We have put a lot of work into our food plots and habitat this past year and we are really starting to see the benefits both for the deer and for the turkeys. Over the course of the past month, we have been getting several trail cam pictures of gobblers in our clover plots. I set up on opening morning in the same spot I was able to harvest a nice bird last year. I had my two DSD hens out in the plot and I waited for the action. The first bird gobbled fairly close behind me around 6:10. I had high hopes but I have learned that with turkey hunting, nothing is for sure. I made my first call around 6:30 on one of Ed's glass calls. The bird that was behind me gobbled about 8-10 times and I didn't hear any other gobblers close. About 6:45, I look to my left and a gobbler just stepped out of the woods about 30 yards away. I don't believe this guy ever gobbled once while on the roost. Once he saw the...
Well, the season opener for me started much like the last day of the 2014 season did. I found myself leaving my house about 15 minutes late for my 1 hr drive to my farm. for nearly 45 minutes I drove through a downpour. The last 15 minutes of my trip I watched as the rain stopped, the clouds began to break and daylight began to show its morning glory a little quicker then I wanted. But I was happy. The wind had calmed and the sun was to surely rise! I pulled up my lane, parked as quick as possible and grabbed my stuff. Off to my spot I went. After a quick 300yd walk I arrived to my location. I stuck out my hen and jake decoys, then hurried back into my little spot I picked out next to a giant walnut, and nestled in for what I though would be a few hour sit. Silencing my phone I sent a quick text to the wife saying "arrived safe, all set up and waiting". I pull my mouth call out and suddenly a bird...
I took my BIL to my spot I took my bird last year. We stayed out of trampling through the spot to let the birds gobble but it never happened. We got to see a woodpecker, hear a ton of owls, see deer, and the woods was very much alive. No gobbles though. I took him through the woods to see where I took my bird and look at a field to see if they were strutting out there.
I sat down to soak it all in and think about the prior years hunt. A few minutes after 8 o'clock I hear a gobble. I yelp with EdJs Ghost Maker and he responded. I told my BIL, game on. He was closing the distance. I gave him a little call for every two or three gobbles. He made a loop the long way and ended up on the wrong side of a creek. When he closed the distance to about 100 yards, I told my BIL to sit still and stop that quivering 835 barrel. He was 50-60 yards out. I told BIL not to try to shoot him. The gobbler went up in a sunny spot and strutted on the opposite hillside of the...
Hangers like these are essential for keeping all of your gear in reach.
I’m not much of a gadget guy normally, but I do admit to taking too much stuff into the woods with me when I go hunting. My pack has the essentials that I would normally need during a day’s hunting, plus a few things that would make life easier, and safer, in the event of an emergency.
I have come across a few nifty things that make the life of a hunter easier, safer and even more fun. Here’s a rundown of four things that I recommend you have along when you hunt.
1. Gear hangers
Every treestand hunter understands the importance of having your bow and other gear within easy reach. You might need to reach for a rangefinder, grunt call, or rattling antlers. Of course, the importance of having your bow or gun within easy reach cannot be...
What an amazing youth weekend of turkey hunting. For the past couple years I have had the privilege of guiding special needs youth during the youth weekend. This year my little cancer patient girl backed out of her hunt (she just wasn't ready yet). However, I got to enjoy photos and texts from my other guide friends who's special needs kids put down 7 birds this weekend, which was AMAZING.
So this year I got to take my girls in the youth season. Saturday could not have worked out any more perfect. Sydney (age 13) was first up and 1 1/2 hours into hunting she took the head completely off of a jake with a Magnus Bullhead. Then that after noon, Trevor Marie ... aka "T" (age 15) blasted a jake an hour into the hunt in the exact same location as her sister did earlier in the day. I'll let the video and the photos tell the rest of the story.
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