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Topic “Steve Hickoff”

  • Sometimes turkeys come to us, but there are times when stubborn longbeards just won’t budge. That’s when savvy hunters pull out the stops and put on the sneak.

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  • Sometimes calling turkeys just doesn’t work. Hens will often hear yelping from a rival bird and walk their tom in the opposite direction. Cold fronts can shut down gobbling overnight. High winds can drown out even your loudest locator calls. 

Here are some situations w

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  • Sometimes it pays to get full-choke tight to roosted turkeys. Here's how.

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  • It doesn’t take a lifetime of chasing longbeards to hunt like a veteran. Start here, by putting these 8 turkey hunting misconceptions to rest.

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  • Field birds are hands down the most frustrating of all turkeys to hunt. You can't seem to get them into range, but don't give up hope just yet.

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  • Snow Belt turkeys, like the rest of us up north, find a way to survive winter. In places like Maine and Wisconsin, upstate New York, northeast Ohio and northern Pennsylvania, there’s still plenty of snow on the ground, especially in the woods, even though it’s technically spring.

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  • Given the option, some wild turkey hunters will hunker down in natural cover. Others prefer the reliability of a blind system. This blind is for those times when you don’t have a place to hide and you need it quick—especially when a hard-gobbling bird is bearing down on your position.

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  • Shooting a wild turkey punctuates the enjoyable and sometimes frustrating process of scouting, finding, roosting, calling/decoying/patterning a spring gobbler into range. Your shotgun should drop it dead inside 40 yards, though most of the time I let birds work even closer. How about you?

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  • According to legend from nearly a decade ago, an Oklahoma spring turkey hunter reported witnessing a large creature about eight feet tall with “charcoal dark color hair” covering the so-called wood ape’s body.

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  • If you’re like me, shooting a shotgun before turkey season is a necessity. You want to be ready for that moment of truth when a wary gobbler minces steps into range. You have got to know that firearm will close the deal and put the bird down.

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