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.

  • 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...

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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...


DIY Turkey Call: Building a Bamboo Wingbone-Style Yelper

By the late 1800s, Charles L. Jordan (1841-1909) began publishing how-to articles on turkey hunting, and making calls from wingbone and cane. Sources indicate he may have crafted them for decades before. After Jordan’s murder by a poacher, his writing on wild turkey hunting was compiled by Edward A. McIlhenny...


5 Excuses for Why You Missed Turkeys This Spring (and the Truth)

Missing turkeys is part of the game. All veteran turkey hunters have been there, and if you haven't yet, brace yourself. It hurts. Memories of that strutter stepping up into range – and the 10 inches of swinging beard running off after you pull your shotgun's trigger – will haunt...


Realtree Video: How to Shoot Better Photos with Your Spring Gobbler

Ever get tired of the same old poses with your spring gobbler? Rachelle Hedrick has some great tips to help you shoot better . . . photos. Go here for more Realtree turkey hunting . Follow us on Facebook .


Video: New Deadly Diva Series Diaphragm Calls from Knight & Hale

Realtree pro staffer and Bone Collector's Michael Waddell teamed up with the turkey folks at Knight & Hale to create a line of three new diaphragm calls – the Deadly Divas . Listen to Chris Parrish describe Trashy Trina, Lonesome Linda, and Ready Rita. Go here for more Realtree turkey...


Video: Nick Mundt's Bone Collector Canyon Cutter Acrylic Aluminum Pot Turkey Call

Knight & Hale's Chris Parrish tells us more about Nick Mundt's new Bone Collector Canyon Cutter Acrylic Aluminum Pot Turkey Call . Go here for more Realtree turkey hunting . Follow us on Facebook .


Video: Turkey Hen with Poults Fights Off Hawk

Wild turkey hens have plenty of challenges fending off predators once their young are successfully hatched. This brood hen alertly watches over her poults as they feed in the tall grass. They're not alone. A red-tailed hawk, also hungry for dinner, swoops in. Watch what happens next. Go here for...


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