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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...


Turkey Gun Patterning Made Easy

Here's a look back a dozen years ago to Don Stear's feature article, "Turkey Gun Patterning Made Easy." Published in the spring of 2006, the advice remains good for when you dial in your timeworn shotgun again and certainly if you buy a new one soon, even if your season...


Kill An Out-of-State Gobbler (For Less Than $1,000)

Steve Hickoff gives his tips for taking an out-of-state turkey trip on a budget


Tyler Jordan's Top 10 Turkey Hunting Tips

Born in 1992, Tyler Jordan killed his first turkey at age eight. It’s one of his favorite memories. He and his father Bill Jordan, Realtree founder, shared the moment. They’d gone out on a Thursday afternoon to roost turkeys for their Friday morning hunt. Two birds not far from a...


Old Turkey Hunting Guns vs. New Turkey Hunting Guns

Guns . Everyone loves them. We shoot them. We hunt with them. We provide food for families with them. They’re essential tools important to the outdoor lifestyle. And they’ve come a long way in the last 100 years. But that doesn’t mean some of the older models don’t still carry...


5 Tips for Teaching Kids How to Call Turkeys

Use these five tips to teach kids how to call turkeys. 1. Start with an Easy-to-Run Call There is nothing simpler than making a yelp on a push-/pull-style call. For young kids just starting out, this is the perfect call style to begin with. Show them how to make simple...


Turkey Hunting Gear on a Tight Budget

It isn’t hard to spend money when it comes to turkey hunting. Custom calls, high-dollar turkey guns, trips to far-off states with expensive non-resident fees: it can all add up to a budget- (and marriage-) busting total in the blink of an eye. New turkey hunters, in particular, may be...


How and Where to Hunt Late Season Turkeys

Where, when and how to fill your late-season turkey tags


3 Things You Need to Do to Kill a Turkey

Daryle Singletary doesn’t consider himself a great turkey hunter, not by a long shot, but he’s learned a thing or two pursuing the birds when he’s not on stage belting out country songs. “I’m not the best by no means, but with trial and error I’ve gotten lucky,” he said...


5 Ways to Turkey Hunt Like a Lost Hen

Hens separated from traveling and breeding groups vocalize a “lost yelp” to indicate they’re trying to connect with their flocks or other turkeys. This is a series of roughly eight or more plain hen yelp notes, expressed with some urgency. Calling like a lonely spring hen can put a boss...


Realtree Turkey-Hunting Gear Tips

We’re celebrating 30 years of Realtree turkey hunting this season (1986-2016). This feature article first appeared back in 2001 as “Turkey Gear & Accessories,” a chapter in the Team Realtree Turkey Hunting Fieldbook . Written by the late Aaron Pass, and as the title suggests, it offers advice on how...


Realtree Turkey-Hunting Safety Tips

We’re celebrating 30 years of Realtree turkey hunting this season (1986-2016). This feature article first appeared back in 2001 as “Turkey Hunting Safety,” a chapter in the Team Realtree Turkey Hunting Fieldbook . Written by the late Aaron Pass, and as the title suggests, it contains cautionary advice to help...


Travel Like You’re Dying To Turkey Hunt

We’re celebrating 30 years of Realtree turkey hunting this season (1986-2016). This feature article first appeared back in 2001 as “The Traveling Turkey Hunter,” a chapter in the Team Realtree Turkey Hunting Fieldbook . Written by the late Aaron Pass, and as the title suggests, it contains fundamental tactics to...


Hardcore Preseason Planning For Your Spring Turkey Hunts

You won't find the word procrastinate in the hardcore turkey hunter's vocabulary. Begin your preseason planning now. LAND HABITAT CHANGES Ownership and land development can change everything these days. It’s crucial to check out longtime public lands to see if private development has affected the way you can hunt it...


How To Fill Your Turkey Tag in 5 Days

I'm not from The South. If you need any physical evidence of such, you need to simply grab a plane ticket and head to my place in Michigan. Or Wisconsin. Or Maine. It's “spring” here. But it's fairly hard to know that without looking at a calendar. It's still cold...


A First-Time Turkey Hunter

What’s better than tagging a turkey after a hard, long day of hunting in tough weather conditions? Watching an enthusiastic first-time hunter bag her bird. A few weeks ago, I had the honor of welcoming Amanda Covington, vice president of communications and government relations for Vista Outdoor Inc. , into...


The Realtree Turkey Hunting Guide: A Chart For Spring Success

I remember the first wild turkey I ever saw. It was walking through a fallow field behind the house I grew up in. I was home for the weekend during my first year of college. At that point I was just minimally aware that wild turkeys were hunted, having seen...


Trail Cameras for Turkeys

A ground-shaking gobble resonates across the clearing. A few more steps brings him close enough you can smell what he had for breakfast. A sharp cluck and smooth trigger pull put an end to his bantering. This is what happens when you do your homework. And today's turkey hunter has...


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