Turkey Calls: Fact & Friction: Part 1

Hunter in woods using turkey box call

The woods were so quiet it was scary until the owl woke up every sleeping creature, including me. I moved into this spot very slowly, very quietly and very early. I wanted to be set-up a full hour before light. This was no ordinary gobbler I was after. He was old and he was big. I was going to handle this hunt very carefully!

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Get Sighted In For Hunting Season

Rifle on Scope with Bench and Shooting Glasses

The hunter leveled his .30-06 and put the crosshairs on the buck’s massive chest. He was confident in the 80-yard shot because last deer season he had taken a deer at this range with no problem. As he recovered from the recoil of his shot, he saw the buck whirl, untouched, and leave the field. No blood, no hair, no buck, it was a clean miss! Learn how to avoid missing this hunting season.

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Muddy Bird

Under some very difficult conditions this huge NE Missouri gobbler ended-up in the fryer instead of on a limb. (Photo by Bob Cowman)

If you hunt spring gobblers long enough you will certainly face bad weather at some point. I have spent many April dawns huddled under a cedar tree or hopefully in a blind. Some of these mornings ended in success. Many others just ended with a towel.

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Hunting Turkeys: Cursed By Bad Weather Again!

In 2012, on opening day of the Missouri spring gobbler season I experienced one of the toughest weather days of turkey hunting I had ever seen. It had rained for three-straight days and the winds were gusting more than 40 miles per hour. And it wasn’t much better in 2013!

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Turkey Hunting: Playing The Box Call

My favorite turkey call, by far, is the box call. I have had lots of professional experience calling turkeys. For over 25 years I served on the Pro
Staff for Lohman Game Calls. My box call is like an extension of my own hands. Here’s how to best use it in the woods.

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