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How to Make a Deer Antler Turkey Tote

You’ve been after him since daylight. He flew down the wrong direction, avoided you on the next two sets, and finally committed the fourth time you got in front of him. Trouble is, you are now a mile or more from the truck. And this old gobbler is big. Really...


North Carolina Black Bear Gets Stuck in Windshield After Breaking Into SUV

A North Carolina black bear destroyed the interior of a family’s SUV before getting stuck in the broken windshield. According to Fox Carolina , Ashley McGowin stepped outside her home at 6:30 a.m. Friday, April 8, when she noticed her SUV’s hazard lights were blinking. When she moved closer to...


Bacon and Crawfish Stuffed Cheese Bread

It’s crawfish season down South. That means weekends filled with crawfish boils. Now, we don’t often cook more crawfish than we can eat, but occasionally we end up with a few extra. When we do, we twist off the tails, stick them in the fridge till the next day, then...


Texas Rancher Fights Back as State Plans to Kill 500 Penned Deer

A rancher is fighting a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) order to kill all 500 of his penned deer after a few of the deer tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD). TPWD said depopulation (the formal term for killing all of the deer at a farm) is necessary...


Plan a DIY Tribal Lands Turkey Hunt

The roosted birds gobbled incessantly as my wife, Becca, and I tucked in about 125 yards away and began calling. They answered every yelp. Unfortunately, their volume began fading once they’d flown down. As Merriam’s turkeys notoriously do, the toms were half a mile away within minutes, beelining toward another...


How to Turkey Hunt the Worst Weather Possible

There is a universal question among turkey hunters, usually asked in the predawn while the coffee is being made. What will this weather do to the turkeys? We’ve always been told and assumed that birds gobble best when it’s clear, calm, and warm. Nice days and dogwoods, after all, are...


Cheez-It Crusted, Pickle Brined Turkey Bites

Need a wild turkey recipe that is fast, delicious, and works well as either a main course or an appetizer? Give this one a try. The turkey breast cubes are marinated for a few hours in pickle juice, then coated in a crunchy crust of seasoned, crushed Cheez-It crackers. Fry...


Strut Report: Northern, Plains Turkeys Warming Up Despite Winter Weather

I’m riding the coattails of a successful hunt in South Dakota on tribal land that ended with a gorgeous Merriam’s gobbler. During that outing, the flock I took my bird from consisted of 12 toms and eight hens. The toms were tolerating one another as they do all winter. They...


Strut Report: Expect Good Turkey Hunting Down South This Weekend

Last week , and even the week before , we reported on the how much the turkey hunting has improved throughout the South. While that trend largely continues, there have been sporadic downturns in activity. Backwoods Life’s Kevin Knighton is having a great season. He and his hunting buddies have...


How to Triangulate a Roosted Turkey

In the dusky predawn one April morning, a turkey sounded off a mile away, his lonely gobble barely audible. I pumped my fist, pointed east and took off. But where was my hunting buddy? I looked back and he was pointing like mad and walking west in the opposite direction...


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Shot Placement for Turkey Hunting

This revised post is based on "Guns, Loads & Sights," written by Aaron Pass, and originally published in the Team Realtree Turkey Hunting Fieldbook (2001). Our post has two intentions: how-to instruction for where to aim your shotgun at a turkey, and to advise patterning your firearm and load for...


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Top 5 Merriam's Turkey Hunting States

Some turkey hunters say Merriam's are easy. Not in my experience. Spring snows are often factors. High altitude. Dangerous cats. Birds that walk miles from the roost. Steep mountain climbs up skinny elk and deer trails. You earn it. Oh, you can arrange for easy hunts. Chip shots. Outfitters, eager...


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