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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...


Win a Texas Turkey Hunt with Tyler Jordan and Phillip Culpepper

Do you want to help with wild turkey conservation and have fun doing it? Sure you do. Turkeys for Tomorrow (TFT), a 501(c)3 non-profit conservation group proudly supported by Realtree, is offering you the chance to win the hunt of a lifetime and support conservation. Enter the raffle to chase...


Southwestern Region Turkey Hunting Forecast

As changes go for the 2022 turkey seasons in these states, Texas has fewer tweaks — though specifics are important for noted locations — and Oklahoma has the most drastic, aimed at conservation measures to stabilize the trend of declining populations. New Mexico and Arizona are different in that the...


How to Guide a New Turkey Hunter

Anonymity is what guides share quietly at those side tables off from the main dining area in hunting camps around the country. They’re free to trade smiles, grins, polite whispers, and jokes punctuated by rowdy laughter, plus tales of commiseration. A delicate dynamic of respect ensures that stories are kept...


5 Trapping Baits Nest-Raiding Raccoons Can’t Resist

Raccoons are cute, clever, and turkey-egg-eating specialists. Studies have shown that a dense raccoon population can have a real impact on localized turkey hatches and brood rearing success. Keep that in mind while also considering that turkey populations are struggling in some areas of the country, especially in the Southeast...


Changes to Southern Spring Turkey Seasons You Might Not Know About

By many estimates, wild turkey populations have declined in some regions, notably the Southeast and particularly the Deep South. Adjusting season dates and bag limits and even coordinating hunter participation to regulate pressure on birds are some approaches wildlife officials use to manage outdoor resources. Other factors such as turkey...


How to Get an Osceola Longbeard by the Feet

I love the sound of a distant gobble on the roost behind a towering panel of Spanish moss in the breaking dawn. My buddy Scott Basehore had scouted this Florida swamp gobbler and the two hens it ran with on consecutive preseason mornings. “There’s a 15-foot gator back there and...


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41 Pieces of Sweet Bowhunting Gear for 2022

Most bowhunters are gear junkies. Maybe the stuff we already have works just fine, but with so much cool stuff hitting the market every year, it’s hard not to daydream about new gear that might make filling a tag a little easier, or at least make the time afield more...


Hell-Raising Turkeys Are Taking Over Staten Island

Don’t tell folks in Staten Island, New York, or those calling the neighborhood of Brookline, Massachusetts, home (the municipality list for such city birds is longish) that wild turkeys are facing declines in some parts of the country. Their asphalt streets are full of the birds. Mail-delivery-chasing gobblers. Window-pecking renegades,...


Stay Safe Out There This Turkey Season

Fortunately, I didn’t pay the price of mistaken identity. But heck, in all honesty, it took me a minute to puzzle out the situation. Coyote, I first thought. The distant movement was low to the ground, stalking the weeds like a predator. Then I had the sudden realization it was...


How to Get a Wild Turkey for Your Thanksgiving Dinner

Farm-raised turkeys from your local meat market shared with family and friends are a tradition for some, sure. Not everyone hunts wild turkeys with the same passion we do. Our birds carry the memories of the hunt. That’s a powerful thing for most of us. And it gives us a...


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