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Turkey Hunting: How to Tag a Gobbler You Just Missed

You’ve called a strutting spring gobbler into range, aimed at his fist-sized head and fired. Problem is, the bird flopped then got up like a boxer in the ring with some fight left in him, and is running, or worse: flying off. It’s your move, now or never. Most of...


Plan B for Turkey Hunting Opening Morning

Long-awaited opening morning is here. You dreamed of turkeys flying off the roost, working toward your perfectly located tree. Your calls are prepped and waiting. Your shotgun cleaned, patterned and cleaned again. Your overloaded turkey vest is straining the coat hook by the back door. License, check. Everything is ready...


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Turkey Hunting: How to Set Up on a Spring Gobbler

There are many intricacies involved in a successful turkey hunt. Calling, camouflage, the right gun and ammunition all contribute to putting a gobbler on your shoulder for the walk back to the truck. One thing that is often overlooked is how you sit to a turkey. By sit to a...


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Turkey Hunting: Gobbler Body Language and What It Means

Wild turkeys communicate three ways — vocalization, body language and behavior. Beyond mastering turkey calls and their messages, an understanding of turkey body language and behaviors can be a strategic tool when hunting. Turkey “talk” in all forms communicates mood, status and/or intent. Some signals are subtle. Some not so...


These 5 Animals Can Ruin Your Spring Turkey Hunt

We've all had unexpected things happen while turkey hunting. Sometimes other wildlife messes with your plans. Here are five animals that can ruin your spring turkey hunt. 1. Bobcat Attacks An uptick of bobcat attacks – on both wild turkeys and turkey hunters – has been on the social media...


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How to Make a Turkey Hunting Tote from a Deer Antler and Paracord

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 bird is big. Really...


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Why Turkey Hunting Beard Lengths are Controversial

Beard lengths matter to turkey hunters. You know how we hunters like to measure everything. One of the first things a turkey hunter does – after giving thanks and feeling all is well with the world – is to check the length of a gobbler's beard (or yes, in some...


The 10 Commandments of Public Land Turkey Hunting

Some folks have private honey holes. Filling spring gobbler tags without too much outside hunting pressure is pretty much assured. And then there's the rest of us. The guys who hunt public land turkeys with everyone else. It’s busy. It’s crowded. Some strategies are in order. So let's get to...


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8 Reasons Your Spouse Hates Deer Hunting

Deer hunting. Some people love it. Other people, well, not so much. But oftentimes those who don’t haven’t been properly introduced. And in the case of spouses not taking to it, it’s generally because their better half did a poor job of warming them up to it. Here are eight...


World Record Typical Whitetail: Milo Hanson Tells His Story

Buck: The Hanson Buck Score: 213 5/8 Inches Date: 1993 Hunter: Milo N. Hanson Place: Saskatchewan This is the No. 1 typical whitetail of all-time. The Hanson buck. It’s legend to all those who spend time thinking about giant whitetails. And if you’ve never heard of this deer, you’ve got...


Whitetail TV: Getting Connected

In their search for a place to hunt close to home, Jared and Jeremy had been turned down by more than a few people that they contacted. With a feeling of defeat, Jeremy made one last call and was invited to meet someone to discuss the possibility of leasing a...


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15 Places Big Bucks Bed That Deer Hunters Should Hunt

Deer hunting is about three things: Food . Water . And cover . It’s that simple. Yet it’s so difficult to get up close to and kill deer — especially mature deer. It’s even tougher to do it on a consistent basis. Why is that? Oftentimes, it’s because hunters pay...


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