Have You Ever Seen This Stuff in Turkey Hunting Camp?
Turkey hunting camp is your home away from home. It's where you meet with your buds, hatch plans to go after gobblers you've located, and where, well, crazy things sometimes happen. Seven of these wild and warped events follow.
1. Wet Socks
I mean, where do you put them? I've been both the perpetrator of this crime, and the victim.
Some guys can be downright artistic with it.
You've got to hang them somewhere to dry, especially on long road trips for turkeys, but hey.
If you're the camp snorer, you know how hard it can be not to offend your buddies.
If you're one of those buddies, you have my sympathies.
Get a dozen guys together in camp, with most of them snoring in various ways, and it sounds like a barnyard on a spring day.
Oh man, we could fill a book with this stuff.
Hiding your gear. Itching powder. Putting rocks in your turkey-vest pockets.
Having a warden bud "bust" you at your truck when you're done hunting on some false (but funny) drummed-up charge your buddies worked on with him.
The list goes on and on.
Well, you can call it that, but many try, and often fail.
Burned eggs really suck, and ketchup can only help so much.
Ever wonder why those small-town diners are full during the pre-dawn hours, and why "Hunters Welcome" signs are plastered in front of those wonderfully inviting places?
Realtree turkey hunting editor Steve Hickoff has chased gobblers all over the United States and Mexico. He was born and raised in northcentral Pennsylvania, and now makes his home in Maine. Hickoff was named the NWTF Tom Kelly Communicator of the Year for 2019, a prestigious award reflecting his longtime work promoting hunting and conservation as a turkey hunting writer, editor and book author.