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How to Hunt Fall Turkeys from a Blind

Some of us love to fall turkey hunt by running and gunning birds, scattering flocks, then setting up for the call-back, as gregarious birds regroup and offer better shots at single turkeys. It’s a fair-chase tradition for many. But for other autumn turkey hunters, a leisurely long sit might be...


Fall Turkey Hunting on Public Land

This title bout involved three guys, a turkey dog, and a gang of fall longbeards. A friend had the birds, which he’d seen while bowhunting. I had the dog. Our other buddy had the tag to fill. Deep in the Vermont woods, my white renegade English setter cast back and...


Mississippi Limits Out-of-State Hunters, Oklahoma Delays Season Dates, and Ohio Mulls Lowering Bag Limit

In some states, wild turkey populations have declined. Turkey diseases, predator influences on poult and nesting hen survival, habitat fragmentation, poaching — and yes, even complacency among members of the nonhunting public — all factor into modern-day conservation decisions. Adjusting season dates, bag limits, and even coordinating hunter participation to...


50 Years of Turkey Hunting (and What I’ve Learned)

My heart jump-starts a bit every time I see a wild turkey. Always has. Way back when I started, I just wanted to hear one. Back in the day, a gobble within earshot was reason enough to call it a good hunt. My Pennsylvania ridge-running involved a boatload of anticipation...


Turkey Hunting in Georgia

Home to Realtree's headquarters, Georgia is one fine turkey hunting state to visit in spring. Fact is, management of its turkey hunting populations is strictly a spring-oriented deal, and has been for a long time. No fall turkey hunting seasons are offered in the state. Here's why . Good hatches...


Turkey Hunting in New York

Some would suggest New York spring gobbler hunting isn't what it was a decade or two ago. Back then, roughly a quarter of a million turkeys roamed the state; estimates now put the number at around 160,000 to 180,000 birds. I can personally attest to this decline, having turkey hunted...


Arkansas Baiting Violations Up, Eastern Turkey Numbers Decline, and Florida Hatch Surveys Begin

As we ease into the offseason, looking forward to fall turkey hunting, here’s a roundup of some newsmaking conservation and management trends regarding America’s favorite gamebird. Arkansas Harvest Numbers Drop — Is Baiting to Blame? Arkansas hunters killed and checked in 7,010 Eastern wild turkeys during the 2021 spring season,...


After Turkey Season: Do This, Not That

And just like that, the long spring turkey season is over. A little part of you is probably okay with it, but mostly you wish you were out there, still listening for daybreak gobbles and trying to get one more longbeard in range. Well, here are some things you can...


How to Save a Screwed-Up Turkey Season

It’s easy to say bad luck is responsible for unfilled tags, but with turkey hunting, sometimes something else is to blame — likely YOU. Burned Out Sure, you’ve seen several strutters from your truck as you drive by a lush, late-season pasture. They’ve been there off and on all season...


History’s Biggest Turkey Poaching Busts

Poachers steal resources and opportunity from everyone, and even relatively minor violations get hunters justifiably upset. But some incidents really roil law-abiding outdoorsmen and law-enforcement officials. That’s especially true with turkeys, which were pushed to the brink a century ago and nurtured back to today’s thriving populations only through the...


10 Tips for 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. Rise Up You've found a gobbler but that turkey is with a lot of hens. In this kind of situation, you need to rise earlier...


3 Ways to Kill a Tough Late-Season Turkey

You've lost 10 pounds, hear gobbling in your head, and have to think hard to remember which day of the week it is. But don’t clean your shotgun yet. Turkey season will be over soon enough, and you’ll miss it, right? Hang tough. These tips can help you tag that...


Mountain Turkeys Will Kick Your Butt

I half-slept a few hours, drove four more, parked, shouldered my vest, and eased up the Vermont mountain. Darkness receded into dingy light from where I sat near a dry creek bed. I squinted and saw a longbeard silhouetted high in the oak not far away. Yep, maybe too close...


3 Great Stories About Hunting Mamas

Maybe your mom taught you to hunt. Maybe she runs the tractor during food plot season, sights in the rifles, sets the decoys, or does all the cooking. Wherever she fits into your hunting family, chances are it's an important role. Remember to say "thanks" to her this Mother's Day...


Don't Fear the Turkey Mouth Call

Afraid of using a mouth call? Your yelps failing to close the deal? Not sure which diaphragm to choose? Pennsylvania’s Scott Basehore is a longtime turkey hunter, guide, contest judge, and award-winning call maker at the highest level. I caught up with him for tips on how to improve your...


Top 5 States for May Turkey Hunting

“You still at it?” my Southern friends will ask, having turkey hunted since March. And from my cabin in the Northeast, I’ll reply, “Yeah bud, the season just started up here.” Maine Regular season dates : May 3 to June 5, 2021 2020 spring harvest data : N/A (2019: 6,612...


Tips for .410 Turkey Hunting

Boom. Down. Dead with a knockout punch. As my friends know, I’m a die-hard, old-school turkey hunter who believes in the big boom: a 12-gauge shotgun, reliably choked, is my best option for dropping turkeys in their tracks with confidence. Fact is, many of my grizzled turkey buddies who might...


How Do You Hunt a Pressured Solo Gobbler?

This wild turkey has seen it all and has likely had a close call or two. It isn’t buying your store-shelf box call yelps. It might have stood there as a big boom took out its strutting buddy. A pressured solo gobbler running alone, whether it’s a 2-year-old, an old...


How to Keep Your Butt from Going Numb While Turkey Hunting

Patience kills turkeys, and sitting comfortably helps. I caught up with our Realtree.com team of contributors — all of whom turkey hunt — to get their thoughts on this subject. Minimalist Moves Kentucky’s Will Brantley likes to slip up on turkeys, gaining ground on birds mostly with mouth calling, and...


Long Distance Turkey Calling

“If you have a turkey gobbling to your calling, but it’s far off,” my dad used to say, “and it shuts up, get ready. It might be on the way.” And man, I have thought of that tidbit of wisdom many times since. My father hunted ridge-running Pennsylvania turkeys, just...


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