Are you ready for turkey hunting? About this time every year, hunters around the country are looking forward to filling their freezers full of delicious turkey meat. Wild turkeys taste much different than their farm cousins, and a diet of acorns, insects, beechnuts and wild berries infuse turkey meat with a different flavor and texture than domestic birds. When cooked right, turkey meat is a thing of beauty. That said, even the most avid of turkey hunters will agree that they aren’t exactly pretty birds. In fact, gobblers can be downright ugly, especially if you compare them to North America’s other game birds. So how do you make a turkey tattoo look good?
Here are 13 suggestions....
I don’t remember it being this way in my carefree days of youth, but ticks have become a turkey hunting fact of life. As you read this, chances are good somewhere there’s a tick crawling up the leg of some unsuspecting turkey hunter sitting in the woods. In any pursuit that involves hiking through the woods or even the grasslands, there are ticks out there waiting to suck your blood. Losing a few corpuscles won’t harm you that much, but some ticks may leave you with a longer-lasting parting gift.
The list of tickborne diseases just keeps growing. Take it from someone who spent five days in the hospital and two additional weeks of intravenous antibiotics following a tick bite incurred while turkey hunting—and they never did figure out what I had!
After that experience, I’ve become somewhat of a fanatic about avoiding tick...
I have heard this phrase from trout anglers numerous times. I always smile every time I hear it. Using a net is a personal thing I also hear. I am a firm believer in using proper gear for the job you are trying to do. Many time when folks see my net they have a comment. Some say delusions of grandeur and others say I am a positive thinker.
Many trout anglers start out with what I call a token net. It is way too small and not deep enough to even handle a medium sized brown. It may be good for brook trout but do you really need a net for a brook trout? These nets can also be seen on many lodge walls. They are quickly found to be useless and made in to decorations.
A longer handle and a deep bag are required for the true "Trout Hunters." The handles can be too long. Too long of handles make for hard carrying and a hard to carry net will go on the wall along with the token net....
'Tree Stand Murders' by David Whitehurst is an in-depth look at a brutal killing spree that shocked the hunting community and world at large. Image by Patrick Durkin.
Illinois’ David Whitehurst was deer hunting northeast of Rice Lake, Wisconsin, on November 21, 2004, when he and his friends saw ambulances race by about 1:20 p.m.
Soon after, they spotted a plane flying low and slow over the forest in a systematic search. By 3 p.m. Whitehurst’s group learned eight hunters had been shot nearby. Five were dead and a manhunt was underway for the shooter. A sixth died the next day.
Whitehurst phoned home immediately to inform his wife before she heard news reports from the Blue Hills, a region he had been hunting for 25 years. By early evening, while eating at Lehman’s Supper Club in Rice Lake, Whitehurst...
The saying, “It’s about the journey, not the destination,” exemplifies the award-wining short film, The Disease, by showing the thrill of the hunt — whether or not you end up with a kill.
Directed by Nathaniel Maddux, The Disease is a story of one man’s addiction to all things turkey hunting. The star of this short film, Redbeard, is consumed by a passion for wild turkey hunting. He tells his story not only by the sound of his voice, but by showing the you just how beautiful a passionate life can be.
The viewer is taken on a trip from Redbeard’s turkey call workshop to his secluded hunting camp, all while reflecting on his life of outdoor adventure. After watching...
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