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.

  • Try Hunting Fall Turkeys This Season

    Haven’t tried this “second season” turkey hunting tradition? It's legal in 42 states around the country. Not yours? Road trip? Here's why you should . . . 1. Scouting Deer It will help you scout for deer firearms season, which often arrives later than fall turkey dates. 2. Improve Skills...

  • 7 Kinds of Wild Turkeys You Can Hunt This Fall

    If fall turkey hunting is open in your state (it is in 42 of them and some Canadian provinces as well), your chance at interacting with different kinds of autumn gobblers and hens is likely. In the end, as either-sex fall hunts go, you choose which one will wear a...

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Turkey Hunting: 5 Strange Places Turkeys Like to Roost

Travel the country enough to hunt wild turkeys and you'll see birds roost in some unusual places. 1. Telephone Poles In places like Texas, where roost cover might include live oaks where available, wild turkeys might also choose other places to roost. This sometimes includes telephone poles. 2. The Ground...


5 Wild Turkey Parts You Should Consider Eating

We love wild turkey. The tender breast meat on a big gobbler has way more flavor than you find in his barnyard cousins. Unfortunately, the breast meat is often all that gets saved from wild turkey. Believe it or not, there is a lot more to a turkey than fried...


Video: Bobcat Stalks and Attacks Turkey Hunter

As reported by Outdoor Overload, turkey hunter Kevin Walter has had a pretty good Virginia turkey season . He’s tagged two longbeards in fact. Then things got really interesting when a bobcat stalked his setup after he made a few squirrel distress calls, and attacked. He shot this YouTube video...


Turkey Hunting: 9 Things You Should Do After Killing a Turkey

It's spring. The longbeard you want gobbles on the roost. Gobbles on the ground. Gobbles in range. And you make a clean, ethical shot. In the rush of sweet moments after killing a wild turkey, it's sometimes hard to catch your breath. Of course, a lot of folks first check...


10 Things My Kids Have Taught Me About Turkey Hunting

As winter gray melts and gives way to the green of spring each year, I find myself looking forward to time spent in the turkey woods with my kids. Hunting with them over the last few years has made me change the way I go about chasing spring birds. The...


Realtree Video: Watch a Gobbler Breed a Hen

Some wild turkey breeding facts . . . In spring, a male turkey gobbles to call hens for mating. A gobbler’s strutting is a spring mating display. When willing, a hen squats on the ground before a gobbler. The gobbler, twice her size, climbs on her back and they breed...


Top 5 Snacks to Carry in Your Turkey Hunting Vest

If you want to turkey hunt long and hard, you need a snack or two to do it. A long sit on the edge of a pasture, or in a blind, will end sooner than later if you don't pack food. A top five list of snacks to carry in...


5 Tips for Sharing a Turkey Hunting Blind

Even the most hardcore run-and-gun wild turkey hunter might spend some quality time in a pop-up blind. Weather factors often make it necessary. Wind. Rain. Sleet. Snow. Sub-freezing spring temperatures. One season in Nebraska it was so cold – 17 degrees if I remember, with a gusty wind – the...


Turkey Hunting: How to Find a Wounded Turkey

You scouted, located and called a strutting longbeard into range. All the excuses in the world won’t help you now though – loaner gun, twisted shooting position, iffy choke, sketchy shotgun load, head-jerking birds, whatever. You shot, and the turkey briefly fell . . . then shockingly got up and...


Video: Rhett Akins Walks Right Up to a Deer During Spring Turkey Season

Rhett Akins walks right up to a deer during spring turkey season. I know, right? Seriously, he does. This stuff never happens during deer season . Go here for more Realtree turkey hunting . Follow us on Facebook .


Turkey Hunting: 3 Turkey Decoy Tricks for Tough Birds

I learned something about turkey decoys in each of the three following situations. You can too. Situation 1 Time of Year : Opening Day. Challenge : Heavy hunting pressure. Decoy Trick : I’d been working these hung-up Maine gobblers all morning. They just wouldn’t budge. For hours, we both made...


These 10 Things Can Ruin Your Turkey Hunt

And you thought your morning would be a slam dunk. Think again. 1. Trespassers As far as you know, you’re the only hunter with permission on the property. The landowner told you so. Nothing is sweeter, right? But when two guys appear at the field edge, you know better. Slowly...


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