In order to hunt turkeys safely on public land, you have to be prepared to be seen.
For many of us, it’s a reality of hunting. We hunt public land, or we don’t hunt.
Out West, public land can mean areas where you hike miles into the wild to set up a tiny, primitive camp from which to base your hunt for elk or big mulies. On a hunt like that, you’re on public ground, but chances are you won’t encounter another human.
Sadly, that’s not the kind of public land most of us know. We hunt on wildlife management areas close to major metropolitan areas. These areas receive significant hunting pressure. Most days, especially on weekends, you see vehicles overflowing designated parking areas close to prime locations....
Chris Young is up from Chicago with the Lee Wullf Trout Unlimited Chapter for their Spring get together. I had met Chris a couple years back and given him some tips on where to fish. He much appreciated the tips. I had never actually gone with him before because of my back and knee problems. That changed yesterday
.We met at 9:00am on stream. Chris is typically a fly angler but he does spin fish when his fishing partner is spin angling. He was taught how to cast the spinning rod by Jay Thurston. The underhand pendulum cast was unmistakable. I was a little worried I would disappoint Chris because he had fished with Thurston. Thurston is even more of...
A hen turkey in full strut.
John Obst of McFarland, Wisconsin has seen a true woodland rarity in consecutive springs, and he’s hoping for a three-peat during Wisconsin’s 2015 spring turkey season.
What has Obst twice seen that most turkey hunters have not seen once? A hen turkey in full strut.
Obst was hunting turkeys on a southern Wisconsin farm in April 2013, and called in a hen that was likely curious about his yelps. When the hen saw Obst’s hen decoy, it went into full strut. Obst is an experienced hunter, and has seen hens get aggressive a few times, but had never before seen one do such a dead-on gobbler imitation.
The hen approached his decoy with its breast puffed out, tail feathers fully fanned, and wingtips dragging across the corn stubble as it strutted toward the decoy. And then the hen stayed in full strut. This was...
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...
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