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What You Need in Your Turkey Vest

Don't skimp. Don't wander out there short of all the stuff you need to kill a bird. You'll want a good turkey vest with lots of pockets. You'll fill those pockets with the weight of your gear and hopes for success. Your tools for that day's hunt might be simple,...


5 Bad Excuses for Missing Turkeys

It hurts. Memories of that strutter stepping into range, and that 10 inches of swinging beard running out of your life after you pull the trigger and miss. The memories haunt you in the middle of the night. All veteran turkey hunters have been there. If you haven't yet, brace...


10 Dumb Turkey Hunting Mistakes

We've all been there. Hunt enough and you'll be there again. And again. Ten dumb things you do while turkey hunting follow. 1. Stand When You Should Sit Patience kills turkeys, the old saying goes. Lack of it scares them off. Ever think the woods were dead just an hour...


3 Ways to Tag an Opening Day Gobbler

Let’s face it. These are busy times for most everyone, including us turkey hunters. Try these strategies to maximize your time and effort. They might even help you put your tag on an opening-day gobbler. Fly-Down Time Fly-down time involves an early rising, the drive to your spot, the setup...


9 Things You Should Do After Killing a Turkey

The longbeard you want gobbles on the roost. Gobbles on the ground. Gobbles in range. And you make a clean, ethical shot. In the rush of sweet moments after killing a wild turkey, it's sometimes hard to catch your breath. Of course, a lot of folks first check the spurs...


5 Ways to Find a Wounded Turkey

You scouted, located and called a strutting longbeard into range. All the excuses in the world won’t help you now though – loaner gun, twisted shooting position, iffy choke, sketchy shotgun load, bad bow shot, head-jerking birds, whatever. You shot, and the turkey fell ... but then it shockingly got...


Great Wild Turkey Recipes

Classic Thanksgiving stuffing. Pumpkin pie. Cranberry sauce. Sliced turkey breast. Yeah, man, and make mine wild please. Sure, farm-raised turkeys shared with family and friends are a holiday tradition, as not everyone hunts wild turkeys with the same passion we do. But our birds carry memories of the hunt that...


Federal’s New Online Custom Ammo Shop

Want custom-made TSS turkey loads? Federal makes it possible. The company has introduced its new online custom-loaded ammunition shop. In addition to custom turkey loads, waterfowl and upland game loads can also be ordered. Big game hunters can choose from several different centerfire rifle offerings with a wide selection of...


3 Offbeat Tactics for Fall Turkey Hunting

Maybe you're in a bit of a rut. Sitting on the edge of a field day after day, waiting for a flock of turkeys to walk by, gets pretty old. These three tactics are more exciting, and they just might help you put a tag on your fall bird. 1...


3 Bits of Fall Turkey Hunting Nonsense

I wish I had a dollar for every time somebody told me they don’t hunt fall turkeys because: (1) There's no gobbling happening then, (2) They don’t like killing young birds and (3) It’s not fun (this is the worst). In baseball, that’s a strikeout, because they’re wrong on all...


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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...


Pick a Fall Gobbler Fight

Are you stuck in a rut making kee-kees and kee-kee-runs to call in young turkeys of the year? Try reaching out to autumn gobblers with fighting purrs and other bad-boy tactics. Title Bout The hunt involved three guys, a turkey dog and a gang of fall longbeards. A friend had...


Should You Shoot a Hen This Fall Turkey Season?

Memories are many in the fall turkey woods. Decisions are often based on specific hunts and personal decisions. Call me a softie, but I've called in an autumn brood hen and its single bird-of-the-year – failed to decide in that passing moment whether shooting the adult or juvenile turkey (both...


Why 42 States Have Fall Turkey Seasons

As of this writing, 42 states offer some form of a fall turkey hunting 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. Wild turkey management...


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How to Build a Turkey Spur Skinning Knife

Every turkey hunter loves a long, sharp spur. And we love to show those spurs off on necklaces, key chains, hatbands and meter-long assemblies of hooks. But what about turning the leg of your trophy tom into a useful hunting tool? This knife, crafted with a turkey leg handle, is...


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How to Build a Tabletop Turkey Fan Display

From simply pinning the fan to the wall of your hunting camp to elaborate plaques designed to show off the fan in all its glory, there are countless ways to hang a turkey fan. But what if you want to display your fan on your desk, or on a table...


President Jimmy Carter on Road to Recovery After Breaking Hip on Way to Turkey Hunt

President Jimmy Carter is recovering well after falling and breaking his hip Monday, just as he was about to leave his home for a turkey hunt with Bill and Tyler Jordan at Realtree Farms. But, according to Tyler, it'll take a lot more than a broken hip to keep him...


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5 Excuses and the Truth: Why You Missed Turkeys This Season

Missing turkeys is part of the game. All veteran turkey hunters have been there, and if you haven't yet, brace yourself. It hurts. Memories of that strutter stepping up into range – and the 10 inches of swinging beard running off after you pull your shotgun's trigger – will haunt...


3 Reasons Why You Love and Hate the End of Turkey Hunting Season

Admit it, you both love and hate the end of turkey season. A few words follow on why. Early on, you love the early risings, driving through a sleeping town to an all-night gas station for early coffee and doughnuts, where you run into a few other camo-clad hunters and...


5 Tips for Hunting Tough Gobblers

If your spring turkey season is still open, and you're still carrying a tag, you likely have a few tough gobblers on your mind. Here's how to tag one. 1. Get Tight Get tight to its roost tree well before sunrise. Call softly with a no-hands mouth call, if at...


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