Have You Ever Seen This Stuff in Turkey Hunting Camp?
Turkey hunting camp is your home away from home. It's where you meet with your buds, hatch plans to go after gobblers you've located, and where, well, crazy things sometimes happen. Seven of these wild and warped events follow.
1. Wet Socks
I mean, where do you put them? I've been both the perpetrator of this crime, and the victim.
Some guys can be downright artistic with it.
You've got to hang them somewhere to dry, especially on long road trips for turkeys, but hey.
If you're the camp snorer, you know how hard it can be not to offend your buddies.
If you're one of those buddies, you have my sympathies.
Get a dozen guys together in camp, with most of them snoring in various ways, and it sounds like a barnyard on a spring day.
Oh man, we could fill a book with this stuff.
Hiding your gear. Itching powder. Putting rocks in your turkey-vest pockets.
Having a warden bud "bust" you at your truck when you're done hunting on some false (but funny) drummed-up charge your buddies worked on with him.
The list goes on and on.
Well, you can call it that, but many try, and often fail.
Burned eggs really suck, and ketchup can only help so much.
Ever wonder why those small-town diners are full during the pre-dawn hours, and why "Hunters Welcome" signs are plastered in front of those wonderfully inviting places?
Steve Hickoff is Realtree.com's editorial director and turkey hunting editor. He’s been beaten by more birds than he can remember. Still he kills enough to eat well, and fool with beards, spurs and fans until the next season. Pennsylvania born and raised, Maine is his home base now. A full-time outdoor communicator with a couple university writing degrees, he chases spring gobblers and fall flocks around the country.