Want a challenge? Try your hand at public-land turkey hunting this year.
Are you looking for a tough turkey hunting challenge to undertake this spring? Try this! Pick out a public hunting area in one of the Southern states, go in blind, and attempt to shoot yourself a longbeard Eastern turkey! If you find success on an even half-consistent basis, and you’ve undoubtedly earned the right to call yourself a turkey hunter!
To up the odds of success, pick out a public area known for producing turkeys. Here are some recommendations (and a couple of warnings) from across the South.
Even when turkeys didn’t exist in much of the United States, they were holding on and hunted in Alabama. So that means these birds are especially experienced and hunter-wary. However, Alabama has an extraordinary...
I took advantage of the absolute beautiful weather we had the last 2 days and did some chainsaw work at the farm. Cut all the grape vines I could find, fell a bunch of trash trees in one area then hinged smaller maples to create bedding in what was open area before, hinged some maples in another area, and hinged and stacked to create 400 feet of wall along 2 sides of the woods to do some funneling. And when it was all done, I found 3 ticks. I look forward to seeing how everything does when it greens up.
Part of after
A few hinged maples...
Patrick, his wife Jessica, and their son Liam during his recent hunting trip.
On November 5, 2009, Staff Sergeant Patrick Zeigler was sitting in Fort Hood’s Soldier Readiness Processing Center after returning from his second deployment to Iraq. He was thinking about his future, his family, and waiting for word from Officer Candidate School, which he wanted to attend. He was not thinking about spending the rest of his life with a limp or how he would have to relearn how to walk four different times, nor did he fear that he couldn’t be the father that he always wanted to be. He also did not expect an attack from someone wearing a US Army uniform not unlike the very one he had on. When a red laser flashed across his eyes, Patrick thought it was just a drill.
Then the bullet struck him in the head. Three...
Indiana's captive deer debate continues as a controversial case is appealed to the state Supreme Court.
On Wednesday, Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller asked the state’s Supreme Court to overturn a February ruling that stripped the state wildlife agency of its authority to manage captive deer. That decision, made by a three-judge panel of the Indiana Court of Appeals, concluded that the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) had overstepped its authority in prohibiting high-fence deer hunting, or the hunting of captive animals in general.
The ruling was a major victory for high-fence hunting...
Experienced turkey hunters like Brian Lovett all have a few turkey calls that they rely on every time they hit the woods. Image courtesy Brian Lovett.
Long road trips are a great opportunity to try out new turkey calls—hands-free, of course. Although you might get a few sideways looks from other drivers at four-way-stops, kee-keeing and yelping on a new mouth call is more satisfying than just watching the yellow lines tick by. This otherwise monotonous time is better spent deciding which diaphragm calls will make it into my vest this spring, and conversely, which are going to be left behind.
Truth be told, mouth calls are not my “go-to”—I actually prefer a custom-made slate, but let’s face it, the stars have to align with a combination of perfect weather, ample cover, and a hot-to-trot gobbler to successfully use a...
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