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.

  • ATA Show 2018: Hunting Gear for All of Us

    Okay, if you ask me, and many of my friends, we identify as turkey hunters. Growing up in north-central Pennsylvania, guys my age now used to whisper in hushed tones: "Oh, yeah, he's a turkey hunter ." It was a badge of honor to be called that. And I'm honored...

  • ATA Show 2018: New Tenzing Turkey Hunting Recliner in Realtree EDGE

    The cool thing about turkey recliners is the immediate conversion from a turkey hunting vest as you walk, into a turkey hunting chair as you make your setup, with a padded fold-out seat as you wait on that gobbler to show. I got the scoop on the new Tenzing TZ...

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ATA Show 2018: 3-D Turkey Hunting Archery Targets

Arrowing 3-D turkey archery targets is both fun and practical. It's one way of making sure you're ready when a gobbling longbeard steps into range of your blind or open-ground setup and you draw back for the shot. We're on the ATA 2018 show floor checking out new products before...


ATA Show 2018: Knight & Hale RNG-200 Turkey Vest in Realtree EDGE

Realtree.com is covering the ATA Show this week in Indianapolis, Indiana. In addition to archery gear, some cool turkey hunting products in the new Realtree EDGE camouflage are also on the floor. The Knight & Hale RNG-200 Turkey Vest will surely get some interest from turkey hunters this season. Please...


Turkey Hunting: New Federal Premium Turkey Loads for 2018

Federal Premium has revamped its turkey hunting loads, offering three shotshell upgrades for the coming spring turkey season. Check out these ammo options in our photo turkey blog. Go here for more Realtree turkey hunting . Follow us on Facebook .


Need a New Turkey Hunting Shotgun?

There's no better time to buy a new shotgun for the coming spring turkey season than now. It's winter. If you're a turkey hunter, the season can't come fast enough. Problem is, up North, sub-zero temperatures outside make it seem as far away as next Christmas. It's even been unseasonably...


Skeleton Optics Scout Realtree Xtra Edition Sunglasses

Like many hunters, I fish. Funny thing is, a lot of my fishing in a given year is during downtime in hunting camp. And because I travel so much to do both, my gear takes a beating. This is true for my sunglasses, too. Though I didn't fish on my...


DIY Planning Tips for Your Out-of-State Spring Turkey Hunt

You’re thinking about spring turkey hunting. The time to plan is now. Turkeys to Hunt Does the state have good turkey populations? Think of this first before planning your trip. A state with high bird numbers might mean greater hunter competition, of course, especially on public land. Then again, wouldn't...


States Where You Can Turkey Hunt in January

Now that deer season is over for some of you, but still underway just a bit longer for others, the notion of turkey hunting has probably crossed your hunter's radar. Got the urge to travel for winter turkeys, or to hunt your home state if it includes the following places?...


Christmas Gift Ideas for the Turkey Hunter

Check out this video of the CZ 612 Magnum Turkey Gun in Realtree Xtra® Green. We have a running joke in this house, my wife and I. "Steve, what's on your Christmas list?" "Honey," I say smiling, "all I need is more time ." So with that, my first suggestion...


Realtree Video: New Escort Left-Handed Shotgun for Under $1,000

Have you been looking for a true left-handed shotgun? Check out our Realtree video on the new Escort left-handed shotgun for under $1,000. Go here for more Realtree turkey hunting . Follow us on Facebook . Editor's note: This blog post was first published March 20, 2017.


Top 5 Winter Turkey Hunting States

For some of us, wild turkey hunting isn't just a spring deal. We think about the bird every day. We build calls in the off-season. We plan hunts, watch turkeys and go to sleep thinking about them. Opportunities for pursuing the greatest game bird on the planet exist in fall...


Turkey Gobbling Woman on TV's Family Feud

Family Feud — the fill-in-the-blank game show TV Guide ranked No. 3 all-time behind Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! — includes occasional banter between the host and contestants. Best we can tell this is the first time a self-proclaimed "turkey gobbling champion" has visited the studio . . . and...


Use Turkey Decoys for Deer Hunting Where Legal

Assuming it's legal where you deer hunt, turkey decoys might just work to pull in some venison for your freezer. Yes, in some states you can't do so legally. It's always best to double-check. But if archery or gun seasons for both fall turkeys and whitetails are open at the...


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