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How to Teach Somebody to Turkey Hunt

If you’ve never helped a beginning turkey hunter start climbing the learning curve, you’re missing one of the most enjoyable aspects of the sport. Archibald Rutledge wrote many years ago that “Some men are mere hunters; others are turkey hunters,” and he was right. There’s something about this bird, and...


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Top 5 Scoring Rio Grande Gobblers

To many of us, Rio Grande turkey hunting means Texas, Oklahoma and that part of the country. You'll also find them roosting above the lush California vineyards north of Los Angeles and even across the Pacific Ocean in Hawaii. And many other states west of the Mississippi River. Check out...


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...


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Top 5 Scoring Osceola Wild Turkeys

Osceolas are a hard-gobbling, sharp-spurred, swamp-loving subspecies of wild turkey found only in Florida. There are also Easterns and hybrids along the northern intergrade line. That said, I love Osceolas and I'll hunt them this spring. For many hardcore turkey hunters, it's the first stop at the beginning of another...


Turkey Hunting in Illinois

According to recent population estimates, Illinois has 103,000 turkeys (National Wild Turkey Federation data), down from 150,000 in our most recent Turkey Hunting Nation post. As for the current number, that's slightly less than Indiana at 110,000, and even lower when compared to Iowa (150,000). While non-residents can likely afford...


Tips for Turkey Hunting Tough Gobblers

Some spring gobblers are just plain tough. Try these tricks on yours. Get Tight Get tight to its roost tree well before sunrise. Call softly with a no-hands mouth call, if at all, right after the bird flies down (sometimes with others) and hits the ground. Clucks and soft yelps...


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DIY Turkey Call: Building a Bamboo Wingbone-Style Yelper

By the late 1800s, Charles L. Jordan (1841-1909) began publishing how-to articles on turkey hunting, and making calls from wingbone and cane. Sources indicate he may have crafted them for decades before. After Jordan’s murder by a poacher, his writing on wild turkey hunting was compiled by Edward A. McIlhenny...


Turkey Hunting in North Carolina

As of this writing, North Carolina has a little over twice the estimated wild turkey numbers (260,000) as its southern cousin South Carolina (120,000). The state has a rich turkey hunting tradition. Good news is wild turkey numbers are steady after some challenging years. Recent information shows flock sightings have...


The 3 Phases of Spring Turkey Season

A lot of turkeys are tagged during the first week of the spring season. A lot of turkeys aren’t. Never give up until you have no days left to hunt. Early Birds Challenge : Dominant gobblers are likely henned-up. Some satellite two-year-olds and jakes might travel with the group –...


Unavoidably Dumb Stuff You Do While Turkey Hunting

Sometimes while turkey hunting, you just do stupid stuff. Cliff Jump First, we scattered the big Wyoming spring flock after a long, steep climb on a skinny game trail to the top of a mountain. Accidentally. The guide groaned. An avid fall turkey hunter — a tradition where intentionally breaking...


Turkey Hunting in Wyoming

Wyoming turkey hunting surely feels like a big-game experience, if only for the rugged landscape you cover, and wildlife you might see along the way, in addition to the big birds you're chasing. I've visited the state numerous times, and if one thing is true, it's the unpredictable nature of...


6 Ways for Turkey Hunting Multiple States on the Road

There are turkey hunters, and there are turkey hunting addicts. My wife Jill Easton and I fall into the latter category. We learned long ago the hunting opportunities provided by a single state just don’t quench the fire. So we travel. Boy, do we travel. In 2016, we hunted turkeys...


Turkey Hunting: How to Tag a Gobbler You Just Missed

You’ve called a strutting spring gobbler into range, aimed at his fist-sized head and fired. Problem is, the bird flopped then got up like a boxer in the ring with some fight left in him, and is running, or worse: flying off. It’s your move, now or never. Most of...


Turkey Hunting in Montana

As a Western turkey hunting destination, Montana has it all: solid bird numbers (120,000 turkeys by 2018 estimates), exceptional access, and high hunter-success rates. Tags are offered on both a limited and over-the-counter basis, and up to two gobblers can be taken during the spring season (though it varies by...


Plan B for Turkey Hunting Opening Morning

Long-awaited opening morning is here. You dreamed of turkeys flying off the roost, working toward your perfectly located tree. Your calls are prepped and waiting. Your shotgun cleaned, patterned and cleaned again. Your overloaded turkey vest is straining the coat hook by the back door. License, check. Everything is ready...


Turkey Hunting in Idaho

Most of Idaho’s turkey population resides on public ground and can be hunted with an over-the-counter tag. Hunter success is also good, typically hovering around 50 percent. The downside: One of the drawbacks for the non-resident turkey hunter is Idaho’s location; unless you live in neighboring Washington, Oregon or Montana,...


Cooking Wild Turkey Two Ways: Ranch or Honey?

In this Realtree video, Justin Martin and Jordan Summit, from Duck, Buck and Turkey Commander, turkey hunt Texas with David Blanton. Martin and Summit walk you through two different recipes. Watch the video and let us know which one you like more. Please comment below. More Realtree turkey hunting ...


Turkey Hunting in Colorado

I've never hunted Colorado, but have flown there to chase turkeys in nearby Nebraska. There's surely a story between the lines there. In truth, Colorado turkey hunting is an opportunity to enjoy a Western experience chasing longbeards. For the most part, sources say getting a tag is easy if Merriam’s...


Turkey Hunting in Arkansas

This great state is known for greenheads not gobblers, and maybe there's a reason for that. Upside: This hunting destination offers more than 3 million public acres, with 650,000 overseen by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC). Nonresidents can choose from many licensing options. Downside: As mentioned here at...


These 5 Animals Can Ruin Your Spring Turkey Hunt

We've all had unexpected things happen while turkey hunting. Sometimes other wildlife messes with your plans. Here are five animals that can ruin your spring turkey hunt. 1. Bobcat Attacks An uptick of bobcat attacks – on both wild turkeys and turkey hunters – has been on the social media...


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