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.

  • Turkey Hunting: Did Hens Ruin Your Spring Season?

    As a turkey hunter, is your glass half full or half empty? In Florida this season, right after fly-down, a boss hen clucked, yelped and laid on some forceful cutting back at our every call. More birds flew down and gathered around this loud-mouthed hen turkey — more hens and...

  • Turkey Hunting: Chess Match in the River Bottom

    "Turkey hunting is not a game that needs a score or a scorekeeper and does not require the production of a dead turkey to qualify as a success." — Tom Kelly, "Ethics," The Season I turkey hunted in Florida this past March, several April states, and like many, I'm still...

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Realtree Video: Michael Pitts on Taking Girls Hunting

Michael Pitts is a redneck comedian and his stage is a pickup's tailgate. Yep, he's Realtree's resident funny man. Here's his routine on guys taking girls hunting. And be sure to watch until the end. Go here for our Men vs. Women: Stereotypes in Turkey Hunting Camps . And here...


5 Reasons Why It's Hard to Film a Turkey Hunt

Some of you have filmed spring gobbler hunts. Some of you would like to add footage to your YouTube channel and even dream about having your own TV show. Wild turkeys don't care. Five reasons why it's hard to film a turkey hunt follow . . . 1) Turkeys Don't...


Video: How to Use a Slate Turkey Call

Are you new to turkey hunting? In this video and blog post we show you how to use a slate call. What's a slate call? A striking surface attached to a hollow pot — often with drilled holes underneath to create sound resonance with the inner chamber — and a...


Video: Watch, Listen as a Wild Turkey Hen Struts, Gobbles

Ever see a hen strut or hear one gobble? Watch this video. True enough, over the years we’ve seen an occasional hen strut in the spring, often to show dominance, especially when confronting a hyper-realistic fake staked in her territory. We’ve even witnessed strutting in the fall from certain brood...


Turkey Hunting Video: Bobcat Tackles Turkey Decoy

Have you ever seen a bobcat attack a turkey decoy? Hen and gobbler fakes draw plenty of things into range, from real birds to interloping predators, including bobcats. Watch as this one stalks the staked hen and attacks it. More Realtree turkey hunting . Follow us on Facebook . Want...


10 Tips for Turkey Hunting Henned-Up Gobblers

Every year we hear the whining in turkey camp: “They’re all henned up!” Here are some tricks to getting that gobbler all to yourself. 1 . You've found a gobbler but that turkey is with a lot of hens. In this kind of situation, you need to rise earlier than...


How to Hunt for Morel Mushrooms

Spring turkey hunts often have a way of turning into morel hunts for the fortunate hunters who live where the delectable wild mushrooms grow. Though gobblers can be fickle and hard to find at times, morels are usually a sure bet after daytime air temperatures start averaging beyond 65 degrees...


7 Crazy Things You See in Turkey Hunting Camp

Turkey hunting camp is your home away from home. It's where you meet with your buds, hatch plans to go after gobblers you've located, and where, well, crazy things sometimes happen. Seven of these wild and warped events follow. 1. Wet Socks I mean, where do you put them? I've...


10 States to Turkey Hunt Before You Die

I've turkey hunted longer than some of you have been alive. Doesn't make me better or worse, just older and likely more experienced at getting served up an education on a regular basis from the bird we love – and surely opinionated about what I like in a turkey hunting...


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 .


10 Things to Say After Your Turkey Bud Misses

The gobbler, amazing thing that he is, stands in range and we whiff. The sight of a longbeard running away will sicken most of us far worse than any tilt-a-whirl ride at the country fair. Been there? Most times, right after, we don't want to hear anything from the person...


Realtree Video: How to Tree Call to Roosted Turkeys

Tree calling can help you locate roosted wild turkeys before they fly down. If you're well-hidden, and they can't see your position, it's an advantage. If they can look down from their roost to the spot where you're tree calling, it's risky: they may not see another bird there, and...


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