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Osceola Hunt. Location: Frasier Family Farms, Polk County, Florida.
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Your guide to turkey guns, loads and chokes for spring 2010
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The gobbler was, hands down, the worst-looking bird I had ever seen in the woods—bedraggled, war-torn, beat up. Though he had four hens, I was convinced that the tom was one of those loud-mouthed 2-year-olds that had gotten his butt kicked for trying to lay claim to a more dominant bird’s territory. Missing his center tail feathers, the bird sported a short, wispy beard and rarely gobbled unless he was in a tree.
While scouting him one morning, I spied two adult gobblers attempting to join Mr. Tailfeather’s party. He would have none of it. The gobbler’s demeanor changed the instant those toms stepped into his field. First he began gobbling—often, hard, and unprovoked by hen calling. Then, the race and subsequent beat-down was on. He quickly vanquished the intruders. He was the king, a fact confirmed two weeks later when I ground-checked his spurs. That pathetic-looking turkey sported the sharp, 1 ¼-inch hooks of dominance. [ Read Full Post ]
I’m proud to say that my good buddy, Ray Eye, has taught me most of what I know about turkey hunting. He called in my first bird back in the mid-80s and in one way or another we’ve shared the spring—and fall—woods ever since.
Through the years, I’ve had the good fortune of chasing gobblers with some of the legends of modern day turkey hunting but can say with a heaping dose of conviction that no one sounds more like a turkey than Ray. [ Read Full Post ]
Photo: Mark Raycroft
Want to transform your so-so hunting parcel into the ultimate turkey property? Then learn from whitetail deer hunters and manage even small pieces of land for year-round use by turkeys.
If you do it right, you’ll have excellent habitat for spring hunting, but also all the components you need to entice hens to raise broods that you can hunt for years to come.
A couple of years after creating a mosaic of habitat, Robert Hosking now kills several gobblers a year off his 40-acre parcel in North Carolina, and he has plenty of year-round use by nesting hens, young broods, and overwintering flocks. Here’s how you can build a small-plot turkey utopia. [ Read Full Post ]
Sitka has introduced two new pants for their waterfowl line. The Boreal Bib Pant (pictured) completes the company’s warmest waterfowl system. Working with the Boreal jacket, as well as Sitka’s other layers of high-tech clothing, the bib pants feature Gore-Tex and welded, watertight zippers to lock out the ever-present elements associated with waterfowling (you know, namely frigid water). [ Read Full Post ]
As expected, the Senate endorsed the $1 trillion Farm Bill in a 68-32 vote on Feb. 4 less than a week after it was approved by the House of Representatives in 251-166 tally. President Barak Obama is to sign the 1,100-plus page omnibus package at Michigan State University today.
The bill -- formally adopted as the Agriculture Act of 2014 (H.R. 2642 and S. S.954) -- had been deliberated and debated for more than two years since the 673-page, $288 million Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 expired in 2012. The 2008 bill had 15 titles, or "chapters," while the 2014 version has 12 titles, including Commodities (Title I), Conservation (Title II), Forestry (Title VII) and Miscellaneous (Title XII). [ Read Full Post ]
When faced with bitter cold, wet conditions, like those found during waterfowl season – especially sea duck hunting – the key to staying warm is to stay dry and to layer up. With duck hunting that often means sporting a base layer and mid layer under neoprene waders – and that’s all it takes to keep the bottom half of your body warm and dry. Doing the same with the upper half has always been a matter of the right coat combined with the right layers – not always an easy thing to do.
Now, Stormr brand clothing has introduced an all-neoprene hunting coat called the Stealth. The company, a division of Henderson Sport Group, which has made wet suits for more than 50 years, came on the scene in 2012 and produced fishing-focused gear. They’ve since turned their attention to the hunting market and have produced the neoprene coat and a pair of bib overalls. [ Read Full Post ]
Regular readers know that knives wrap me up. Pocketknives. Sheath knives. Camp blades. Bowies. I love them all in proportion to their qualities of keenness, appearance, durability, and utility.
I come by this affinity naturally. I’m from a family of knife-givers. No matter the occasion, we are likely to hand over a knife to memorialize it. This tradition begins on a McKeans’ 10th birthday, when they’re given their first pocketknife.
Three years ago, I gave my identical twin boys a pair of Ka-Bar Mini Dozier lock-back folders, one in orange and the other in olive green. They are perfect first knives: hard-wearing, easy to clean and sharpen, great for a wide variety of tasks. They’re large enough that they’re not easily lost. And they are, for lack of a better term, essentially manly, an important consideration for a gift to a 10-year-old boy.
Now I’m looking for a first knife for my daughter. She’ll be 10 years old next month, and she already knows she’s getting a knife. I think she covets those Zytel-handled Ka-Bars, but I wonder: should I get her a more girly knife? One made with more natural material? Or should I get her a full-on pink model? [ Read Full Post ]