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Rules Every Turkey Hunter Should Know

Corky Pugh is the former director of Alabama’s Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division. He is also a certified turkey hunting nut. I have been fortunate enough to hunt with Corky on many occasions. As you can imagine, a large part of our friendship revolves around wild turkeys and hunting them...


Important Things You Learn from Missing Turkeys

Have you missed a turkey? Join the club. Here's how to improve your shooting skills. 1. Quick Shot The flock suddenly appeared, materializing on the high Pennsylvania ridgetop. Driven by target panic, I raised my gun, swiftly took aim at a legal turkey, and fired. While I fully expected the...


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How to Bowhunt Turkeys on the Run

You don’t need a ground blind to arrow a spring gobbler. With the right approach, run-'n'-arrow ploys produce results. Editor's note: In the interest of safety, take precautions when repositioning while bowhunting turkeys. Always make sure your arrows are safely contained when on the move.


How to Get a Wild Turkey Into Gun or Bow Range

Calling wild turkeys to your setup position is the essence of this tradition. But sometimes it's not enough. Tired of that longbeard tossing you courtesy gobbles? Sure, that bird might be henned up. It might also not like the view between where it struts and where you sit. Your yelps...


How to Kill a Turkey When Time is Running Out

Shooting a turkey always makes the old emotions flow. There’s much joy for the success achieved, some measure of relief from the hunt's intensity (especially those make-or-break closing minutes as a gobbler finishes his approach), and even a little regret for removing such a creature from the face of the...


2019 Whitetail Report: The States Tagging the Youngest and Oldest Bucks

The age structure of the buck harvest is a statistic the Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) has been tracking for quite some time. Its interests in quality deer management has helped bring awareness to responsible harvest of whitetails across the continent. Luckily, thanks to their annual Whitetail Report , we...


2019 Whitetail Report: New Antlered Buck Harvest Statistics

The ideologies and practices of whitetail management have shifted throughout history. We’ve come a long way from the days in the 1800s and early 1900s when everything that hit the crosshairs hit the ground. Today, deer enthusiasts are managing whitetails more responsibly. Knowing when and when not to remove does...


Whitetail TV: A Tough Hunt and Huge Archery Buck

Phillip Culpepper patiently waited five years to draw a coveted Iowa archery tag. He arrived on November 1 for a week-long hunt with the guys of Midwest Whitetail in southern Iowa. It doesn't take long for the reputation of an Iowa rut hunt to prove itself. As the rut progresses...


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North America's Easiest Turkey Hunts

I get a chuckle listening to 300-pound dudes with tobacco-juice-spattered chins drawling on about how smart their local turkeys are. Because, you know, they’re the only ones with talent enough to tag them. Chat up most turkey hunters and they’ll insist their turkeys are considerably smarter than yours. Now, I’ve...


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How to Hunt the Wild Turkey Breeding Phases

The Wild Turkey (John Hafner photo) I’m primarily a “ deer guy .” But I’ve long been a turkey hunter, too. It’s my second greatest passion — behind whitetails — in the outdoors. And I feed that desire to hunt every spring. There’s one thing I love most about turkey...


7 Reasons Why You Won't Tag a Turkey This Spring

Turkey season is upon us -- or soon will be, depending on where you live. The landscape is starting to green up. The dogwoods will soon begin to bloom. And, if this season is like years past, you’ll be preparing yet another list of excuses for why you didn’t get...


How to Find a Wounded Turkey

You scouted, located and called a strutting longbeard into range. All the excuses in the world won’t help you now though – loaner gun, twisted shooting position, iffy choke, sketchy shotgun load, bad bow shot, head-jerking birds, whatever. You shot, and the turkey briefly fell . . . then shockingly...


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