The purpose of a turkey vest is to securely, comfortably, and accessibly carry the essentials needed for turkey hunting.  In selecting “essentials” there often seems to be a miniature Boy Scout standing on one shoulder telling you, “Be prepared.” While a diminutive chiropractor clicks their pen on the other, reminding you, “Go light.” In between, you end up a quivering, indecisive mess. Stop worrying; we are here to save your sanity.  Don’t leave home without these 15 essentials and prepare to take your longest long-beard yet. Any extra additions are between you and your chiropractor. Click for a larger, printable…
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Picture the perfect spring turkey hunting day and it would be something like this: vivid blue skies, crisp air, and a hint of wind to keep the bugs at bay. Reality is rarely so kind. Instead, a typical spring turkey hunt might feature lightning, sleet, wind, or enough rain to drown a duck. The good news is bad weather doesn’t mean bad hunting. The secret is to deal with it head on. Analyze the conditions, determine how they will affect turkey behavior, and adjust your strategy appropriately. Here’s how to cope with six of the most common bad-weather scenarios: 1.…
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Next time you head for the turkey woods, take some wings with you—not the BBQ kind, but a real turkey wing from a past successful hunt. Wings have been used for a long time by turkey hunters to make a flapping sound as they do fly-down calls, but here is another way you can use them. Set up within about 100 yards of a roosted gobbler and gently tap and scrape your wing against a tree as you yelp and cluck. That sounds to the gobbler like a hen stirring and preening on her roost limb as she begins to…
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Becky Humphries from the National Wild Turkey Federation Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World Radio’s April 11 show features Becky Humphries from the National Wild Turkey Federation and Craig Dougherty of the National Deer Alliance. The hour-long radio show airs Saturdays at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Eastern time on RURAL SiriusXM Channel 80. Humphries, NWTF’s chief conservation officer, will discuss NWTF’s Save the Habitat, Save the Hunt initiative and the organization’s new Palmetto Shooting Complex in Edgefield, South Carolina. She’ll also talk about how the NWTF is working to introduce more people to hunting. National Deer Alliance Executive Director Craig Dougherty will…
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Bow hunting practice for early season turkey hunting! The team at www.GrowingDeer.tv share a brief Easter greeting then turn to firing up Swamp People star Troy Landry's deer hunting property for better whitetail habitat.(begins 1:27) Then they have a tip for easy spring food plots: frost seeding! (begins 4:38) The video wraps up with Adam sharing how he's practicing to be ready for his next challenge: bow hunting spring gobblers! (begin 6:11) Join the conversation with other hunters and land owners on Growing Deer Tv's facebook page or Twitter:@GrowingDeer. See more of Grant Woods videos and information useful for hunters. Also…
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Are you taking a child on their first turkey hunt this year? Make sure they have a shotgun that fits. Buy a youth model or trim the stock of a full-size gun. A 20-gauge shotgun is best for most younger kids and will take a turkey with good shot placement. Before you take a youngster on an actual hunt, be sure and teach them safe gun handling. Show them how to pattern the shotgun and let them practice shooting. During the turkey hunt, place them tightly by your side or inside your knees. Help them align the shotgun on the…
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With the turkey population at an all-time high across America, you have a pretty good chance of coming across a dominant gobbler traveling with hens, jakes, and subordinate gobblers. Even though it’s next to impossible to call the boss away from the flock, it can be pretty easy to call the flock’s subordinate gobblers into range. Subordinates are usually 2-year-old birds that have gotten beat up by the boss a few times. Because they don’t want to upset the boss again, they rarely gobble but do yelp and cluck to keep track of the flock. Whenever you hear a gobbler…
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If you want to be a good turkey hunter, you need to learn good woodsmanship. It’s as important, or maybe more so, than being a good caller. Woodmanship skills will help you entice a gobbler to an area where he is more likely to go. Being a good woodsman means learning to identify turkey hotspots such as where they roost, water, feed, and their different strutting areas. Finding the roost is your first step to success. Finding where they water and feed will certainly come in handy, too, but always remember, a gobbler usually doesn’t move far from his strut…
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One of the most important items turkey hunters can own is a good turkey vest. Turkey vests are important in helping to keep your gear organized and accessible. Most come with a variety of pockets designed for calls, strikers, extra shells, a face mask, gloves, binoculars, rangefinders, a knife, and even a snack in case you get hungry. Some even have attachment systems that keep everything you need within easy reach to minimize movemen. Large pouch pockets in back work great for decoys, stakes, and even a monster gobbler. My favorite turkey vest has a built-in seat with back support…
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Remember when planning your spring turkey hunting tactics that you’ll be sitting down on the job. That means you should step off distances and find maximum range markers when possible before taking a seat. Your judging skills will be poorer from the lower position and these measured and marks can tell you when a gobbler is in range. Sometimes, you’ll be shooting a walking bird from a sitting position, too, and that’s a big switch for hunters used to swinging on upland game or waterfowl. You need to practice shooting sitting down and looking down with the barrel at a…
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