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How to Call to Pressured Turkeys

One of turkey hunting’s biggest draws is carrying on a conversation with a gobbler or old boss hen. Sure, you can call to all types of game, but turkey hunting is unique in that you can have a call-and-answer, one-on-one dialogue with a wild bird. Much like with people, some talks with turkeys are...

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How to Kill a Tom on Opening Day

Many turkey hunters have had opening day circled on their calendars since the close of last season. For turkeys, however, opening day is…well, just another day. Remembering that fact is the key to killing an opening day tom. Concentrate on Food Sources By this time each spring, it's been months...

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How to Pattern a Shotgun for Turkey Hunting

When it comes to turkey shotguns, modern choke-and-load combinations are capable of throwing ultra-tight patterns out to 40 yards or more. At the same time, turkey hunters should remember that a properly outfitted scattergun’s pattern is likely no larger than a baseball at 10 to 15 yards. I learned...

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The Best Turkey Shotgun

Turkey guns fall into one of two camps. First, there are jack-of-all-trades firearms that serve more than one master. In the fall, these guns might pull duty in the duck blind one day and the uplands the next. Once spring rolls around, full chokes replace modified chokes and some fiber-optic sights...

Upland Birds

How to Kill a Limit of Late-Season Pheasants

While I love chasing pheasants in October, I secretly long for the shorter, colder days after Thanksgiving when birds are bunched up. There’s just something about flushing groups of roosters from thick cover while fewer hunters are afield. The reality is that most folks just don’t know how good...

Upland Birds

How to Kill a Limit of Pressured Pheasants

Pheasant hunting requires less gear than other outdoor pursuits, and as a result, many hunters make the mistake of believing it doesn’t require as much strategy either. In fact, most hunters think there are only a few rules to pheasant hunting—walk into the wind, follow the dog, don’t shoot hens...

Upland Birds

3 Reasons You Suck at Hitting Pheasants

In the upland world, pheasants are regarded as the easiest bird to shoot. Their profile is larger than most upland quarry and their flight plan is measured and predictable. And because they prefer grass over trees, line of sight usually isn’t as much of an issue as with other winged game. But...

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3 Turkey Calls Every Hunter Should Own

Many turkey hunters are gear junkies and I’m no exception. Each spring I overload my vest with an assortment of turkey calls—knowing full well that many won’t see the light of day until I unpack after the season closes. Fact is, I just checked my vest, and here’s the tally: 13 mouth calls, two box...

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How to Kill a Tom Off the Roost

More turkeys are killed during the first hour of daylight than any other one-hour period during turkey season. This was true last season and it will hold true as this season plays out. It’ll be true again next year and the one after that, too. This isn’t coincidence. Rather, the first legal hour of...

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The 6 Turkey Vocalizations You Need to Know

Biologists have confirmed that wild turkeys have at least 29 different calls or vocalizations, ranking them among the most vocal of birds. And perhaps the most appealing aspect of turkey hunting is engaging in a conversation with a cooperative tom as it thunders toward your setup. As a good friend...