It doesn’t take a lifetime of chasing longbeards to hunt like a veteran. Start here, by putting these 8 turkey hunting misconceptions to rest.
Yamaha Motor Corp. has awarded the National Wild Turkey Federation a $20,000 grant to improve access to an 18,500-acre area within Coronado National Forest in Arizona as part of the company's Guaranteeing Responsible Access to our Nation's Trails (GRANT) program.
Launched in January, 2008, Yamaha USA's GRANT program has awarded more than $2 million in grants and equipment in 37 states to enhance access and trails on public lands not only for off-highway vehicle (OHV) enthusiasts, but for hikers, hunters, anglers, horseback riders and others.
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There’s not a turkey hunter among us who isn’t stirred by a ground-shaking gobble from a close-range longbeard. In fact, the most exciting part of a turkey hunt is fooling a bird into range with a call. But sometimes calling just doesn’t work. Hens will often hear yelping from a rival bird and walk their tom in the opposite direction. Cold fronts can shut down gobbling overnight. High winds can drown out even your loudest locator calls. Here are some situations when you want to keep the call in your vest pocket and hunt your gobbler in silence. [ Read Full Post ]
A new generation of wild-turkey researchers is seeking to answer questions about turkey population declines, habitat preferences, and geographic distribution. Their findings will influence turkey management for decades to come. But hunters can learn from them right now about where and how to hunt our most evasive gobblers.
Turkey biologists aren’t quite calling it a crisis, but significant population declines in some regions of the country have them wondering why, after decades of growth, turkey numbers are flat or nose-diving. What they are finding is that, in some areas, the trend is predictable: After filling all available habitat, turkey populations have reached a sustainable plateau. [ Read Full Post ]
Before Dave "Cozz" Cozzolino began hunting turkeys at age 16, no one ever suspected he had attention deficit disorder. He had no more trouble staying seated at his desk than other students and was no less attentive than the other boys. No, it was the sound of gobbling that stirred Cozzolino too deeply to stay put. Instead of calling and waiting like most turkey hunters, Cozzolino routinely makes hen talk as he moves in on gobbling birds. In fact, he argues that because of his aggressive style, he regularly dupes savvy gobblers that have evaded more patient hunters.
Here are some of Cozzolino's favorite aggressive tactics. Try them where you have room to maneuver. [ Read Full Post ]
When your morning setup on a roosted gobbler doesn’t work out as planned, it’s time to make a decision. You can sit patiently and call for a few hours with the hope that the bird will return, or you can make some strategic moves with the hope of striking a longbeard that is more motivated by your calling efforts. Now’s not the time for aimless woods roaming. Make a midmorning hunt plan and stick to it, because the next gobble you hear may come from the bird that fills your tag.
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The old-school drill goes: “Set up 100 to 200 yards from a roosted gobbler, then work that bird.” But sometimes it pays to get full-choke tight to the birds. Here’s how.
1. X Marks the Spot
When scouting, don’t simply make a bird gobble and then head to the next spot. Spend time with a gobbler and the flock this bird struts with. Watch and listen to what they do and where they’re heading as you scout to find out precisely where they roost. Quietly make your pre-dawn setup in that exact spot. [ Read Full Post ]
Experience in the turkey woods will teach you plenty of things. Chief among them: turkeys don’t read rule books. After years of chasing longbeards, I’ve learned some lessons the hard way and overruled some ‘rules of thumb.’ But it doesn’t take a lifetime of turkey hunting to hunt like a veteran. Start here, by putting these 8 turkey hunting misconceptions to rest. [ Read Full Post ]