It’s more than just taking someone on a turkey hunt.
If there is one form of hunting where a mentor can make the difference between someone becoming a hunter or not, turkey hunting is it. While a turkey’s brain is only the size of a walnut,
How to turn the tides on turkey hunting after lunch.
Midday gobblers can provide a completely different style of hunt. These birds have moved away from the roost and shifted their focus to feeding, presenting a worthy challenge. With the afternoon ahead and the hens
Exploring the difficulties of archery hunting wild turkeys
Every spring in the fading weeks of March, I make it a point to re-read the book of all turkey hunting books, Tom Kelly’s “Tenth Legion.” If you are reading my amateur musings on turkeys and turkey hunting
Field birds vs. big woods turkeys.
There are significant differences between field birds and what I call big woods turkeys. We all drive by field birds in early spring and glass the gobblers strutting and pirouetting around their harems of hens. We want to see if they
What's a Grudge Bird?
A grudge bird is a wild turkey gobbler that over time has managed to really piss you off. Typically, that’s a 3- to 4-year-old mature gobbler. They have successfully avoided predators, harsh winters, shotguns and bows. They are huge, and they are
Step up your turkey decoy game this season
When it comes to turkey decoys, I’m a minimalist. Though I understand that some movement in the spread can create interest, and a small spin can draw birds, I’m just not the guy you’ll find with a spool
Understanding when to use a ground blind.
While the turkey hunter will encounter many different challenges, one thing remains the same: turkeys can be pursued in a plethora of ways. The most common attack route is a field-edge set up with some brush for cover, sitting
There’s a lot of advice on hunting turkeys in high winds, given that breezy conditions are especially common throughout the plains and other parts of the wild turkey’s range. The spring season sees windy conditions everywhere else as well, with lots of spring frontal patterns