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Multiple Turkey Harvest, License Sale Records Set in 2020

Increased turkey hunting participation and permit sales during this past season of the pandemic has, in some states, resulted in a bigger spring kill. While increasing our ranks is a good thing, state agencies and turkey biologists are ever aware of the management challenges this presents, too. Has increased interest...


Seasons of the Turkey Hunter

Maine, Opening Day, 2020 Pandemic, shelter-in-place advice kept some of us turkey hunters close to home this year. Me, I hit the Maine timber, softly padding over wet leaves from the prior day’s steady rain. Silence. I leaned against a big oak, far from my parked truck, and listened. Geese...


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For the Love of Wild Turkeys

It goes without saying that spring 2020 blindsided all of us. This unwanted, uncertain, unforgiving season sneaked in like a thief in the night, indiscriminately paralyzing the world with fear, sickness and financial fallout. Commanding our attention. Demanding a "new normal." But even in these turbulent times, there is hope...


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Clean Your Turkey Gun in 5 Easy Steps

Turkey season is over in many states and will be soon in others. Memories of strutting longbeards are still fresh in your mind, and hopefully there’s some fresh turkey breast in the freezer. But before putting your gear away, take a few minutes to clean your shotgun and ensure it’s...


Hunting and Fishing License Sales Boom During COVID-19

Social-distancing requirements, lost jobs, cancelled events and closed businesses are all heartbreaking results of the COVID-19 outbreak, but there’s a silver lining. According to many state game and fish reports across the country, more people are hunting and fishing. Some state biologists credit the uptick in license sales to the...


Here’s What Could Kill Turkey Hunting

The wild turkey’s comeback in the U.S. is one of modern conservation’s great success stories. In the mid- to late-1900s, intensive conservation efforts helped reverse severe population declines, including trap-and-transfer programs, habitat investment and pure sweat equity. Back then, we turkey hunters were part of a great movement. Turkey numbers...


The Top 10 Wild Turkey Recipe Countdown

Yep, fried wild turkey is surely hard to beat for taste and ease of cooking. But there are other ways to prepare America’s greatest game bird. If you’re looking for new ideas, you’ve come to the right place. And yes – several recipes here still involve frying wild turkey, but...


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Smoke that Tom: Turkey Hunting with a Muzzleloading Shotgun

There was a time when having an old longbeard thumb his nose at you from 50 yards meant you got to chase him the next day. But modern guns, custom choke tubes, and advanced loads have made turkey guns deadly even farther. But tell the truth: Doesn’t a small part...


10 Old-Time Turkey Hunting Lies That Need to Die

I have seen a lot of gobblers come running like racehorses out of the gate and die with honor, dodge swarms of shot to live again, and, like the sun on an overcast spring day, never show. Win or lose, I loved every one of them. Yet when I was...


13 Takeaways from a Deer Hunter’s Turkey Season

Rays of light cast through timber and glint off ivory tines. A series of throaty grunts cascade off surrounding cedars. Hairs stand at attention as the bow string slowly inches backward. A primitive, timeless moment of truth is seconds away, and every nerve in my body knows it. Deer season...


Late-Season Gobblers: Get Your Bird at the Wire

Late-season gobblers are a mystery sometimes. Is it over? Are they done? Fortunately, the answer is always no. Breeding may wane, but turkeys talk to each other every day of the year. As the sun rises earlier each day, inching toward late spring, you lose more and more sleep. Sure,...


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What Do Wild Turkeys Eat?

Wild turkeys have big appetites. From large-bodied adults to broods of rapidly growing poults, they require considerable amounts of food. Their diets are varied, not only by region but by the season. Think of them as foodies of the bird world, with about a hundred different dietary items on the...


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The Trouble with Jakes

Some hunters get aggravated by jakes. Their immature antics smack of teenage boys stumbling their way toward manhood. They can be both funny and endearing, yet frustrating and overbearing as they come of age. Check out the gallery for a light-hearted look at how jakes live the “teens” all in...


Tips for Hunting Turkeys Alone

Social distancing? Yep, this season is different. While it’s true I’ve happily gotten together with my tight-knit group of longtime gobbler chasers on hunts around the country for decades, certain local buds have also called me “the lone wolf” over the years. I’m okay with that, as I like to...


Do You Need 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...


Are Turkey Seasons Opening Too Soon?

It’s no secret that turkey numbers are down, particularly in parts of the Southeast and Midwest. Lack of habitat, poor nesting conditions, predator impacts and disease have all gotten a portion of the blame for declining turkey numbers. But is it time that we, as hunters and conservationists, ask if...


Chasing the Multigobbler

He was a jake when we first met. It was April 24, 2016, and he came in dogging the steps of an eager-to-die 3-year-old. The big gobbler answered my first call, then crossed a valley at the speed of a forced-march. He paused behind a tree at 70 yards, just...


What's in Your Turkey Vest?

Most serious turkey hunters are pretty particular when it comes to filling the pockets of their turkey vests. So what do the Realtree pros carry? We caught up with Phillip Culpepper and Tyler Jordan, hosts of Spring Thunder on Realtree 365 , to ask about the must-have items they carry...


How to Double on Gobblers

It was one of those hunts where everything was coming together. After a hot, windy morning with almost no gobbling, my wife, Cheryl, and I finally struck up a pair of willing longbeards. They were just over the rise and out of sight. We had them on a string, each...


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10 Ways to Read a Turkey

The most paranoid game bird on the planet often tips its hand before making an escape move. And almost every gobbler will give you cues that tell you what he’s likely to do next (including the “dead” ones that sometimes get up and fly away). We carefully selected these 10...


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