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Guide to the Best Turkey Decoy Setups

Montana Decoy has pulled together tips to help use your turkey decoys more effectively. As the company says: The guide features five proven turkey decoy setups that correlate with specific times of the season. It details what kind of turkey decoys to use, how to set them up, when and...


Why Turkey Hunting TV Shows Usually Suck

Ask my wife, friends and even enemies: I’m a wild turkey fanatic – afflicted and addicted. Chances are you might be, too. We're probably friends for that reason or should be. Much of my professional and personal life involves scouting, hunting, writing, editing, photographing and talking about spring gobblers and...


How to Kill a Turkey with Your Bare Hands

You don’t plan it this way, of course. Killing a turkey with your bare hands comes after you’ve tried to drop a gobbler in his tracks – and failed. Hunt spring gobblers or fall flocks enough and you’ll do this at least once a season. Using the “well after all...


Grand Slam Gobbler ID Guide

Each of the four Grand Slam turkey subspecies looks, acts and hunts a little differently. Knowing those differences going in will make you more successful. Experiencing them firsthand is what makes a Grand Slam so special. [Editor's note: This interactive post was first published on March 17, 2014.]


How to Roost Turkeys

Learn how to roost turkeys this spring hunting season. Finding where turkeys start and finish their day gives you a hunter’s advantage. Roosting a gobbler — and the other birds it runs with — makes this possible.


All-Day Spring Turkey Hunting: Right or Wrong?

This season for the first time Maine will allow afternoon spring turkey hunting. It’s been a New England and northeastern management tradition to finish at midday. This perspective, possibly unfounded, is based on the belief all-day spring turkey hunting disrupts breeding, moves hens off nests, puts added pressure on birds...


Turkey Calling and Coyote Shooting

Texas. A bright-eyed but toothsome head popped up in range where we thought a turkey might. I’d been calling steadily on a mouth diaphragm. The coyote paused, looking hard at us, as I whispered to the high-school football player guiding me and a buddy on the land: “Shoot him?” “You’d...


How to Hunt Turkeys from a Blind

There's more to killing a tough field gobbler than just staking your blind anywhere. Hub-style blinds are light and compact enough to carry. Set up is easy as take down. Many can accommodate several hunters. Some have shoot-through mesh windows. Many include zippered exterior windows you can adjust inside and...


Are Pure Turkey Hunting Grand Slams Nearly Impossible?

Wild turkeys move. They roam. They don’t stay put in one place – especially jakes and young hens during the annual dispersal. This phase sends them on a kind of walkabout. Tracking studies have shown range can shift dramatically. A big part of wild turkey restoration around the country relied...


Turkey Camp Debate: Belly-Crawling, Fanning or Just Calling?

Fanning, belly-crawling or simply calling your gobbler in while turkey hunting? That is the question. Safe? Stupid? Smart? Using turkey fans and decoys to move on gobblers and henned-up flocks is really nothing new, unless you count the marketing spin. I’ve done it. You’ve done it. Heck, historical evidence shows...


Knight Muzzleloading Shotgun in Realtree Xtra®

In a SHOT Show exclusive, Realtree.com editor Will Brantley checks out the Knight Muzzleloading Shotgun in Realtree Xtra. Have you ever tagged a spring gobbler or fall turkey with a muzzleloader? Comment below. Steve Hickoff is Realtree's turkey hunting editor and blogger.


Tenzing TZ TP14 Turkey Pack

The Tenzing TZ TP14 Turkey Pack premiered at the ATA Show. The Tenzing TZ TP14 Turkey Pack, available in Realtree Xtra, is pictured here. It's got two silent, spring-loaded legs and a padded seat with magnetic fasteners. The company calls it "a self-supported hunting chair." Pockets number 28 all told,...


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