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    • June 11, 2015 8:39 PM EDT
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      <p>Got this one on the second day its been hard in WNY not as many birds around they have been really concentrated in small groups around my area but I lucked out and found a group with four toms and they weren't henned up yet but I've seen over the years the hunter population has increased a lot from when I started but this bird weighed 24 pounds had a nine inch beard and inch an a eighth spurs </p>

    • March 20, 2014 9:20 PM EDT
    • Chris, Check your PO BOX at the end of day Friday, Mar 21, 2014. 1 of 5 MODEL M911 Turkey Box Call Sets is for you and has your name all over it's box. That leaves 4 for the Wild Game Brunch on Mar 23, 2014. I can't go as something came up like I predicted. I Hand Crafted, signed, dated and numbered them. Every one sounded great before they were put in their boxes. ( Just In Time For the Spring Turkey Season ). Mortal Calls® will be Donating the Profits to Hunting With A Hero™. They are Non-Profit and doing a whole lot for OUR Injured U.S. Troops. So please bring them along for the Raffles & Give Away's. Thanks!

    • February 17, 2014 8:37 AM EST
    • Awesome! The 911 works so well I cant wait to try the new one!

    • February 16, 2014 10:06 PM EST
    • You Have to see the M911 Box Call. It's similar to the original Model 911 but with so many improvements. Put the one I gave you on your shelf as a Collectors Item and I'll hook you up with a M911 at your Wild Game Brunch.

    • February 16, 2014 9:40 PM EST
    • I have a pretty awesome Turkey call to use too!

    • February 16, 2014 9:28 PM EST
    • This is an awesome opportunity on Long Island for Turkey Hunting because most of the Hunters head Up-State for Deer leaving the woods for you alone.

    • May 3, 2013 7:20 AM EDT
    • [b]New York spring turkey season set to start[/b]
      [b]  4/28/2013 [/b]

      [b]State conservation authorities say the birds will be fair game everywhere but in New York City and Long Island[/b]

      [b]ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The spring turkey hunting season is set to begin this week in New York.[/b][b]State conservation authorities say the birds will be fair game everywhere but in New York City and Long Island starting on Wednesday and running until May 31. [/b][b]An estimated 100,000 hunters participate each spring.[/b]

      [b]The Department of Environmental Conservation says hunters will need a permit as well as a small game hunting or sportsman license and use only shotguns or handguns loaded with shot or a bow and arrow.[/b]

      [b]Hunting hours are from 30 minutes before sunrise until noon. The take is limited to two bearded turkeys for the season and only one per day.[/b]

    • July 8, 2013 12:55 AM EDT
    • With Turkey season over it leaves us sharing stories we’ve collected from the previous season and the anticipation for next year. While hunting seasons may end, the wildlife management never ends. We as are constantly developing strategies on how to make the habitat better and improve our wildlife population. The quality of hunting is a bi-product of our hard work and dedication. Now is a better time than any to make a positive difference on next year’s turkey population. - See more at: [url=][/url]

    • April 11, 2013 10:34 PM EDT
    • In lightly hunted territory, when toms are gobbling hard and hens are scarce, turkey hunting can be–dare we say it?–easy. In these areas birds respond to calls, strut regally and march boldly into range.

      But then there’s the other 95 percent of turkey outings. Birds hang up just out of range, walk the other way, get henned up–you know the drill. To overcome these real-world experiences, we’ve rounded up the following 10 tricks. Use them at your discretion.

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    • April 11, 2013 10:30 PM EDT
    • Hub-style blinds are light and compact enough to carry and easy to set up and take down. Many can accommodate multiple hunters. Some have shoot-through mesh windows, and many include zippered exterior windows you can adjust inside and outside.
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    • April 5, 2013 7:31 AM EDT
    • ][b]The art of hunting wild turkeys[/b]
      [b]Sculptor David Wirth enjoys the challenge, as well as the sights and sounds, of spring turkey hunting in Florida[/b]

      [b]By Steve Waters, Sun Sentinel[/b]

      [b][/b][b]April 5, 2013[/b]

      [b]David Wirth's introduction to spring turkey hunting could not have been more enjoyable. And he didn't even shoot a turkey.[/b]

      [b]Wirth did have a couple of close calls with birds that came in gobbling and strutting and drumming. Had either one of them taken 10 more steps, that bird would have given Wirth an unobstructed shot with his bow and arrow.[/b]

      [b]Instead, perhaps sensing that they were headed for trouble, the gobblers turned and melted into the woods, never to be seen again.[/b]

