Gutting a turkey is an easy, in-field process. Janis runs through the steps in this simple video and saves the giblets for camp.
Janis explores turkey hunting in his home state of Michigan, a land that barely held turkeys in his youth. The hunt delivers challenges of quiet birds and tests Janis’ patience down to the last moment.
The beauty of spring turkey hunting is that success can be achieved through multiple hunting styles. You can run-and-gun with a shotgun or set up shop in a hub-style blind with your bow. You can crawl around and bushwhack them, or put out a whole spread of decoys and only take the safety off when a gobbler struts in to put on a show. Or you can reap.
Reaping is the act of crawling into a longbeard’s guard and popping up a fan or a decoy built...
This turkey season, keep more than the breasts and legs. With a few household items, you can turn the tail into a decoration for your house or a decoy to use in upcoming turkey seasons. All you need is a big enough piece of cardboard, salt (or borax), a knife, some push pins, and time.