After Turkey Season: Do This, Not That

By author of Turkey Blog with Steve Hickoff

Tips for keeping busy until the next time you chase bearded birds

And just like that, the long spring turkey season is over.

A little part of you is probably okay with it, but mostly you wish you were out there, still listening for daybreak gobbles and trying to get one more longbeard in range. Well, here are some things you can do to extend all that fun, and a few more you should do with the next season in mind.

While memories of strutting longbeards are still fresh, check out our Realtree turkey content with next season in mind. Image by Kerry B. Wix

DO extend the memories by building a wingbone call …

Extend memories of your solo hunts and those good times with friends by following this step-by-step guide to making a wingbone turkey call:

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DO keep an eye on turkey hatches in your region …

This summer’s turkey hatches will extend the so-called circle of life with a shot of hope for coming spring gobbler seasons. Plus, it’s just good fun watching for little poults out there bugging fields with their mama:

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DO catch up on Realtree 365 Spring Thunder episodes …

From the swamps of Florida to the hills of Tennessee, join Team Realtree as they get after longbeards across the country:

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Realtree's Tyler Jordan in road-trip mode this recent turkey season. Image by Hunter Phelps

DO finally get around to buying a custom turkey call …

Sure, a mouth call pocketed for the cost of a fast-food burger with fries can yelp up plenty of birds. They’re cheap, effective, and all that. But for traditionalists, custom turkey calls embody a certain elegance and history, and that’s reason enough for the hardcore turkey hunter to opt in. And in truth, many handcrafted options run better than cheaper mass-produced calls:

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DO prepare exceptional meals with your wild turkey …

Realtree’s Timber 2 Table blogger Michael Pendley has some excellent ideas for how to make the most of that wild turkey meat in your freezer:

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DON’T forget to clean your turkey gun …

Memories of strutting longbeards are still fresh in your mind. But before putting your gear away, take a few minutes to clean your shotgun and ensure it’s in tiptop shape for next turkey season:

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DON’T forget to thank those landowners to keep that hunting permission …

One common complaint by those who hunt less or even quit is the lack of hunting access. Truth is, you might have to work for it these days. Stay humble, put in the effort, and you might find new turkey hunting ground where you can also hunt deer, ducks, small game, and more:

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