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Big Bass and Barbecue on “Pond Wars”

It was just five minutes into a four-hour derby when Lee Ellis, a guy best known for shooting big bucks in big cities with Seek One productions, flipped a creature bait through a grass mat and set the hook into a 7.18-pound bucketmouth of a bass. Fishing with professional angler...


Strut Report: Midwest Turkeys Finicky, Northeast Hunters Having Some Luck

Many seasoned turkey hunters from the Northeast clear out to the Great Plains are reporting lower turkey numbers than 5-10 years ago, and this observation is echoing louder across the turkey hunting community as the season progresses. If you’re still out hunting, consider being selective in your harvest. That is,...


What’s Causing Poor Hatches of Turkey Poults?

Of the many challenges facing wild turkeys right now in parts of the country, there are a number of things we don’t know, but one thing that’s unequivocal. There aren’t enough poults surviving to increase — and in some cases, even maintain — healthy turkey flocks from year to year...


Learn the Secrets of Long-Pole Crappie Fishing

My introduction to catching panfish on a long pole came during trips to the South as a youngster. Bank fishing around my Ohio home was a small pond affair, reserved for kids with no access to a boat. But down south was an entire culture built around the shoreline strategy...


Strut Report: Midday Gobblers Coming to the Call Up North

Knock on wood, it looks like we’re finally over the cold-weather hump in the Northern U.S. Over the last few days in central Wisconsin, I’ve seen fewer turkeys in ag fields. Hunting pressure is a factor in that, but more forest foods are available now that things are just beginning...


A Blue-Collar Guy’s Turkey Hunting Super Slam

April 2, 2022, was a day of firsts and lasts for avid turkey hunter Billy Barnett. Upon bagging a nice bird in Nevada, he got to mark the final X on his map, making the state the last of 49 he needed to complete his first U.S. Super Slam. Considered...


Podcast: Patterning The CVA Scout .410 Turkey Gun

This turkey season, several of the distant shots I’ve heard have been little pops in lieu of big booms . The .410 turkey gun is definitely trending right now, and I’ve had several buddies make the switch themselves to the littlest legal turkey gun. Many are toting .410s for the...


Strut Report: Deep South Birds Holding Steady, Mid-South Longbeards Heating Up

Last week, I forecast the action to be the best of the season . In some places, it was. In others, the next seven days might be even better. Of course, some areas in the southernmost regions are now closed, or nearly so. That said, most states in the region...


Strut Report: Midwest Seasons Start Strong, Northeast Season Openers Look Promising

Last week, I mentioned that I’d be bowhunting during Wisconsin’s time-period A over hen and jake decoys and calling loudly. On opening morning, I hunted 200 yards from a roost and heard only three gobbles. A lone tom flew down and gobbled twice at my calls. He didn’t see my...


Turkey Hunting the Evening Shift

The afternoon doesn’t get much attention from hunters or turkeys. Birds hunker low in secluded places to while away the midday. Hunters take siestas to catch up on lost winks, or maybe work in the yard, around the house or at their job. But if your daylight and midmorning sessions...


Is Your Deer Bait Killing Turkeys?

Turkey numbers are down right now, and that’s no secret. The most troubling declines are in the Southeast, where some measures of poult recruitment show that hens aren’t making enough little turkeys in the spring to keep flock numbers stable. In Georgia, for example, hens were producing an average of...


Strut Report: Turkeys Firing Off in Midwest, Plains States

I mentored two boys during Wisconsin’s youth hunt last Saturday. While I expected the wintery, blustery conditions would stifle gobbling and strutting, they didn’t at all. Both toms the boys bagged gave us the full show. The first one, roosted alone more than 650 yards away across a paved road,...


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