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First Wild Turkeys Test Positive for Avian Flu in Montana

The first wild turkeys known to die of the avian flu have been discovered in Montana near MSU Billings. According to NBC Montana , the person who discovered the first dead bird assumed it’d been struck by a vehicle, but after finding another dead turkey in the same area the...


Fool a Field Turkey Without a Fan

One of the toughest turkeys is an old longbeard that spends a good portion of his day strutting out in the middle of a green field where he can see a country mile. As he spins and displays in his gaudy splendor, he’s telling hens in the area, “I’m the...


Aggressive Tom Is Attacking People on Washington, D.C., Trail

Folks walking the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail at Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens in the Washington, D.C., area are having to keep their eyes open for an aggressive gobbler that’s already sent one person to urgent care. Scientists, park rangers, and others are working to catch the hostile bird and release...


10 Ways to Sound Better on a Friction Call

Mouth turkey calls are fun to yak on. So much so that most hunters yelp way too much and way too loud on a diaphragm. I’ll go out on a gobbler’s roost limb and say this: If we would keep our mouths shut and run a mix of box, slate,...


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How to Make a Deer Antler Turkey Tote

You’ve been after him since daylight. He flew down the wrong direction, avoided you on the next two sets, and finally committed the fourth time you got in front of him. Trouble is, you are now a mile or more from the truck. And this old gobbler is big. Really...


How to Triangulate a Roosted Turkey

In the dusky predawn one April morning, a turkey sounded off a mile away, his lonely gobble barely audible. I pumped my fist, pointed east and took off. But where was my hunting buddy? I looked back and he was pointing like mad and walking west in the opposite direction...


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Shot Placement for Turkey Hunting

This revised post is based on "Guns, Loads & Sights," written by Aaron Pass, and originally published in the Team Realtree Turkey Hunting Fieldbook (2001). Our post has two intentions: how-to instruction for where to aim your shotgun at a turkey, and to advise patterning your firearm and load for...


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Top 5 Merriam's Turkey Hunting States

Some turkey hunters say Merriam's are easy. Not in my experience. Spring snows are often factors. High altitude. Dangerous cats. Birds that walk miles from the roost. Steep mountain climbs up skinny elk and deer trails. You earn it. Oh, you can arrange for easy hunts. Chip shots. Outfitters, eager...


Never Miss a Gobbler Again

A gobbler comes on a string, breaking a magnificent strut to run out his neck and rattle the foliage with a double gobble. You cluck. He stops and sticks up his red neck. You press the trigger. With improbable speed and grace for a gangly 20-pounder, the bird leaps into...


A Bunch of Wild Turkeys Later

Loafing under a sky full of stars after a big meal of barbecue. Turkey camp, decades ago. A “writer’s hunt,” as they used to say, where media pros are invited to field-test the latest gear. And yeah, to network with the folks who write and assign the work. Realtree was...


Podcast: Should Turkey Hunters Worry About Gobbler Sperm Counts?

Is knowing whether the gobbler you just shot had a viable sperm count important? Some leading turkey researchers think it might be. In this episode of Realtree's Outpost Podcast, I sat down with Dr. Will Gulsby, who is one of the lead researchers on a series of wild turkey studies...


Northeast Region Turkey Hunting Forecast

Maine Eating steamed lobster with melted butter, trout fishing, and a menu of other recreational activities are bonuses here. That’s all a big upside for visiting hunters. And the cost of turkey hunting in Maine for both the resident and the nonresident is among the most affordable in the country,...


Podcast: What Hunters Should Know About Turkeys for Tomorrow

Right now there’s a groundswell of southeastern hunters who are worried about the future of turkeys and turkey hunting. That was the impetus for the formation of the organization Turkeys for Tomorrow . On this episode of Realtree’s Outpost Podcast, host Will Brantley joined Ron Jolly, TFT co-chairman of the...


The Mid-South Turkey Hunting Forecast

South Carolina Traditionally, South Carolina has a deep turkey hunting tradition and good numbers of birds in the right habitat areas. Unfortunately, estimates of South Carolina’s turkey population are down 20,000 birds from just a year ago, to 100,000 statewide. Numbers, officials say, have declined due to poor hatches over...


Midwestern Region Turkey Hunting Forecast

Some of my most vest-popping, sharp-spurred, top-of-the-charts-turkey-trophy-registry-had-I-bothered birds have been taken in the Midwestern region over the years. After all, it’s our nation’s heartland of turkey hunting. That said, some states deter nonresidents to an extent, or at least charge you handily for the privilege of chasing those birds. And...


2022 Realtree Turkey Hunter Gear Giveaway

Opening day of turkey season is just around the corner. We know you’re excited — and we’re giving you a reason to get even more excited. Just like you, we love chasing longbeards. To celebrate, we’ve decided to outfit one lucky hunter with $740 worth of apparel and gear that...


Western Region Turkey Hunting Forecast

Truth is, Western states hold some of the most beautiful, rugged terrain you’ll ever haul your turkey hunting butt up. And if you like to walk far and long like those turkeys, this region is the place for you. These wild, nomadic birds cover miles each day, roosting where they...


Win a Texas Turkey Hunt with Tyler Jordan and Phillip Culpepper

Do you want to help with wild turkey conservation and have fun doing it? Sure you do. Turkeys for Tomorrow (TFT), a 501(c)3 non-profit conservation group proudly supported by Realtree, is offering you the chance to win the hunt of a lifetime and support conservation. Enter the raffle to chase...


Southwestern Region Turkey Hunting Forecast

As changes go for the 2022 turkey seasons in these states, Texas has fewer tweaks — though specifics are important for noted locations — and Oklahoma has the most drastic, aimed at conservation measures to stabilize the trend of declining populations. New Mexico and Arizona are different in that the...


Changes to Southern Spring Turkey Seasons You Might Not Know About

By many estimates, wild turkey populations have declined in some regions, notably the Southeast and particularly the Deep South. Adjusting season dates and bag limits and even coordinating hunter participation to regulate pressure on birds are some approaches wildlife officials use to manage outdoor resources. Other factors such as turkey...


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