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So You Want To Be a Turkey Hunter?
When I started turkey hunting back in the early 1980s, there wasn’t a whole lot of instructional information around on how to do it. To make matters worse, turkey hunting was still in its infancy in the northeast, where I hail from. There were no ...

How To Score Your Turkey
Did you know you could score your turkey and possibly enter it into the record books? The National Wild Turkey Federation maintains official records of wild turkeys taken by fair chase methods anywhere in the world. Rather than simply using weight...

Turkey Vocalizations
According to researchers, the wild turkey’s vocabulary consists of at least 30 distinct calls. Fortunately, you only need to be able to mimic a half-dozen or so to hunt them effectively. Probably the most familiar, and easiest to imitate is the “y...

Spring Turkey Tips
Hunter’s Specialties pro-staffer Eddie Salter has some spring turkey tips for Buckmasters fans. Q: “Eddie, spring turkey season is almost here. Can you give our site visitors a few pointers?” A: “Sometimes people get the idea that the morning hunt ...

How to Bag the Biggest Bird of Your Life
When I started guiding turkey hunters, birds were hard to find and permits hard to get. Most of my clients were first-time turkey hunters and I advised hunters to take the first legal bird they could. “Get one under your belt, gain some experience...

Tactics for Hard-Hunted Turkeys
As my truck rolled down the gravel road I turned to the fellow I was guiding and revealed, “this is one of the heaviest hunted spots in the area. The road ends up ahead and there’s a field off to the left. At dawn it looks like a parking lot.” No ...

How To Deal With Henned-Up Birds
One of the biggest obstacles most turkey hunters will face at one time or another is dealing with henned-up birds. Of course, this depends a lot on the timing of hunting seasons in relation to the turkey’s breeding seasons. Most seasons are set to be...

Locked Bucks Get Lucky
Bob and I went hunting at one of his spots on the morning of Dec. 3, 2005. I was a little late getting there, so I was pretty upset with myself. I like to be in my treestand at least 15 minutes before legal light. We entered the woods as day was b...

Remaining North Dakota deer samples CWD-negative
From the North Dakota Game and Fish Department -- The remaining 3,600 North Dakota deer samples that were tested for chronic wasting disease are negative, according to Dr. Dan Grove, wildlife veterinarian for the State Game and Fish Department.

Texas hunting accidents drop to record low
From the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department -- The number of Texas hunting accidents in 2010 declined to the lowest since statistical records began in 1966, according to a new report by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

10 Georgia schools headed to NASP national competition
From the Georgia Department of Natural Resources -- More than 30 schools and almost 800 student archers competed at the recent Georgia-NASP State Tournament. That's nearly double the number of participants at last year's event.

Bear harvest second highest on record
From the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission -- Bear hunters didn't beat last year's record, but instead harvested the second-highest total in the state's history.

Minnesota moose numbers continue to decline
From the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources -- The moose population in northeastern Minnesota continues to decline, according to results from a DNR aerial survey.

Open house March 3 for AZ shooting range master plan draft
From the Arizona Game and Fish Department -- An informational open house to present the draft master site-plan for the Northern Arizona Shooting Range will be held March 3 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Game and Fish Flagstaff regional office at 3500 S....

Hunters advised to apply early for Utah deer hunt
From the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources -- Hunters who want to hunt deer in Utah's five regions this fall, need to submit their hunting permit applications no later than March 3.

Online survey launched for Kentucky deer season changes
From the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources -- The Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources has launched an online survey this week to gain deer hunters' input on proposed changes to the 2011-2012 deer season.

Minimal changes proposed for Ohio 2011-12 deer season
From the Ohio Department of Natural Resources -- Only one change was proposed to Ohio deer hunting regulations for 2011-12, and that change would move Fayette County from Deer Zone B to Zone A.

New Mexico makes hunter ed classes available statewide
From the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish -- To help young hunters qualify to apply for 2011-12 big-game licenses, the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish has scheduled several new hunter education classes in communities statewide.

Deer Diary
-- My husband and I are at deer camp. On Friday morning, we head to our stands to get ready for opening morning. The excitement builds as we see lots of deer tracks, scrapes and rubs. Back in camp, we have a delicious meal of fried crappie with a...

Where to Aim Depends On the Weapon
As hunters become more educated about deer and deer anatomy, some get confused about where to aim to produce a good, clean harvest. After all, doesn't it make sense to hit the vitals all the time? Actually, the answer can be "no." Broadhead-tippe...
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