      [b]As if the heart-pounding excitement of having a gobbling wild turkey coming to you wasn't enough, Wirth also got to see countless white-tailed deer, some of them coming almost close enough for him to touch; a 400-pound Florida black bear, which thankfully showed no interest in us; and two full-grown coyotes, each of whom heard our turkey calls, saw our turkey decoys and began a stalk that ended when the coyotes picked up our scent.[/b]

      [b]"It's almost like a fishing trip where you're targeting one species and you catch 10 other ones," said Wirth, a wildlife artist, of all he experienced during two days of turkey hunting at Green Glades West, an outdoors paradise in Hendry County owned by Commissioner Ron Bergeron of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.[/b]

      [b]Bergeron, of [url=]Weston[/url], who is the FWC's point man on all [url=]Everglades[/url] issues and one of the staunchest defenders of what he calls one of the 10 natural wonders of the world, takes great pride in taking great care of his property.[/b][/size]

      [b]The several thousand acres of cypress strands, oak hammocks, pines and prairies that he owns probably don't look much different from what they looked like several thousand years ago.[/b]

      [b]Besides deer, turkeys, bears and coyotes, his land also is home to Florida panthers, alligators, wild hogs, bobcats and a variety of birds. The reason is the habitat and abundance of food.[/b]

      [b]Wirth, who has hunted from Canada, Hawaii and Argentina to California, Texas and Kansas, had a keen appreciation for Bergeron's efforts.[/b]

      [b]The Tavernier resident hand-carves sculptures of fish, such as wahoo, marlin and dolphin, from pieces of wood that were destined for landfills or fireplaces. Wirth restores the wood's natural beauty and gives it new life.[/b]

      [b]Although Bergeron's land receives little hunting pressure, the wild turkeys are incredibly hard to hunt because they're extremely wary. The reason, as an old turkey hunter once told me, is because everything likes to eat wild turkeys.[/b]

      [b]Raccoons, skunks, snakes and opossums eat turkey eggs. Owls and hawks eat baby turkeys. Coyotes, bobcats and panthers eat turkeys of all sizes.[/b]

      [b]If wild turkeys see a hunter swat a mosquito or hear one cough, they are not sticking around to find out what moved or made the sound. They'll simply start "running like Forrest Gump," Wirth said.[/b]

      [b]"It's not as dumb of a bird as people think," Wirth said. "They're scared smart.[/b]

      [b]"If I was living in the wild, I can only hope to be that stupid."[/b]

      [b]So Wirth was not disappointed about not getting a shot at a turkey and enjoying fried turkey breast fingers for dinner. He appreciated the challenge, as well as all the other sights he got to see.[/b]

      [b]"You're trying to get the most scared, paranoid animal in the woods to come to your front door," Wirth said.[/b]

      [b]And Wirth can't wait to try to do it again.[/b]

    • April 3, 2013 2:09 PM EDT
    • North Dakota’s spring turkey season opens Saturday, April 13 and continues through May 19.

      Hunters are reminded a 2013-14 hunting license is required, as last year’s 2012-13 licenses expired March 31. In addition to the spring turkey license, hunters must have a fishing, hunting and furbearer certificate, and a general game and habitat license. Also, hunters ages 16 and older must possess a small game license, or combination license.

      All spring turkey licenses for 2013 have been issued.

    • March 30, 2013 7:30 AM EDT
    • [size= small; color: #800000]Five good turkey hunting tips[/size]


      [size= small; color: #800000]<span> By <a>[color=#800000]Ed Zieralski[/color]</a>[/size] March 29, 2013</span></span>

      [size= small; color: #800000]JULIAN — For all you challenged turkey hunters out there – you know who you are -- I’m offering myself up as an example of a turkey hunter who made all of the usual mistakes as a beginning turkey slayer.[/size]

      [size= small; color: #800000]I did it all. I shot a gun without ever patterning it (and of course missed the first bird I ever fired at, sorry Charlie Ryan). I moved when turkeys were approaching. I set up looking one way when a bird came in behind me because I didn’t check out the terrain around me. I’ve left a great spot after calling for hours, only to walk into an oncoming bird moving in silent.[/size]

      [size= small; color: #800000]To me, successful turkey hunting can be broken down into five important talents.[/size]

      [size= small; color: #800000]Know your gun. Know the terrain you’re hunting. Hunt where you’ve found sign of turkey. Learn to work all the calls, particularly a mouth call. And finally, and maybe the most important, be patient and sit as still as a rock.[/size]

