The Turkey Hunter Podcast with Andy Gagliano | Turkey Hunting Tips, Strategies, and Stories

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Quick and Effective Turkey Hunting Tips for More Successful Turkey Hunts

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337 - A Deafeningly Silent Minnesota Turkey Hunt
01:10:21

A Deafeningly Silent Minnesota Turkey Hunt

This week, Cameron and I share my 2020 Minnesota turkey hunt with you.

Chip, Yankee John, and I hunted there in the spring of 2020 to try to get those 2 guys each a bird in the state.

When you stumble across a public land bird that wants to play ball, that is usually all it takes to make a trip like that an amazing one. Chip and I found one this particular morning. He gobbled hard. He gobbled a lot. He was lonely, and he loved a southern accent.

There was just one problem with this hunt. One big problem.

Listen in and enjoy this week's great episode.

Apr 15, 2021
336 - Our Hearing and Our Enjoyment and Success While Turkey Hunting with Bill Dickinson
01:19:11

Hearing Them Helps with Killing Them with Bill Dickinson

This week, Cameron and I have Bill Dickinson with Tetra Hearing on the show with us to talk about Tetra's push to educate us on hearing loss and how we can help to protect our hearing so that it will last for years to come.

In this interview Bill discusses the correlation between hearing loss and dementia and Alzheimer's. We also discuss how hearing loss has been left out of the overall health awareness initiative that has been pushed for the past several decades.

We talk about how Tetra's products can help those of us with hearing loss to hear turkeys better while we are hunting. And, how Tetra can help us to prevent further hearing loss while we are hunting.

Listen in!

Apr 08, 2021
335 - Ballad of a Young Turkey Hunting Book Author with Hunter Farrior
01:18:28

Ballad of a Young Turkey Hunting Book Author with Hunter Farrior

This week, Cameron and I have the author of a new turkey hunting book on the show with us. Hunter Farrior wrote the book entitled Ballad of a Turkey Hunter while he was sick with COVID around Christmas this past year.

Hunter shares a few stories from his book with us, and we just talk turkeys, in general. 

Despite being written in a short amount of time, the book is very well written, and it is one you will want to add to your bookshelf.

Listen in and pick up your copy of Hunter's new book.

Apr 01, 2021
334 - Early Season Tactics with Eddie Salter
51:51

Early Season Tactics with Eddie Salter

Eddie Salter joins me and Cameron this week to discuss some early season turkey hunting tactics.

Early season can be a difficult time to be in the turkey hunting woods for all of us. Dealing with henned up toms can present us with many mornings and entire days with very little gobbling. Toms that don't gobble can be hard to locate and hunt.

Listen in to get some great advice and tips from The Turkey Man himself!

Mar 25, 2021
333 - Great Stories, Positive Attitudes, and Box Calls with Tim Murdock
01:21:06

Great Stories, Positive Attitudes, and Box Calls with Tim Murdock

This week, Tim Murdock from West Virginia joins Cameron and me on the show to share his story along with a few turkey hunting stories as well.

Tim turkey hunted for many years before completely losing his eyesight after having 2 different and rare eye diseases. Tim thought his days of turkey hunting were over until some fellow turkey hunters devoted time and resources to helping Tim to not only get back into turkey hunting, but actually kill a couple more turkeys.

Listen in to Tim's inspirational story, a couple of awesome turkey hunting stories, and then his amazing box calling tips that he shares with us at the end of the interview.

This is sure to be one of your favorite episodes. I know it is definitely one of mine!

 

Mar 18, 2021
332 - Social Media and Turkey Hunting with The Bayside Legion
01:10:20

Social Media and Turkey Hunting with The Bayside Legion

Bonce Stanley and Derek Anderson with The Bayside Legion join Cameron and me this week to talk about turkey hunting and social media. We talk about the good, the bad, and the ugly of turkey hunting and us turkey hunters that comes out from us on social media.

We also get to hear a little about The Bayside Legion and Bonce and Derek share how to find more of their videos so we can follow along with their hunts.

Listen in to this week's episode and then catch Bonce and Derek whacking some turkeys in their videos on YouTube and Instagram.

Mar 11, 2021
331 - A Utah Turkey Hunt
01:27:42

A Utah Turkey Hunt

This week Cameron and I have a long episode for you. 

First we share some of the experiences of our Utah turkey hunt and our thoughts about our harvests. This was a fun trip where we both learned a great deal about winter hunts and got to see some amazingly beautiful countryside and meet more great people.

We also get to introduce our new sponsor to you guys. Cullen Lord with Real Cajun Market joins Cameron and me to tell us a little about his company, how he got into cooking and sausage making, his products, and how we can order some of his delicious sausages. Cullen makes some great smoked sausages with some very unique flavor combinations that you will definitely not find in your local supermarket and will definitely love.

Real Cajun Market orders can be made by calling them at 678-471-1150. Call them today and order some of their sausages to be shipped directly to your door.

Mar 04, 2021
330 - Turkeys for Tomorrow with Ron Jolly
01:12:26

Turkeys for Tomorrow with Ron Jolly

This week, Cameron and I interview author, videographer, turkey hunting addict, and all around nice guy, Ron Jolly.

Ron joins us to tell us more about the new nonprofit that he and several others started called Turkeys for Tomorrow. Ron tells us how the idea for this new nonprofit came about as well as what their mission is. 

Turkeys for Tomorrow is a much different organization than other nonprofits dedicated to the wild turkey, and Ron shares some of those differences with us in this week's show.

Listen in as our friend, Ron Jolly, tells us more about how we can have more turkeys for tomorrow.

 

Feb 25, 2021
329 - Talking Turkey with Dave Owens
01:22:46

Talking Turkey with Dave Owens

This week, Cameron and I are joined by Dave Owens with The Pinhoti Project. 

We talk about everything turkey related from trapping to setting bag limits to setting season dates. And, we get a little insight into what Dave's 2021 spring turkey season looks like. 

This is a great episode, and I know that you guys will enjoy this one. 

Listen in!

Feb 18, 2021
328 - A Minnesota Turkey Hunt
01:16:11

A Minnesota Turkey Hunt

This week, Cameron shares his awesome Minnesota turkey hunt with us from the spring of 2020. This was a bit of an impulse trip for Cameron as he could not stand me sending him pictures of dead turkeys from my trip to the midwest with Yankee John and Chip. After getting several of those pictures, he decided he needed to load up and make the short 11 hour drive to Minnesota to chase some hard gobbling Easterns.

I think he is pretty glad he made that decision.

Listen in to this great episode with Cameron's hunt audio and story of his Minnesota wild turkey.

Feb 11, 2021
327 - Talking Turkey with Kenny Mount aka Chubbs
01:34:02

Talking Turkey with Kenny Mount aka Chubbs

Kenny Mount joins Cameron and me on this week's episode where I think we talked about everything turkey and turkey hunting related that one person can think of.

This is a great episode with lots of different topics covered and a few laughs mixed in as well. Listen in and enjoy the show!

Feb 04, 2021
326 - 2021 NWTF Convention and Sport Show Preview with Pete Muller
01:04:25

2021 NWTF Convention and Sport Show Preview with Pete Muller

Pete Muller with the NWTF joins Cameron and me this week to discuss the 2021 NWTF Convention and Sport Show to be held online this year.

Normally the sport show is held at the Opryland Resort in Nashville TN each year, but this year the show will be held virtually due to COVID. This is something new that the NWTF is trying out and hopefully this will go well for them.

Pete shares with us some information as to how this year's show will work and who some of the special guests are. Listen in and hear about the revamped convention and sport show. And then, get online for the virtual show this year.

 

Jan 28, 2021
325 - 2021 Unicoi Custom Turkey Call Makers Show Recap
01:38:27

2021 Unicoi Custom Turkey Call Maker's Show Recap

Cameron and I start this week's episode with a huge announcement for all of you listeners. So, be sure to listen closely to the entire episode.

After the announcement, I recap the 2021 Unicoi Custom Turkey Call Maker's Show in Helen, GA. This show features many of the top custom turkey call makers in the US. Even in a year with a worldwide pandemic, this year's show was no exception. 

From great sounding and very affordable calls to great sounding show pieces that should be displayed on the mantle or in a case, this show has turkey calls for all budgets and tastes. In addition to that, you are bound to meet some unforgettable characters, story tellers, and great hunters as well. This is a show every turkey hunter needs to attend at some point.

This week, I have interviews with Billy McAllister with Natural Addiction Custom Calls from Georgia. Billy is a very talented up and comer in the call making industry, and he makes a little bit of everything in regards to turkey calls. Billy can be reached at 912-547-1794 and he has a Facebook page where you can see and hear some of his calls at https://www.facebook.com/macdaddycustomcalls.

I also interview Shawn Irish who is a turkey call collector, and he and I discuss some of the collectible calls he has and how someone who is interested in getting into call collecting can learn more information and get started. Shawn can be reached at aawildlifesirish@yahoo.com if you want to learn more or get his opinion on the value of an old call.

Last, but not least, I interviewed Brian Lawter with Deadly Attraction Game Calls about custom crow calls. Brian is a phenomenal call maker who makes not only crow calls, but also deer calls, and turkey calls. In this interview we talk about some of the advantages of owning a custom call, and we get to hear him run his crow call. Brian can be reached at 828-980-1226 if you want to pick up one of the awesome calls that Brian makes. He also has a website at http://deadlyattractiongamecalls.com/.

Listen in to this week's show, and learn a little bit more about some of these call makers and collectors as well as the annual Unicoi Custom Turkey Call Maker's Show.

 

Billy McAllister - Natural Addiction Custom Calls - 912-547-1794

Shawn Irish - Call Collector - aawildlifesirish@yahoo.com

Brian Lawter - Deadly Attraction Calls - 828-980-1226

 

Jan 21, 2021
324 - The Ocellated Turkey with Tony Caggiano
01:15:53

The Ocellated Turkey with Tony Caggiano

The Ocellated turkey which calls the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico its home is the topic of our show this week. Cameron and I have Tony Caggiano with World Slam Adventures on the show with us to discuss this beautiful trophy and very exciting hunting trip.

These birds have spurs in excess of 1.5", and many of them have 2" spurs. They are beautifully colored, and live in some of the thickest jungle you can imagine. This trip is one that you will never forget, and definitely one that is on my bucket list. 

