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  • November 22, 2010

    Wild Turkey Thanksgiving-8


    The last time we had a domestic farm turkey for Thanksgiving was when my daughter won a "turkey shoot" free-throw hoops contest run by the local recreation department. Otherwise, it's wild turkey on the table.
    Eating wild turkey at Thanksgiving extends the good hunt memories.
    I use the whole turkey: breast meat, drumsticks (which I parboil 90 minutes before picking the meat); even the rest of the remaining bird for soup broth and additional turkey bits (great with appetizer recipes).

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  • November 17, 2010

    Techno Turkey Dogs?-9


    Turkey dogs, as some of you Strut Zoners know, are used to find and flush fall flocks. We then set up at the scatter site, and try to call those birds back.

    Those of us who enjoy canine company (and the big birds) go afield with them where legal (New York, Vermont, New Hampshire . . . the list goes on). For us, the find and scatter offers the same relative buzz as the kill. It’s all good.

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  • November 14, 2010

    Hunting Buddies (Loved and Lost) And Found!-8


    Ralph Stuart (left) and Ray Eye

    (Part II-click here for part I)

    “Nothing seemed the same, because nothing was the same,” I lectured myself as the nearly full-grown poult walked off to re-acquaint itself with its family...

    By the time some basic underlying instinct kicked in and I shook the cobwebs loose, the family flock stood gathered, yelping and kee-keeing, in a clearing about 100 yards off. I did my best Jake-the-turkey-dog impression and ran into the birds to break them up once again. A hunter can never break up a flock of turkeys as well as a dog can and sure enough they scattered unevenly with one of the bigger birds flushing off to my right—by itself. 

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  • November 11, 2010

    Martha Stewart Kills Turkeys With Her Bare Hands-4

    The Colbert Report Mon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
    Martha Stewart
    Colbert Report Full Episodes 2010 Election March to Keep Fear Alive

    Check it out 2:00 minutes in... We knew that we liked Martha for a reason...

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  • November 10, 2010

    Hunting Buddies Loved And Lost...-5



    Truth be known, I blundered into the birds. Scattered across the top of an oak ridge, the flock began their morning recall just as first light filtered in from the east. In all honesty, it seemed too early. Pretty much pinned down, I took a seat, tried to get quietly comfortable and waited for the show. It was all strangely familiar and yet completely foreign at the same time. Somehow and inexplicably, I was utterly unaffected by the promise of the excitement that could soon be forthcoming. No thumping heart, no racing brain—nothing…

    By the time the first bird passed by within and then out of gun range toward its scolding momma, I had figured out my non-working nervous system.

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  • November 5, 2010

    Turkey Calling in Stereo-8


    They call ‘em calls for a reason, and you can quote me on that. If I’m in the turkey woods, fall or spring, chances are that I’m running both a mouth call, and a box or pot-and-peg call at the same time.

    If I could yelp on yet another with my booted feet, I would.

    Chances are I’m occasionally moving leaves around with those same boots too (or more likely a free hand if I'm running a push-pin call as well). Why? In order sound more like feeding and/or moving turkeys from my calling position.

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  • November 2, 2010

    Wild Turkeys vs. Waterfowl-5


    You can kill one wild turkey, filling that state’s only tag in the process, and feel great about it.

    You can take one goose, a bird shy of your daily state limit, and feel like you fell a little short.

    Waterfowling these days is about high volume kills, lots of buddies in the blind, hero shots with piles of birds in your inbox, an assortment of calls dangling from a band-decorated lanyard around your neck, and decoy spreads (and generous seasons) that exceed the imagination.

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