      [size= small; color: #800000]Let’s start with the gun. I replaced the improved cylinder choke on my old 12-gauge Remington 11-87 with a full turkey choke and am putting more shot in the kill zone, the neck. I also added a TruGlo Gobble-Dot fiber optic sight for better visibility in low light. Experiment with barrel chokes and different ammunition to get the best pattern. Practice at 25-, 30-, 35- and 40 yards to see how your gun patterns. Check the number of holes from the BBs in the kill zone. I like No. 5 shot, but have used No. 4s and No. 6s.[/size]

      [size= small; color: #800000]Checking terrain is a matter of figuring out which route the bird will take on final approach. Look for well-worn grass trails they might travel with deer. Check for turkey scat in the grass, tracks or wing marks from them dancing in the dirt. The spring hunt is about the show, the Big Dance. It’s not about stalking these birds and gunning them down, or worse, popping out of a vehicle or off an ATV and shooting them. If they don’t answer your calls, they win.[/size]

      [size= small; color: #800000]It’s a simplification, but hunt where there are turkeys. If you have access to private property where the birds are known to roost on or around, consider yourself the luckiest hunter in the world. Otherwise, there’s no shortcut to finding birds on public land. I do more of this in Pennsylvania than California. I know you have to hike to get away from other hunters. Try using locator calls like a crow call, owl call or even a shock gobble. Turkeys hate crows and owls and will gobble back at them. Avoid the shock gobble in areas where there might be other hunters. Last thing you need is another hunter hearing a gobble and closing ground on you thinking you’re a big ol’ gobbler.[/size]

      [size= small; color: #800000]Learning to use a call properly is an art. Wooden box calls or pot calls (glass or slate) are the easiest to master. H.S. Hunter’s Specialties has a great Combo Raspy Old Hen that features box, pot and mouth call. Steve Howe of Pure Strut Custom Calls makes a fine slate over glass call.[/size]

      [size= small; color: #800000]To be a true turkey hunter, a member of the Tenth Legion author Tom Kelly writes about, you must master the mouth call. Primos has a great CD that will take you through techniques and sounds to learn it. I put that in my CD player every spring to tune up my calling. When a big gobbler is closing in on you, the only thing you want in your hands is your shotgun.[/size]

      [size= small; color: #800000]Have fun, be safe and ethical and turn a junior hunter on to this great tradition.[/size]

    • March 29, 2013 7:36 AM EDT
    • Gary Clancy: Turkey hunting myths debunked

      When I started turkey hunting back in the '70s, I was told repeatedly that the hens go to the gobbler, not vice versa. That meant that when we hunters used a turkey call to imitate a hen yelping, clucking, cutting or purring, we were trying to convince the gobblers to go against their nature.

      So when we did manage to call one in, we thought we had really done something special.
      Don't get me wrong, anytime you call in a gobbler within range of your bow or shotgun, you have done something. Calling in a bird with the finely tuned senses of a tom turkey is always an accomplishment.

      But this thing about hens always going to the gobbler is simply not true. Sure, at the peak of breeding a big tom can gather up quite a harem just by gobbling aggressively from the roost in the morning. But prior to the peak and again after most of the hens have been bred, gobblers will respond readily to calling.

      Bottom line? Gobblers do go to hens.

      Another persistent myth is that when it comes to shotguns and ammunition for turkey hunting, bigger is always better, and when it comes to chokes for turkeys, only tight, tighter and tightest should even be considered.

      Yes, I bought into that for awhile. Killed more than a few gobblers with 12-gauge magnums stoked with 3½ inch ammo and a handful with 10-gauge shotguns as well. But I've also killed a fair number with 20-gauge shotguns — and not always with 3-inch loads.

      A 20-gauge is lighter to carry, much more fun to shoot and you can kill any gobbler within 40 yards stone cold dead with a plain old full-choke barrel. I think we scare a lot of women and children away from our sport by insisting they shoot the hard-kicking magnums. Some of these hunters will work their way up to the heavy artillery, others will stick with the less-punishing guns and loads. All should be welcome in the turkey woods.

      Then there is the myth that when the gobblers are "all henned-up," as turkey hunters in theSouth are fond of saying, that if you don't kill a gobbler first thing in the morning right off of the roost, you might just as well go trout fishing for the rest of the day.

      It's easy to see how this myth got started. When the hens are anxious to breed, they often roost with the gobbler or just a short distance away. When he starts gobbling on the roost in the morning, the hens that were roosted with him flop straight down to the ground to wait for him, and the ones roosted nearby come racing in. The gobbler simply flies down to begin a long day of breeding. He has no further need to gobble, so most of the time he does not. The woods go quiet and hunters give up. Cafes in small rural towns serve breakfast to a lot of camouflaged hunters by 9 a.m. when the hens are in breeding mode.

