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All About Turkey Reaping

Jeremy McCarty refuses to call what we’re doing turkey hunting. According to him, we are “turkey reaping,” and, unlike turkey hunting, where concealment is key, when turkey reaping, you want the gobblers to see you -- or at least see the decoys you’re using to close the distance. I’ve turkey...


Nate Hosie's 5 Turkey Hunting Tactics for Educated Birds

When it comes to hunting turkeys that have been pressured and educated, Nate Hosie, host of HeadHunters TV and a Realtree pro staffer, has one overriding strategy: Realism. Born and raised in the mountains of Pennsylvania, Hosie started hunting with his father and grandfather. That love of hunting led to...


Realtree Turkey Hunting Tip of the Week: Call Then Shut Up

They call 'em turkey calls for a reason. Ask any of my turkey buds, and they’ll say I call a lot. Aggressively even. Other times a dose of silence is my best vocalization. As with other forms of game calling, the right mix of yelping and staying quiet is the...


The College Student's Guide to Turkey Hunting

Legs shake. Hands tremble. Your mind races wild. And it’s not even because of the chick in psychology class. No, it’s that longbeard gobbling every breath, no more than 60 yards away and just out of sight. He’s ripping your nervous system to shreds – particularly because you know that...


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...


10 Turkey Hunt Savers

Use these 10 tactics to save your turkey hunt. 1. Buddy System for Birds When hunting alone, it's sometimes tough to use locator calls and listen at the same time. To locate spring gobblers better, hunt with a buddy. Have your partner stand away from you while you're making your...


All About the Wild Turkey

This feature article first appeared back in 2001 as “All About the Wild Turkey,” a chapter in the Team Realtree Turkey Hunting Fieldbook . Written by the late Aaron Pass, and as the title suggests, excerpts from the article follow, and offer some facts on America's greatest gamebird you may...


10 Best Locator Calls for Turkeys

Editor's note: This article was first published March 28, 2016. The tips in it are as timeless as turkey hunting itself, with a few modern-day twists. Be sure to read the text and listen to the audio links for each call as well. — Steve Hickoff When a hunter wants...


Men vs. Women: Stereotypes in Turkey Hunting Camps

Okay, folks, this is meant to be fun . . . Are women- and men-only turkey camps different? Even though I’ve often been the only woman in camp, I can’t truly understand what it’s like to be in a men’s-only camp because my sheer presence changes the dynamic of the...


Turkey Hunting River Bottoms and Swamps

If you're a fisherman or waterfowler, keep those chest waders handy. I’ve seen it all around turkey country. Maybe you have too. Spring gobblers favor roost trees over water — not always, surely, but trying to locate spring birds near these spots often proves favorable. At times, all the wild...


How to Fan a Gobbler

The best way to kill a stubborn field bird is often to hide behind a turkey fan and crawl to them. Here's how to do it.


Turkey Gun Patterning Made Easy

Here's a look back a dozen years ago to Don Stear's feature article, "Turkey Gun Patterning Made Easy." Published in the spring of 2006, the advice remains good for when you dial in your timeworn shotgun again and certainly if you buy a new one soon, even if your season...


Kill An Out-of-State Gobbler (For Less Than $1,000)

Steve Hickoff gives his tips for taking an out-of-state turkey trip on a budget


Tyler Jordan's Top 10 Turkey Hunting Tips

Born in 1992, Tyler Jordan killed his first turkey at age eight. It’s one of his favorite memories. He and his father Bill Jordan, Realtree founder, shared the moment. They’d gone out on a Thursday afternoon to roost turkeys for their Friday morning hunt. Two birds not far from a...


Old Turkey Hunting Guns vs. New Turkey Hunting Guns

Guns . Everyone loves them. We shoot them. We hunt with them. We provide food for families with them. They’re essential tools important to the outdoor lifestyle. And they’ve come a long way in the last 100 years. But that doesn’t mean some of the older models don’t still carry...


5 Tips for Teaching Kids How to Call Turkeys

Use these five tips to teach kids how to call turkeys. 1. Start with an Easy-to-Run Call There is nothing simpler than making a yelp on a push-/pull-style call. For young kids just starting out, this is the perfect call style to begin with. Show them how to make simple...


Turkey Hunting Gear on a Tight Budget

It isn’t hard to spend money when it comes to turkey hunting. Custom calls, high-dollar turkey guns, trips to far-off states with expensive non-resident fees: it can all add up to a budget- (and marriage-) busting total in the blink of an eye. New turkey hunters, in particular, may be...


How and Where to Hunt Late Season Turkeys

Where, when and how to fill your late-season turkey tags


Do You Know Your Turkey Hunting Mouth Calls?

A look at the most popular mouth-call cuts for turkey hunting Double Cut W-Cut Bat Wing Split-V Cutter Ghost Cut __________________________________________________________________________ Some guys enjoy turkey call history and trivia. They follow the custom call circuit. They make their own wingbone yelpers. They display calls under glass. That's not me. I...


3 Things You Need to Do to Kill a Turkey

Daryle Singletary doesn’t consider himself a great turkey hunter, not by a long shot, but he’s learned a thing or two pursuing the birds when he’s not on stage belting out country songs. “I’m not the best by no means, but with trial and error I’ve gotten lucky,” he said...


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