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Top 5 States for May Turkey Hunting

“You still at it?” my Southern friends will ask, having turkey hunted since March. And from my cabin in the Northeast, I’ll reply, “Yeah bud, the season just started up here.” Maine Regular season dates : May 3 to June 5, 2021 2020 spring harvest data : N/A (2019: 6,612...


Tips for .410 Turkey Hunting

Boom. Down. Dead with a knockout punch. As my friends know, I’m a die-hard, old-school turkey hunter who believes in the big boom: a 12-gauge shotgun, reliably choked, is my best option for dropping turkeys in their tracks with confidence. Fact is, many of my grizzled turkey buddies who might...


How Do You Hunt a Pressured Solo Gobbler?

This wild turkey has seen it all and has likely had a close call or two. It isn’t buying your store-shelf box call yelps. It might have stood there as a big boom took out its strutting buddy. A pressured solo gobbler running alone, whether it’s a 2-year-old, an old...


How to Keep Your Butt from Going Numb While Turkey Hunting

Patience kills turkeys, and sitting comfortably helps. I caught up with our Realtree.com team of contributors — all of whom turkey hunt — to get their thoughts on this subject. Minimalist Moves Kentucky’s Will Brantley likes to slip up on turkeys, gaining ground on birds mostly with mouth calling, and...


Long Distance Turkey Calling

“If you have a turkey gobbling to your calling, but it’s far off,” my dad used to say, “and it shuts up, get ready. It might be on the way.” And man, I have thought of that tidbit of wisdom many times since. My father hunted ridge-running Pennsylvania turkeys, just...


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5 Ways You Ruined Your Wild Turkey Meat

Wild turkey is one of our favorite meals. Forget the genetic freaks from the supermarket that modern poultry producers have bred to reach gigantic sizes in a few short months. They don’t taste like turkey. In fact, they don’t taste like much at all. Wild turkeys spend their days foraging...


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10 Plants That Will Hold Turkeys on Your Hunting Property

Whitetail deer are the most popular game animal in the country. So popular, in fact, that there's an entire industry built around land management for whitetails. From specialized farming equipment, to seed companies, to tree nurseries, if it benefits deer, someone will sell it to you. The next most popular...


How to Plan an RV Hunting Trip

Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, hunting license sales skyrocketed across the country in 2020 as folks turned to the fields and forests to enjoy outdoor recreation away from large crowds. Hunting is a great option for entertainment and low-risk for COVID-19. But if your hunting destination is a long distance...


3 Ways to Make a Gobbler Do What You Want

Turkeys don’t always do what we want. That’s the challenge — and yes, the fun of it. Don’t be afraid to mix up your approach if that bird isn’t buying what you’re selling. 1. You Want the Gobbler to Fly Down Last dusk’s roosted longbeard — the one you excitedly...


The Toughest Turkey Hunting States

Defining a tough turkey hunt is tricky. Some hunters expect to easily fill tags on cooperative birds. Others measure a quality hunt by the standard of unpressured, gobbling turkeys in pretty places. Two old-school measures of toughness include shut-mouthed or henned-up strutters. Still, certain states are especially tough due to...


Best Turkey Hunting Road Trips

The familiar gravity of the open road is strong as black coffee, as familiar as the playlist you sing to, beating time on the steering wheel. Landscapes slip by like a movie on fast forward. Gas stop to gas stop, you wheel through the dark to the season’s first daybreak...


How to Tag a Gobbler When You Have No Time

Turkey hunting is often about having a boatload of insight on bird behavior — and especially when you time it right, to put that insight into action. Talk It Up “Mr. Johnson, those turkeys giving you a hard time with the farm work?” “Ha, don’t you know it. Can’t get...


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