      So what's a hunter to do when his precious five days to hunt fall within the prime breeding period? You've got two choices. You can hound the dominant gobbler and his harem of hens, trying your best to get the boss hen mad enough to come looking for you. When she does, she will drag the rest of the girls and lover boy right along with her.

      The other option is to forget about the flock and go off looking for a gobbler with less stature who does not have the ladies in his pocket. These gobblers are out there, but sometimes you would never know it. They won't gobble much, if at all. When they do, it will be a quiet, subdued gobble. The best way for you to get their attention is to do some quiet, subdued yelping and then sit tight.

      These subordinate gobblers are not going to come rushing right in. They know where that can get them. But if you can sit tight for up to an hour, not using your call more than every 20 minutes. There is a good chance that one of these two-year-old gobblers will come tip-toeing in.

      And then there is the myth that the only way to take a turkey with bow is to set up a pop-up blind, put a few decoys out around the blind and sit back and wait for some turkeys to show up. This is without doubt the most consistently successful way of taking a turkey with archery gear, but it is not the only method. An increasing number of bowhunters, most of whom have taken several gobblers from pop-up blinds, are now hunting on foot and going to the turkeys. I guess instead of "running-and-gunning" you might call it "running-and-flinging." Whatever you want to call it, I can vouch for just how exciting this free-wheeling style of bowhunting turkeys can be, having taken a couple of gobblers outside of the blind myself.

      So don't believe everything you read and hear when it comes to turkey hunting, because what passes for gospel today, might just be the next big myth.

    • March 28, 2013 11:35 AM EDT
    • Nebraska’s wild turkey population is expanding

      [url=]By Rick Windham[/url]

      Nebraska’s spring archery season began this week. For turkey hunters in the Cornhusker State, these are the “Good Ol’ Days”. It is unlikely that there have ever been as many turkeys in Nebraska as there are today.

      The reintroduction and growth of Nebraska’s turkey population is a true game management success story. Some people may argue that turkeys may be too successful. There are areas in the state that are almost overrun with these birds.

      Wild turkeys can now be found in every state, but Alaska. Statistically, turkeys are found in more square miles of habitat than any other game bird in North American.

      The wild turkey was native to Nebraska. As far back as 1804, Lewis and Clark reported seeing wild turkeys along the Missouri River in present day Nebraska, Missouri, Iowa and South Dakota. The eastern wild turkey subspecies is known to have been native to Nebraska. Some biologists believe that the Rio Grande subspecies may have also been native to Nebraska, particularly the central and western parts of the state. There is evidence that the Rio Grande subspecies had a range that extended north into the south-central plains, at least as far north as Kansas.

      There are no good estimates on how many turkeys were in Nebraska when the first explorers and pioneers moved westward, certainly not as many as there are today. Today’s farming and land management practices create habitat for species like turkeys and whitetail deer. This is one of the reasons both species are growing and expanding.

      As soon as pioneers moved into Nebraska they hunted turkeys for the table. By 1915, turkeys had all but been wiped out in Nebraska. An attempt was made to stock turkeys along the Missouri in 1931, but the project was abandoned because birds to be used in the re-stocking were too hard and too expensive to catch.

      The next attempt to reintroduce turkeys into Nebraska came in 1959. A total of 28 Merriam turkeys were released in the Pine Ridge. These birds had been trapped in South Dakota and Wyoming. Merriam's were not native to Nebraska, but the experiment worked.

      In fact, the results were so good that the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission began work on another release project and released 518 live-trapped Rio Grande turkeys into river bottom habitats in central and south-central Nebraska in 1961 and 1962. Four years later, an estimated 3,000 birds were in the state.

      That was probably the last really accurate count on turkeys in the state. In the last 20 years the populations has exploded. Ask a biologist today how many turkeys there are in Nebraska and they will shrug their shoulders and give you an answer like, “A lot!”

      The spring turkey hunting season is underway. The archery season began Monday. Shotgunners will be able to get into the field April 13. A “youth only” shotgun season begins a week earlier on April 6.


      With the turkey hunting season here, a reader asked if I had a quick and easy recipe for wild turkey. Here is one of my favorites. I call it Wild Turkey Salad, but there’s no whiskey involved in this recipe.

