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6 Reasons Your Turkey Hunting Buddy Won't Kill a Bird This Spring

There are turkey hunters and there are turkey hunters. Some are deer or duck hunters looking for something to do in spring. Some prefer bass or trout over gobblers, but go out to do "something" other than sitting on the couch watching The Walking Dead reruns. That's cool. It's all...


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Tungsten Super Shot (TSS) for Turkey Hunting

I killed my first turkey with an old Savage double-barrel 20-gauge shooting a 2¾ inch, No. 6 high brass pheasant load. Following a 70-yard standoff where the tom strutted, gobbled, and finally began inching closer after what seemed like an eternity, I pulled the trigger and killed him dead as...


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5 Quick Tips for Hunting Merriam's Turkeys

Eventually, most hardcore wild turkey hunters venture out West in pursuit of the Merriam's subspecies. Check out these turkey blog tips on how to make the trip successful.


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Use the Realtree Half-Ton Hauler at Turkey Camp This Spring

The Realtree Half-Ton Hauler Lift-Assist and Swivel Utility Dump Cart by OxCart is the ideal cart for use around turkey camp this spring. Use it to haul equipment, blinds, decoys, firewood or anything else you may need for a great turkey season. Best of all, the Half-Ton Hauler makes hauling...


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17 Cool Photos for Advanced Wild Turkey Gobbler Identification

High-quality optics, effective camo, woodsmanship skills and calling play a big role in tagging a boss gobbler. Scouting helps hunters identify individual birds by a unique gobble, body size, and/or beard and spur length. The digital camera age, (think cell-phone cameras), and high-resolution trail cameras, have enabled the turkey hunting...


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Top 5 Merriam's Turkey Hunting States

Some turkey hunters say Merriam's are easy. Not in my experience. Spring snows are often factors. High altitude. Dangerous cats. Birds that walk miles from the roost. Steep mountain climbs up skinny elk and deer trails. You earn it. Oh, you can arrange for easy hunts. Chip shots. Outfitters, eager...


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Photo Gallery: Weird Looking Turkeys and Odd Bird Behavior

If you chase wild turkeys long enough with a camera, there will be images that can only be categorized as weird oddities, maladies and/or misfits. The following collection illustrates some of the more unique feathered characters I’ve been blessed to encounter.


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Turkey Hunting: New Federal Premium 2019 Shotgun Loads

HEAVYWEIGHT® TSS extends its deadly reach on gobblers with five new offerings, including blended loads that combine No. 7 and 9 or 8 and 10 Tungsten Super Shot. Editor's note: As always, be sure to check current shot-size regulations for the state you're turkey hunting.


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How to Get Your Turkey Hunting Grand Slam on Public Land

Have you ever thought of taking your turkey hunting Grand Slam on public land? I think it was my late friend Dwain Bland who first came up with turkey hunting’s Grand Slam concept of the 3/4 Slam. Dwain claimed the distinction, anyway, in his marvelous book Turkey Hunter’s Digest ,...


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Top 5 Winter Turkey Hunting States

For some of us, wild turkey hunting isn't just a spring deal. We think about the bird every day. We build calls in the off-season. We plan hunts, watch turkeys and go to sleep thinking about them. Opportunities for pursuing the greatest game bird on the planet exist in fall...


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Realtree EDGE Camo Gifts for the Turkey Hunter

For turkey hunters, concealment from the most paranoid game bird on the planet is important. (© Bill Konway photo) Realtree EDGE camo can help you do that this season. Beanie Keep yourself warm as well as hidden during your next adventure in the timber with the Field & Stream® Men’s...


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My Top 5 Favorite Turkey Recipes from Realtree's Timber 2 Table

Cooking wild turkey you've hunted and tagged extends the experience by putting food on your family's table. It adds meaning to Thanksgiving Day . Realtree's Timber 2 Table blogger Michael Pendley is an avid wild turkey hunter, father of three hunters, and husband to another. He knows his way around...


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5 Tips to Keep Your Hunting Dog Happy

Between early September and late December, I'm on the road, most often in my pickup truck, hunting multiple states for fall turkey flocks. And ducks. And geese. And all those smaller upland birds. We get out plenty here at home as well. My English setter Luna, like my canine hunting...


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Memorable Photos of a Wild Turkey Named Cool Whip

As hunters we sometimes encounter wildlife with notable physical characteristics or behaviors that beg for a nickname. Wild turkeys are no exception. Lover Boy , Squints, Selleck and Curly were some of my favorite photography subjects who earned a special moniker that set them apart. Turkeys I’ve hunted that shame...


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Photo Gallery: What Gobblers Do While Hens Lay Eggs

Spring breeding season for wild turkeys is a stressful time, especially for dominant gobblers. Most of a gobbler’s energy is focused on displaying, gathering hens, breeding and battling rivals. As the season wears on, hens enter the egg-laying period. Gobblers are left to spend a portion of the midday hours...


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Turkey Hunting: 5 More Excuses for Why You Missed Turkeys

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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Turkey Hunting: How to Make Turkey Beard and Spur Ropes

It’s the gobble that pulls us out there, but it’s the adrenaline rush that keeps us there. And it’s the sight of that magnificent bird, just before we set him to flopping, that makes the whole thing worthwhile. But after it’s all over with, we have things left over. What...


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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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Turkey Hunting: Gobbler Body Language and What It Means

Wild turkeys communicate three ways — vocalization, body language and behavior. Beyond mastering turkey calls and their messages, an understanding of turkey body language and behaviors can be a strategic tool when hunting. Turkey “talk” in all forms communicates mood, status and/or intent. Some signals are subtle. Some not so...


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5 Food Plots to Help You Tag More Turkeys

Not just for deer, a good food plot will draw in turkeys and hold them in your area, vastly increasing your odds at tagging a longbeard this spring. While food plots are most often associated with fall deer hunting, a green spring plot can be absolutely deadly on spring gobblers...


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