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Paint Your Old or Inexpensive Turkey Decoys to Add Realism

Today’s turkey decoys are more realistic than ever; often so lifelike that you have to look twice to make sure it’s a decoy in front of you and not a live bird. But that degree of realism usually comes with a hefty price. Ultra-realistic decoys can often total nearly as...


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Some Turkey Hunting Excuses for Why You Missed Birds

Missing turkeys is part of the game. All veteran turkey hunters have been there, and if you haven't yet, brace yourself. It hurts. Memories of that strutter stepping up into range – and the 10 inches of swinging beard running off after you pull your shotgun's trigger – will haunt...


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Osceola Turkey Hunting with "The Grind"

I'm just in from Florida, after chasing Osceolas with friends, longtime and new. There's really nothing like a great turkey camp, and this was one of the best. Please check out our longform gallery on the hunt.


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New Locator Turkey Calls from Strut Commander

Hunters use crow calls to draw shock gobbles from silent spring gobblers, revealing their locations. Owl hooters, when used on a hunt, do as well. Check out the new line of offerings from Strut Commander.


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The Time and Miles of Turkey Hunting

For the spring turkey hunter, a year can be compressed into roughly three months of time well spent, with the remainder wasted – or at the very least compromised – by acts of necessity. Traveling along a linear path, time is wholly independent and egalitarian for all in its path...


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New Strut Commander Box Calls for Turkey Hunting

Word on the new Strut Commander box calls for turkey hunting.


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One Special Wild Turkey Named Lover Boy

As turkey hunters, we’re known for nicknaming gobblers, especially the Houdini-like, nearly unkillable ones that taunt hunting skills and haunt dreams. From late-February through mid-May, I enter the wild turkey’s world regularly. Patience, a thick bun cushion and the good Lord have rewarded me with opportunities to capture several nameworthy...


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Expert Advice on Broadheads for Turkey Hunting

Choosing the right broadhead for turkey hunting can mean the difference between sure recovery and utter disaster.


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Great Tips for Turkey Hunting Rio Grande Gobblers

Tips for turkey hunting Rio Grande gobblers follow in this photo essay.


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How to Make Your Own Turkey Hunting Box Call

Editor's note: After reading Michael Pendley's introduction on building a box call, please work through the steps below to make your own. – Steve Hickoff If you’ve ever priced a custom box call, you know they can get expensive. Competition calls in the $500 plus range aren’t uncommon. And, as...


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Cool Poses for Your Turkey Taxidermy Mounts

Like many of you, we visit the NWTF Convention each year to see old friends and make new ones. It's a family reunion. Turkey hunting is a lifestyle for many of us. In addition to stopping by the brand booths on the show floor, and checking out the calling and...


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The Most Important Gun Safety Advice You'll Ever Read

The hunter had a strange look on his face. He seemed to be looking at something and staring into space at the same time. I wanted to ask him about it but couldn’t. He had a bullet wound in his lower back and had been dead for over 24 hours...


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NWTF Convention 2019: New Federal Premium Turkey Loads

In the past two years, Federal has completely overhauled its lineup of high-performance turkey loads in three different, distinct product families. In 2018, the company revamped its turkey shotshell lineup with a long list of new products that offer performance benefits beyond any hunter had ever seen. That meant all...


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NWTF Convention 2019: Remington V3 Turkey Pro in Realtree Timber

We checked out the new Remington V3 Turkey Pro in Realtree Timber at the 2019 NWTF Convention. Interested in a new turkey-hunting shotgun for the 2019 spring season? You came to the right place. I've hunted wild turkeys around the country with all manner of Remington shotguns, from the iconic...


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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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Cool Photos from the 2019 NWTF Convention

The 2019 NWTF Convention was recently held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee. The show floor provided something for about every one of the estimated 50,000-plus people in attendance. There were new products, like Realtree’s Timber pattern used in turkey vests and clothing. Attendees saw...


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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...


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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...


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NWTF Convention 2019: New Turkey Hunting Vests in Realtree Camo

The NWTF Convention is a celebration of the wild turkey, with friends and family attending the big show each February. As spring seasons approach, many had their eyes on new gear this past week and weekend in Nashville, Tennessee. Check out these new and proven turkey-hunting vests in Realtree camo...


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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...


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