Tips for keeping busy until the next time you chase bearded birds
And just like that, the long spring turkey season is over.
A little part of you is probably okay with it, but mostly you wish you were out there, still listening for daybreak gobbles and trying to get one more longbeard in range. Well, here are some things you can do to extend all that fun, and a few more you should do with the next season in mind.
DO extend the memories by building a wingbone call …
Extend memories of your solo hunts and those good times with friends by following this step-by-step guide to making a wingbone turkey call:
This summer’s turkey hatches will extend the so-called circle of life with a shot of hope for coming spring gobbler seasons. Plus, it’s just good fun watching for little poults out there bugging fields with their mama:
DO finally get around to buying a custom turkey call …
Sure, a mouth call pocketed for the cost of a fast-food burger with fries can yelp up plenty of birds. They’re cheap, effective, and all that. But for traditionalists, custom turkey calls embody a certain elegance and history, and that’s reason enough for the hardcore turkey hunter to opt in. And in truth, many handcrafted options run better than cheaper mass-produced calls:
DON’T forget to thank those landowners to keep that hunting permission …
One common complaint by those who hunt less or even quit is the lack of hunting access. Truth is, you might have to work for it these days. Stay humble, put in the effort, and you might find new turkey hunting ground where you can also hunt deer, ducks, small game, and more:
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.