There are few salient reasons why you should consider using an outfitter for turkey hunting. More often than not, they can help you end a hunting trip with a smile, rather than a scowl. Image courtesy Bill Miller.
You know how you can masquerade as the World’s Greatest Turkey Caller, even if you can’t call a lick? All you need to do is learn the lay of the land where you’re hunting and the habits of the birds you’re after. Then just formulate a plan to make certain you’re where the birds want to be about a half hour before they get there.
You yelp twice, the tom gobbles back and comes marching into range. BAM! Get out the camera to take the grip and grin photos!
Sounds so easy, doesn’t it? But if it were, then a bird with a brain the size of a walnut wouldn’t defeat us so many more times than not.
Turkey calling is...
Last week, we covered strategies for protecting yourself from ticks. This week, the subject is mosquitoes and black flies. While you’re likely to encounter ticks earlier and in drier country where turkey seasons generally open sooner, it’s these flying biting bugs that are more likely to cost you a turkey. These days, mosquitoes seem to carry nearly as many maladies as ticks do.
What’s the one most important thing you can do to promote turkey hunting success?
That’s easy: sit still.
Even the greatest camouflage ever invented doesn’t work very well if you’re moving around when wary game gets close.
Sitting still is much easier said than done...
I don’t remember it being this way in my carefree days of youth, but ticks have become a turkey hunting fact of life. As you read this, chances are good somewhere there’s a tick crawling up the leg of some unsuspecting turkey hunter sitting in the woods. In any pursuit that involves hiking through the woods or even the grasslands, there are ticks out there waiting to suck your blood. Losing a few corpuscles won’t harm you that much, but some ticks may leave you with a longer-lasting parting gift.
The list of tickborne diseases just keeps growing. Take it from someone who spent five days in the hospital and two additional weeks of intravenous antibiotics following a tick bite incurred while turkey hunting—and they never did figure out what I had!
After that experience, I’ve become somewhat of a fanatic about avoiding tick...
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...
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