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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,...


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...


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...


10 Ways to Sound Better on a Friction Call

Mouth turkey calls are fun to yak on. So much so that most hunters yelp way too much and way too loud on a diaphragm. I’ll go out on a gobbler’s roost limb and say this: If we would keep our mouths shut and run a mix of box, slate,...


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...


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,...


Strut Report: Expect the South's Best Turkey Hunting in the Next Week

One step too far and that big, fat longbeard hit the deck, all but disappearing in a field of relatively short grass. Its red head turned a pale pink, and its snood shriveled to nothing. Two beady eyes peered from behind thin blades of grass. We waited to see who’d...


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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...


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...


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