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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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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...
When to Get Aggressive Calling Turkeys

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When to Get Aggressive Calling Turkeys

Back in the early '90s when I drew my first Minnesota gobbler tag, turkey hunting advice was all the same: Yelp three times and shut up. Give the toms time to commit and, whatever you do, don’t over-call. This advice was mostly bullshit. You can call in toms by yelping three times every hour, but...
How to Reap a Turkey

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How to Reap a Turkey

The beauty of spring turkey hunting is that success can be achieved through multiple hunting styles. You can run-and-gun with a shotgun or set up shop in a hub-style blind with your bow. You can crawl around and bushwhack them, or put out a whole spread of decoys and only take the safety off when a...
How Fall Turkey Hunting Can Make You a Better Spring Turkey Hunter

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How Fall Turkey Hunting Can Make You a Better Spring Turkey Hunter

Fall turkey hunting gets no love, except from a few hunting outcasts who either run turkey dogs or just want to be contrarian. In my home state of Minnesota, fall license sales usually tally up to roughly 15% of spring sales. Spring is where it’s at for turkey hunting, and persuading folks to give...
3 Places to Find Late-Season Turkeys

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3 Places to Find Late-Season Turkeys

Early spring is all about field edges and open meadows for turkeys. This plays right into a hunter’s natural inclination to sit where they can see the farthest, like how deer hunters gravitate towards spots with wide visibility. This works in April, but field edge hunts are less productive as the...
Turkey Vest or No Turkey Vest?

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Turkey Vest or No Turkey Vest?

I drew my first turkey tag as a teen in the mid-’90s. Turkey populations were swinging in the right direction at that time, but flocks were a far cry from today’s numbers. My dad wrote me notes to get out of school to take advantage of the 5-day season in which you could only hunt until noon. We...
3 Never-Fail Turkey Decoy Setups

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3 Never-Fail Turkey Decoy Setups

If you want to increase your decoy effectiveness this spring, consider what the real turkeys are doing. A 30,000-foot-view explanation is that flocks start out as big as they’ll be all season and shrink to smaller groups as spring progresses. This means that multiple decoys are a solid choice on Day...
How to Turkey Hunt in Big Woods

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How to Turkey Hunt in Big Woods

If you take away agriculture from turkey hunting, it starts to feel like chasing whitetails in big woods. Low game densities, sparse sign, and endless cover all conspire to make the process more challenging than typical turkey hunts. But big woods toms are available for the taking. Like their...
How to Kill a Decoy-Shy Tom

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How to Kill a Decoy-Shy Tom

There’s one frustrating scenario every turkey hunter is familiar with: a gobbling tom comes in on a string, but hits an invisible wall at 75 yards before shuffling away. There are plenty of reasons why a longbeard will change his mind and pull a 180, but the most common involves some level of decoy...
How to Kill a Flocked-Up Tom

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How to Kill a Flocked-Up Tom

It’s the bane of every early-season turkey hunter. Cold, wet skies stick around and won’t give you the beach weather required for a morning time gobble fest. What’s worse, the birds that spent all winter marching to a picked cornfield or cattle rancher’s feedlot seem to be stuck in that roost-to...