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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...


3 Turkey Hunting Decoy Tricks for Tough Birds

I learned something about turkey decoys in each of the three following situations. You can too. Situation 1 Time of Year : Opening Day. Challenge : Heavy hunting pressure. Decoy Trick : I’d been working these hung-up Maine gobblers all morning. They just wouldn’t budge. For hours, we both made...


9 Things You Should Do After Killing a Turkey

The longbeard you want gobbles on the roost. Gobbles on the ground. Gobbles in range. And you make a clean, ethical shot. In the rush of sweet moments after killing a wild turkey, it's sometimes hard to catch your breath. Of course, a lot of folks first check the spurs...


5 Strange Places Wild Turkeys Like to Roost

Travel the country enough to hunt wild turkeys and you'll see birds roost in some unusual places. 1. Telephone Poles In places like Texas, where roost cover might include live oaks where available, wild turkeys might also choose other places to roost. This sometimes includes telephone poles. 2. The Ground...


Flash Hunt Your Spring Turkey

Flash hunts often insist that you know the land well enough to anticipate what a gobbler will do when you call. You can read terrain by scouting year-round. You can study roost locations as they shift. What path will a flash hunt turkey take to you? Will it chance at...


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Top 5 Longest Wild Turkey Subspecies Beards

One of the first physical details you size up when a gobbler walks into view is the beard. Beards are often a matter of shooting a legal bird in the spring, as "bearded bird" state regulations also include bearded hens ; other states are "gobblers only" and one, no jakes...


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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...


7 Crazy Things You See in Turkey Hunting Camp

Turkey hunting camp is your home away from home. It's where you meet with your buds, hatch plans to go after gobblers you've located, and where, well, crazy things sometimes happen. Seven of these wild and warped events follow. 1. Wet Socks I mean, where do you put them? I've...


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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...


Tips for Turkey Hunting Tough Gobblers

Some spring gobblers are just plain tough. Try these tricks on yours. Get Tight Get tight to its roost tree well before sunrise. Call softly with a no-hands mouth call, if at all, right after the bird flies down (sometimes with others) and hits the ground. Clucks and soft yelps...


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DIY Turkey Call: Building a Bamboo Wingbone-Style Yelper

By the late 1800s, Charles L. Jordan (1841-1909) began publishing how-to articles on turkey hunting, and making calls from wingbone and cane. Sources indicate he may have crafted them for decades before. After Jordan’s murder by a poacher, his writing on wild turkey hunting was compiled by Edward A. McIlhenny...


The 3 Phases of Spring Turkey Season

A lot of turkeys are tagged during the first week of the spring season. A lot of turkeys aren’t. Never give up until you have no days left to hunt. Early Birds Challenge : Dominant gobblers are likely henned-up. Some satellite two-year-olds and jakes might travel with the group –...


Unavoidably Dumb Stuff You Do While Turkey Hunting

Sometimes while turkey hunting, you just do stupid stuff. Cliff Jump First, we scattered the big Wyoming spring flock after a long, steep climb on a skinny game trail to the top of a mountain. Accidentally. The guide groaned. An avid fall turkey hunter — a tradition where intentionally breaking...


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...


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How to Make a Turkey Hunting Tote from a Deer Antler and Paracord

You’ve been after him since daylight. He flew down the wrong direction, avoided you on the next two sets, and finally committed the fourth time you got in front of him. Trouble is, you are now a mile or more from the truck. And this old bird is big. Really...


5 Things You Need in a Good Hunting Camp

I've been fortunate to hunt wild turkeys around the United States and down in Mexico. Some camps are memorable for all the right reasons. Others, well, you'd best soon forget them. Fortunately the latter deal is rare. Check out these five things you need in a good hunting camp. A...


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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,...


These 10 Things Can Ruin Your Turkey Hunt

And you thought your morning would be a slam dunk. Think again. 1. Trespassers As far as you know, you’re the only hunter with permission on the property. The landowner told you so. Nothing is sweeter, right? But when two guys appear at the field edge, you know better. Slowly...


5 Tips to Plan Your 2019 Spring Turkey Hunts

What you do now – especially the questions you ask – can help make next season's gobbler-chasing campaign successful. 1. Permit and Lottery Hunt Deadlines? Such details can easily be forgotten during your busy days deer and duck hunting. Spring's hunts are far from your mind but shouldn't be. Check...


Ol’ Tom Time & Motion Easy-Rider Turkey Vest in Realtree Timber

Realtree Timber will hide you well while waterfowl hunting, but it's also effective for turkey hunting. New for this coming spring turkey season, the Ol’ Tom Time & Motion Easy-Rider Turkey Vest in Realtree Timber. Ol' Tom product literature includes the following intel on this new turkey vest for the...


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