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Your guide to turkey guns, loads and chokes for spring 2010
Back in April of 1984, I was a bona fide turkey-calling bad ass—or so I thought. Thanks to the National Wild Turkey Federation’s trap-and-transplant program, we finally had enough wild turkeys to hunt in southern New England. I had practiced calling for hours and hours with a simple peg and slate in anticipation of our first season, and on my first day of scouting managed to call in four adult gobblers. It was simple. It was a piece of cake. I yelped, they gobbled and came right in—four times. There were birds in every place I stopped and they all came as if on a rope. I was a turkey-calling God!
Imagine my trauma when I compared notes with outdoor writer and turkey hunting veteran Mike Pearce shortly after my heady scouting trip. [ Read Full Post ]
Snow Belt turkeys, like the rest of us up North, find a way to survive winter. In places like Maine and Wisconsin, upstate New York, northeast Ohio, and northern Pennsylvania, there’s still plenty of snow on the ground, especially in the woods, even though it’s technically spring.
There’s hope though. Yesterday in Maine I heard hard gobbling at daybreak. Later, I watched a full-fan strutter with nine hens nearby (they’d found open ground surrounded by snow). He looked ready. [ Read Full Post ]
Given the option, some wild turkey hunters will hunker down in natural cover. Others prefer the reliability of a blind system. The MAD MAX blind is for those times when you don’t have a place to hide and you need it quick—especially when a hard-gobbling bird is bearing down on your position.
It works as a portable ground blind you can carry in your vest while running-and-gunning, or it can just as easily be set up for sitting on a pasture edge. It offers a shooting stick framework, and the shotgun rest is covered with die-cut blind material. It allows you to rest your firearm and maybe even run friction calls too while you do it. [ Read Full Post ]
I’ve come to find out that diaphragm calls, long thought of as the iconic sign of a turkey-hunting expert, aren’t really all that iconic after all. In fact, I recall one spring in which Ray Eye, long considered one of the country’s finest mouth callers, spent an entire week with me using a single call—a simple peg and slate. Why? Well, I don’t find the whys nearly important as the whats, whens and hows of the results. [ Read Full Post ]
A comment on my last post – “The best breeds for every game animal” – caught my attention. It was made by OL user valgards, and he stated:
Ok, two problems. First, you obviously buy into the AKC line that a Llewellin Setter is the same as an English. It's not. It is a breed all its own, and the best quail dog alive....
I’m all for pride of ownership, and the age-old debate as to which dog is the best hunter (however you’d like to couch it), but to separate lines within a breed seems like a bit of a stretch. [ Read Full Post ]
Shooting a wild turkey punctuates the enjoyable and sometimes frustrating process of scouting, finding, roosting, calling/decoying/patterning a spring gobbler into range. Your shotgun should drop it dead inside 40 yards, though most of the time I let birds work even closer. How about you?
My upbringing as a turkey hunter included simple-to-use pump shotguns by choice, options I saw depicted in the Outdoor Life issues of my youth, plus classy loaner firearms on the road at media camps. I’ve handled plenty, liked many, loved a few and forgotten about some others. [ Read Full Post ]
According to legend from nearly a decade ago, an Oklahoma spring turkey hunter reported witnessing a large creature about eight feet tall with “charcoal dark color hair” covering the so-called wood ape’s body.
As the official report went, “It was watching me as well as I was watching it. Its eyes were reddish-brown in color.” The creature approached the hunter and they studied each other. “I have never been scared of anything in the woods,” the account continued, “but this thing was massive in size and I can say this thing scared me, and I have not been back in the woods before daylight since.” [ Read Full Post ]