Turkey

  • Will Social Media Be the Death of Hunting?

    Approximately 6 percent of the U.S. population hunts. To a lifelong hunter who’s worked hard to pass the tradition on to my children, that statistic is frightening. It should be frightening to you as well. We like to think of hunting as a God-given right but, in reality, it isn’t...

  • 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. Yes, in some states you can't do so legally. It's always best to double-check. But if archery or gun seasons for both fall turkeys and whitetails are open at the...

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How to Hunt Winter Wild Turkeys

You'll never see more turkeys together than between now and the so-called spring dispersal. Winter flocks are typically big, from dozens to hundreds of birds, young and old. This time of the year, turkeys will be concentrated near the best food sources: picked-over crop fields, cow pastures and feedlots (they...


Top 5 Heavyweight Wild Turkey Gobblers by Subspecies

Turkey hunters love to get down to the details of spurs, beards and even weight. We pulled together the top five heavyweights of each wild turkey subspecies, and lined them up in this photo blog. Check out the top weights for Eastern, Rio Grande, Merriam's, Gould's, and Osceola turkeys as...


Give Thanks

Almost always after killing a wild turkey, I whisper: "Thanks." Sometimes I'm alone; sometimes I'm with a buddy. I'm moved. I'm grateful. My hands are almost always shaking, even after all these years. It never gets old. I'm forever amazed I got to do it one more time. And I'm...


5 Thanksgiving Day Fall Turkey Hunting States

Thanksgiving is all about friends, family, eating turkey and giving thanks . But to eat turkey, you have to have one in hand. Some hit the local grocery store, while others invest in a farm-raised bird. Others, like us, like to hunt and take one for the holiday table. If...


3 Reasons Your Thanksgiving Day Turkey Should Be Wild

You woke early, made coffee, drove far, parked your truck, and climbed that ridge before daybreak. You listened to wild turkeys on the roost. You made your setup. And after another setup or two – been there? – eventually called the bird you wanted in, and closed the deal. After,...


5 Ways to Kill a Fall Turkey While Deer Hunting

I know. You want the shooter buck on your hit list. But Thanksgiving is coming too. If both seasons are open where you hunt, here’s how to put a wild bird on the table while waiting for Mr. Double Drop Tine. 1. Get in the Air You’re bowhunting, and have...


Video: Territorial Deer Attack on Backyard Turkey Flock

At times, you'd swear deer and wild turkeys watch out for danger as they feed together in woods and field situations while you're hunting them. Then again, sometimes pure competition for the food source – in this case, somebody's backyard – provokes territorial behavior . . . That's when trouble...


Plan Your Late-Season Fall Turkey Hunting Now

Many of you are thinking of one thing these days: deer . While some of you hardcore fall turkey hunters have chased flocks this October, some others may wait until after they've filled the freezer with venison to even begin to think about turkeys. Fortunately many opportunities around the country...


Irish Setter Hunting Boots

Fall turkey hunters cover a lot of ground trying to find autumn flocks. To do that, you need serious foot support from your hunting boots. Truth is, I'm a boot hoarder. I keep them for years and years, even as soles wear down and seams pop. Laces fray and I...


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Black and White Photos from Hunts of the Past

We invited Realtree.com readers to send us their hunting photos from the past. We selected some of the best to share with you, several of which date all the way back to the 1920s. We hope you enjoy stepping back in time with these images of hunters from days gone...


3 Ways to Salvage Your Fall Turkey Hunting Season

Maybe you're in a bit of a rut. Field sitting day after day can get pretty old as turkey hunting goes. Try these three tactics to put your tag on a fall bird. Locate by Cold Calling Fall turkeys before fly-down – or moving on the ground, even if silent...


The Bone Collector Office Tour

You could probably say that Michael Waddell has just about done it all in the hunting world. Here we have David Blanton give us a tour of the Bone Collector office where Waddell and company do their thang. Are you a deer hunter thirsty for knowledge? Check out our stories,...


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