Turkey Blog with Steve Hickoff

Steve Hickoff is Realtree's Editorial Director and Turkey Hunting Editor. He’s been beaten by more birds than he can remember. Still he kills enough to eat well, and fool with beards, spurs and fans until the next season. Pennsylvania born and raised, Maine is his home base now. A full-time outdoor communicator with a couple university writing degrees, he chases spring gobblers and fall flocks around the country.

  • How to Trap Raccoons Video

    Why trap raccoons? As Roger Culpepper says in the video, "The turkeys appreciate it . . ." Raccoons are among the many egg-eating predators out there. Wildlife management on your property can help wild turkeys thrive better. As the late great Lovett E. Williams, Jr. wrote in his classic book...

  • Vermont Spring Turkey Hunting Record Set

    According to a preliminary report from Vermont Fish & Wildlife, registration data shows hunters tagged a record number of birds this past spring, with the highest turkey kill ever recorded in the Green Mountain State. Want details? Hunters brought home 6,570 wild turkeys during the spring hunting season, including 743...

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Video: Turkey Hunting Grand Slam with Special Meaning

Realtree pro staffer Anthony Virga 's completion of his turkey hunting Grand Slam was unlike many others. He did it for a close friend, his late buddy Joey. Watch the video here and comment below. Bonus Photo Blog : Turkey Hunting Grand Slam for a Friend Go here for more...


5 Tips to Help Travel with Hunting Dogs

If you travel with hunting dogs as I do – any canine pet really – portable, cushioned beds are essential. Good food and fresh water, including a collapsible dish, are also mainstays. Over the past 20 years my English setters have put on many road miles with me. They’ve been...


5 Tips to Keep Your Hunting Dog Happy

Between early September and late December, I'm on the road, most often in my pickup truck, hunting multiple states for fall turkey flocks. And ducks. And geese. And all those smaller upland birds. We get out plenty here at home as well. My English setter Luna, like my canine hunting...


Iowa Turkey Hunters Killed Fewer Birds Than Last Spring

According to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, hunters killed nearly 11,800 Iowa birds this spring, roughly 400 birds fewer than 2016. Iowa's five spring turkey seasons kicked off April 8 with the youth season. The regular spring turkey season ended on May 21. On the upside, Iowa hunters purchased...


Maryland Turkey Hunters Set a Record This Spring

Maryland rarely comes up in conversations about turkey hunting, but hunters there set a record for the state this past spring season. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) has announced that hunters reported taking a record 4,175 wild turkeys during the 2017 regular spring and junior hunt turkey seasons...


Ohio Spring Turkey Season Kill Tops 21,000 Birds

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) shared some great news about this past spring turkey season: Ohio hunters checked a total of 21,015 wild turkeys during the combined 2017 spring wild turkey south zone hunting season; northeast zone hunting season; and the youth wild turkey hunting season, April 22-May...


5 Things to Do Since Turkey Hunting Season is Over

It's official. Turkey hunting season is over. Part of you feels a little sad it all ended, and part of you is probably relieved . You've been running for weeks, working hard to cover the monthly bills, trying to locate birds for the morning fly-down, roosting turkeys and surely getting...


Near Record for Virginia Spring Turkey Season

Wind. Rain. Heat and cold. Forget about it. For some states, this past spring turkey season has been one of the best on record. First, we reported on the great news about Kentucky's spring turkey season . And now, word comes from the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries...


Great News About Kentucky's Spring Turkey Season

The news on Kentucky's spring turkey season from Kevin Kelly of the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources is great. His full report follows: Turkey hunters in Kentucky encountered wind, rain and wild temperature swings this past spring season but did not let factors out of their control keep...


Why You Love and Hate the End of Turkey Hunting Season

Admit it, you both love and hate the end of turkey season. A few words follow on why. Early on, you love the early risings, driving through a sleeping town to an all-night gas station for early coffee and doughnuts, where you run into a few other camo-clad hunters and...


Realtree Pro Staffer Anthony Virga Kills No. 2 All-Time New Jersey Turkey

Like all hunters, we spring gobbler chasers text each other during the season, often on a daily (and nightly) basis. My phone has been lighting up with messages since early March. One of the most recent, received last Friday, May 19, included this note from Realtree pro staffer Anthony Virga...


Video: Wild Turkey Hen Fakes Injury to Protect Her Young

Wild turkey encounters can happen suddenly during late spring and summer days. You might be walking in the woods, or even in a suburban area where human habituation may have taken place. This time of the year, some hens are with poults, if they've bred successfully. Depending on where you...


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