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Turkey Hunting the Evening Shift

Your step-by-step guide to turkey hunting in the afternoon


Turkey Hunting: Belly Crawling Turkeys

Belly-crawling turkeys has never been so popular. Fanning. Stalking. Repositioning. Reaping. Ambushing. Whatever you want to call it, turkey hunters are getting down in the dirt and grass and slinking like snakes to draw closer to strutting gobblers. And killing birds. And missing turkeys. And changing the tradition in the...


The First Turkey Hunting Crossbow Grand Slam

Our group was enjoying a midday break in Osceola hunting camp when a couple locals rolled in and struck up a conversation with the camp owner, barely within earshot. I paid little attention until I heard a name, then spun around and asked, “Marvin? Marvin Hartley?” At the same time...


How to Roost Turkeys Like a Pro

Do you really know how to roost turkeys ? These deadly strategies for both fly-down and fly-up hunts can help you bag your next gobbler


All About Turkey Reaping

Jeremy McCarty refuses to call what we’re doing turkey hunting. According to him, we are “turkey reaping,” and, unlike turkey hunting, where concealment is key, when turkey reaping, you want the gobblers to see you -- or at least see the decoys you’re using to close the distance. I’ve turkey...


Nate Hosie's 5 Turkey Hunting Tactics for Educated Birds

When it comes to hunting turkeys that have been pressured and educated, Nate Hosie, host of HeadHunters TV and a Realtree pro staffer, has one overriding strategy: Realism. Born and raised in the mountains of Pennsylvania, Hosie started hunting with his father and grandfather. That love of hunting led to...


Realtree Turkey Hunting Tip of the Week: Call Then Shut Up

They call 'em turkey calls for a reason. Ask any of my turkey buds, and they’ll say I call a lot. Aggressively even. Other times a dose of silence is my best vocalization. As with other forms of game calling, the right mix of yelping and staying quiet is the...


The College Student's Guide to Turkey Hunting

Legs shake. Hands tremble. Your mind races wild. And it’s not even because of the chick in psychology class. No, it’s that longbeard gobbling every breath, no more than 60 yards away and just out of sight. He’s ripping your nervous system to shreds – particularly because you know that...


Turkey Hunting: Call the Hen to Tag the Gobbler

Some springtime longbeards take their marching orders from the boss hen. At times, the only way to get him in range is to call her in. How do you sell yourself to the lady turkey in charge in order to pull that dawdling strutter into range? Read on. Payback Okay,...


Top 10 Turkey Hunting Mistakes

There are tried-and-true ways to assure you’ll come home empty-handed from the turkey woods. They’re easy. Just follow these steps as laid out by champion turkey caller and Realtree pro staffer Anthony Virga, who has seen them in action and learned some of them first-hand. Mistake 1. Be Impatient. “Everybody...


Extreme Roost Setups for Turkey Hunting

Setting up tight to roosting turkeys can be the most productive strategy in your spring turkey hunting playbook.


10 Turkey Hunt Savers

Use these 10 tactics to save your turkey hunt. 1. Buddy System for Birds When hunting alone, it's sometimes tough to use locator calls and listen at the same time. To locate spring gobblers better, hunt with a buddy. Have your partner stand away from you while you're making your...


How to Kill Turkeys in Any Weather

Not every spring day is clear, calm and warm. In fact, those days are the exceptions. But never fear. Here's your guide to turkey hunting in any weather. Even in the worst weather conditions, turkeys are out there somewhere. But finding them requires thinking like those birds. Paying close attention...


All About the Wild Turkey

This feature article first appeared back in 2001 as “All About the Wild Turkey,” a chapter in the Team Realtree Turkey Hunting Fieldbook . Written by the late Aaron Pass, and as the title suggests, excerpts from the article follow, and offer some facts on America's greatest gamebird you may...


How to Turkey Hunt on Small Properties

The morning broke still, clear and crisp. It promised to be a good gobbling day. My partner and I were positioned on a ridge where we could hear turkeys in any direction. The first gobble came early, a good sign. We did not move. Ten minutes later, six gobblers were...


10 Best Locator Calls for Turkeys

Editor's note: This article was first published March 28, 2016. The tips in it are as timeless as turkey hunting itself, with a few modern-day twists. Be sure to read the text and listen to the audio links for each call as well. — Steve Hickoff When a hunter wants...


Men vs. Women: Stereotypes in Turkey Hunting Camps

Okay, folks, this is meant to be fun . . . Are women- and men-only turkey camps different? Even though I’ve often been the only woman in camp, I can’t truly understand what it’s like to be in a men’s-only camp because my sheer presence changes the dynamic of the...


Turkey Hunting River Bottoms and Swamps

If you're a fisherman or waterfowler, keep those chest waders handy. I’ve seen it all around turkey country. Maybe you have too. Spring gobblers favor roost trees over water — not always, surely, but trying to locate spring birds near these spots often proves favorable. At times, all the wild...


The 10 Commandments of Public Land Turkey Hunting

Some folks have private honey holes. Filling spring gobbler tags without too much outside hunting pressure is pretty much assured. And then there's the rest of us. The guys who hunt public land turkeys with everyone else. It’s busy. It’s crowded. Some strategies are in order. So let's get to...


How to Fan a Gobbler

The best way to kill a stubborn field bird is often to hide behind a turkey fan and crawl to them. Here's how to do it.


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