Listen in as Tony shares his experiences with hunting the Ocellated turkeys and how you can go to Mexico to hunt this amazing turkey yourself.

Jan 14, 2021
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Cameron

Jan 08, 2021
323P - Save the Poults with Jay Hembree
01:06:04

Save the Poults

This week, Jay Hembree joins Cameron and me for a great interview. Jay started Panola Brand a couple of years ago where he films his own turkey hunts and chronicles the stories of his turkey hunts with his video camera.

We are talking with Jay about his trapping efforts on his property in order to reduce nest predators and #SaveThePoults and  his quest for his super slam.

This is a great episode, and Cameron and I are sure you are going to enjoy it. Listen in!

Jan 07, 2021
322P - The First Ever Listener Spotlight Episode with Brent Rogers
01:08:22

The First Ever Listener Spotlight Episode

We have our first ever listener spotlight episode for you guys this week, and it is a good one. Brent Rogers from Iowa joins Cameron and me this week to talk about his vast book, turkey caller, media collections.

Brent has spent a great deal of time, money, and effort immersing himself in the sport of turkey hunting. He is just as passionate about collecting turkey hunting memorabilia as he is about turkey hunting.

Listen in as Cameron and I chat with Brent.

Dec 31, 2020
321P - More Wild Turkey Research Talk with Mike Chamberlain
58:49

More Wild Turkey Research Talk with Mike Chamberlain

Mike Chamberlain with the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Georgia joins Cameron and me on this week's show.

Mike is always a great interview for all of you wild turkey fans. This week we talk about wild turkey trapping, brood surveys, COVID-19, predators, and some of the research projects Dr Chamberlain has going on currently.

You are guaranteed to learn a few things any time Mike is on the show. Listen in!

Dec 24, 2020
320P - Some Christmas Turkey Soup
42:59

Some Christmas Turkey Soup

This week, Cameron and I have some delicious turkey soup for you guys. 

We discuss turkey news from West Virginia, New Hampshire, and Ohio. In addition to our state turkey news, we have a story of the only known case of death by wild turkey and the story of a homeless man who wrung the neck of the town wild turkey.

This is a very entertaining episode, so listen in!

Dec 17, 2020
319P - A Hard Gobbling Tennessee Swamp Gobbler
57:18

A Hard Gobbling Tennessee Swamp Gobbler

Cameron shares the story and audio from an awesome hunt with 2 of his brothers on their family land in Tennessee this past spring. 

This bird gobbled a bunch and did what we all want every wild turkey gobbler to do when we get the opportunity to get in the turkey woods.

Listen in and enjoy this week's episode and this hunt!

Dec 10, 2020
318P - A Turkey Hunter's Christmas Wish List
48:38

A Turkey Hunter's Christmas Wish List

This week, Cameron and I share our top 5 wish list items for Christmas along with a stocking stuffer item in hopes that Santa is listening to the show.

We talk guns, books, clothing, transportation, trail cameras, decoys, and more.

Listen in and maybe get a few ideas for what you may want to ask Santa for or even forward this episode to your spouse to pass along some gift ideas.

Dec 03, 2020
317P - Turkey Taxidermy with Tanner Burns
01:01:28

Turkey Taxidermy with Tanner Burns

In this week's episode, Tanner Burns with Full Draw Taxidermy joins Cameron and me to talk about his quest for the Super Slam and wild turkey taxidermy.

Tanner has been working on his Super Slam for about 10 years now, and he's very near completing it. His hope is to complete it in the spring of 2021.

Tanner also has a taxidermy business, and he has been mounting wild turkeys for about 7 years now. He shares some taxidermy stories with us, and he also shares some tips about wild turkey taxidermy and how to make sure we get a good mount from our taxidermists.

This is a great episode that Cameron and I are sure you will enjoy. Listen in!

Nov 26, 2020
316P - Talking Turkey with Doc Weddle
01:01:52

Talking Turkey with Doc Weddle

This week, Cameron and I have the Seinfeld episode for you. You know, the show about nothing??

Actually, this week's show is far from being about nothing. We have Doc Weddle on the show this week, and we are talking about anything and everything wild turkey related.

I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know more about Doc, and I always enjoy talking turkey. So this week's show is a winner!

Listen in!

Nov 19, 2020
315P - Late Winter Turkey Hunting with Rob Keck
01:20:11

Late Winter Turkey Hunting with Rob Keck

Rob Keck with Bass Pro joins Cameron and me this week to talk about late winter turkey hunting. 

Rob has hunted killed turkeys in New Zealand, Mexico, Guatemala, Canada, and every state in the US (minus Alaska), and he says the experience of late winter turkey hunting is unmatched.

Imagine flocks of 50 - 100 toms coming in to fighting purrs and strutter decoys and beating your jake decoy into the ground. That is what Rob describes in this show when he is talking about late winter hunts. 

Listen in and get your blood pumping for some turkey hunting.

Nov 12, 2020
314P - Mark Prudhomme Seminar 2020 Unicoi Custom Turkey Call Makers Show
01:21:53

Mark Prudhomme Seminar 2020 Unicoi Custom Turkey Call Makers Show

This week, Cameron and I share Mark Prudhomme's seminar from the 2020 Unicoi Custom Turkey Call Makers Show.

Mark is a great call maker, hunter, and story teller. This is a great seminar that will get any turkey hunter fired up and ready to go into the turkey woods.

Listen in!

Nov 05, 2020
313P - 2021 Unicoi Custom Turkey Call Makers Show Preview
45:53

2021 Unicoi Turkey Call Makers Show Preview

Cameron and I are talking with Mark Sharpe about the 2021 Unicoi Turkey Call Makers Show this week. The call makers show will be held once again at Unicoi State Park in Helen, GA on January 8th and 9th, 2021.

This is a show that I am especially excited about since the 2021 NWTF Convention and Sport Show is taking place virtually instead of live at the Opryland Hotel.

The Unicoi Custom Call Makers Show is always a great time with extremely talented call makers and great turkey hunters as well. Listen in to learn more about next year's show, and then get your plans made to attend. I know you won't be disappointed.

Oct 29, 2020
312P - A Fall Gobbler Turkey Hunt
54:47

Join us this week as we recap a recent fall turkey hunt that Cameron enjoyed this past weekend. In this episode you will get to hear some short clips of Autumn turkeys singing their song as well as the story behind this incredible hunt. You will also be entertained with the story of a life or death situation involving Cameron vs. Snoopy & Clifford. We go into the details of the hunt and recap what made this hunt successful in the fall woods. At the end of the episode, Cameron also shares an interesting and debatable fact that he read regarding wild turkeys. LISTEN IN!

Oct 22, 2020
311P - Don't Miss This Episode
01:06:23

Don't Miss This Episode

In this week's episode, Cameron shares several turkey hunts with us with shots fired in them. The problem is that none of the shots connected with their intended target.

After each hunt, we talk a little about why the misses happened, and what could have been done to prevent the hunters in these hunts from having poked out lips and unfilled turkey tags.

This is a fun episode, and an episode that I think we can all learn or re-learn something from. So, this is definitely an episode you don't want to miss.

Listen in!

Oct 15, 2020
310P - Halloween Turkey Soup with a Dash of Fall Turkey Hunting Stories
58:06

Halloween Turkey Soup with a Dash of Fall Turkey Hunting Stories

This week, Cameron shares his fall turkey hunting stories from this past weekend in Missouri with us. This trip resulted in the demise of 2 public land wild turkeys with one story including a unique flock busting technique.

After hearing Cameron's turkey hunting stories, we get into some turkey soup. We talk about Connecticut, Maryland, Missouri, and a story about some poachers that will make your jaw drop.

Listen in!

Oct 08, 2020
309P - Talking Merriams with Donald Devereaux Jarrett
01:17:55

Talking Merriam's with Donald Devereaux Jarrett

This week, Donald Devereaux Jarrett (DJ) joins Cameron and me for an interview about Merriam's wild turkeys.

DJ is the author of Compositions of a Sickness, and he also writes articles for Georgia Outdoor News and Alabama Outdoor News.

Though he lives in central Georgia and primarily hunts Eastern wild turkeys, DJ spent several years guiding hunters for Merriam's turkeys in South Dakota. DJ has been with hundreds of hunters while they were chasing Merriam's. And that is exactly what we are talking about with him today.

We also discuss where someone can get a copy of his book, and we share a few stories as well.

This episode is a great one, and you won't want to miss out. So, listen now!

Oct 01, 2020
308P - Fall Turkey Hunting with Ray Eye
01:01:39

Fall Turkey Hunting with Ray Eye

This week, Cameron and I share the interview we did with Ray Eye about fall turkey hunting. 

Ray is a veteran in the world of turkey hunting, and his true passion is fall turkey hunting - more specifically fall turkey hunting for gobblers. Ray has given hundreds of seminars around the country, released multiple videos, and has written several books about fall turkey hunting.

We are fortunate enough to have the great entertainer and educator, Ray Eye, on the show with us today. This is one you do not want to miss. So, do yourself a favor, and tune in!

Sep 24, 2020
307P - A West Virginia Turkey Hunt
01:42:20

A West Virginia Turkey Hunt

This week Cameron shares the story and audio of his hunt in West Virginia from the spring 2020 turkey season.

This is a very exciting hunt with lots of gobbling from a few toms surrounded by a big flock of very vocal hens. The audio of this hunt is really good, and it is interesting as well because for some strange reason, Cameron left his recorder and microphone behind with his turkey vest while he made a move on the toms. So, we get to hear his calling and the toms gobbling from a distance. It is as if we were in the woods with Cameron letting him move ahead to low crawl on the turkeys.

There is a great story to go along with this hunt as Cameron shares what happened after the shot.

Listen in to this hunt and enjoy!

Sep 17, 2020
306P - Connecting Women to Hunting Seminar from 2020 NWTF Convention
01:25:00

Connecting Women to Hunting Seminar from 2020 NWTF Convention

This week, Cameron and I share the Connecting Women to Hunting seminar from the NWTF convention this past February in Nashville.

Although there is not much talk about turkey hunting specifically in this seminar. This was an extremely interesting seminar - really, it was a round table discussion - about how to introduce women to the sport of hunting and some of the ways that we can keep them interested.

