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.


Georgia Closes May 15

SOCIAL CIRCLE, GEORGIA - Georgia turkey hunters are privileged with one of the longest turkey seasons nationwide. With a bag limit of three gobblers per season, hunters have from Mar. 21 through May 15 to harvest their bird(s). For more information regarding wild turkey hunting opportunities, WMA hunting opportunities, 2009...

Gobble Call Effectiveness

Q. Are gobble calls more effective at first light, or later in the morning? Jon Squires A. Thanks for the question Jon. Gobble call effectiveness is based on the kinds of turkeys you're calling. A gobble can bring a hen to your position, and drag a strutter along behind. A...

Tyler Gabbert's Spurs

Here's a photo of the limbhanger spurs taken by Tyler Gabbert on his recent West Virginia hunt. Way to go Tyler! Cool bird.

West Virginia Hunt

My husband & son went spring gobbler hunting at Wallback, WV on Tuesday, April 28. My 13-year-old son got a very unusual turkey. We have shown several people the pics, and none of them have seen a bird with this much white. Here is what my son journaled about the...

Loudmouthed to Shutmouthed Gobblers

Q.: The scenario here in Pennsylvania is this: from about 5:30 a.m. until approx. 6–6:15 a.m. we are hearing quite a bit of gobbling then nothing or very little after that. Can you give me some advice as to what I should be doing or not doing? Thanks for the...

Vermont Spring Turkey Opener

The Boston Celtics lost Game 6 of their current playoff series by a point. In triple overtime. Against the Chicago Bulls. I turned in. Couldn’t sleep. Why? Surely not just a little bitty hoops loss. The Vermont spring turkey opener began the next morning—this morning—May first, just two road hours...

Maine Spring Turkey

AUGUSTA, Maine – Maine’s spring Wild Turkey hunting season opens Saturday (May 2) with a Youth Only Day to encourage young people to learn about the sport, and for adults it opens on Monday (May 4). Hunters must have a valid Spring Wild Turkey Permit and a valid Maine resident...

Badlands Birds

If you haven't hunted here you need to put it on your wish list. South Dakota’s spring gobbler opportunities can include classic Black Hills hunts to Badlands turkey time that seems like you’re trying to locate birds on the moon's surface. Currently open, the 2009 season runs from April 11...

Pennsylvania Turkey Season Underway

HARRISBURG – This year marks the 41st anniversary of the Keystone State’s spring gobbler hunting season, and the Pennsylvania Game Commission is reporting turkey hunters should expect to find exciting opportunities afield . . . The general spring gobbler season is April 25 to May 25.

Noah's Hunt

I’m supposed to be a "professional." My job is one that actually requires me to spend time in the woods hunting for whatever is in season – primarily whitetails and turkeys. You’d think I’d have this thing down to a science. Yeah, well, don’t ask my son about the science...

New Hampshire Spring Turkeys

CONCORD, N.H. - New Hampshire's turkey hunters can expect a productive spring gobbler season, according to New Hampshire Fish and Game Department turkey biologist Ted Walski. The spring season opens Sunday, May 3, and runs through May 31 statewide. The N.H.

Oklahoma Bow Bird

The picture says it all . . . John Dudley checked in with us here at the Realtree Turkey site to share this photo. Here's the man himself, his bow, his arrow, and his Oklahoma longbeard.