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I had a pretty good hunt this morning in Nebraska. After an unproductive roost hunt i backed out of the area to get to high ground so that I could do some glassing. I located a gobbler a few hundred yards from me so i used the terrain to move on him. They are so covered up with hens right now you are wasting your time trying to call to them. I ended up going past where that bird was at and by the time I got back to where i needed to be he was gone. I started walking back to the big hill that I was glassing from when i spotted 4 birds about 75 yards behind where I had been sitting. It was the bird that I was set up on earlier that morning! I made a move and got in front of them and had to crawl on my belly to close the distance. After awhile i saw the tom cross the fence and head my way. A hen popped up 15 yards in front of me so I lifted up a tail fan to put her at ease. Right behind her was a big strutter. I pulled my gun up and dropped him at 20 yards!...
I want to set this blog with an opening statement and then into the meat of my thoughts. I am a Christian Conservative and Republican- in that order. I do not agree with the SCOUS ruling, but I am not a homophobe or hater, I just stand on a different viewpoint. Because I don’t agree with you doesn't make me a hater, but I will be labeled as such. I have not nor will I ever hate someone I disagree with. I am not a racist by any means. Have I stated words that are not proper to describe a person, race or religion; I have and I am sure we all have, I try not to do that today. I teach my kids to judge on character not color. I do not like Mr. Obama for his politics not his color. So please see that I am trying to be as fair as I can be and ask you to do the same.
Yesterday the Supreme Court released the decision on Homosexual rights and the court rules that the Defense of Marriage Act passed under President Clinton was partially illegal and banned section 7. This section refused to...
Well it is closing in on one of the time of the year us outdoor lovers dream of, deer season. It doesn't matter if you are an archer or a gunner the season is fast approaching.
One of the biggest things we hear this time of year is safety; from hunter orange to know what you are shooting at. Those are both still great tips, but the one that has taken front and center stage is the safety harness.
Safety harnesses for those unfamiliar with them are devices that evolved from rock climber and safety personnel. They at one time were nothing more than larger leather belts that snugged up on the climber and allowed them to ascend safely if they fell from a height. Today these are high tech webbing and very light weight. They are now a full body- over the shoulders and around the legs- webbing that disperses the impact of the fall over a lot of body area.
All new tree stands are required to include a new harness inside. I have only found one state that legislates the use of the...
So you have decided to hunt turkey this spring; now where do you begin? Great question! The first thing you need to do is start reading everything you can get your hands on about turkey hunting. Most of the national magazines out there have wonderful articles about turkey hunting, but there are also some fantastic web site that have experienced hunters who are willing to share information. They might not draw you a map to their favorite hunting location, but they can give you enough direction that you can figure out where a good location to hunt will be.
The second question you need to ask is what I am going to hunt with and do I have the right gear? There are two legal ways to hunt turkey in the Hoosier State; bow and shotgun. Do you have the right weapon? That depends on you and what you feel comfortable with. With any weapon you need to practice with it and figure out what it is going to do and how it will handle. If you choose a bow the factor you must consider is the...
Now that you have started getting that done you need to consider how do I call the turkeys in?
This can be a daunting task, but if you don't get overwhelmed by the commercial side of turkey hunting you can be successful. It takes some practice to call turkeys in and is not something that you do overnight. There are 4 types of calls that seem to work best. In order of ease of use they are; Push button, pot call, box call and mouth call. Why do you use these calls? Simply we are playing on the males, or toms, instinct to breed in the spring with available females or hens. She will use a series of sounds to attract or communicate with the tom; yelps, clucks, purrs and cackles.
The push button is the easiest to use. It is a small rectangle shaped call that has an open top and a peg and paddle inside. As the paddle is pushed across the peg friction is created and a sound is made. By varying the speed you can create sounds similar to that of a hen.
Pot calls are a round bowl shaped...
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