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Realtree Staff Mourns Passing of Outdoor Writer Mike Lambeth

We at Realtree are sad to inform you of the passing of our dear friend and Realtree.com contributor Mike Lambeth. Mike was a much-loved outdoor writer and photographer with works appearing in numerous national magazines, books, newspapers and on websites. Mike was passionate about his faith, family, friends and the...


Fall Turkey Tally In OH

COLUMBUS, OH -- Ohio's fall wild turkey season ended November 27 with hunters bagging 1,375 during the seven-week season. Ashtabula County led the state with 67 birds taken, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife. Last year's harvest total was 1,425. The 2011 fall turkey...


NWTF: Turkey Teacher

EDGEFIELD, SC -- Third-grade teacher Janine Kopera was merely looking for some lesson ideas to tie in with Thanksgiving when she stumbled upon the NWTF's website. Eight years later, the Melvindale, Mich., teacher is renowned for successfully teaching her suburban students about conservation through an educational unit she built around...


Jim Casada's Literature Of Turkey Masterpiece

Jim Casada has long been recognized as one of the nation's top writers on turkey hunting, and his passion for the sport encompasses not only the glories of gobblers in the greening-up woods of spring or scattered flocks in the fall. He is an avid student of the sport's history,...


JAKES Camp Set For Sept. 17-18

EMPORIA, KS -- The National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) will hold its 2011 NWTF Kansas State JAKES Camp for youth on September 17-18 at Camp Alexander, near Emporia. This camp will run all day Saturday and end about 2 p.m. Sunday. Participants may choose to tent camp Saturday night (tents...


Ladies Get Ready To Roost Birds in PA

Upcoming Outdoor Event for Women in Elk County, PA The Wapiti Roost chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will host a "Women in the Outdoors" event on Sunday, Aug. 14, from 8:15 a.m. until 5 p.m. at St. Marys Sportsmen's Club in St. Marys, Pennsylvania. Pre-registration is required for...


NWTF and VA Museum Team Up

The Virginia Museum of Natural History's new "Living Off the Land" exhibit will show the many ways in which humans depend on nature. The exhibit will include information about Virginia's wildlife, modern and ancient hunting and fishing methods, and the evolution of the rifle. VMNH staff members, educators and scientists...


Miss Charlotte' completes turkey slam

"When I was probably 8 years old, all my little girlfriends wanted to play with their baby dolls. I wanted a BB gun. I liked to be outdoors," she says with a laugh. "On one of my first dates with my husband, we went quail hunting. I've always been very...


Full-Day Bird Hunting Starts May 16 in PA

HARRISBURG, PA -- Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe has reminded spring gobbler hunters they can take advantage of full-day hunting - from one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset - beginning Monday, May 16. The full-day spring gobbler hours were approved by the Board of...


Gobblers At The Buzzer

For weeks, that dominant tom has gobbled and the hen or hens came to his position, either to his roost tree or strut zone. Ever notice how many times you raise a gobbler and the hens arrive to intercept him? You started things off and the girl turkeys finished it...


Make Your Own Turkey Fan Mount

One of the more popular ways to preserve a memorable turkey hunt is with the fan and beard mounted on a plaque. You can take it to a taxidermist, but if you want to save some money, doing it yourself is a fairly simple process. -- First, remove the beard...


Gobbled, Now What?

We spring gobbler hunters tend to rely too heavily on the sound of the gobble. Other turkey vocalizations-including the sounds they make while flying down from their roosts or simply walking in the woods-also matter. It's not enough to be able to simply hear turkeys; you have to listen for...


Turkey Hunting Safety Tips

May first is almost as important as the opening of firearms deer season, and while spring turkey hunting accidents are uncommon (last year's season was incident-free) extra precautions are needed. Camouflage or drab colored clothing is helpful to outwit a keen sighted gobbler. Unfortunately, camouflage has the same affect on...


Rules For Guided Turkey Hunts

Spring turkey seasons are kicking in around the country. Now’s a good time to talk about hunters and the guides we sometimes ask to put us into gobblers. Let’s look at the pros and cons of hiring somebody to help find spring birds. GOOD AND BAD: A good guide often...


Kentucky’s 2011 Turkey Outlook

FRANKFORT, KY -- When Kentucky's spring wild turkey season opens April 16, hunters should get plenty of opportunities to match wits with the older, experienced gobblers that make the sport so challenging and exciting. "We have a high percentage of adult birds in our flocks and they are coming into...


Kansas Turkey Atlas 2011

PRATT, KS -- The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) has announced that the 2011 Kansas Spring Turkey Atlas will be available March 28 at KDWP offices and license vendors around the state. An online version is currently available on the agency's website, www.kdwp.state.ks.us . To view or download...


Bill Jordan On Tennessee Governor's Turkey Hunt

Andy Edwards, Programs and Events director, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation. We'll talk about the 10th annual Tennessee Governor's One-Shot Turkey Hunt set for April 8-9 in Giles, Lincoln, Lawrence, Marshall and Maury counties. Duke Turnage of Dyersburg, Tenn.; Primos Hunting Calls Pro Staff; 731-589-1930; www.primos.com . Bill Jordan of Realtree...


Find The Strut Zone

Find it. Sit near it. Wait. While scouting one Vermont spring afternoon (legal shooting hours closed at noon), I found turkeys for the next morning’s hunt: three gobblers and four hens in the exact center of a huge farm where I had landowner permission. A sanctuary of sorts, they lingered...


Turkey Time In Georgia

SOCIAL CIRCLE, GA -- The opening day of the Georgia turkey hunting season is Sat., Mar. 26 and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources' Wildlife Resources Division anticipates that the 2011 season should be fair, with harvest likely down from the 2010 season. Statistics from the 2010 season harvest summary...


Tuning Turkey Calls

Every craftsman has his tools; and the tools of the turkey hunting trade are calls. If you’re like me, you probably haven’t touched yours since you hung up your turkey vest after the last day of last turkey season. Winter is waning and spring is in the air. Depending on...


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