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Pick a Fall Gobbler Fight

Are you stuck in a rut making kee-kees and kee-kee runs to call in young turkeys of the year? Try reaching out to autumn gobblers with fighting purrs and other bad-boy tactics. Title Bout The hunt involved three guys, a turkey dog, and a gang of fall longbeards. A friend...


New Missouri GPS Study to Track Turkey Poult Mortality

Wild turkey locations and movements are a mystery, adding to the bird’s appeal. As a result, biologists rely heavily on telemetry technology to understand the dynamics of wild turkey breeding, brooding, and mortality factors. Their conservation efforts ultimately benefit both the bird itself — and those of us who love...


Realtree Turkey Hunting News – August 2020 Edition

When we turkey hunters talk these days, the spring kill, hatch reports, and season regulation changes are in the mix … and other stuff only gobbler chasers like us love. Sooner State Changes The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation (ODWC) has executed changes to wild turkey bag limits. The reason?...


How to Find (and Bust) Fall Turkeys

Fall turkey flocks start the day with so much racket you need to be there when it happens, because it fades into silence just as fast. Sure, if you sit on your back porch every morning and watch a distant gobbler gang ease into a green corner pasture on your...


Southeast Turkey Hatch Results

Every day was a Saturday this recent turkey season. The ongoing pandemic sheltered folks in place. The result: more time to hunt. By many accounts, designated public-land parking areas looked like used-truck lots. Hunting license and turkey permit sales, state depending, increased. That’s a good thing for cash-strapped wildlife agencies...


Are You Seeing Any Poults?

The quail-sized poult, likely 3 weeks old or so, darted out into the road from where it had been bugging, followed by a lanky brood hen. While spotting just a single young bird indicates a tough run for that brood, one sighting is just that — no occasion for panic...


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...


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