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  • How to Kill a Longbeard While Fall Turkey Hunting

    Pattern fall longbeards? Scatter them for the calling advantage? Either way, you wait. Check out these tips to get one by the feet. Big gobblers flush far. Sometimes they take their time regrouping, but other instances prove otherwise. Can’t call them in? Can’t wait that long? You can wait for...

  • Fall Turkey Hunting Is Fun

    I grew up in north-central Pennsylvania at a time when fall turkey hunting was more popular than the spring tradition. Hunter participation numbers bore this claim out. Then, around the turn of the century, it changed. Spring turkey hunting edged past fall in my native state in terms of popularity...

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How to Fletch for Better Crossbow Bolt Accuracy

Today’s high-end crossbows boast tack-driving, out-of-the box accuracy, but with that performance comes a hefty price tag. Budget minded models are certainly proficient but their ability to hold tight groups when shooting at distance or with broadhead-tipped bolts can be less than ideal. Fortunately, there’s an inexpensive way to increase...


3 Ways You Won't Kill a Fall Turkey

Just ask any hardcore fall turkey hunter: finding and killing one of these birds takes time. Sure, but not always. If you're hunting human-habituated flocks on private land, well, it can be pretty easy. Take to the bigwoods of the Northeast or expansive properties out West, and success might come...


5 Ways to Call the Whole Flock in While Fall Turkey Hunting

Yes, you can call the whole fall turkey flock to your position and pick out the bird you want. I'm a longtime practitioner of hunting fall turkeys with dogs trained to find flocks, scatter them, then sit quietly at the setup as you call separated birds back. It's a legal...


How to Bowhunt for Fall Turkeys

When another hunter asks me if I've bowhunted much, I always reply: "Yep, for turkeys." A second or two passes, accompanied by a puzzled look, which prompts the next question: "Deer too?" "Nope, I've mostly concentrated on turkeys," is my grinning reply. And I've done much of it in fall...


8 States Where You Can't Hunt Fall Turkeys

Some states don't let you hunt fall turkeys. Many more do. Here's where you can't. Alaska I'm told by insiders wild turkeys live in southern Alaska. Still, no fall (or spring) turkey season is offered here. Plenty of other birds and animals to hunt though. Arkansas Back in 2009, the...


Deer Hunting with Turkey Decoys?

Looking to fill an early season doe tag? Do you have a fall turkey archery tag in your pocket too? Assuming it's legal where you live, should you hunt deer with turkey decoys? Hunter numbers show whitetails are the top hunted species in the country and an easy favorite for...


Why 42 States Have Fall Turkey Seasons

As of this writing, 42 states offer some form of a fall turkey season. A number of these even extend it into winter. Why then do the others not offer a "second season" on the most popular game bird on the planet? The reasons are many. Turkey hunting management is...


3 Things You Don’t Know About Fall Turkey Hunting

I wish I had a dollar for every time somebody told me they don’t hunt fall turkeys because: (1) males don’t gobble then, (2) they don’t like killing young birds, and even worse, (3) it’s not fun. In baseball, that’s a strikeout, because they’re wrong on all counts. In my...


3 Ways to Scatter Fall Turkeys

Your goal is to get flocked-up fall turkeys to run or fly in different directions. Why? This is when they're most vulnerable. You then set up and try to call separated birds back to your gun or bow. You can scatter them in a number of ways. Walk Under Roosts...


How to Kee-Kee on a Box Call for Fall Turkey Hunting

A kee-kee or kee-kee-run is the maturing lost whistle of a young turkey transitioning into fall and winter. You'll even hear it from young hens sometimes during the spring turkey season. The kee-kee is usually a three-note call, roughly two seconds long. The yelps added on the end, the "run"...


Outside the Box Fall Turkey Hunting Tips

Find the flock, scatter them and then call them back. This time-tested technique for fall turkey hunting has been my favorite approach through the years and I have many fond memories of perfect scatters and classic call-ups. I still use this tactic when circumstances allow, those being big woods and...


4 Types of Releases for Bowhunters

Choosing a release aid is like choosing a wife. She's got to be just right in order to take that super dive into the deep end. And like women, no two are created equally. Different materials are used, steel tolerances and quality are never the same, price tags are rarely...


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