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MeatEater Mailbag: Favorite Turkey State and Fly Fishing Advantages

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MeatEater Mailbag: Favorite Turkey State and Fly Fishing Advantages

You’ve got questions. We’ve got answers—and if we don’t, we’ll make ’em up. Every day fellow MeatEaters send us more than 100 emails and direct messages. Some are excellent questions, and we have to think really hard (or get really creative) to answer them. So, we decided to publish a series of our...
MeatEater Mailbag: Shock Gobbles and Circle Hooks

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MeatEater Mailbag: Shock Gobbles and Circle Hooks

You’ve got questions. We’ve got answers—and if we don’t, we’ll make ’em up. Every day fellow MeatEaters send us more than 100 emails and direct messages. Some are excellent questions, and we have to think really hard (or get really creative) to answer them. So, we decided to publish a series of our...
Season 8, Episode 5 Gear: Turkey Troubles

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Season 8, Episode 5 Gear: Turkey Troubles

In this episode, I’m joined by Janis and two first time hunters, Maggie and Tracy. We tried our hand at springtime gobblers in Montana. As the thunderous sounds of gobbles echoed through the woods, Maggie and Tracy experienced the wave of emotions that’s so often felt by new hunters. Here is some of...
Turkey Hunting: Setups, Calling and Shooting

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Turkey Hunting: Setups, Calling and Shooting

Creeping into the final stages of an approach on a turkey can be adrenaline filled. Controlled micro movements fill space and time, walking with the delicacy of treading on rice paper. It’s time to think about a few things as you close distance, initiate calling and set up for the moment you send...
How to Locate Turkeys

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How to Locate Turkeys

Preseason scouting is the best way to locate a gobbler. You wouldn’t walk into the woods the first morning of deer season and expect to be successful, so don’t do it with turkeys. You’ll have no idea whether the area has a healthy population of turkeys. Time spent scouting will give you knowledge...
The MeatEater Guide to Turkey Hunting

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The MeatEater Guide to Turkey Hunting

Wild turkeys existed in 39 states when the creaky hull of the Mayflower met the coast in the early 1600s. It’s not a sure thing that this wily bird was carved on the first Thanksgiving, yet history reflects America’s affinity for the flesh of this plump galliform to the extent that this species...
A Guide to Hunting Wild Turkey

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A Guide to Hunting Wild Turkey

Wild turkeys are the big game of the small game world. Weighing upwards of 25 pounds, a mature bird is capable of supplying multiple meals for even a large family. While many states have fall turkey hunting seasons, hunting for these birds is generally regarded as a spring activity. April or May...
Archery Gear for Turkey Hunting

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Archery Gear for Turkey Hunting

It’s certainly possible to kill turkeys with traditional bows, thousands are taken every year that way. Before you attempt it, make sure that your shooting skills are absolutely top-notch. Don’t be tempted by birds that are at the outer limits of your comfortable shooting range. Turkeys are a hell...
How to Approach a Gobbler

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How to Approach a Gobbler

Once you have located a gobbler, it is now time to close the distance and get close to the bird. This is a delicate process because even just a small amount of movement can cause the bird to spook and leave the area. Sometimes you’ll hear a gobble that’s so close, say a hundred yards or less in...
Turkey Hunting: Bushwhacks, Ambushes and Fall Hunts

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Turkey Hunting: Bushwhacks, Ambushes and Fall Hunts

Calling gobblers during the spring breeding season is the most educational, rewarding, and thrilling way to hunt turkeys. Honestly, nothing else comes even close in terms of excitement. But there are other ways to kill turkeys. I have taken many of the birds using spot-and-stalk strategies. Spot and...