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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...


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...


Extreme Roost Setups for Turkey Hunting

Setting up tight to roosting turkeys can be the most productive strategy in your spring turkey hunting playbook.


How to Turkey Hunt on Small Properties

The morning broke still, clear and crisp. It promised to be a good gobbling day. My partner and I were positioned on a ridge where we could hear turkeys in any direction. The first gobble came early, a good sign. We did not move. Ten minutes later, six gobblers were...


Avoid These Top 10 Turkey Hunting Mistakes

There are tried-and-true ways to assure you’ll come home empty-handed from the turkey woods. They’re easy. Just follow these steps as laid out by champion turkey caller and Realtree pro staffer Anthony Virga, who has seen them in action and learned some of them first-hand. Mistake 1. Be Impatient. “Everybody...


How to Be Safe While Turkey Hunting

This feature article first appeared back in 2001 as “Turkey Hunting Safety,” a chapter in the Team Realtree Turkey Hunting Fieldbook (now a collectible classic). Written by the late Aaron Pass, and as the title suggests, it contains cautionary advice to help turkey hunters stay safe. Some of it might...


A Good Read on Why We Love Turkey Hunting

The alarm chimes as the clock strikes five in the morning. Before the big hand reaches five past the hour, I am pulling the last knot tight on my snake boots and walking across the creaking wood floor at my parent’s house to the door. It has become tradition for...


How to Call the Hen and Tag Your Gobbler

Some springtime longbeards take their marching orders from the boss hen. At times, the only way to get him in range is to call her in. How do you sell yourself to the lady turkey in charge in order to pull that dawdling strutter into range? Read on. Payback Okay,...


The Only Call You Need for Turkey Hunting

If you’re going to learn one call for turkey hunting, one turkey sound that will let you speak their language and provide the best chance for you to lure in a gobbler, learn how to yelp. The Yelp The yelp is the most common sound a hen turkey makes when...


How to Teach Somebody to Turkey Hunt

If you’ve never helped a beginning turkey hunter start climbing the learning curve, you’re missing one of the most enjoyable aspects of the sport. Archibald Rutledge wrote many years ago that “Some men are mere hunters; others are turkey hunters,” and he was right. There’s something about this bird, and...


6 Ways for Turkey Hunting Multiple States on the Road

There are turkey hunters, and there are turkey hunting addicts. My wife Jill Easton and I fall into the latter category. We learned long ago the hunting opportunities provided by a single state just don’t quench the fire. So we travel. Boy, do we travel. In 2016, we hunted turkeys...


Turkey Hunting: How to Tag a Gobbler You Just Missed

You’ve called a strutting spring gobbler into range, aimed at his fist-sized head and fired. Problem is, the bird flopped then got up like a boxer in the ring with some fight left in him, and is running, or worse: flying off. It’s your move, now or never. Most of...


Plan B for Turkey Hunting Opening Morning

Long-awaited opening morning is here. You dreamed of turkeys flying off the roost, working toward your perfectly located tree. Your calls are prepped and waiting. Your shotgun cleaned, patterned and cleaned again. Your overloaded turkey vest is straining the coat hook by the back door. License, check. Everything is ready...


The 10 Commandments of Public Land Turkey Hunting

Some folks have private honey holes. Filling spring gobbler tags without too much outside hunting pressure is pretty much assured. And then there's the rest of us. The guys who hunt public land turkeys with everyone else. It’s busy. It’s crowded. Some strategies are in order. So let's get to...


How to Hunt Winter Wild Turkeys

You'll never see more turkeys together than between now and the so-called spring dispersal. Winter flocks are typically big, from dozens to hundreds of birds, young and old. This time of the year, turkeys will be concentrated near the best food sources: picked-over crop fields, cow pastures and feedlots (they...


Fall Turkey Hunting Is Fun

I grew up in north-central Pennsylvania at a time when fall turkey hunting was more popular than the spring tradition. Hunter participation numbers bore this claim out. Then, around the turn of the century, it changed. Spring turkey hunting edged past fall in my native state in terms of popularity...


How to Bowhunt for Fall Turkeys

When another hunter asks me if I've bowhunted much, I always reply: "Yep, for turkeys." A second or two passes, accompanied by a puzzled look, which prompts the next question: "Deer too?" "Nope, I've mostly concentrated on turkeys," is my grinning reply. And I've done much of it in fall...


8 States Where You Can't Hunt Fall Turkeys

Some states don't let you hunt fall turkeys. Many more do. Here's where you can't. Alaska I'm told by insiders wild turkeys live in southern Alaska. Still, no fall (or spring) turkey season is offered here. Plenty of other birds and animals to hunt though. Arkansas Back in 2009, the...


Outside the Box Fall Turkey Hunting Tips

Find the flock, scatter them and then call them back. This time-tested technique for fall turkey hunting has been my favorite approach through the years and I have many fond memories of perfect scatters and classic call-ups. I still use this tactic when circumstances allow, those being big woods and...


How to Hunt Fall Turkeys with Dogs

The hunting tactic is simple: A trained dog follows fall turkey scent to find and then scatter autumn flocks. In states where it's legal — nearly 30 as of this writing — the hunter then gathers his or her canine, makes a setup much as he or she would in...


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