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.
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...
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