I learned a great deal during this seminar, and not just about women's perspectives on hunting, but also non-hunters' perspectives of the sport. There was discussion about why so many women are interested in the sport, and the best ways to keep them interested.

Listen in!

Sep 10, 2020
304P - Final 2020 Tennessee Turkey Tag
59:26

Final 2020 Tennessee Turkey Tag

This week, Cameron and I play Cameron's the hunt where he fills his 4th and final tag in Tennessee for the 2020 wild turkey hunting season.

This hunt takes Cameron back to the time when he killed his first turkey because that hunt also took place in a swamp in Tennessee. Listen in as Cameron relives this hunt where he kills a monster of a boss tom and takes us along with him. 

Aug 27, 2020
303P - Spring 2021 Turkey Hunt Planning
56:05

Spring 2021 Turkey Hunt Planning

This week Cameron and I talk fairly in depth about our plans for our spring 2021 out of state turkey hunts.

We talk about several of the states that we plan on hunting in this coming spring and a little about how we picked those states. I have plans to hunt at least 5 states that I haven't killed in, and Cameron has plans to hunt 8 - 10 states that he has not killed in yet.

Half of the fun of these trips is planning the hunts, and we dive into that aspect of the hunt this week. Listen in!

Aug 20, 2020
302P - Exercise and Turkey Hunting with Lindsay Persico
01:37:59

Exercise and Turkey Hunting with Lindsay Persico

This week Cameron and I have exercise and fitness guru Lindsay Persico on the show to talk about how exercise can help us to become better turkey hunters.

We talk about how easily this can be done today without going to a gym and how to best start an exercise routine even if we have not exercised in years. We also discuss what Lindsay's exercise routine looks like and how she manages to get her cardio in. Lindsay helps us build our routine by offering some exercises we can do to get in shape.

After the great interview with Lindsay, Cameron and I talk a little bit about our own workout routines and cardio exercises to get ourselves in tip top shape for chasing turkeys around the country.

Listen in!

Aug 13, 2020
301P - A Fan of Alabama Turkey Hunt
01:31:36

A Fan of Alabama Turkey Hunt

This week, Cameron and I share the story and audio of my second kill in Alabama.

This was a hunt in late April where I fanned in a very long spurred wild turkey on my own property. I've been trying to kill a turkey on that property for the past 3 years or so, and I've come so close but just never could get the goal marked off of my list.

This season, I made it happen while challenging what probably was one of the boss toms in the area. 

Listen in to the hunt this week and also to a little extra commentary after we play the hunt.

Aug 06, 2020
300P - How Not to Kill More Turkeys with the Primos Gang
01:25:27

How Not to Kill More Turkeys with the Primos Gang

This week, Cameron and I share the Primos seminar from the 2020 NWTF Convention and Sport Show. The seminar is entitled How Not to Kill More Turkeys.

As usual, Primos puts on a great seminar that is entertaining and informative. Whatever it is the guys at Primos do, you can consider it to be done well. This seminar is no different. Why they even show a video during the seminar of how to kill a turkey without ever firing a shot. It is truly amazing!

Listen in!

Jul 30, 2020
299P - This Budz For You
52:57

This Budz For You

This week Cameron and I share an interview with Jeff Budz, with Tag It Worldwide and TSS shotgun shells.

Jeff is somewhat of a regular on the show and a wealth of knowledge as well. We catch up with him while he is on vacation in the vehicle heading north to see his family, and we get him to fill us in on how his season went. We also talk to him about the new shotgun shell manufacturing company that he and a couple of others have started called TSS, which stands for The Super Slam.

Listen in as Jeff shares some turkey hunting knowledge with us this week.

Jul 23, 2020
298P - A Steaming Hot Bowl of Summertime Turkey Soup
01:07:40

A Steaming Hot Bowl of Summertime Turkey Soup

This week, Cameron and I finally prepare some turkey soup for you guys. 

Our last turkey soup episode was quite some time ago, and a lot has happened in the world of turkey hunting since then, ie - high COVID wild turkey murder rates, etc.

Listen in this week as Cameron and I talk about numerous topics related to turkey hunting while we cover the news from states like Indiana, New York, Wisconsin, Ohio, Maryland, Maine, Arkansas, and even from our friends north of the border in Canada.

We have a lot of fun in this episode, and I think you will too.

Jul 16, 2020
297P - Mentored Hunts with Travis Sumner
01:07:12

Mentored Hunts with Travis Sumner

This week, Cameron and I have the interview that I conducted with Travis Sumner with the NWTF about mentored hunts.

Travis and I talk about how to put on a mentored hunt, how to find land to hunt, how to find mentors and mentees, how to find gear, which types of hunts make better mentored hunts, and a handful of other topics.

Mentored hunts are a great opportunity for those of us experienced hunters to pass along our heritage and past time to others who may enjoy the sport more than we do.

Listen in!

Jul 09, 2020
296P - An Alabama Opening Day Screw Up
01:06:16

An Alabama Opening Day Screw Up

This week, Cameron and Andy share a turkey hunt from opening day of Alabama's 2020 turkey season. We believe there is just as much to learn, if not more, from a hunt gone wrong as there is from a successful hunt. Today, we have one gone wrong for you.

In this hunt, Andy is joined by his friend, Todd, and Todd's son, Pow. They visit Andy's hunting club in central Alabama, and find a lonely tom a couple of hours after daylight.

Listen in to this week's hunt to hear about their setup and what went wrong during the hunt.

Jul 02, 2020
295P - More OnX Maps with Jared Larsen
42:58

More OnX Maps with Jared Larsen

This week, Cameron and I bring you the interview that I did at the NWTF Convention and Sport Show in Nashville with Jared Larsen with OnX Maps.

OnX is continuing to revolutionize the mobile mapping world with their app, and Jared gives us a little bit more of a deep dive into some of the ways that we can use OnX to help us find new places to hunt and hunt those places more effectively and efficiently.

Listen in!

Jun 25, 2020
293P - Talking Turkey with Preston Pittman
01:07:29

Talking Turkey with Preston Pittman

This week, Cameron and I have Preston Pittman on the show to pick the winner of the first ever The Turkey Hunter Podcast Natural Voice Owl Hooting Contest. And, of course, after a winner was picked a conversation broke out between 3 die hard turkey hunters. 

Listen in as we discuss owl hooting, turkey calling, turkey callers, TSS shot, turkey hunting with sub gauges, and some old school turkey hunters. Oh yeah, and we share a few laughs along the way as well.

Jun 18, 2020
292P - Government and Wild Turkeys with Joel Pedersen
58:54

Government and Wild Turkeys

There are many different variables that go into whether or not you have a successful season in the woods hunting wild turkeys. Weather, calling skills, woodsmanship, proper setup, knowing when to move and when to sit still are all important factors in determining our success. But, how often do you think about the fact that if we didn't have wild turkeys your turkey hunting season would be a big failure?

Our federal government as well as our state governments are very involved in managing our wild turkey habitat and the populations of turkeys across the country. There really is a lot of time, energy, and money that goes into managing the habitat and population, but did you know that there is also a lot of time, energy, and money that goes into lobbying our elected federal officials to make sure that they understand how important wild turkeys are to our federal lands and those of us who hunt them?

This week, Cameron and I have Joel Pedersen who is the Director of Government Affairs with the NWTF on the show with us to talk about some of the finer points of working with government officials in order to promote the policies that help to promote our wild turkey populations.

Listen in this week to hear all about government and wild turkeys.

Jun 11, 2020
291P - 2020 Turkey Season Recap
01:14:37

2020 Turkey Season Recap

In this week's episode, you can listen to the crying, wailing, and gnashing of teeth about the 2020 spring turkey hunting season ending across the country. After that, we recap our seasons for you and give you a little taste of what is to come in the next few months as we will be sharing a good many of those hunts with you to take you through the off-season.

Listen in this week as Cameron and I take you back on the journey through our spring 2020 turkey hunting season with the highs, lows, great memories, and interesting people we met along the way.

Jun 04, 2020
291P - A Texas Rio Bites The Dust
33:01

Lets take a break from all the Eastern Wild Turkey action from the past weeks and head down to Texas as Cameron attempts to knock off the Lone Star State with a desperate Rio Grande. After an unsuccessful day 1 in the Hill Country of Texas, Cameron finds a bird that is willing to play off the roost on Day 2. Listen In!

May 28, 2020
290P - Cameron's Second Tennessee Turkey
01:07:29

Cameron's Second Tennessee Turkey

This week, Cameron and I share the audio of the hunt from his second turkey in Tennessee. 

This hunt took some maneuvering and woodsmanship skills to be successful. With a good bit of gobbling and some vocal hens, Cameron was able to keep tabs on these turkeys and reposition on them for 3 different hunt setups before he sealed the deal on a nice tom.

Listen in to all of the excitement!

May 21, 2020
289P - A Textbook Opening Day Tennessee Turkey
52:59

A Textbook Opening Day Tennessee Turkey

This week Cameron and I bring you the audio from Cameron's first Tennessee turkey hunt - his opening day turkey hunt.

Cameron is joined on this small piece of property by his new turkey hunting buddy who has a bit of a surprise calling strategy planned for his own hunt. Cameron did not despair, and he got in tight with this Tom and made something happen.

Listen in to this hunt and a great story as well.

May 14, 2020
288P - The Bad Luck Streak Is Broken
01:10:27

The Bad Luck Streak Is Broken

This week while Cameron is on turkey hunting vacation, I take over the show and share with you one of my turkey hunts from this season.

This was a great hunt with a lot of gobbling by two Alabama turkeys. This hunt includes 4 moves, 5 different setup spots, 2 busted heads, a shotgun blast, and a lot of reflection and gratitude.

It was a very fun hunt. Listen in!

May 07, 2020
287P - Another Georgia Public Land Turkey Hunt
01:24:26

Another Georgia Public Land Turkey Hunt

This week, Cameron and I share an early season hunt on public land in Georgia where we try to get my friend and fellow Super Slam chaser, Chip, a Georgia turkey.

After being all around a flock of turkeys for the majority of the morning, the hunt got pretty hairy right around midday. There was a missed opportunity, some whisper yelling, and some frustration in this hunt. 

It really is a good one, and I'm sure you don't want to miss it. Listen in!

