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How to Kill a Turkey When Time is Running Out

Shooting a turkey always makes the old emotions flow. There’s much joy for the success achieved, some measure of relief from the hunt's intensity (especially those make-or-break closing minutes as a gobbler finishes his approach), and even a little regret for removing such a creature from the face of the...


7 Reasons Why You Won't Tag a Turkey This Spring

Turkey season is upon us -- or soon will be, depending on where you live. The landscape is starting to green up. The dogwoods will soon begin to bloom. And, if this season is like years past, you’ll be preparing yet another list of excuses for why you didn’t get...


Snakes! Turkey Hunting Encounters

Snakes. Just the thought of them makes some folks quiver in their boots. But, thanks to the irresistible lure of the longbeards, even the most snake-wary turkey hunters find themselves trekking through prime snake habitat come spring. If you’ve turkey hunted long, you’ve no doubt had some snake encounters —...


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...


Have You Learned These Things from Missing Turkeys?

As the saying goes, "If you haven't missed a turkey, you aren't hunting enough." I did plenty of research to write this piece – all of it unintentional. Lessons learned from such experiences follow here . . . 1. Shooting Too Fast The flock suddenly appeared, materializing on the high...


10 Best Times to Deer Hunt

Deer hunting is a game of odds. It’s also a game of decisions. Knowing when to hunt, when not to, and when the conditions are best for you is all part of the process. In my book, there are 10 times, conditions, or situations when odds become more favorable for...


How to Pack Hunting Gear on Long Walks to the Treestand

Hunting gear, it can be flat out addicting for guys and gals like you and me. We love testing out the new gadgets that hit the market — especially the ones that have promise to actually work or do something for us. But taking a garage full of hunting toys...


When to Turkey Call and When You Shouldn't

As a teenaged turkey hunter, my late dad imparted words of sage turkey hunting advice to me. One of his insights has served me well over the years: "Sometimes turkeys that have been gobbling will go silent on the way in." You, in turn, might also want to shut up...


10 Steps for Scouting and Hunting New Pieces of Public Land

Hunting a new piece of dirt can be overwhelming — whether private or public land. But if you’re like us here at Realtree.com, you relish in it. You welcome the challenge. And you appreciate the rewards all the more for it. If you plan to scout, and hunt, a new...


3 Things to Do This Off-Season

The off-season is a time for work. It's a time for preparation. And if you aren't willing to do it, you could experience less success next season than you would have if you'd made an effort. Here are three interesting things to get done this off-season. Set a Beaver-Pond Treestand...


5 Random Hunting-Related Things You Have to Do This Off-Season

It's the little things that mean so much when it comes down to tumbling late-season turkeys or arrowing a monster whitetail. Learn some sneaky tips from our cagey veteran outdoorsman. 1. Build a Food Plot for Fall If you have food plots, or are planning on putting one or more...


Why Turkey Hunters Love Gobbler Spurs

Often, as that gobbler struts toward us, wheels and turns, we first glimpse leg spurs on the bird. Wild turkey spurs are expected and common on male wild turkeys, though some atypical specimens are occasionally spurless. We often age a gobbler by spur length: 1-inch long or so at two...


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