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Anthony Virga: Turkey Hunting Grand Slam for a Friend

Realtree pro-staffer Anthony Virga killed his first turkey (a five-bearded jake) at age 10 while hunting with his uncle. This was the start of his personal obsession with the big birds. This past February, the New Jersey native competed in the NWTF Grand National Calling Championship . Not long after...


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Nebraska Turkey Hunting Photo Blog

I'm a huge fan of Nebraska turkey hunting . Over the years, I've visited the state in April during the early season. Falling snow. Gusting winds. Sub-freezing wind chills. Massive flocks still in "winter" mode. We've always done well though, despite the challenges. Cornhusker strutters coming to your calls while...


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Artist Ryan Orndorff Illustrates His First Successful Turkey Hunt

If you're a regular visitor to our website, you know Ryan Orndorff's work. This spring turkey season, Orndorff illustrated our popular Shot Placement for Turkey Hunting post. We had some fun with the Men vs. Women: Stereotypes in Turkey Hunting Camps piece, and of course Stephanie Mallory 's infamous Snakes!...


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Kayla Nevius: My First Turkey Hunt

First turkeys are always pretty special. Kayla Nevius shares her first-time experience with northern California spring gobblers. Here's the story, in her own words, with photos. – Steve Hickoff, Realtree.com


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Kirsten Godfrey: My Mother's First Turkey Hunt

Kirsten Godfrey, 24, a serious Kentucky turkey hunter since she was a teenager, killed her first Grand Slam last year. This major accomplishment is even more amazing as she was the only hunter in her family. Self-taught, she learned by doing it, often alone. She watched YouTube videos, read articles,...


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Montana Turkey Hunting

My 2016 Montana spring turkey season has been blessed. Even though I still have a few tags left to punch, it has been my most productive season yet. As a freelance photographer, my next paycheck rides on my ability to get the shots. Turkeys have always been one of my...


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Top 5 Youth Turkey Hunting States

Special youth turkey hunting seasons are a great thing for participants. They are also ironically subjected to some debate. For parents, friends and family members, mentoring younger hunters is as special as it gets. For the future of our tradition, it's essential to introduce the next generation to wild turkey...


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Florida Turkey Hunting Camp Photo Blog

Florida turkey hunting can be a challenge. You need an Osceola for your Grand Slam, so these swamp-roosting birds feel the steady pressure. Also, fall hunts here are gobblers and bearded birds only (some hens wear them). As a result, henned-up flocks are common on spring visits. Hen-only groups, too...


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Kirsten Godfrey: Turkey Hunting Grand Slam on a Budget

Last spring, Kirsten Godfrey, 24, completed her single-season Grand Slam . "I know and love my native Kentucky birds," she enthused. She traveled for the rest and killed seven turkeys during the 2015 spring season. This is her story, with tips to help you put your budget turkey hunt together.


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Cool Hunting Gear From the 2016 NWTF Convention

I had the pleasure of attending the 2016 NWTF Convention in Nashville, Tennessee. As usual, it was a blast seeing all of the gear on display. Here’s an inside look at some of the cool things offered at the show this year. Best part about it: You can buy all...


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Wildlife Art at the NWTF Convention

As humble as she is talented, Melissa Ball paints remarkable wildlife art. She also does it on actual wild turkey feathers. Check out our photo gallery for some examples of her work.


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New Turkey Hunting Calls from the 2016 NWTF Convention

This year's 2016 NWTF Convention showcased old favorites, new innovations and custom calls as classy and stylish as any museum works of art. They'll make you take a second look. I love all strategies for wild turkey hunting so long as fair chase and respect for America's greatest gamebird are...


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NWTF Convention ATV and SxS Photo Gallery

Four wheels for riding and plenty of seats . . .


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A Realtree Thanksgiving

Decorate your fall holiday table with dinnerware and accents that show your true passion for the great outdoors and the outdoor lifestyle, featuring Realtree-themed plates, bowls, cookware, and glasses.


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A Turkey Hunting Season in Review

We've been turkey hunting since March, plane hopping and road tripping to find willing gobblers. Along the way we saw plenty of other things, too. That makes it all memorable. A photo gallery of what we found along the way – including cool new gear – follows . . .


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Turkey Hunting Gear from the 2015 NWTF Convention

Want to stoke your preseason spring turkey hunting fire? Check out what we found at the 2015 NWTF Convention and Sport Show.


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Cool Turkey Hunting Stuff from the 2014 NWTF Convention

What’s the National Wild Turkey Federation Convention and Sport Show like? Imagine a few thousand rednecks with cabin fever crammed into one room, all turkey calling at once. Most are wearing camo. Several have hatbands and necklaces made of spurs. More than a few are celebrating Valentine’s Day. It’s the...


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2013 NWTF Convention and Sport Show

Realtree turkey hunting editor Steve Hickoff attended the National Wild Turkey Federation Convention and Sport Show in Nashville, Tennessee. This is what he found.


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How to Make Gobbler Hot Wings

What's your favorite wild turkey recipe? Thing is, we didn't want to just show you the kitchen part of it, where everyone's hands are clean and white wine (OK, cheap beer) is being sipped. This is an unedited look at the making of a real-life turkey dinner, straight from the...


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2012 NWTF Convention Turkey Gear

Realtree traveled to Nashville and the National Wild Turkey Federation Convention to check out gear for the 2012 spring turkey season – along with some other sights along the way. Got enough stuff in your vest? A look won’t hurt your wallet. (Steve Hickoff text/photos)


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