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Paint Your Old or Inexpensive Turkey Decoys to Add Realism

Today’s turkey decoys are more realistic than ever; often so lifelike that you have to look twice to make sure it’s a decoy in front of you and not a live bird. But that degree of realism usually comes with a hefty price. Ultra-realistic decoys can often total nearly as...


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Some Turkey Hunting Excuses for Why You Missed Birds

Missing turkeys is part of the game. All veteran turkey hunters have been there, and if you haven't yet, brace yourself. It hurts. Memories of that strutter stepping up into range – and the 10 inches of swinging beard running off after you pull your shotgun's trigger – will haunt...


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...


Spring Thunder: Onion Patch Gobbler

It's opening day of the Alabama turkey season. Realtree's Tyler Jordan and Phillip Culpepper draw to see who gets to hunt the "Onion Plot Gobbler." Watch this video to see who wins. After, they get in close to where the hit-list turkey has been roosted and have one awesome hunt...


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Osceola Turkey Hunting with "The Grind"

I'm just in from Florida, after chasing Osceolas with friends, longtime and new. There's really nothing like a great turkey camp, and this was one of the best. Please check out our longform gallery on the hunt.


How to Hunt for Morel Mushrooms

Spring turkey hunts often have a way of turning into morel hunts for the fortunate hunters who live where the delectable wild mushrooms grow. Though gobblers can be fickle and hard to find at times, morels are usually a sure bet after daytime air temperatures start averaging beyond 65 degrees...


Choosing the Right Camo Pattern

Camo. If you’ve seen one pattern you’ve seen them all, right? Wrong. Absolutely not. Not even close, Jack. Some say there’s a science to creating quality camo patterns. And there is if you look at the technology side of designing patterns. But if you’re looking purely at how well a...


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...


Spring Thunder: Giant Osceola Turkey

Realtree's Tyler Jordan takes his biggest Osceola turkey. Then we join Phillip Culpepper as he and the kids have a few close encounters during the opening weekend of the Alabama youth season. More Realtree turkey hunting . Follow Realtree on Facebook .


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New Locator Turkey Calls from Strut Commander

Hunters use crow calls to draw shock gobbles from silent spring gobblers, revealing their locations. Owl hooters, when used on a hunt, do as well. Check out the new line of offerings from Strut Commander.


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