Apr 30, 2020
286P - How COVID-19 May Affect Our Wild Turkeys
01:45:46

How COVID-19 May Affect Our Wild Turkeys

This week, Cameron and I have Drs. Bret Collier and Mike Chamberlain on the show to talk about the possible impact of COVID-19 on our wild turkey population across the country.

Hunter numbers and wild turkey harvest numbers are increasing dramatically as millions of Americans are sheltering at home. Will this increase in hunting pressure and harvest of wild turkeys have a negative affect on wild turkey populations for years to come?

What effect will shutting down license sales to out of staters have on turkey populations in those states?

Will our public hunting ground pay the biggest price for COVID-19 government mandated shelter at home orders?

Listen in as Mike and Bret discuss these topics and many others with us this week!

Apr 23, 2020
285P - Scott Is On The Board In Mississippi
59:36

This week Scott McDonald joins us to talk about and share his first successful hunt in Mississippi of 2020. We will discuss the story of the hunt and share in the LIVE audio from his day in the woods of Mississippi. We hope you enjoy sitting right there with Scott as he takes on an old monarch gobbler that he has dueled with in days past.  

Apr 16, 2020
284P - A Georgia Turkey Hunt and COVID-19 Update
57:02

A Georgia Turkey Hunt and COVID-19 Update

This week, Cameron shares his Georgia turkey hunt with us as he marks off another state from his list of states needed to complete his super slam.

This is a really good story of a good hunt, despite Cameron forgetting to turn his recorder on so we could hear the audio of his hunt.

Also, Cameron and I share some news regarding COVID-19 and traveling for turkey hunting this spring.

This is an episode you do not want to miss, especially if you travel to hunt wild turkeys each season.

Listen in!

Apr 09, 2020
283P - A Mississippi Opening Weekend Turkey Hunt
01:42:11

A Mississippi Opening Weekend Turkey Hunt

This week, Cameron and I share his opening weekend hunt in Mississippi from this season. 

Cameron went to Mississippi to hunt with his friend Andrew LoCicero, and they had a heckuva hunt. Cameron was able to capture some amazing audio from this hunt that I think all of us turkey hunters will really enjoy.

Listen in closely. I think you'll like this one, and there could be some thunder at the end of this hunt.

Apr 02, 2020
282P - A Successful Mississippi Youth Turkey Hunt with Scott McDonald
59:43

A Successful Mississippi Youth Turkey Hunt

This week, Cameron and I have Scott McDonald on the show with us to share with us the audio and story of a successful Mississippi youth turkey hunt.

Scott, one of his friends, and his friend's children went out in pursuit of a first turkey for the young hunters on the opening day of Mississippi's youth turkey season.

After setting up the blind, practicing aiming the gun, and some other coaching, Scott was able to get a youngster his first wild turkey.

Listen in to the story and the audio of this awesome turkey hunt.

Mar 26, 2020
281P - Cameron's Second Osceola Turkey Hunt
01:08:52

Cameron's Second Osceola Turkey Hunt

This week, Cameron and I bring you some amazing audio from Cameron's second Osceola turkey hunt on opening day of turkey season in Florida.

We have John Kellum on the phone with us as well so John and Cameron can share their story and experience of their first Osceola hunting trip with us.

John was running the turkey callers and Cameron was manning the shotgun for this week's hunt. 

Listen in for a bunch of calling, a bunch of gobbling, and a shotgun blast near the end of the audio. This is a good one!

Mar 19, 2020
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01:43

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Mar 17, 2020
280P - An Osceola Turkey Hunt
01:13:37

An Osceola Turkey Hunt

This week, Cameron and I have the audio from the first turkey hunt of the year for you guys.

Cameron is in Florida hunting Osceola turkeys with his friend John, and the two of them have one awesome hunt right off of the roost. This hunt takes place on public land, and after quite a bit of scouting and map studying the two of them find some turkeys on their first day of scouting. 

The morning of the first day of hunting Cameron's and John's scouting and hard work payoff with a bird that flies down and comes right on into their setup.

Listen in as Cameron marks off another state on his way to 49.

Mar 12, 2020
279P - Turkey Calling Lessons from a Legend with Preston Pittman
01:27:07

Turkey Calling Lessons from a Legend with Preston Pittman

This week Cameron and I have Preston Pittman with Pittman Game Calls on the show to talk all about diaphragm callers. 

We discuss the different cuts and which ones are better for certain types of turkey calls. We also get some lessons to go with our education about diaphragm callers from someone who has been making callers for decades.

Listen in for a very entertaining and informative episode from the legend himself, Preston Pittman.

Mar 05, 2020
278P - 2020 NWTF Convention and Sport Show Recap
02:13:44

2020 NWTF Convention and Sport Show Recap

This week, Cameron and I have lots of clips from interviews and seminars from the 2020 NWTF Convention and Sport Show in Nashville. 

We have interviews and seminars from a bunch of turkey hunting pros, like Will Primos, Jimmy Primos, Eddie Salter, Harold Knight, Jeff Budz, and representatives from outdoors companies, like OnX, LaCrosse, GoWild, Federal Premium, Apex, and many others.

This a content filled episode that I think you will enjoy.

Listen in!

Feb 27, 2020
277P - Grand National Calling Champions Panel from 2019 NWTF Convention
01:12:58

Grand National Calling Champions Panel from 2019 NWTF Convention

This week, I have a little Throwback Thursday for you guys. No, this is not a repeat episode, but it is the final seminar recorded at the 2019 NWTF Convention and Sport Show.

This is a great seminar where 7 Grand National calling champions share their insights on callers, calling turkeys, and turkey call strategies. This week, you will get to hear from Steve Stoltz, Pat Strawser, Mark Prudhomme, Matt Morrett, Billy Yargus, Chris Parrish, and Mitchell Johnston.

The amazing turkey call competitors share lots of great information and a few stories as well. This is an episode that will have you reaching for your turkey callers to try to imitate the masters of turkey talk.

Listen in!

 

Feb 20, 2020
276P - Turkey Hunting Book & Filming Turkeys with Ron & Tes Jolly
01:28:00

Turkey Hunting Book & Filming Turkeys With Ron & Tes Jolly

In this week's episode we talk to soon-to-be NWTF Hall of Fame inductee Ron Jolly and his wife Tes about his new book release.We also discuss many topics about photographing and videoing wild turkeys. In this episode you will learn many tips and tactics on capturing your interaction with turkeys as well as getting the perfect picture of your harvested bird. Listen in!

Feb 13, 2020
275P - Hunting Runners with Scott Ellis
01:16:14

Hunting Runners with Scott Ellis

In this episode we discuss a situation that happens to many of us while turkey hunting. We all have experienced a bird that gobbles good on the roost, but when he hits the ground, he is always on the move. We call those birds by many names - runners, vagabonds, nomads, circuit riders, etc. These can be some of the most frustrating turkeys to fall in behind, but can also be the most rewarding if you are able to outwit him. 

Three-Time Grand National Turkey Calling Champion Scott Ellis joins us this week to give us several tactics and strategies to overcome the "running" gobbler. Also in this episode, Scott shares the subtle art of soft calling, jake/gobbler yelps, and using the kee kee run. 

Listen In!

Feb 06, 2020
274P - Introducing the New Turkey Hunter Podcast Co-Host
50:17

Introducing the New Turkey Hunter Podcast Co-Host

This week, the new Turkey Hunter Podcast co-host is introduced and interviewed.

We get to know the new co-host a little better and talk about where he is headed this coming spring on his quest for the US Super Slam as well as a little about some of the turkey hunting books that he has read in the recent past.

Oh yeah, and you get to hear the story of how I heard my first gobbles of 2020 and saw my first strutting Toms of the year as well.

Listen in!

Jan 30, 2020
273P - The First Turkey Soup Episode of the New Year
41:22

The First Turkey Soup Episode of the New Year

Listen in as I share turkey and turkey hunting news that you need to know this week. 

In the news this week is Missouri, Iowa, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Pennsylvania, New York, New Hampshire, Maryland, Louisiana, Arkansas, Kansas, Nebraska, Idaho, Wyoming, Minnesota, Tennessee, and probably one or two states that I can't remember right now.

This is the time of year when permit applications open, quota hunt application periods open, and states release their turkey season dates and bag limits.

There really is too much information in this episode to skip it, especially if you plan on a turkey hunting trip out of state.

Jan 23, 2020
272P - 2020 Unicoi Custom Turkey Call Makers Show Interviews
01:21:38

2020 Unicoi Custom Turkey Call Makers Show Interviews

This week is all about the 2020 Unicoi Custom Turkey Call Makers Show in Helen, GA.

I walk you through my weekend at the show, and I run some of the turkey calls that I got while at Unicoi. I also have several interviews for you from some of the vendors at the show like Mark Prudhomme and Larry Proffitt, just to name a couple.

Mark Sharpe and Russell Beard do a phenomenal job putting this show together, and I am pleased to bring a little piece of the show back home to play for you guys on this week's episode.

Listen in!

Jan 16, 2020
271P - 2020 NWTF Convention and Sport Show Preview with Pete Muller
41:27

2020 NWTF Convention and Sport Show Preview with Pete Muller

This week I have Pete Muller with the NWTF on the show to speak about the upcoming NWTF Convention and Sport Show happening February 13 - February 15, 2020 in Nashville, TN. 

Pete shares with us the huge change the NWTF has for this year's show regarding the dates of the show. He also lets us know about the details of the calling contests, the auctions, the dinners, the parties, and much more.

If you plan on attending the 2020 NWTF Convention and Sport Show in Nashville in the next month or so, then you'll want to listen in.

Jan 09, 2020
270P - 2020 Goals and Listener Survey
18:50

2020 Goals and Listener Survey

This week I reflect back on my 2019 turkey hunting goals and share my 2020 goals with you. I also share my goals about the podcast with you as well.

My favor this week is to ask for your help giving me feedback on the show by taking the listener survey.

Listen in!

Jan 02, 2020
269P - Final 3 Interviews with Nominees for NWTF National Board of Directors
59:17

Final 3 Interviews with Nominees for NWTF National Board of Directors

This week I am bringing you the final 3 interviews with the nominees for the NWTF National Board of Directors.

