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5 Ways to Turkey Hunt Like a Lost Hen

Hens separated from traveling and breeding groups vocalize a “lost yelp” to indicate they’re trying to connect with their flocks or other turkeys. This is a series of roughly eight or more plain hen yelp notes, expressed with some urgency. Calling like a lonely spring hen can put a boss...


Realtree Turkey-Hunting Gear Tips

We’re celebrating 30 years of Realtree turkey hunting this season (1986-2016). This feature article first appeared back in 2001 as “Turkey Gear & Accessories,” a chapter in the Team Realtree Turkey Hunting Fieldbook . Written by the late Aaron Pass, and as the title suggests, it offers advice on how...


Realtree Turkey-Hunting Safety Tips

We’re celebrating 30 years of Realtree turkey hunting this season (1986-2016). This feature article first appeared back in 2001 as “Turkey Hunting Safety,” a chapter in the Team Realtree Turkey Hunting Fieldbook . Written by the late Aaron Pass, and as the title suggests, it contains cautionary advice to help...


Travel Like You’re Dying To Turkey Hunt

We’re celebrating 30 years of Realtree turkey hunting this season (1986-2016). This feature article first appeared back in 2001 as “The Traveling Turkey Hunter,” a chapter in the Team Realtree Turkey Hunting Fieldbook . Written by the late Aaron Pass, and as the title suggests, it contains fundamental tactics to...


Hardcore Preseason Planning For Your Spring Turkey Hunts

You won't find the word procrastinate in the hardcore turkey hunter's vocabulary. Begin your preseason planning now. LAND HABITAT CHANGES Ownership and land development can change everything these days. It’s crucial to check out longtime public lands to see if private development has affected the way you can hunt it...


How To Fill Your Turkey Tag in 5 Days

I'm not from The South. If you need any physical evidence of such, you need to simply grab a plane ticket and head to my place in Michigan. Or Wisconsin. Or Maine. It's “spring” here. But it's fairly hard to know that without looking at a calendar. It's still cold...


A First-Time Turkey Hunter

What’s better than tagging a turkey after a hard, long day of hunting in tough weather conditions? Watching an enthusiastic first-time hunter bag her bird. A few weeks ago, I had the honor of welcoming Amanda Covington, vice president of communications and government relations for Vista Outdoor Inc. , into...


The Realtree Turkey Hunting Guide: A Chart For Spring Success

I remember the first wild turkey I ever saw. It was walking through a fallow field behind the house I grew up in. I was home for the weekend during my first year of college. At that point I was just minimally aware that wild turkeys were hunted, having seen...


Trail Cameras for Turkeys

A ground-shaking gobble resonates across the clearing. A few more steps brings him close enough you can smell what he had for breakfast. A sharp cluck and smooth trigger pull put an end to his bantering. This is what happens when you do your homework. And today's turkey hunter has...


10 Reasons Why You Suck at Calling Turkeys

Turkeys aren’t difficult to call. People keep telling you that. Yet, you know they don’t gobble at you much. Even when they do, they don’t come to you. You’ve never had any luck “blind calling,” and truth be told, you watched a group of jakes, supposedly the dumbest creatures in...


Is Turkey Hunting Tougher Than Ever?

You set out for a long walk in the dark to the top of your favorite ridge, the one where you've worked countless longbeards over the years. As daylight slowly breaks, you owl hoot, almost shivering with anticipation. The show is about to start ... except, it never does. You...


How to Build an Awesome Home Meat Processing Shop

The hunting experience doesn’t come full circle until you enjoy your bounty on the dinner table. You can depend on professional butchers to process your meat, or you can save a bunch of money and do it yourself. An initial investment in equipment will allow you to set up a...


Steve Rinella on Cooking Wild Turkey

In most of the country, turkey season is either well underway or over. And you’re stuck in a dilemma – how do you take that gobbler you shot and make it not only edible, but delectable?


Turkey Decoy Setup: The Hazel Creek Love Triangle

These turkey decoy setup tips from Hazel Creek will help you lure a big spring gobbler into spitting distance.


The Boss of Beaver County

The Boss of Beaver County had a missing tailfeather and a raw attitude. There were four strutters in the field, but all eyes were on him—at least, he seemed to think they were.


One Time in the Turkey Woods

Ever seen something funny in the turkey woods? So have we. A new turkey season is finally here. There’ll be plenty of time for calling tips, setup strategies and other serious matters. For now, we’re delving into the sport’s lighter side with these four humorous tales from the spring woods.


The Okie Chokie

Rios are easy, right? After three long days in the Oklahoma turkey woods, the author isn't so sure


A Turkey Hunt to Celebrate

The story of the Second Celebration Hunt to honor wounded female veterans


Blanton Busts Some Moves

“When I first met David, I could tell he was a little out of his element,” Borum says. “But, I soon discovered that he actually has some natural rhythm, and he’s especially good at hip hop of all things.”


Fooling Field Birds

A gobbler in a wide-open field may be the toughest bird you’ll hunt all season. Here’s how to get him.


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