Turkey

  • 3 Ways You Won't Kill a Fall Turkey

    Just ask any hardcore fall turkey hunter: finding and killing one of these birds takes time. Sure, but not always. If you're hunting human-habituated flocks on private land, well, it can be pretty easy. Take to the bigwoods of the northeast or expansive properties out West, and success might come...

  • Turkey Spurs are Like Antlers to a Deer Hunter

    It's one of the first things we study on a wild turkey gobbler when we give thanks and reflect on the many powerful feelings we have after killing one. Often, as that bird struts toward us, wheels and turns, we catch a first glimpse of leg spurs on the bird...

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3 Ways to Cold Call Fall Turkeys

Cold calling to fall turkeys — whether on foot or from a blind — is a strategy to locate or pull in birds you don’t see or hear. You've likely picked a spot where you’ve found fresh turkey sign, or even seen and heard birds before (though quiet groups will...


How to Plant a Winter Wheat Food Plot

The best winter wheat crops have to have a healthy, vigorous start, good tillering (shoot growth) and be well established before winter hits. DeltAg Seed Coat is a dry biostimulant formulation designed for hopper box seed treatment in the field. Seed Coat, applied at a rate of 4 ounces per...


3 Ways to Scatter Fall Turkeys

Your goal is to get flocked-up fall turkeys to run or fly in different directions. Why? This is when they're most vulnerable. You then set up and try to call separated birds back to your gun or bow. You can scatter them in a number of ways. Walk Under Roosts...


Video: Predator Hunter Calls in Two Fall Longbeards Using a Rabbit Distress Call

Wild turkeys by nature are curious. And spooky. And likely the most paranoid bird on the planet. They occasionally do some unexpected things in the woods. Call a couple of wary adult gobblers into range with a dying rabbit distress call? Unlikely, right? Wrong. Predator calling sometimes consists of making...


My Hunting Buddy: Gone But Not Forgotten

I first met Dale Earnhardt in 1992 at a hunting lodge in Michigan where I was filming whitetails for Realtree’s TV show. At the time, I had heard his name and knew that he was a racer, but I didn’t know much about NASCAR or Dale. After rattling, grunting, and...


Outside the Box Fall Turkey Hunting Tips

Find the flock, scatter them and then call them back. This time-tested technique for fall turkey hunting has been my favorite approach through the years and I have many fond memories of perfect scatters and classic call-ups. I still use this tactic when circumstances allow, those being big woods and...


5 Overlooked Fall Turkey Hunting States

Over the last few decades, I've hunted wild turkeys east to west, north to south ( even in Mexico ). While fall turkey hunting is largely a tradition based in the midwestern and eastern half of the United States, there are plenty of opportunities out West. One eastern state, known...


5 Fall Turkey Hunts for Your Busy Schedule

Time is at a premium for many turkey hunters. Still, you miss hearing birds waking up on the roost, then drawing closer and closer to your setup after fly-down time. You need to hunt. Try these five tactics for your busy schedule and tag a bird this fall. 1. Hunt...


3 Reasons to Shoot a Legal Fall Turkey Hen

Fall turkey hunting is available in 42 states and a number of Canadian provinces. Often, either-sex birds are legal to shoot. Always check your regulations to be sure. That said, there are common points of discussion when it comes to killing legal fall hens, juvenile or adult. Reasons why you...


7 Kinds of Wild Turkeys You Can Hunt This Fall

If fall turkey hunting is open in your state (it is in 42 of them and some Canadian provinces as well), your chance at interacting with different kinds of autumn gobblers and hens is likely. In the end, as either-sex fall hunts go, you choose which one will wear a...


Inside Look: Realtree MAX-5 Camo

Sure, MAX-5 is our waterfowl hunting pattern. But did you know it's great for deer hunting in certain areas, too? See how well it blends in cornfields, with grasses, and in other areas in the video above. Are you a deer hunter thirsty for knowledge? Check out our stories, videos...


5 Ways to Call the Whole Flock in While Fall Turkey Hunting

Yes, you can call the whole fall turkey flock to your position and pick out the bird you want. I'm a longtime practitioner of hunting fall turkeys with dogs trained to find flocks, scatter them, then sit quitely at the setup as you call separated birds back. It's a legal...


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