In this episode, Ben and Phil are joined by writer and turkey expert Tony J. Peterson to talk tactics and help Phil prepare for his first hunt. Enjoy.
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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.
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