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Tony J. Peterson

Tony J. Peterson

MeatEater Contributor Tony Peterson has penned hundreds of hunting articles, several books, and developed multiple podcasts. Peterson’s whitetail-related contributions stem from real-world experience and a passion for hunting new ground each season. He's considered one of the top whitetail hunters in the country and is a staunch advocate for public lands.

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3 Turkey Shot Opportunities You Shouldn't Take

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3 Turkey Shot Opportunities You Shouldn't Take

Some animals are just plain tough, others not so much. In the latter category, you could probably put cottontails, ruffed grouse, and pronghorn. While there are exceptions to every rule, those species seem to give up the ghost without too much persuasion. Other animals like whitetails, elk, several...
The Best Turkey Hunting Advice I've Ever Gotten

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The Best Turkey Hunting Advice I've Ever Gotten

There are two sources of turkey hunting advice you should seek. The first is from the true experts—the people who have killed piles of birds in various situations, throughout different parts of the season, and with different weapons. They get bonus points if they’ve stacked up plenty of toms on...
How to E-Scout for Turkeys

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How to E-Scout for Turkeys

This scouting article is powered by onX, creators of the best digital mapping tool for hunters. The whitetail world is eaten up with e-scouting. It’s the foundational layer to all traveling hunts and something that can give you a serious edge at home too. When it comes to turkeys, digital sleuthing...
3 Late Season Turkey Hunting Tips

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3 Late Season Turkey Hunting Tips

Most turkey hunters love the early season. Getting the first crack at the birds when they should be highly callable is a no brainer, and there are plenty of April toms in freezers to prove that’s the case. But there’s also still quite a bit of time left in many states where the chance to fill a tag...
How to Pattern Turkeys with Trail Cameras

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How to Pattern Turkeys with Trail Cameras

It feels weird to talk about turkey scouting. After all, a pile of longbeards are killed every spring by folks who set out from the truck in the morning with zero intel and no real plan. There isn’t a huge need for the big-country, run-and-gun crowd to engage in much turkey recon, but for plenty of...
How to Turkey Hunt in High Winds

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How to Turkey Hunt in High Winds

Spring weather equals fronts, and fronts mean wind. This is turkey hunting reality, no matter how much we may wish for calm days with bluebird skies. While it may be tempting to skip the windy days, don’t. There’s still a good chance to fill your tag even in less-than-ideal conditions. To do this...
How to Shock Gobble a Turkey

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How to Shock Gobble a Turkey

The beauty of longbeards (and jakes) is that sometimes you can make them tell you exactly where they are. Using a bird’s willingness to gobble and instantly betray his location is among the most beautiful and useful tricks in the book. Eliciting a shock gobble is sometimes as easy as whipping out a...
3 Calling Mistakes Every Turkey Hunter Makes

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3 Calling Mistakes Every Turkey Hunter Makes

You can kill a turkey without making a call, but that’s kind of like playing catch with yourself by tossing a tennis ball against the garage and waiting for it to bounce back. Bushwhacking a gobbler as he walks through, or not being able to muster up a single friend to toss a ball around, are both...
How to Kill a Tom in Snow

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How to Kill a Tom in Snow

Humans have a weird way of fetishizing the weather. We take deep pleasure in bitching about it. This is ubiquitous across society in general but is often amplified in the case of hunters. Our outdoor enjoyment hinges on the whims of Mother Nature, which puts the weather foremost in our minds, our...
How to Turkey Hunt Small Properties

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How to Turkey Hunt Small Properties

There are few outdoor pursuits more enjoyable than an all-day run-and-gun mission on a huge tract of turkey ground. If you bust some birds, or the gobbler you’re working shuts up, you can just move on to the next one. Freedom to roam is a wonderful thing, but it’s just not a possibility for everyone...