      Since we just finish the spring turkey season, many hunters may be looking for a new recipe. This follows my cooking philosophy of, Quick, Simple, Easy and Good. Here’s what you need to do:


      1 Wild turkey

      1 Large sweet onion

      1 Bottle of Miracle Whip dressing

      1 Small bottle (about 12 ounces) of sweet pickle relish

      1 Small bottle (about 12 ounces) of yellow mustard


      · Roast and remove all the meat from the turkey carcass

      · Slice, dice, chop the turkey into ¼ inch pieces, or less

      · For every pound of turkey meat, mix in one cup of Miracle Whip, one cup of relish and one tablespoon of mustard

      · Slice, dice, chop the onion (one onion will work for about two pounds of turkey salad)

      · Salt and pepper to taste

      · Mix thoroughly

      Serve on bread for a quick on-the-go sandwich or crackers for a great tasting snack.

      Have a great week outdoors!


    • March 28, 2013 10:09 AM EDT
    • For The Leaf-Chronicle 

      OUTDOORS COL: Youth turkey hunt harvest lower than expected

      [b]CLARKSVILLE, TENN.[/b] — The spring turkey season kicked off this past weekend with a statewide youth hunt and the young hunters checked in 1,130 birds according to harvest data provided by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.

      The youth hunt was a good one, but it was the lowest harvest in the past four years and much lower than the 2012 youth hunt when 1,780 turkeys were tagged.

      The current harvest included 822 mature gobblers, 292 juvenile gobblers and 16 bearded hens.

      Maury County was the top county for the young hunters with 63 turkeys checked in; followed by Greene County (45), Dickson County (41), Giles County (36), Hardin County (34), Hickman County (28), Sumner County (28), Wayne County (23), Weakley County (23), and Cheatham County (23).

      Montgomery County had 20 turkeys checked in, including 14 mature gobblers and 6 juvenile gobblers.

      Other local counties included Stewart County (18), Houston County (16) and Robertson County (17).

      Cheatham Wildlife Management Area was the top WMA in the state for the young hunters with 4 turkeys tagged; followed by North Cherokee WMA (3), Williamsport WMA (3), South Cherokee WMA (2), and Yanahli WMA.

      The cool weather was probably the biggest factor in the lower than expected turkey harvest during the youth hunt, but conditions are looking better for the opening of the regular turkey season this weekend.

      Last year, hunters tagged 8,518 turkeys on the opening weekend of the regular season and that tally could be topped this year. Cloudy conditions are forecast for Saturday and a possibility of showers for Sunday. Temperatures are expected to range from the low 40s to the mid-60s.

      If turkey hunting is not on your agenda, try fishing at Barkley and Kentucky Lakes. The southern portions of the Twin Lakes are 5-8 degrees warmer than the northern portions and the difference has turned the fish on.

      The word on the bass fishing is “fish the grass.” Bass are cruising the edges of the emerging grass beds and tournament anglers have been catching five-bass limits averaging more than 5-pounds per fish, with some stringers including bass over 8-pounds.

      Alabama-type rigs, Rat-L-Traps, suspending jerkbaits and shallow running crankbaits have all been successful lures.

      The crappie action has also been hot with fish beginning to move into their shallow water spawning areas. The winning team at the recent Crappie USA tournament at the Twin Lakes was fishing in the Big Sandy area where they caught a 7-crappie limit weighing 14.94-pounds, including the big crappie of the tournament weighed in at 2.63-pounds. They were long line trolling lures over suspended crappie at midrange depths.


    • March 27, 2013 10:46 PM EDT
    • The 2013 spring wild turkey lottery has been held and hopeful hunters can check individual results by accessing the North Dakota Game and Fish Department website at

      More than 300 licenses remain in eight units. The governor’s proclamation allows a maximum of two licenses, and hunters who did not apply in the first drawing are also eligible.

      Licenses remain in unit 03, Benson and Ramsey counties and a portion of Pierce County; unit 06, Bowman County; unit 19, Grant and Sioux counties and portions of Morton County; unit 31, Mountrail County; unit 45, Stark County; unit 47, Eddy, Foster, Kidder, Sheridan, Stutsman and Wells counties; unit 51, Burke County and portions of Renville, Bottineau and Ward counties; and unit 99, Mercer and Oliver counties.

      Licenses are issued on a first-come, first-served basis beginning March 13. Applicants can apply online, or print an application to mail at the Game and Fish website. In addition, applications can be requested by calling (701) 328-6300. Only North Dakota residents are eligible to apply.

      The spring turkey season opens April 13 and continues through May 19.

    • August 30, 2011 6:23 PM EDT
    • DEADLY CALLS is near the final production stages of what will be about the most versatile high end turkey box calls to hit the market. We have no doubt that every seriouse turkey hunter that strives for nothing but the best hunting equipment will strive to own a variety of these calls. We are pushing to have them on the market for this fall turkey season. It will be our model 911 series for wich we have the most personal heart felt dedication. God Bless America