Each graph baseline is created from thousands of turkey movement patterns recorded over the last 10-plus years. Ratings for each weather event are scaled from 0 to 50 (0=poor, 50=excellent). Our all-conditions graph combines all weather factors and gives you an overall rating. Combine this with our moon phase calculator and solar weather conditions to even further increase your chances for both spring and fall turkey hunting.
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So Outdoor Life is part of a cool contest operated by Crown Royal, sponsor of Field & Stream’s Hook Shots show and maker of the whiskey that comes in a purple bag. The contest is called “Pass the Crown,” and it’s a variation on the Secret Santa gift exchange anyone who’s ever worked in an office is familiar with. Are you lucky enough to have never worked in an office? Then here’s how this works: [ Read Full Post ]
For the coming week I’ve decided to rate the regions by a combination of precipitation and temperature forecasts. Of course, these are an overview of the whole week and individual areas and days may vary. While it's nice to be able to pick your days to hunt, most of us have to deal with busy work schedules which means weekends are the only option. If this forces you to hunt in rainy and cool weather, find roosting birds and set up as close as you can, to increase your odds. [ Read Full Post ]
As we enter into May I’ve decided to take a look at the top 20 typical NWTF record birds and the dates they were killed on. Eight of the top 20 were taken after May 1st. On this week's map I’ve marked the states and dates of harvest as a reference. I also looked at the calls used, I was little surprised to see 14 of 20 were called in with a diaphragm.
The top state was Iowa (with 5 entries) followed by Missouri (4 entries). Four record birds were harvested before April 15th, eight were taken between April 15th and April 30th. May 1st to the 15th yielded 6 entries and there were only two after May 15th. [ Read Full Post ]
Heading into the heart of April, gobbling should be in full swing in all regions of the country. The northern states are still cool and unsettled while the south central is already in heat wave and drought conditions.
Pulling out the days with windy conditions and rain or showers, these days really tend to slow turkey calling. And looking for clearing and dry conditions with lower humidity we will find more active birds. Throw in warming temperatures and days with the dew point equal to the air temperature and you’ve got prime days. With that in mind, here’s the best days of the week for your region: [ Read Full Post ]
As we head into the first weekend in April virtually every region is heating up with pre-breeding gobbling. The only problem is weather in some areas is just not cooperating to make things really hot. But a mix of interesting moon changes should help. The moon crosses the equator on Friday, there is an apogee (point at which the moon is farthest from the earth) on Saturday and a new moon on Sunday.
These lunar occurrences happening all in close proximity to each other should really get the toms vocal this weekend. Here's the regional forecast: [ Read Full Post ]
As we head toward the end of March, winter remains hanging on in many regions east of the Mississippi. Along with the below average temperatures comes above normal precipitation for much of the Northeast and Southeast. The Great Lakes and north central will be cool but dry out.
The Northwest and Southwest will heat up with above average temperatures. This time of year fronts will come and go every few days and picking the windows in between with rising barometers, warmer temperatures, calming winds and clear skies can really improve your odds. These factors and a new (like on April 3rd) or full moon can really get the toms talking. All these factors are considered as we try and help you harvest your next gobbler [ Read Full Post ]
When I first began developing the idea for a weather site, I asked myself: "What kind of weather information is absolutely essential for sportsmen?"
All of us look forward to those magical days when the woods come alive with bucks chasing does or turkeys gobbling from their roosts, or those amazing times when, no matter what you throw, every cast draws a strike. The only problem: No one could predict when those magical hunting and fishing days would occur…until now.
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