    I don't know about you, but my turkey hunting buds and I have eaten plenty of memorable steaks in camp. It seems to go with the territory, especially with unfilled tags and tough birds. But to cook right, you need a good cut of meat. The E3 Meat Company offers...

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Realtree Video: LifeProof Phone Case Destruction Field Test!

Whether you hunt turkeys, deer, ducks or all three, cell-phone mishaps are part of the deal. Watch as we drop an iPhone with its Realtree camouflage LifeProof case in a stream, then run it over on a trail with a Bad Boy Buggies four-wheeler. Ever do unintentional harm to your...


5 Tips to Help Travel with Hunting Dogs

If you travel with hunting dogs as I do – any canine pet really – portable, cushioned beds are essential. Good food and fresh water, including a collapsible dish, are also mainstays. Over the past 20 years my English setters have put on many road miles with me. They’ve been...


Video: Realtree Farms' Roger Culpepper and One Angry Gator

Don't mess with an alligator, folks – especially one you legally captured the night before. They might be a little ornery. Like some of you, I've encountered a few while spring turkey hunting down south. I've seen and heard them in swamps where those Osceolas like to hang out. In...


This Video Gives New Meaning to the Phrase "Henned Up"

We all like to road scout, looking for wild turkeys before, during and between the hunting seasons. "Henned up" is a phrase we turkey hunters like to use as an excuse for why gobblers won't come our way during spring hunts. Road scouting and shooting some raw video like this...


Use Turkey Decoys for Deer Hunting Where Legal

Assuming it's legal where you deer hunt, turkey decoys might just work to pull in some venison for your freezer. And if archery season for both fall turkeys and whitetails are open at the same time, and you've the proper licenses and permits, why not? Watch this video and see...


Video: Everybody Loves a Good Turkey Fight

Gobblers fight for dominance, just like rut-minded deer. They push each other around to contest the pecking order, and to determine who is boss. Male turkeys, especially older warriors, have those spurs for a reason. Watch to see who wins this battle. Go here for more Realtree turkey hunting ...


Video: Wild Turkey Attacks Reflection in Window

Some turkeys, like certain songbirds, are prone to fighting their reflections in windows . This can include truck bumpers and other mirrorlike surfaces. This behavior is often based on a sense of maintaining pecking order within a flock or assumed territory, spring or fall, with both gobblers and hens. Truth...


Video: Wild Turkey Hen Fakes Injury to Protect Her Young

Wild turkey encounters can happen suddenly these summer days. You might be walking in the woods, or even in a suburban area where human habituation may have taken place. This time of the year, hens are with poults, if they've bred successfully. Some don't. Each day their young grow bigger...


Other Species Sought by Turkey Hunters

Are you a two-season wild turkey hunter? Or do you hunt beards in the spring and antlers in the fall? Squirrels and rabbits? Upland birds, predators and even bear get plenty of attention by turkey hunters. They decoy and call in ducks and geese, too. How about you? Statistically speaking...


How to Trap Raccoons Video

Why trap raccoons? As Roger Culpepper says in the video, "The turkeys appreciate it . . ." Raccoons are among the many egg-eating predators out there. Wildlife management on your property can help wild turkeys thrive better. As the late great Lovett E. Williams, Jr. wrote in his classic book...


Save a Turkey, Shoot a Pig

The jury is hung. Some studies show wild pigs don’t harm turkey populations; others indicate they do. My Realtree.com Quiz: Are You a Wild Turkey Expert? asks: Managed predator control – or lack of – certainly influences historical post-restoration population numbers. Many turkeys die by predation. Which of the following...


Video: Feral Kitten Attacks a Wild Turkey

Feral cats do plenty of damage to wild bird populations. This fact is well-documented . Watch as a feral kitten attempts to do just that in this YouTube video. Go here for more Realtree turkey hunting . Find us on Facebook .


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