I interview Mike Evans from Oklahoma, Bryan Perry from North Carolina, and Parks Shackleford from Virginia on the show this week to find out more about them and why they are running for the national board of directors for the NWTF.

Listen in and get your votes in before the January 3, 2020 deadline.

Dec 26, 2019
268P - Interviews with 3 NWTF National Board of Directors Nominees
01:10:43

Interviews with 3 NWTF National Board of Directors Nominees

This week I interview 3 of the nominees for the NWTF National Board of Directors. These 3 gentlemen have the opportunity to help plan out the course for the National Wild Turkey Federation for the next several years. 

For those of us who are members of the NWTF, choosing the best board members is crucial to the mission, and success of, the NWTF.

My first interview is with Joe Judd who is from Shelburne, Massachusetts. My second interview is with Joe Foster from McCammon, Idaho. And, my last interview is with Nelson Estess from Magnolia, Mississippi.

Not only do I ask these guys why they are running for the board of directors, but I twist their arms into sharing a turkey hunting story with us as well.

Listen in!

Dec 19, 2019
267P - Bone Collectors Seminar from 2019 NWTF Convention
01:12:46

Bone Collectors Seminar from 2019 NWTF Convention

This week I am playing the Bone Collectors seminar from the 2019 NWTF Convention and Sport Show in Nashville.

Listen in!

Dec 12, 2019
266P - Post Thanksgiving Turkey Soup
49:09

Post Thanksgiving Turkey Soup

This week, I have another turkey soup episode for you guys. 

This is the time of year when spring turkey tag application periods open in some states, and knowing the dates of those application periods is important. So, this week we talk about a couple of those states where the period has opened, or will be opening soon.

This is also the time of year when some states ask for input from hunters about proposed regulation changes regarding season dates and bag limits. If your state government is asking for your input, then by all means you should give it to them.

Some states have already released their harvest statistics for their fall 2019 turkey seasons, and we will talk about the results of some of those seasons.

Listen in!

Dec 05, 2019
265P - Jeff Budz Traveling Seminar from 2019 NWTF Convention
01:42:33

Jeff Budz Traveling Seminar from 2019 NWTF Convention

This week I am playing Jeff Budz seminar on traveling and turkey hunting from the 2019 NWTF Convention in Nashville this past February. 

There is lots of great information in this seminar that anyone who travels to turkey hunt or wants to start traveling to turkey hunt can use. 

Listen in!

Nov 28, 2019
264P - 2020 Unicoi Turkey Call Makers Show Preview
58:11

2020 Unicoi Turkey Call Makers Show Preview

This week, I have Mark Sharpe on the show to talk about the upcoming 2020 Unicoi Turkey Call Makers Show at the Unicoi State Park in Helen, GA. The show will be held January 10 - 11, 2020.

Mark gives us a preview of the show so we will know what to expect when we get there. I can tell you that if the 2020 show is anything like the 2019 show, then it will be one you will not want to miss.

Not only are there custom turkey calls everywhere in the room that you can pick up, run, and purchase to take home with you, but there are hundreds of like-minded turkey hunting fools in the group as well.

This is a show that any die hard turkey hunter needs to attend at least once, and a trip to Unicoi will certainly be worth the time and effort to get there.

Listen in to this week's show, and then come see me in Helen, GA in January of 2020.

Nov 21, 2019
263P - More Shotgun Choke Talk with Mike Ponder
41:58

More Shotgun Choke Talk with Mike Ponder

This week I have Mike Ponder with Indian Creek Shooting Systems on the show so I can share with him the results of my time at the range before turkey season started this past spring.

I switched over to an Indian Creek choke for my 12 gauge "Black Death" with TSS shells and improved not only my pattern but my point of impact as well. My pattern density improved by a whopping 50% with the Indian Creek choke.

In my Remington 870 20 gauge with TSS shells, my pattern improved by 15%. 

Listen in as I share my results with Mike and get his input on my results.

Nov 14, 2019
262P - PreThanksgiving Turkey Soup
35:08

PreThanksgiving Turkey Soup

This week, I have some wild turkey news for you.

I have a bunch of news from Pennsylvania, and I have some news from Tennessee, Missouri, Maryland, and West Virginia.

I also share part of an interesting article published on thespokesman.com website about the history of the wild turkey/human relationship, and I let you know how to find the entire article. It is a pretty fascinating read.

I also tell the story about getting my new favorite turkey call in the mail a couple of weeks ago, and I give a shout out to our veterans.

Listen in! 

Nov 07, 2019
261P - Replay of Winter Turkey Hunting with Rob Keck
50:46

Replay of Winter Turkey Hunting with Rob Keck

This week, I am replaying the interview I did several years ago with Rob Keck about winter turkey hunting.

When I ran into Rob at the ATA show in Louisville, KY, I asked him to come on the show, and I told him I would email him a few topics to choose from for our call. He said he didn't need any topics that he already knew what he wanted to talk about.

That topic he wanted to talk about is late winter turkey hunting, and Rob has some amazing stories about his trips to Kansas for some winter turkey hunts.

Listen in and see if you can pickup some tips that may help you to plan a successful trip for a winter turkey hunt.

Oct 31, 2019
260P - Why We Hunt Seminar with Brenda Valentine
01:22:11

Why We Hunt Seminar with Brenda Valentine

This week, I'm playing the Why We Hunt seminar with Brenda Valentine from the 2019 NWTF Convention in Nashville.

During the seminar Brenda recommends we hunters come up with a one word answer to offer people who ask why we hunt. If you think about it, the question is much harder to answer than it seems to be on the surface.

I also read an article that covers the results of a recent studies about the acceptability of hunting for people. The study sheds some light on answers we can give that more people can relate to when we are asked the question why we hunt.

Listen in!

Oct 24, 2019
259P - The Story of a Successful Fall Turkey Hunt
43:54

The Story of a Successful Fall Turkey Hunt

This week, I have Cameron Weddington back on the show with us to share the story of his second fall turkey hunt and first fall harvest.

Cameron killed a very beautiful and very huge gobbler with inch and five-eighths spurs and a ten and a quarter inch beard. In addition to the fact that the turkey he harvested is a monster, Cameron was almost surrounded by 14 different gobblers during this hunt. 

Listen in to hear the story of Cameron's first fall turkey and monster wild turkey gobbler.

Oct 17, 2019
258P - A Conversation with a First Time Fall Turkey Hunter
58:56

A Conversation with a First Time Fall Turkey Hunter

This week, Cameron Weddington joins us to share a story of his recent fall turkey hunt - his first fall turkey hunt. 

Cameron describes the action that took place during his hunt along with his first experience with coyote backstraps.

Listen in as we discuss Trichinosis, wild turkeys, coyotes, shotguns, and crossbows. 

Oct 10, 2019
257P - A Textbook New Hampshire Turkey Hunt
44:04

  A Textbook New Hampshire Turkey Hunt

This week I'm bringing you my final spring turkey hunt of 2019.

This hunt was a very exciting hunt and really played out just like we play out hunts in our heads over and over before turkey season starts. These turkeys came in to some soft calling not long after flydown, and the flock ran off minus one turkey. 

Listen in and enjoy the final spring 2019 turkey hunt.

Oct 03, 2019
256P - A Backup Pot of Turkey Soup
26:15

A Backup Pot of Turkey Soup

This week a little technical difficulty prevented me from bringing you the final turkey hunt from my big spring trip. So, I had to cook something up for you guys, and that something this week is turkey soup.

States we cover this week include New Hampshire, Missouri, Maine, Iowa, Kansas, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Connecticut, Virginia, Arizona, and North Carolina. We talk about upcoming fall seasons, fall seasons currently open, applying for permits and tags for spring and fall seasons, record book 5 spurred turkeys, hunting approval ratings, and outlaws.

Listen in!

Sep 26, 2019
255P - An Awesome New Hampshire Turkey Hunt
01:07:17

An Awesome New Hampshire Turkey Hunt

This week I have some really incredible audio from a hunt from this past spring in New Hampshire. This hunt took place on the same piece of property that Chip killed his turkey on earlier, and it is really fun to listen to. 

This hunt has lots of hen talk, lots of gobbler talk, and will make you wish you were sitting against a big oak tree right now with a shotgun in your hands.

Listen in and enjoy!

Sep 19, 2019
254P - A New Hampshire Turkey Story
32:45

A New Hampshire Turkey Story

This week I have another turkey hunting story for you. This time from New Hampshire as my long time friend Chip tags an odd looking NH turkey our first day there.

Chip's hunt was a strange one, and we turkey hunters just have to take what we can get sometimes.

Listen in as I describe the property we are hunting and the early morning of our first day in the New Hampshire turkey woods.

Sep 12, 2019
253P - Matt Morrett's Decoy Seminar from 2019 NWTF Convention
44:14

Matt Morrett's Decoy Seminar from 2019 NWTF Convention

This week I have the decoy seminar from the 2019 NWTF Convention in Nashville that was presented by Matt Morrett.

Matt covers a multitude of topics including decoys (of course), calling, scouting, patterning guns, henned up gobblers, and much more during his hour and 20 plus minute seminar.

Listen in to Matt and learn and laugh a little.

Sep 05, 2019
252P - End of Summer Turkey Soup
39:53

End of Summer Turkey Soup

This week we are talking wild turkey news from New Hampshire, Vermont, Virginia, Florida, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Idaho, and Massachusetts.

I share stories of record spring turkey harvests, upcoming fall turkey season openers, hunter input on proposed turkey hunting regulation changes, and there's even a little news of the weird.

Our news of the weird this week includes a proposed 6 month long fall/winter season in southern Idaho and a story of wild turkeys terrorizing a senior community in Florida.

Listen in!

Aug 29, 2019
251P - A Vermont Turkey Hunt
54:55

A Vermont Turkey Hunt

This week, I'm sharing my Vermont turkey hunt with you.

This hunt was a great deal tougher than my hunt in Maine. These Vermont turkeys had been pressured a fair amount, and they acted a good bit like an Alabama wild turkey.

This ended up being a great hunt with plenty of highs and lows and turkey encounters. 

Listen in and learn about one new tool that I've added to my turkey hunting gear that helped make a difference with my Vermont turkey.

