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Plan B for Turkey Hunting Opening Morning

Long-awaited opening morning is here. You dreamed of turkeys flying off the roost, working toward your perfectly located tree. Your calls are prepped and waiting. Your shotgun cleaned, patterned and cleaned again. Your overloaded turkey vest is straining the coat hook by the back door. License, check. Everything is ready...


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Turkey Hunting: How to Set Up on a Spring Gobbler

There are many intricacies involved in a successful turkey hunt. Calling, camouflage, the right gun and ammunition all contribute to putting a gobbler on your shoulder for the walk back to the truck. One thing that is often overlooked is how you sit to a turkey. By sit to a...


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DIY Turkey Hunting: How to Build a Corn Cob Striker

Look back at photos of the early pioneers of turkey hunting. In a great many of them, the hunters are running a slate call with a corn cob striker. Over the years, these strikers gradually gave way to solid hardwood or plastic and wood models. These newer strikers held up...


Cooking Wild Turkey Two Ways: Ranch or Honey?

In this Realtree video, Justin Martin and Jordan Summit, from Duck, Buck and Turkey Commander, turkey hunt Texas with David Blanton. Martin and Summit walk you through two different recipes. Watch the video and let us know which one you like more. Please comment below. More Realtree turkey hunting ...


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Turkey Hunting: Gobbler Body Language and What It Means

Wild turkeys communicate three ways — vocalization, body language and behavior. Beyond mastering turkey calls and their messages, an understanding of turkey body language and behaviors can be a strategic tool when hunting. Turkey “talk” in all forms communicates mood, status and/or intent. Some signals are subtle. Some not so...


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DIY Turkey Calls: Build Pots and Pegs with Kids

As we wandered the crowded aisles of the NWTF Convention in Nashville, all three of my kids homed in on one booth in particular. It belonged to Brookside Game Calls and it was adorned with all manner of call-making supplies. As the kids ogled the pot blanks in various woods...


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...


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How to Make a Turkey Hunting Tote from a Deer Antler and Paracord

You’ve been after him since daylight. He flew down the wrong direction, avoided you on the next two sets, and finally committed the fourth time you got in front of him. Trouble is, you are now a mile or more from the truck. And this old bird is big. Really...


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Why Turkey Hunting Beard Lengths are Controversial

Beard lengths matter to turkey hunters. You know how we hunters like to measure everything. One of the first things a turkey hunter does – after giving thanks and feeling all is well with the world – is to check the length of a gobbler's beard (or yes, in some...


The 10 Commandments of Public Land Turkey Hunting

Some folks have private honey holes. Filling spring gobbler tags without too much outside hunting pressure is pretty much assured. And then there's the rest of us. The guys who hunt public land turkeys with everyone else. It’s busy. It’s crowded. Some strategies are in order. So let's get to...


5 Things You Need in a Good Hunting Camp

I've been fortunate to hunt wild turkeys around the United States and down in Mexico. Some camps are memorable for all the right reasons. Others, well, you'd best soon forget them. Fortunately the latter deal is rare. Check out these five things you need in a good hunting camp. A...


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7 Tips for Turkey Hunting with Kids

The bulk of my time in the turkey woods these days is spent in the company of one or more of my kids. I still enjoy time alone in the woods, but sharing a love for the outdoors with them is a lot more fun. Trouble is, in today’s fast-paced...


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