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 Pro Staffer Anthony Virga Kills No. 2 All-Time New Jersey Turkey

    Like all hunters, we spring gobbler chasers text each other during the season, often on a daily (and nightly) basis. My phone has been lighting up with messages since early March. One of the most recent, received last Friday, May 19, included this note from Realtree pro staffer Anthony Virga...

  • Video: Wild Turkey Hen Fakes Injury to Protect Her Young

    Wild turkey encounters can happen suddenly during late spring and 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, some hens are with poults, if they've bred successfully. Depending on where you...

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DIY Turkey Call: Building a Bamboo Wingbone-Style Yelper

By the late 1800s, Charles L. Jordan (1841-1909) began publishing how-to articles on turkey hunting, and making calls from wingbone and cane. Sources indicate he may have crafted them for decades before. After Jordan’s murder by a poacher, his writing on wild turkey hunting was compiled by Edward A. McIlhenny...


5 Excuses for Why You Missed Turkeys This Spring (and the Truth)

Missing turkeys is part of the game. All veteran turkey hunters have been there, and if you haven't yet, brace yourself. It hurts. Memories of that strutter stepping up into range – and the 10 inches of swinging beard running off after you pull your shotgun's trigger – will haunt...


Realtree Video: How to Shoot Better Photos with Your Spring Gobbler

Ever get tired of the same old poses with your spring gobbler? Rachelle Hedrick has some great tips to help you shoot better . . . photos. Go here for more Realtree turkey hunting . Follow us on Facebook .


Video: New Deadly Diva Series Diaphragm Calls from Knight & Hale

Realtree pro staffer and Bone Collector's Michael Waddell teamed up with the turkey folks at Knight & Hale to create a line of three new diaphragm calls – the Deadly Divas . Listen to Chris Parrish describe Trashy Trina, Lonesome Linda, and Ready Rita. Go here for more Realtree turkey...


Video: Nick Mundt's Bone Collector Canyon Cutter Acrylic Aluminum Pot Turkey Call

Knight & Hale's Chris Parrish tells us more about Nick Mundt's new Bone Collector Canyon Cutter Acrylic Aluminum Pot Turkey Call . Go here for more Realtree turkey hunting . Follow us on Facebook .


Video: Turkey Hen with Poults Fights Off Hawk

Wild turkey hens have plenty of challenges fending off predators once their young are successfully hatched. This brood hen alertly watches over her poults 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. Go here for...


How to Use Your Four Wheeler for Turkey Hunting

An ATV or Side-by-Side (SxS) can help you cover a lot of ground in a short amount of time. Turkey hunting from a four wheeler in places such as the Tennessee mountain country are almost essential to locate and hunt spring gobblers in hard-to-reach areas using rugged trails along steep...


Turkey Hunting Nation: Top 3 Turkey Hunting States in May

Spring turkey hunting season is never long enough. These three turkey hunting states will give you the chance to finish out the roughly three-month campaign with a bang. Yep, there are other states, for sure – many of us turkey hunt these places, too. When pressed to only select three,...


Top 5 Merriam's Turkey Hunting States

Some turkey hunters say Merriam's are easy. Not in my experience. Spring snows are often factors. High altitude. Dangerous cats. Birds that walk miles from the roost. Steep mountain climbs up skinny elk and deer trails. You earn it. Oh, you can arrange for easy hunts. Chip shots. Outfitters, eager...


Wild Turkey Checks Out Chevy Silverado with Sexy Hen License Plate

For sure, wild birds of all kinds, including turkey gobblers, sometimes get confused when they see their own reflection in a glass window, or in this case, a Chevy Silverado 's shiny bumper. We're not sure if the "Sexy Hen" license plate at the start of this video is mere...


6 Reasons Your Turkey Hunting Buddy Won't Kill a Bird This Spring

There are turkey hunters and there are turkey hunters. Some are deer or duck hunters looking for something to do in spring. Some prefer bass or trout over gobblers, but go out to do "something" other than sitting on the couch watching The Walking Dead reruns. That's cool. It's all...


Realtree Video: Watch a Gobbler Breed a Hen

Some wild turkey breeding facts . . . In spring, a male turkey gobbles to call hens for mating. A gobbler’s strutting is a spring mating display. When willing, a hen squats on the ground before a gobbler. The gobbler, twice her size, climbs on her back and they breed...


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