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A Bunch of Wild Turkeys Later

Loafing under a sky full of stars after a big meal of barbecue. Turkey camp, decades ago. A “writer’s hunt,” as they used to say, where media pros are invited to field-test the latest gear. And yeah, to network with the folks who write and assign the work. Realtree was...


Strut Report: Deep South Seasons Off to Slow Gobbling Start

Winter is finally fading away and in some parts of the country, turkey season is here. In others, it soon will be. But our focus is on the former. Florida is the starting gun to turkey season each year. This year, youth season opened February 26-27 in the South Zone...


Podcast: Should Turkey Hunters Worry About Gobbler Sperm Counts?

Is knowing whether the gobbler you just shot had a viable sperm count important? Some leading turkey researchers think it might be. In this episode of Realtree's Outpost Podcast, I sat down with Dr. Will Gulsby, who is one of the lead researchers on a series of wild turkey studies...


Northeast Region Turkey Hunting Forecast

Maine Eating steamed lobster with melted butter, trout fishing, and a menu of other recreational activities are bonuses here. That’s all a big upside for visiting hunters. And the cost of turkey hunting in Maine for both the resident and the nonresident is among the most affordable in the country,...


10 Reasons Why You Suck at Calling Turkeys

Turkeys aren’t difficult to call. People keep telling you that. Yet, you know they don’t gobble at you much. Even when they do, they don’t come to you. You’ve never had any luck “blind calling,” and truth be told, you watched a group of jakes, supposedly the dumbest creatures in...


Are Southern Turkeys Harder to Kill?

Many traveling turkey hunters will tell you: The toughest turkeys to hunt are in the South. In fact, I reached out to more than three dozen veteran hunters, and more than half of them confirmed it. Southern turkeys are simply the toughest to kill. They point to a plethora of...


The Mid-South Turkey Hunting Forecast

South Carolina Traditionally, South Carolina has a deep turkey hunting tradition and good numbers of birds in the right habitat areas. Unfortunately, estimates of South Carolina’s turkey population are down 20,000 birds from just a year ago, to 100,000 statewide. Numbers, officials say, have declined due to poor hatches over...


Pull Off a DIY Merriam’s Turkey Hunt in 3 Days

Killing a mountain Merriam’s gobbler is a challenge. These turkeys tend to run in large groups with alert wild eyes and strong legs, and they often move far and wide from roosting locations. Don’t expect to see them loafing in the same small plots all day like an Eastern. The...


Midwestern Region Turkey Hunting Forecast

Some of my most vest-popping, sharp-spurred, top-of-the-charts-turkey-trophy-registry-had-I-bothered birds have been taken in the Midwestern region over the years. After all, it’s our nation’s heartland of turkey hunting. That said, some states deter nonresidents to an extent, or at least charge you handily for the privilege of chasing those birds. And...


2022 Realtree Turkey Hunter Gear Giveaway

Opening day of turkey season is just around the corner. We know you’re excited — and we’re giving you a reason to get even more excited. Just like you, we love chasing longbeards. To celebrate, we’ve decided to outfit one lucky hunter with $740 worth of apparel and gear that...


Western Region Turkey Hunting Forecast

Truth is, Western states hold some of the most beautiful, rugged terrain you’ll ever haul your turkey hunting butt up. And if you like to walk far and long like those turkeys, this region is the place for you. These wild, nomadic birds cover miles each day, roosting where they...


Bowhunting Turkeys is Hard. This Advice Makes it Easier.

Several toms were sounding off from the roost as I positioned my blind and decoys. I thought I was in for a sure thing but as the morning unfolded, they held up in the timber 150 yards away. After two hours, I grew impatient and decided to hike across the...


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