Turkey Blog with Steve Hickoff

Steve Hickoff is Realtree.com'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.

  • New Strut Commander Turkey Calls from the NWTF Convention

    We're on the NWTF Convention show floor, seeing longtime friends, making new ones and catching up on new turkey hunting gear for the 2018 spring gobbler season. Strut Commander has four new turkey calls. Please click through our blog post to see these new mouth diaphragms and locator calls. Go...

  • 5 Tough Shots You'll Take While Turkey Hunting

    Tough shots come your way while turkey hunting. You're sometimes seated at the base of a broad-trunked tree, anticipating where the gobbler will slip into view. Trouble is, wary spring turkeys have other plans. Whether you're on your butt, sitting in the woods, or in a blind, watching a field,...

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How to Pattern Your Turkey Hunting Shotgun

Patterning your turkey hunting shotgun, turkey chokes and various shotshells is essential to success in the field. Steve Meyer, Winchester Ammunition's supervisor of new shotshell development, has tips on how to pattern your turkey gun in this click-through blog post.


Top 5 Scoring Rio Grande Gobblers

To many of us, Rio Grande turkey hunting means Texas, Oklahoma and that part of the country. You'll also find them roosting above the lush California vineyards north of Los Angeles and even across the Pacific Ocean in Hawaii. And many other states west of the Mississippi River. Check out...


How to Hunt Early Season Turkeys

Editor's note : This revamp post is from the classic Team Realtree Turkey Hunting Fieldbook (2001) . Written by the late Aaron Pass, the printed book still contains solid advice for hunting turkeys in the early season. We honor his memory here with this click-through blog post. – Steve Hickoff...


Top 5 Scoring Osceola Wild Turkeys

Osceolas are a hard-gobbling, sharp-spurred, swamp-loving subspecies of wild turkey found only in Florida. There are also Easterns and hybrids along the northern intergrade line. That said, I love Osceolas and I'll hunt them this spring. For many hardcore turkey hunters, it's the first stop at the beginning of another...


Everything You Need to Know About the NWTF Convention

As always, the Realtree team will attend this year's annual NWTF Convention & Sport Show. We'll be there February 14-18, 2018, in Nashville, Tennessee, covering the event. Go to Realtree turkey hunting for new posts on gear and happenings. For now, here's all you need to know about the NWTF...


Turkey Hunting: How to Age a Gobbler by Spur Length

Aging gobblers by spur length isn't an exact science. Often it's an estimate. The sharpness and curve of the spur can give you an approximate read on the bird's age though. Rarely will gobblers have no spurs, and some subspecies show different characteristics based on the terrain they walk. Spurs...


6 Reasons Your Turkey Hunting Buddy Won't Kill a Bird This Spring

There are turkey hunters and there are turkey hunters. Some are deer or duck hunters looking for something to do in spring. Some prefer bass or trout over gobblers, but go out to do "something" other than sitting on the couch watching The Walking Dead reruns. That's cool. It's all...


Turkey Hunting: How to Use a Slate Call Video

Ever wonder how to use a slate call for turkey hunting? Check out our Realtree classic how-to video and learn more. Any questions? Please comment below. Go here for more Realtree turkey hunting . Follow us on Facebook .


Top 5 Longest Wild Turkey Subspecies Beards

One of the first physical details you size up when a gobbler walks into view is the beard. Beards are often a matter of shooting a legal bird in the spring, as "bearded bird" state regulations also include bearded hens ; other states are "gobblers only" and one, no jakes...


10 Reasons Why You Suck at Turkey Hunting

Some folks just can't figure out the turkey hunting tradition for trying. Oh, they're good bass anglers, even deer hunters, but the little things you have to put together to kill a spring gobbler – or even a fall turkey where legal – are lost on them. Little things are...


SHOT Show: Turkey Hunting Gear for the 2018 Season

Check out this photo gallery of new turkey hunting gear at the 2018 SHOT Show. More Realtree turkey hunting . Follow us on Facebook .


Top 5 Heavyweight Wild Turkey Gobblers by Subspecies

Turkey hunters love to get down to the details of spurs, beards and even weight. We pulled together the top five heavyweights of each wild turkey subspecies, and lined them up in this photo blog. Check out the top weights for Eastern, Rio Grande, Merriam's, Gould's, and Osceola turkeys as...


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