When the morning sit doesn’t pan out and you have room to roam, scale down the gear and give mobile hunting a try. It’s a great way to find birds and get a little exercise to boot.
Ask any turkey hunter what’s the toughest turkey to hunt and you’ll most likely get a variety of answers. Nobody’s asked, but I’ll volunteer my opinion anyway. For me it’s the strutting tom in a field. Turkeys are likely to be…
We’ve pretty much arrived at that point in the spring gobbler season where it’s easy to come up with an excuse to turn off the 3:30 or 4 a.m. alarm and go back to sleep. It’s too windy, too rainy,…
Still, the excitement surrounding turkey hunting is the very reason we arise in the middle of the night and head out into the turkey woods.
Every turkey hunter dreams of a textbook spring gobbler hunt. And when they do occasionally happen (for some it’s more occasional than others) we’re on top of the world. When you pull one off on a woodland or a mountain…
And toe tracks along muddy trails or other soft areas can be good indicators of turkeys, as well as fresh droppings, and they’re just as good as a gobble for betraying silent toms.
And other simple things to remember as we begin another season in the turkey woods.
Easter weekend finally brought the weather I was looking for, and I sprang into action on the chore list. After all, turkey season was only a month away (shorter for the youth weekend) and there’s plenty to do if I…
While turkey numbers are clearly driven primarily by production in the spring and Mother Nature, there are other factors playing into the decline.
Pare down your selection for this spring hunting season to maximize your gobbler conversations.
Boost your gobbler-hunting odds this spring by splurging on a quality fake wild turkey decoy.
In all, Pennsylvania callers won 11 awards, the most for any state in the championships.
Scenes from the recent National Wild Turkey Federation annual convention and sport show at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, Tenn.
CONCORD, N.H. — A biologist says hunters harvested 4,482 turkeys in New Hampshire during this year's spring hunt, 600 more than last year and the second-highest harvest on record. Ted Walski of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department says…
“The hunter success rate increased from the previous year of 21 percent to 29 percent of hunters harvesting at least one bird. And 32 percent of those successful hunters harvested a second bearded bird to fill the two-bird spring bag limit.”
"Citizen scientists" help DEC gauge turkey population.
Public again asked to help help state wildlife officials scientifically manage turkey population by reporting Vermont turkey sightings during August.
I’m never going to win a turkey-calling contest, especially with a mouth call, but thanks to other options, I’m able to walk out of the woods once in while with a gobbler slung over my shoulder.
The statewide wild turkey population is currently estimated at 20,000 to 25,000 birds.
Agency reports that the turkey population experienced reproductive success in the summer of 2015, and combined with relatively mild winters in 2015-16 and 2016-17, it is anticipated that the spring harvest will be up from last year and above the five-year average of about 20,000 birds.
Vermont was the first New England state to re-establish wild turkeys when it released 31 wild birds from New York in 1969 and 1970. Today, the Green Mountain State has an estimated 45,000-60,000 turkeys.
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