Aug 22, 2019
250P - A Timely Replay of the Habitat Management Interview with Grant Woods
42:16

A Timely Replay of the Habitat Management Interview with Grant Woods

This week I have a replay of the Habitat Management Interview with Grant Woods just in time as many of you guys prepare to plant food plots to get ready for deer and fall turkey seasons. This interview has quite a few food plot tips in it as well as general tips on how to manage our hunting properties for wild turkeys.

Listen in as Grant shares his knowledge and experience with us in hopes that we can make our properties be wild turkey meccas.

Aug 15, 2019
249P - An Interview with a New Turkey Hunter with Judy Camuso
53:16

An Interview with a New Turkey Hunter with Judy Camuso

This week, I have an awesome interview with Judy Camuso who is the Commissioner of the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife for the state of Maine. 

Judy is actually new to the sport of hunting, and her reason for participating in the sport came from her want to include more organic sources of animal protein in her diet.

I speak with her about her first successful turkey hunt, her entry into the sport of hunting, her previous vegetarian lifestyle, and of course her work.

Listen in to this week's interview with Judy to learn a few more talking points that can help us convince those who may be curious about hunting to venture out into the woods with us this coming fall, winter, and spring.

Aug 08, 2019
248P - The Future of Hunting Seminar from 2019 NWTF Convention
01:26:27

The Future of Hunting Seminar from 2019 NWTF Convention

This week I'm playing the recording of The Future of Hunting Seminar put on by Cuz Strickland, Jimmy Primos, Matt Morrett, Fred Zink, and Jeremiah Dowdy from the 2019 NWTF Convention and Sport Show in Nashville.

There is much discussion of the decrease in the number of licensed hunters in this country and ways that we hunters can bring more people into the sport so that it will continue to thrive.

Listen in, put on your thinking caps to find a way that we can get new hunters involved, and take action.

Aug 01, 2019
247P - Mainely Turkeys
50:14

Mainely Turkeys

This week, I'm sharing my hunt from Maine with you guys. 

This is a pretty strange hunt in regards to where it took place and how it went down. 

Listen in as Chip and I mark another state off of our list of states needed to complete our Super Slams.

Jul 25, 2019
246P - Scott Ellis Seminar from 2019 NWTF Convention
01:07:29

Scott Ellis Seminar from 2019 NWTF Convention

This week, I am sharing the seminar from the Scott Ellis Seminar called "Setting the Mood" from the 2019 NWTF Convention in Nashville, TN.

In this seminar, Scott discusses how he approaches calling scenarios from starting off soft and subtle to moving towards a more vocal, aggressive, and demanding calling style. Scott also discusses an alternative to how we call to henned up toms.

We also get to hear some calling examples during Scott's presentation, and a lengthy question and answer session.

Listen in.

Jul 18, 2019
245P - A Giant New York Wild Turkey
50:50

A Giant New York Wild Turkey

This week, I share the story of my 2nd New York wild turkey hunt. 

We spotted this turkey with some hens and jakes in a hay field on a hillside. After relocating we found ourselves set up about 75 yards from the turkey with the guide float calling behind us using jake and hen calling.

This was an interesting hunt with a huge double bearded turkey on the ground after the shot.

Listen in and enjoy!

Jul 11, 2019
244P - Happy Birthday Merica Turkey Soup
43:58

Happy Birthday Merica Turkey Soup

This week, I bring us all up to date on turkey and turkey hunting news, and I chat with Steve Stoltz about his 2019 spring turkey hunting season.

Mississippi, Alabama, Idaho, Michigan, Wisconsin, and North Carolina are some of the states in this week's turkey soup.

Listen in!

Jul 04, 2019
243P - Phillip Vanderpool Q&A Seminar from 2019 NWTF Convention
01:18:52

Phillip Vanderpool Q&A Seminar from 2019 NWTF Convention

This week I have the Phillip Vanderpool seminar from the 2019 NWTF Convention in Nashville, TN. Phillip filled in on very short notice for Ray Eye during the convention due to Ray's leaving the show to tend to an emergency at home.

Due to the short notice that Phillip had to fill in, he did not have his usual video presentation so he hosted a Q&A seminar with questions coming from the audience.

Listen in as Phillip covers hunting from blinds, bowhunting turkeys, fall turkey hunting, decoys, mid day hunting, and many other topics.

Jun 27, 2019
242P - Early Summer Turkey Soup
01:07:52

Early Summer Turkey Soup

This week I try to catch us all up on some turkey hunting news - after what, in retrospect, sounds like a little bit of a rant.

In this week's news is Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Rhode Island, Ohio, Arkansas, Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, Nebraska, and Wisconsin turkey hunting harvest results and announcements of brood surveys being conducted.

I also make mention of truly custom turkey calls made by Primos and turkey socks designed by yours truly - yep, turkey socks.

Listen in!

Jun 20, 2019
241P - Apple Orchard Turkey
01:19:20

Apple Orchard Turkey

This week I tell the story, and share the audio of, my first New York state turkey. 

This was a rather odd hunt - at least the first 1/2 of the hunt anyway - but it turned out to be an exceptional hunt when all of the dust settled.

In our first setup we were skirted by 3 toms and several hens who did not come into view for me, but were standing about 5 feet from my buddy Chip.

In our second setup, some hen and jake calling brought this 2 year old turkey close enough for a shot, and my New York tag was filled.

Listen in for some great hunt audio and a pretty entertaining turkey hunting story as well.

Jun 13, 2019
240P - The Cow Manure Turkey with Preston Pittman
01:15:08

The Cow Manure Turkey with Preston Pittman

This week, Preston Pittman joins me to share the unbelievable story of a turkey hunt that took place in a 60 acre cow pasture. 

This story will make you stop and ask yourself if you could do what it takes to kill a wild turkey the way that Preston did this one. 

Preston and I also discuss TSS, whether he thinks turkey hunting will cycle and we will lose some turkey hunters due to poor quality of turkey hunting, and more.

Listen in!

Jun 06, 2019
239P - A Turkey Hunting Trip for the Ages with Hunt Audio
01:04:16

A Turkey Hunting Trip for the Ages with Hunt Audio

This week I highlight my recent annual out of state turkey hunt with my buddies from college where we wreaked havoc on the wild turkeys in New England. I also play audio from one of the hunts that we had on that trip.

On this trip, we visited New York, Vermont, Maine, and New Hampshire. We had an amazing experience traveling and hunting the beautiful countryside in the northeast.

The wild turkeys were plentiful in the areas we hunted, and we were fortunate enough to have had several exciting hunts.

Listen in and enjoy the experience with us.

May 30, 2019
238P - Turkey Hunting Trip Planning Time
33:49

Turkey Hunting Trip Planning Time

This week, I have a replay for you where I talk about planning a budget out of state turkey hunting trip.

Now is the time to start planning your trips - at least the bare minimums of what state(s) and dates. From there it is a matter of really nailing down the details of where you are going within those states, where you will stay while hunting, and what you may do with any downtime - like lobster in Maine.

Listen in, and get started planning your 2020 turkey hunting trips.

May 23, 2019
237P - Hen Fight!!! A West Virginia Turkey Hunt
01:10:09

Hen Fight!!! A West Virginia Turkey Hunt

This week, my buddy Zach Lucas shares with us the story of and audio from an awesome turkey hunt that we were on in West Virginia this past Saturday. 

The hunt had a little bit of everything that we turkey hunters love. There was lots of hen talk, gobbling, strutting, fighting, shooting, and fun all wrapped up into one hunt. 

Listen in as I check off one more state in my quest for 49!

May 16, 2019
236P - Turkey Science vs Turkey Fiction with Mike Chamberlain
01:12:20

Turkey Science vs Turkey Fiction with Mike Chamberlain

In this week's episode, I have Mike Chamberlain on the show to pick apart some of the propaganda floating around social media about a few of the reasons that turkey hunters attribute the decline to in turkey populations.

We discuss prescribed fire (more specifically, growing season burns), predators, hogs, nest parasites and hosts, the human factor, season lengths, bag limits.

Mike also shares the story of his most recent successful turkey hunt with us.

This is an episode that I'm pretty sure we can all learn a little something about our favorite game bird, the wild turkey.

Listen in!

May 09, 2019
235P - A Good Ending to a Weird Season
49:40

A Good Ending to a Weird Season

Today, I'm sharing my final hunt of Alabama's 2019 turkey season with you. 

As Colonel Tom Kelly so accurately and eloquently stated in his book, Better on a Rising Tide, “Turkey hunting is a magical, intellectual, tactical exercise conducted out of doors.  It is a personal, contemplative sport, and does not require the production of a dead turkey to be classified as a success.”

I sometimes wonder if we turkey hunters use that line or thought to justify our blunders or lack of success in the woods. But the truth always comes back to my mind soon after having those thoughts. The truth is a successful turkey hunt is what we want it to be.

For me, I crave the interaction with the bird. Knowing that I can cause him to respond with a gobble or drumming or maybe even change his course, even if only briefly.

When I get that interaction with a wild turkey, for me, that is a successful turkey hunt.

Listen in to today's show. It was a very exciting hunt, if only for a very brief period of time. But, it was a hunt that I learned a few things from as well - mainly about the turkeys on my hunting property.

May 02, 2019
234P - An End Around Turkey Story
48:55

An End Around Turkey Story

This is the story of another catch and release turkey hunt from my 2019 turkey season. Listen in as my buddy, Drew, and I chase after a hard gobbling Eastern on our home turf in Alabama.

You probably will be amazed about the story of the crazy hen that we dealt with for the better part of the morning as well.

It was a great hunt and a pile of fun. I hope you enjoy it.

Apr 25, 2019
233P - A Catch and Release Turkey Hunt
01:04:15

A Catch and Release Turkey Hunt

This week I share the story and audio of a hunt with no shots fired.

This is a very exciting hunt with 2 new turkey hunters with good gobbling and a pretty interesting twist to it. There is also a challenge issued to you guys listening. After hearing the audio of the hunt, can you tell me what I did wrong during this hunt? If you think you know what I did wrong during the hunt, then shoot me an email. The first person to submit the correct error will receive a Strut Commander maintenance free box call. 

Listen in.

Apr 18, 2019
232P - A Mississippi Turkey Hunting Story
01:16:40

A Mississippi Turkey Hunting Story

This week I have my buddy Evan Murphy on the show to talk about our successful turkey hunt in Mississippi.

