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Turkey Hunting Tips for Strutter Decoys

Depending on the situation, full-strut turkey decoys can make or break your hunt. Here’s what you need to know


Great New Gobbler Gear

Need a new turkey gun? Mouth calls getting crusty? Vest a little worn? Not to worry. There's plenty of new turkey hunting gear for 2011


Fifty Bow Gobblers

I recently tagged my 55th gobbler with bow and arrow, a tally that includes representatives from five North American species, including a single-spring United States archery slam (Florida Osceola, Texas Rio Grande, New Mexico Merriam’s and New York Eastern). I don’t relate this in way of bragging (though I’m certainly...


Custom Calling

For more than an hour, Kenny Childree had been working on a smart southern Alabama longbeard. We knew the bird had flown from his roost into a large clearcut and was courting his harem of hens. Every so often, we could spot him strutting amongst the stumps and, occasionally, he...


Tribal Land Toms

Robby, Hoffman and I wedge ourselves amongst turkey vests, rubber boots and shotguns to follow a northwest compass bearing from Memphis. In two days, we’ll be turkey hunting on the South Dakota prairie. Between now and then, we have 1,040 miles of road to cover in an extended cab Tacoma...


Spittin’ Feathers: Champion Calling

Let’s face it: some turkey callers are so good at sweet-talking that seemingly every longbeard within earshot falls under a lovesick trance that ultimately leads to a mesmerizing death march. These elite callers put the “hen” in henpeck and can spit feathers with a simple piece of latex or just...


The White-Tipped Tom

This past winter was colder than usual. In fact, it was a lot colder than I have experienced in over a decade at my home in Colorado. Not only was this evident by the piles of crusty snow that refused to melt, but the cord and a half of hardwood...


Turkey Decoys 2010

Crunch, crunch, crunch. What’s that behind me? Spit—oooom! A drumming turkey! Dang it, I thought he’d come in from the other way. I’m too exposed to turn around for a shot. What now? Just take a deep breath, calm down and remember that this longbeard is dancing for a reason—he...


The Booger Bottom Book

It’s safe to assume that Realtree.com readers need no introduction to Michael Waddell. Shows such as “Realtree Road Trips” and “Bone Collector” dominate outdoor television. His enthusiastic smile adorns countless pages of magazines and is often showcased on packaging of useful hunting products. Waddell grew up in a hard-to-find rural...


Seeking Professional Help

It’s amazing how the professional hunters we watch on turkey hunting shows have a way of making tough encounters with hard to handle longbeards look easy. Some of these guys always seem to get the job done and punch their tags regardless of what the birds are doing. Over the...


The Tale of Tailfeather

Two longbeards are close enough that I can hear their wingtips dragging through the oak leaves that carpet the ground. I don’t dare move my head for a look. Freeman isn’t moving either. He’s locked hard onto the stock of his shotgun, his finger primed to snap the safety off...


5 Minutes with the Colonel

I first read Tom Kelly’s Tenth Legion when I was in junior high school and had logged a couple turkey seasons with my dad. Dad read (and still reads) the book before each spring season, and once I’d spent enough time in the April woods and worked enough gobblers to...


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