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How Wild Turkeys Endure Winter, and What You Can Do to Help

The gobbler began to stir with the first rays of morning light. He gave his body a shake to remove the accumulated snow that had piled onto his feathers during the night. As he surveyed the area around his cedar roost tree, he could see a blanket of white. This...


Wild Turkey Terrorizes Minnesota Neighborhood

Residents of a Coon Rapids, Minnesota, mobile home park say they are struggling to go about their daily lives due to an aggressive wild turkey. According to CBS News , the bird showed up in the neighborhood around Thanksgiving and hasn’t left. "This turkey has literally taken over our life,"...


Waterfowl Bands: More Than Just Trinkets

Banded birds have an undeniable cool factor, and hunters fortunate enought to shoot a bling-toting duck or goose are usually excited about adding jewelry to their lanyard and curious about the origin of their trophy. But those bands and the information they carry mean much more. When recovered, that data...


Early Results in for Year 1 of Alabama Turkey Study

It’s no secret to hunters that wild turkeys are in decline over large portions of the U.S. — with the Southeast being particularly hard hit. Dr. Will Gulsby and his team at Auburn University, with the support of groups like Turkeys for Tomorrow, the Alabama Wildlife Federation, and the National...


Video: Hen Turkey Defends Her Nest from Raccoons

There’s a lot of talk these days over nest predation of wild turkeys, particularly from raccoons, but evidence of it is difficult to capture firsthand, since most predation happens at night. Hens don’t stay on the nest 24/7, particularly in the early phases of incubation, but as the clutch gets...


Tennessee Moves to Later Turkey Season, 2-Bird Bag Limit, No Fanning on Public Land

The Tennessee Fish & Wildlife Commission voted on a slew of big changes for the 2023 spring turkey season during a series of open meetings June 2 and 3, 2022. You can watch the full meetings here and here . So what do the changes look like? The first is...


Podcast: Kentucky Turkey Hunter Attacked by Bobcat

I first met my friend Jack Canady in the early 2000s, back when I was in college and he was working the gun counter part-time at a local sporting goods store. He’s always an easy guy to talk to, eager to share fishing tips or intel on a gobbling turkey...


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How to Build a Turkey Spur Skinning Knife

Every turkey hunter loves a long, sharp spur. And we love to show those spurs off on necklaces, key chains, hatbands, and meter-long assemblies of hooks. But what about turning the leg of your trophy tom into a useful hunting tool? This knife, crafted with a turkey leg handle, is...


When You Should Shoot a Jake

The Kentucky hunt had been great. I'd killed a beautiful longbeard early on, watched buddies take others, and had one tag left. We were a half-hour late for heading to the airport, but gobblers were fired up and coming. What would you do? I thought so. I stayed, too. We...


Pennsylvania Turkey Hunter Gets a Gobbler in 49 States

Editor’s Note: The U.S. Super Slam is taking a gobbler in all 49 states where they live (there are no turkeys in Alaska). Though the idea of it is growing in popularity, it’s still a feat only a handful of hunters have been able to achieve. Earlier this month, we...


Strut Report: Late-Season Turkey Hunting Tactics Still Working up North

Turkey season blows by way too fast, doesn’t it? It seems like I just wrote my first Strut Report last week, but that was actually six weeks ago. We’re now in the fourth quarter, and this is my final report. But some of the best turkey hunting of the year...


Strut Report: Midwest Turkeys Finicky, Northeast Hunters Having Some Luck

Many seasoned turkey hunters from the Northeast clear out to the Great Plains are reporting lower turkey numbers than 5-10 years ago, and this observation is echoing louder across the turkey hunting community as the season progresses. If you’re still out hunting, consider being selective in your harvest. That is,...


First Wild Turkeys Test Positive for Avian Flu in Montana

The first wild turkeys known to die of the avian flu have been discovered in Montana near MSU Billings. According to NBC Montana , the person who discovered the first dead bird assumed it’d been struck by a vehicle, but after finding another dead turkey in the same area the...


What’s Causing Poor Hatches of Turkey Poults?

Of the many challenges facing wild turkeys right now in parts of the country, there are a number of things we don’t know, but one thing that’s unequivocal. There aren’t enough poults surviving to increase — and in some cases, even maintain — healthy turkey flocks from year to year...


Strut Report: Midday Gobblers Coming to the Call Up North

Knock on wood, it looks like we’re finally over the cold-weather hump in the Northern U.S. Over the last few days in central Wisconsin, I’ve seen fewer turkeys in ag fields. Hunting pressure is a factor in that, but more forest foods are available now that things are just beginning...


Fool a Field Turkey Without a Fan

One of the toughest turkeys is an old longbeard that spends a good portion of his day strutting out in the middle of a green field where he can see a country mile. As he spins and displays in his gaudy splendor, he’s telling hens in the area, “I’m the...


A Blue-Collar Guy’s Turkey Hunting Super Slam

April 2, 2022, was a day of firsts and lasts for avid turkey hunter Billy Barnett. Upon bagging a nice bird in Nevada, he got to mark the final X on his map, making the state the last of 49 he needed to complete his first U.S. Super Slam. Considered...


Aggressive Tom Is Attacking People on Washington, D.C., Trail

Folks walking the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail at Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens in the Washington, D.C., area are having to keep their eyes open for an aggressive gobbler that’s already sent one person to urgent care. Scientists, park rangers, and others are working to catch the hostile bird and release...


Podcast: Patterning The CVA Scout .410 Turkey Gun

This turkey season, several of the distant shots I’ve heard have been little pops in lieu of big booms . The .410 turkey gun is definitely trending right now, and I’ve had several buddies make the switch themselves to the littlest legal turkey gun. Many are toting .410s for the...


Strut Report: Deep South Birds Holding Steady, Mid-South Longbeards Heating Up

Last week, I forecast the action to be the best of the season . In some places, it was. In others, the next seven days might be even better. Of course, some areas in the southernmost regions are now closed, or nearly so. That said, most states in the region...


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