Thanks to Evan for helping me to mark Mississippi off of my list of states that I need to kill a turkey in. We had a great and unique hunt together. 

Listen in!

Apr 11, 2019
231P - Back on the Board in Bama
01:04:41

Back on the Board in Bama

This week, I have Scott McDonald on the show to share the details of our successful Alabama turkey hunt and to play the audio of that file.

Scott also briefly shares his story of his successful hunt on public land in Georgia and which states he plans to hunt this spring to move closer to completing his Super Slam.

Listen in!

Apr 04, 2019
230P - Mississippi Public Land Turkey
57:37

Mississippi Public Land Turkey

This week, I replay a hunt from opening weekend in Mississippi on public land with Cameron Weddington, the former Turkey Hunter podcast intern.

Cameron and I tackled public land in Mississippi on opening weekend of their 2019 turkey season, and we had some very good luck. 

In this episode, Cameron and I share the story of the hunt and talk about some things that happened that really stuck out to us as some reasons why the hunt was a success.

Listen in!

Mar 28, 2019
229P - Soft Calling with Scott Ellis
52:27

Soft Calling with Scott Ellis

This week, Scott Ellis joins me to talk about soft calling turkeys.

Soft calling is a form of calling we all need to master in order to work turkeys into close range effectively.

In the interview, we talk about calls that are not turkey vocalizations, how to change the mood of a Tom, and different scenarios when we can use soft calling techniques.

For the icing on the cake, Scott shares the story of his most recent turkey hunt with us.

Listen in!

Mar 21, 2019
228P - Competition Turkey Calling with Steve Stoltz
59:49

Competition Turkey Calling with Steve Stoltz

This week, Steve Stoltz with Woodhaven Custom Calls joins me on the show to talk about competition turkey calling. 

We discuss how someone who is interested in competition calling can get into the sport, and we also discuss the differences in competition calling and calling while hunting. 

I ask Steve in the interview who is the tougher judge a 4 year old public land turkey or the human judges on the panel of any given contest.

Steve demonstrates some calling for us and shows us the difference between calling and calling with emotions.

Listen in!

Mar 14, 2019
227P - All About Turkey Chokes with Mike Ponder
01:03:51

All About Turkey Chokes with Mike Ponder with Indian Creek Shooting Systems

This week, I have Mike Ponder, one of the founders of Indian Creek Shooting Systems, on the show to chat about shotgun chokes for turkey hunting.

We talk about shotgun chokes in their simplest form, the advantages of an extended choke and a ported choke. We also discuss how chokes help to separate the wad from the shot when a shell is fired which helps to result in a more consistent pattern from the gun. 

We cover TSS and how it is revolutionizing the hunting industry in allowing hunters to use lighter sub gauges for turkey hunting compared to the guns we were shooting to achieve the same results 10 years ago. 

Listen in and give some thought as to whether or not you are shooting the choke that best suits your hunting style.

Mar 07, 2019
226P - 2019 NWTF Convention One Question Interviews with the Pros
41:23

226 - 2019 NWTF Convention One Question Interviews with the Pros

What would your approach be for hunting a henned up Tom if you could not make the boss hen angry enough to want to fight you and bring that Tom with her and right to your gun barrel?

That is our 1 question that we asked many pros while we were at the NWTF Convention and Sport Show in Nashville this month.

We got some great answers, and I've picked up a new strategy or two to try out myself in the process of interviewing these guys.

This episode has tons of great tips and information from turkey killers like Billy Yargus, Preston Pittman, Steve Stoltz, Jimmy Primos, Eddie Salter, Ernie Calandrelli, Cuz Strickland, Phillip Vanderpool, and Chris Parrish.

Listen in and take some notes because I know you are going to love the information in this episode.

Feb 28, 2019
225P - 2019 NWTF Convention and Sport Show Recap
01:18:38

2019 NWTF Convention and Sport Show Recap

This week I recap my entire weekend at the NWTF Convention and Sport Show in Nashville, TN. 

I have highlights of seminars that I recorded as well as interviews with some of the exhibitors who were at the show with their new turkey hunting products. Jimmy Primos, Cuz Strickland, Matt Morrett, Eddie Salter, Brenda Valentine, Scott Ellis, Michael Waddell, T-Bone, Nick Mundt, and Jeff Budz are just some of the many turkey hunting celebs who are on this week's episode. 

This week's show is chocked full of information that you will find entertaining and useful as well. Listen in!

Feb 21, 2019
224P - A Trumpet Caller Playing Lesson with Mark Sharpe
01:17:14

A Trumpet Caller Playing Lesson with Mark Sharpe

So, I'm still trying to be more consistent with my playing of the trumpet caller, and I knew that I needed some help and some pointers about how to improve my calling with it. So, I knew I would be in pretty good hands if I could trick Mark Sharpe into giving me a lesson on running a trumpet caller. 

Mark agreed to help me, and we thought that he could also help all of you guys as well. Listen in as Mark gives me some tips that have helped me become more consistent with the trumpet, but I really believe can help us all be better at calling wild turkeys.

Feb 14, 2019
223P - Setting Up on a Wild Turkey with Will Primos
49:12

Setting Up on a Wild Turkey with Will Primos

This week, I have Will Primos on the show to talk about the very important topic of properly setting up on a wild turkey hunt.

We discuss distance, approach, picking a spot to sit, standing, setting up on a field's edge, decoys, setting up in unfamiliar woods, and many more topics.

Listen in to one of the nicest guys in the hunting industry and see if he knows a thing or two about setting up on a wild turkey hunt that will benefit you this coming spring season.

Feb 07, 2019
222P - Dear Turkey Killer - A Rough Draft
40:07

222 - Dear Turkey Killer - A Rough Draft

So, I recently started putting together a list of actions and items that I need to do before, during, and after turkey season - a turkey hunting to do list.

This season, I don't want my usual screw ups to mess up a hunt or two the early part of season like normally happens. So, I put together a list of items and actions that I need to take in order to correct those issues before they ever happen. 

The letter is full of turkey hunting tips and reminders of don't do this, do that, don't do this, etc. I read that letter - my turkey hunting To Do and action list - in this week's episode. 

Listen in!

Jan 31, 2019
221P - Another Turpin Interview from Unicoi Turkey Call Makers Show
01:07:41

Another Turpin Interview from Unicoi Turkey Call Makers Show

This week I am playing the interview from the 2019 Unicoi Turkey Call Makers Show in Helen, GA with Doug Morgan and Richard Hudson.

Doug and Richard are two custom call makers who make the Turpin style box calls. I ask Doug and Richard what makes their calls different, how they got started making these calls, and if they make any other style turkey calls.

Listen in to Doug, Richard, and me talking turkeys, turkey hunting, and Turpin style box calls.

Jan 24, 2019
220P - 2019 Unicoi Turkey Call Makers Show Recap and Interviews
01:09:04

2019 Unicoi Turkey Call Makers Show Recap and Interviews

This week I recap the 2019 Unicoi Turkey Call Makers Show at the Unicoi State Park near Helen, Georgia.

The show lasted 2 days and featured some of the premiere custom turkey call makers in the country. Most of the turkey calls on display and for purchase were not only works of art, but pure turkey as well.

In this episode, I speak a little about the show and I play some of the interviews conducted with some of the call makers and others who had booths at the show, including Mike Giles, Dan Harris, and Russell Beard.

In next week's episode, I'll bring the interview that I conducted with Doug Martin and Richard Hudson. 

I also share a little turkey soup in this week's episode. 

Listen in and learn more about the 2019 Unicoi Turkey Call Makers Show and some phenomenal turkey call makers.

Jan 17, 2019
219P - Unicoi Turkey Call Maker and NWTF Convention and Sports Shows Previews
57:27

Unicoi Turkey Call Maker and NWTF Convention and Sports Shows Previews

This week, I speak with Mark Sharpe and Pete Muller on the show.

Turkey call maker, Mark Sharpe joins us to talk about the upcoming Unicoi Turkey Call Maker Show in Helen, GA on January 11 and 12, 2019. This show features some of the best turkey call makers in the country and attendees can speak with the call makers, attend seminars, enjoy a buffet dinner, and submerge themselves in their love for the wild turkeys with many like minded folks.

Pete Muller with the NWTF joins us to talk about the upcoming 2019 NWTF Convention and Sports Show to be held in Nashville, TN from February 13 - February 17, 2019. This show is the main attraction for turkey hunters as there will be hundreds of exhibitors selling and showcasing products ranging from turkey hunts to turkey hunting totes and everything in between. This show also features seminars, parties, auctions, dinners, concerts, and much more.

Listen in to learn more about each of these 2 shows and make plans to be there.

Jan 10, 2019
218P - Scouting and CyberScouting Public Land
33:25

Scouting and CyberScouting Public Land

In this episode, I discuss the topic suggestions presented by Matt Wood about knowing where to start to scout large pieces of public land for wild turkeys and also cyber-scouting large pieces of public land for wild turkeys.

I talk about using Google Earth, GIS, and the OnX app to locate areas that may hold wild turkeys and what to look for using Google Earth and OnX on public lands in a variety of habitats across the country. I also share my personal experiences using OnX on a couple of out of state hunts on public land during the spring of 2018.

Listen in!

Jan 03, 2019
217P - 2019 Turkey Season Goals and Turkey Soup Appetizer
33:36

2019 Turkey Season Goals and Turkey Soup Appetizer

This week I discuss my goals for my 2019 spring turkey season and for The Turkey Hunter podcast.

Some of these goals carry over from previous years, and I feel like this is the year they get marked off the list.

I also share a little turkey news for you guys as the time for us to apply for permits and limited opportunity hunts is approaching and closing. 

Listen in!

Dec 27, 2018
216P - Interviews with NWTF Board of Directors Candidates
35:06

Interviews with NWTF Board of Directors Candidates

Today, I have the final 2 interviews for the NWTF Board of Directors Candidates for you. 

In this episode is my interview with Don Erbert from Kansas. Don tells us why he is running for the NWTF Board of Directors and why he deserves one of our 3 votes.

I also interview Kent Danjanovich from Utah in this episode. Kent also tells us why he is running for the NTWF Board and why he deserves one of our 3 votes.

