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How to Get a Wild Turkey Into Gun or Bow Range

Calling wild turkeys to your setup position is the essence of this tradition. But sometimes it's not enough. Tired of that longbeard tossing you courtesy gobbles? Sure, that bird might be henned up. It might also not like the view between where it struts and where you sit. Your yelps...


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5 Food Plots to Help You Tag More Turkeys

Not just for deer, a good food plot will draw in turkeys and hold them in your area, vastly increasing your odds at tagging a longbeard this spring. While food plots are most often associated with fall deer hunting, a green spring plot can be absolutely deadly on spring gobblers...


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...


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North America's Easiest Turkey Hunts

I get a chuckle listening to 300-pound dudes with tobacco-juice-spattered chins drawling on about how smart their local turkeys are. Because, you know, they’re the only ones with talent enough to tag them. Chat up most turkey hunters and they’ll insist their turkeys are considerably smarter than yours. Now, I’ve...


Wild Turkey Causes Deadly Motorcycle Crash

According to ABC 7, WXYZ News, a motorcyclist died this past weekend after a turkey collision. As the story goes, a number of birds were crossing the road, as flocks so often do. Apparently, one of the turkeys took flight, hitting the rider in the chest. The 70-year-old man hit...


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How to Hunt the Wild Turkey Breeding Phases

The Wild Turkey (John Hafner photo) I’m primarily a “ deer guy .” But I’ve long been a turkey hunter, too. It’s my second greatest passion — behind whitetails — in the outdoors. And I feed that desire to hunt every spring. There’s one thing I love most about turkey...


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...


Spring Thunder: Gobbler Breeds Hen and Demolishes Decoy

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation’s flagship fundraising event of the year is the Tennessee Governor’s One Shot Turkey Hunt . The guys head to Tennessee to be a part of the fundraiser and have a hunt of a lifetime. More Realtree turkey hunting . Follow Realtree on Facebook .


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 Find a Wounded Turkey

You scouted, located and called a strutting longbeard into range. All the excuses in the world won’t help you now though – loaner gun, twisted shooting position, iffy choke, sketchy shotgun load, bad bow shot, head-jerking birds, whatever. You shot, and the turkey briefly fell . . . then shockingly...


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...


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How to Get Inside a Wild Turkey's Comfort Zone

Imagine you’re a wild turkey. Imagine what it’s like to be the main course on every predator’s menu from the time your egg cracked until the day you are the meal. Imagine your only defenses are your eyes, ears, feet, wings – and wings don’t apply until you’ve survived several...


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