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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Turkey hunting with the GrowingDeer.tv team is in South Florida! A big, boss gobbler comes in to the call in this hunt. He's a true limb hanger! Watch the hunt play out then stay tuned for ideas on how to plant trees to make your next deer hunting hotspot! 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 follow the team on Instagram and Pinterest. From GrowingDeer.tv Grant Woods  
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Dr. Grant Woods, Wildlife Biologist testing Winchester Long Beard XR turkey shotshells. The GrowingDeer.tv gang is ready for an early season south Florida turkey hunt. In preparation for turkey hunting, they're testing a new turkey load, sighting in the shotguns, and packing the turkey decoys like the Montana Decoy Miss Purr-Fect 3D Hen Turkey Decoy. Watch this video as they get the turkey hunting gear ready, then move on to working with area hunters to form the first ever Branson Deer Co-op! Join the conversation with other hunters and land owners on Growing Deer Tv's facebook page or Twitter:@GrowingDeer. See…
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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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After enduring months of hunting pressure on sprawling lakes, bays and sounds, there’s nothing a late-season duck wants more than a quiet, secluded spot to hide out. Small, neglected potholes and ponds are magnets for January ducks and hotspots for the hunter who takes the time to locate these gems. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimates there’s a pond within ten miles of 80 percent of the U.S. population. You can locate these mini-duck habitats in several ways. Simply driving backcountry roads and stopping to talk with farmers or mail carriers can yield great results. Topographic maps and Google…
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The memory, much like the ice that was hanging from my moustache that day, remains crystal clear. I had been sitting in that treestand for several hours in late December during the most bitter winter conditions I have ever bowhunted in. Blowing snow, high winds and frigid temperatures conspired to make even this Canadian boy start to question if it was time to find warmth. At the time, I was using a 67-pound compound bow with a 50 percent let-off.  During normal practice sessions, I could draw that bow hundreds of times without any great loss in accuracy. But when…
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Hunting Canada geese late in the year is not an easy task, but when the winter storms in the north start pushing down those final flights of birds, hunters are going to take to the field. Having a good hunt on those harsh days is possible but takes preparation and work.  While it’s tougher to hunt late season geese, you can knock some honkers out of the sky. But you better heavy up on your decoy spread. A Burlap Blankey for Your Dekes? While early season geese can be brought in with minimal spreads, late season migrating birds require every…
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The laser rangefinder may be the most underrated of all the optical tools for hunters.  Yet there are many hunting situations in which a rangefinder will make you a better shot with a bow, rifle, or shotgun. It’s an important scouting tool, too. Rangefinders are the ticket whether you’re using them for sighting an animal or bird you are considering shooting or ranging to various objects so you can accurately estimate the range when a target approaches. A rangefinder can be used actively or passively. Active use includes sighting the rangefinder on the animal or bird you are considering shooting.…
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