Turkey Blog with Steve Hickoff

Steve Hickoff is Realtree.com's editorial director and turkey hunting editor. He’s been beaten by more birds than he can remember. Still he kills enough to eat well, and fool with beards, spurs and fans until the next season. Pennsylvania born and raised, Maine is his home base now. A full-time outdoor communicator with a couple university writing degrees, he chases spring gobblers and fall flocks around the country.

  • NWTF Convention: The New Banded Turkey Vest in Realtree EDGE

    Realtree licensee Banded had its new turkey hunting vest at the NWTF Convention. Click through this turkey blog post to see it and learn more about its features.

  • NWTF Convention: Hunters Specialties Turkey Calls and Gear

    The NWTF Convention is full of friends who are like extended family, and turkey hunting gear that makes you wish spring gobbler season were tomorrow. For now, we wait. But looking at turkey hunting stuff on the show floor helps a little. This turkey blog includes some of the many...

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These 5 Animals Can Ruin Your Spring Turkey Hunt

We've all had unexpected things happen while turkey hunting. Sometimes other wildlife messes with your plans. Here are five animals that can ruin your spring turkey hunt. 1. Bobcat Attacks An uptick of bobcat attacks – on both wild turkeys and turkey hunters – has been on the social media...


Charles Daly Shotguns in Realtree Camo from the NWTF Convention

We caught up with Realtree licensee Charles Daly to see what shotguns they had on the NWTF Convention show floor. Here's what we found.


Realtree Video: Turkey Hunting in the Wind

Treetops shake. Branches fall. Strong gusts whip past your head. Turkey hunting in the wind takes your ears away. Same goes for the big birds you're chasing. Still, there are some tactics for adjusting to this challenge. Check out these Realtree video tips for turkey hunting in the wind. Go...


New Strut Commander Turkey Calls from the NWTF Convention

We're on the NWTF Convention show floor, seeing longtime friends, making new ones and catching up on new turkey hunting gear for the 2018 spring gobbler season. Strut Commander has four new turkey calls. Please click through our blog post to see these new mouth diaphragms and locator calls. Go...


5 Tough Shots You'll Take While Turkey Hunting

Tough shots come your way while turkey hunting. You're sometimes seated at the base of a broad-trunked tree, anticipating where the gobbler will slip into view. Trouble is, wary spring turkeys have other plans. Whether you're on your butt, sitting in the woods, or in a blind, watching a field,...


How to Pattern Your Turkey Hunting Shotgun

Patterning your turkey hunting shotgun, turkey chokes and various shotshells is essential to success in the field. Steve Meyer, Winchester Ammunition's supervisor of new shotshell development, has tips on how to pattern your turkey gun in this click-through blog post.


Top 5 Scoring Rio Grande Gobblers

To many of us, Rio Grande turkey hunting means Texas, Oklahoma and that part of the country. You'll also find them roosting above the lush California vineyards north of Los Angeles and even across the Pacific Ocean in Hawaii. And many other states west of the Mississippi River. Check out...


How to Hunt Early Season Turkeys

Editor's note : This revamp post is from the classic Team Realtree Turkey Hunting Fieldbook (2001) . Written by the late Aaron Pass, the printed book still contains solid advice for hunting turkeys in the early season. We honor his memory here with this click-through blog post. – Steve Hickoff...


Top 5 Scoring Osceola Wild Turkeys

Osceolas are a hard-gobbling, sharp-spurred, swamp-loving subspecies of wild turkey found only in Florida. There are also Easterns and hybrids along the northern intergrade line. That said, I love Osceolas and I'll hunt them this spring. For many hardcore turkey hunters, it's the first stop at the beginning of another...


Everything You Need to Know About the NWTF Convention

As always, the Realtree team will attend this year's annual NWTF Convention & Sport Show. We'll be there February 14-18, 2018, in Nashville, Tennessee, covering the event. Go to Realtree turkey hunting for new posts on gear and happenings. For now, here's all you need to know about the NWTF...


Turkey Hunting: How to Age a Gobbler by Spur Length

Aging gobblers by spur length isn't an exact science. Often it's an estimate. The sharpness and curve of the spur can give you an approximate read on the bird's age though. Rarely will gobblers have no spurs, and some subspecies show different characteristics based on the terrain they walk. Spurs...


6 Reasons Your Turkey Hunting Buddy Won't Kill a Bird This Spring

There are turkey hunters and there are turkey hunters. Some are deer or duck hunters looking for something to do in spring. Some prefer bass or trout over gobblers, but go out to do "something" other than sitting on the couch watching The Walking Dead reruns. That's cool. It's all...


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