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.

  • Ben Franklin Said What?!

    "I hate to discuss this because the misconception is better than the truth," late, great turkey biologist and writer Lovett E. Williams, Jr. said in his book " The Art & Science of Wild Turkey Hunting ," a true classic, though now out of print. What I always loved about...

  • These 10 Things Say You're Out of Shape for Hunting Season

    Are you out of shape for hunting season? What you say might be a good indicator. 10. Pass me another venison burger, please . . . and those fried turkey nuggets too. 9. I'm gonna drive my truck down to get the mail (at the end of the driveway). 8...

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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...


Video: Watch, Listen as a Hen Struts, Gobbles

Ever see a hen strut or hear one gobble? Watch this video. True enough, over the years we’ve seen an occasional hen strut in the spring, often to show dominance, especially when confronting a hyper-realistic fake staked in her territory. We’ve even witnessed strutting in the fall from certain brood...


Video: Turkey Hen with Poults Fights Off Hawk

Hatch-rearing wild turkey hens have plenty of challenges fending off predators these days of early summer. After nesting successfully, this brood hen alertly watches over her young as they feed in the tall grass. They're not alone. A red-tailed hawk, also hungry for dinner, swoops in. Watch what happens next...


Top 5 Turkey Hunting States

Listing the top 5 turkey hunting states is tricky. It's based on hunter participation and fueled by a long-standing tradition. Available public land, spring and fall tags, plus huntable populations are also factors. And yeah, it might just be your home state, so you're proud to be from there. Let's...


Video: Wild Turkey Fights Geese

That's one tough turkey. A wild turkey hunter would say she’s defending her territory: possibly a food source; maybe even her nest. We’ve no clue here, though the habitat seems pretty well-groomed. Nope, it's no gobbler. Her aggressive semi-strut surely says she means business though. Over the years we’ve seen...


Everybody Loves Money and Turkeys, Right?

Are you a card-carrying member of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF)? If so, chances are you’ve seen the iconic photo. If you’re a writer or editor, you’ve likely used the image with permission for editorial purposes over the years. You may not know who took the picture though. Matt...


Wild Turkey Crashes into Windshield; Stays There

Just guessing, but the insurance-claim conversation was likely a little unusual. "A wild turkey flew into my windshield. I'll need to replace it." "A wild turkey did what ?" According to the WHAS 11 news story , a woman driving on 1-64 in Shelby County, Kentucky late last month had...


South Carolina Cuts Spring Turkey Bag Limit

South Carolina hunters have long enjoyed a generous bag limit of five spring turkeys. In some ways, they’ve been the envy of some of us living in states with just a one- or two-bird limit. That’s changed. It’s been cut to just three. That’s a good thing, many suggest. According...


How Turkey Hunters Help the Economy

You know it and I know it. Hunters, including those addicted to chasing wild turkeys, are the true wildlife conservationists. Not everyone is aware of this, however. Hunters also stimulate the U.S. economy in a big way. It's time we spread the word with some facts. Realtree has pulled together...


5 End-of-Turkey-Season Life Hacks

Congratulations. Your spring turkey season is over. You filled some tags, and enjoyed spending time with friends and family. You even miss it a little, tired as you were when it all ended. But now the real work begins. CLEAN CAMO OR NOT Those dirty camouflage clothes won’t clean themselves,...


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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