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Chasing Spring Mexico

Ray Eye heads to Mexico to chase the elusive Ocellated turkey.
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  • January 7, 2011

    Early Turkey Scouting - 15

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    There's really no cure for the wild turkey addiction.

    Scouting before spring seasons open months from now is as much a part of the hunt as the actual deal closer with a killing shot in range. I like to get out early and often, if only to set my mind in the right direction: opening day.

    Of course turkeys you find won't necessarily be there months from now. Good habitats will hold them though, and see fresh birds arrive. Just this morning, I checked out the woods and fields where an opening day 2010 Maine longbeard wore my tag. I'd been in an Arkansas pit blind hunting waterfowl this week, and needed to reconnect with the local turkeys on my return home. [ Read Full Post ]

  • December 17, 2010

    These Spurs Are Made For Mounting - 7

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    We put gobbler spurs on the wall, hung with empty shotgun hulls, beards and tail fans.

    We string spurs up and wear them as hat bands, emblematic of our passion.

    We wear them around our necks.

    We hang them from rearview mirror supports.

    Doing so extends the turkey hunt that put them in our hands.

    I've been fooling with spurs, beards and fans from my 2010 turkey seasons around the country; spring and fall. [ Read Full Post ]

  • December 8, 2010

    Should Staten Island's Turkeys Go? - 8

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    Wild turkeys and asphalt don't mix.

    As we last reported here on the Strut Zone, Jersey has a "turkey problem." Staten Island, home to roughly half a million people, and the most suburban of New York City's five boroughs, is also home to a bunch of wild turkeys.

    The place has a lot of history. Native American arrowheads have been found here. As pop culture goes, "The Godfather" was filmed at this location. And now wild turkeys are in the news. [ Read Full Post ]

  • December 1, 2010

    Jersey Turkeys Doing Damage - 5

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    How would you solve this problem, Strut Zoners?

    It's a common challenge these days: wild turkeys roam where they wish, often where food sources draw them in.

    Landowners, often non-hunters, and possibly unaware of the tremendous wildlife restoration story this great gamebird represents, consider them pests.

    Varmints. Trespassers. Litterbugs. Dirty birds. [ Read Full Post ]

  • November 22, 2010

    Wild Turkey Thanksgiving - 8

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    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). [ Read Full Post ]

  • November 14, 2010

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

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    (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

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

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Ray Eye heads to Mexico to chase the elusive Ocellated turkey.