Listen in, and use this opportunity to decide which 3 candidates you will vote for. Oh, and by the way, if you are not currently a member of the NWTF, then what are you waiting for? The NWTF is THE organization working to preserve our hunting heritage.

Dec 20, 2018
215P - Interview with NWTF Board of Directors Candidate and Some Turkey Soup
40:29

Interview with NWTF Board of Directors Candidate and Some Turkey Soup

This week, I have Shane Alexander who is running for the NWTF Board of Directors on the show to talk about his candidacy. This is a great opportunity to meet Shane and get to know him a little. 

We also talk about his reason for wanting to be on the Board of Directors for the NWTF, and I ask him why we should cast one of our 3 votes for him. 

After our business talk, I get Shane to share a turkey hunting story with us.

I also serve up a heaping helping of turkey soup as well. We talk about turkey news in Missouri, South Dakota, Oregon, West Virginia, Ohio, Massachusetts, Utah, Illinois, Mississippi, Tennessee, and New Brunswick.

Listen in!

Dec 13, 2018
214P - 2018 NWTF Board of Directors Candidates Interviews Part 1
54:56

2018 NWTF Board of Directors Candidates Interviews Part 1

This week, I have interviews with 2 of the 6 candidates who are running for the NWTF Board of Directors.

Board members serve 3 year terms, and their role is crucial to the mission of the NWTF. We, as members of the NWTF, owe it to ourselves and the organization to vote for the 3 candidates that we feel are most qualified.

My plan is to bring you interviews with each of the candidates who are running for the board this year. 

Listen in and learn more about Sherry Crumley and Robert "Doc" Dettmer and hear a couple of good turkey hunting stories as well.

Dec 06, 2018
213P - 3 Random Turkey Hunting Topics
42:14

3 Random Turkey Hunting Topics

This week, I have another episode of Turkey Mulligan Stew for you. This is just a hodge podge of random turkey hunting topics taken from suggestions from you, the listeners.

This week, I talk about turkey shotguns. More specifically, I talk about black shotguns vs camo shotguns, barrel length, and 3" chambers vs 3.5" chambers.

I also discuss modifications and customizations we can make to our turkey hunting decoys. From painting or repainting them to butchering them and making our own modified version of what we want a turkey decoy to look like.

In addition to these topics, I also discuss portable ground blinds for running and gunning turkey hunting. I mention several different manufacturers of these blinds and talk about the pros and cons of them as well.

Listen in!

Nov 29, 2018
212P - Budget Friendly Out of State Turkey Hunts
33:45

Budget Friendly Out of State Turkey Hunts

This week, I'm discussing budget friendly out of state turkey hunts. This topic was suggested by Matt Wood some time back, and I hate that I haven't talked about it until now. 

We are talking about budget friendly out of state turkey hunts. Mainly, the travel, license, lodging, and food part of those hunts. 

Listen in as I offer some suggestions on ways that we can save money when traveling out of state in pursuit of extended turkey hunting seasons, Grand Slams, or Super Slams.

Nov 22, 2018
211P - Box Call Magic Seminar with Will Primos from 2018 NWTF Convention
44:20

Box Call Magic Seminar with Will Primos from 2018 NWTF Convention

In this week's episode I have the Box Call Magic seminar from the 2018 NWTF Convention and Sports Show in Nashville.

This is a very informative seminar put on by Will Primos where he discusses many different box call calling tips and how to care for calls as well.

Listen in!

Nov 15, 2018
210P - Turkey Mulligan Stew
33:25

Turkey Mulligan Stew

This week, I discuss a couple of show topic suggestions made by longtime listener to the show, Joe Kosalko. 

These topics are, by themselves, not long enough to make an entire episode on their own. But, by combining more than one of the topics into one episode, there is plenty to cover in a weekly episode. 

So, this week, I'm talking about how to safely and practically circle a Tom that is uncooperative. I also am talking about things that we can do to minimize our presence on the turkeys that we hunt while in the woods. 

This is a turkey mulligan stew. Listen in! I hope you enjoy it!

Nov 08, 2018
209P - Healthy Heaping of Turkey Soup
31:11

Healthy Heaping of Turkey Soup

This week I have for you another healthy sized helping of turkey soup. 

I talk about Pennsylvania's Wild Turkey plan, rifle hunting wild turkeys in South Dakota, a hunting accident that is not really a hunting accident (but it is), Vermont being overrun with wild turkeys, Arkansas' new wild turkey coordinator, turkey season updates, and wild turkeys riding motorcycles.

Listen in!

Nov 01, 2018
208P - Dissecting a Wingbone Caller with Mark Sharpe
01:30:19

Dissecting a Wingbone Caller with Mark Sharpe

In this week's episode, I interview Mark Sharpe about wingbone turkey callers. 

Wingbone callers have been around for hundreds of years, and making a wingbone caller is quite easy. Making a great sounding and very realistic wingbone caller is much more difficult.

Mark Sharpe has mastered the art of wingbone turkey caller making. Not only do his callers sound great and realistic, but they are beautiful as well.

In this interview, we talk about what makes a wingbone turkey caller such a great tool to have in our turkey hunting vests, 2 bone and 3 bone callers, hen bones vs gobbler bones, and how to choose good bones to use for making wingbone callers.

Listen in!

Oct 25, 2018
207P - Primos Seminar from 2018 NWTF Convention
56:33

Primos Seminar from 2018 NWTF Convention

This week, I am playing the pot call magic seminar with Will Primos from the 2018 NWTF Convention in Nashville.

There is some good information in this seminar for most of us turkey hunters. Will talks about pot calls, pot call maintenance, and calling tips using pot calls as well as some box call talk.

Listen in!

Oct 18, 2018
206P - A Hot Bowl of Turkey Soup
23:13

A Hot Bowl of Turkey Soup

In this week's episode, I share the story of my recent fishing trip to Guatemala. I also have some turkey soup for you.

In the turkey soup this week, I talk about Zinke, OK, VT, NY, NH, IN, MA, WA, MS, OH, and KY. If you live in or nearby one of those states or you hunt public land, then you will want to listen to this week's episode.

Listen in!

Oct 11, 2018
205P - Turkey Dogging Seminar from 2018 NWTF Convention
55:06

Turkey Dogging Seminar from 2018 NWTF Convention

This week, I have the recording from the turkey dogging seminar from the 2018 NWTF Convention and Sports Show in Nashville.

The seminar is really a panel of turkey doggers talking of their experiences in the woods with their turkey dogs hunting fall turkeys. 

Those who are new to the sport of turkey hunting will enjoy learning more about turkey dogging, and those of us who are a little more experienced will enjoy many of the stories from the seminar.

Listen in!

Oct 04, 2018
204P - Planning a Single Season Grand Slam with Jeff Budz
01:06:53

Planning a Single Season Grand Slam with Jeff Budz

In this week's episode I talk to Jeff Budz, the King of Grand Slams, about taking on the challenge of a single season grand slam.

We talk about the challenges, the rewards, the cost, and how to go about accomplishing the goal ourselves without an outfitter, as well as with an outfitter.

Listen in to learn more about the challenge of a single season grand slam.

Sep 27, 2018
203P - A Conversation with a New Turkey Dogger with Darrell Hall
55:00

A Conversation with a New Turkey Dogger with Darrell Hall

This week, I have listener Darrell Hall on the show to talk to us about little known sport of turkey dogging.

Darrell is new to the sport, so I get to pick his brain about the why, when, and how's of how he got into the sport of turkey dogging.

The interview is a great one because it is informative, interesting, and entertaining. Listen in!

Sep 20, 2018
202P - Fall Turkey Hunting with Bob Fulcher
52:54

Fall Turkey Hunting with Bob Fulcher

In this week's episode, I interview Bob Fulcher regarding fall turkey hunting. 

Bob is a wealth of knowledge about hunting fall turkeys. In this interview I ask him about using decoys in the fall, busting flocks, and hunting turkeys with dogs.

We also talk about preferred fall food sources and scouting and identifying turkey sign.

Listen in and up your fall turkey hunting success.

Sep 13, 2018
201P - Grand National Turkey Calling Champions Panel
01:11:11

Grand National Turkey Calling Champions Panel

In this week's episode, I am playing the Grand National Turkey Calling Champions Panel from the 2018 NWTF Convention and Sports Show in Nashville.

This is a panel of 7 or 8 of the former Grand National Turkey Calling Champions sharing their knowledge of turkey callers, turkey calling, and turkey hunting.

There are some great tips about turkey hunting to be picked up from the end of this week's episode. Imagine getting to pick the brain of a 300+ year old turkey hunter who had traveled all over the country chasing turkeys in the springs and falls. That is basically what you get from these 7 or 8 hunters.

Listen in!

Sep 06, 2018
200P - A First Turkey Story with Joey and Brody Toone
51:02

A First Turkey Story with Joey and Brody Toone

This week I interview Joey Toone and his 10 year old son, Brody.

Joey shares the story of the turkey he killed this past spring while hunting with Brody. This was no ordinary turkey! This was Joey's first turkey, and this second year hunter harvested his bird without the help of anyone else (other than his good luck charm, Brody, of course).

Listen in to the story of Joey's first turkey!

Aug 30, 2018
199.5P - Replay of One of My Favorite Episodes
48:33

Replay of One of My Favorite Episodes

This week, I have a replay of one of my favorite episodes of 2018 for you guys as I'm on vacation with my family at the beach.

Listen in to the replay of one of my hunts from this year that has some great audio clips from a wild turkey gobbler in it.

Aug 23, 2018
199P - Alps Outdoorz Long Spur Turkey Vest Review
47:55

Alps Outdoorz Long Spur Turkey Vest Review

This week I review the Alps Outdoorz Long Spur Turkey Vest that I purchased a couple of months ago. 

I rate several aspects like comfort, fit, function, quality of construction, etc on a 10 scale, and I also give my overall rating on this interesting turkey hunting vest.

Could this be the best turkey hunting vest for you?

Listen in to hear more about the Alps Outdoorz Long Spur Turkey Vest.

Aug 16, 2018
198P - My Most Memorable Misses
37:24

My Most Memorable Misses

In this week's episode, I relive the hunts of some of my most memorable misses. 

I tell the story of the Green Mile turkey miss, where I watched the turkey come 200 yards straight down a road to me. I tell the story of my first miss - that one still breaks my heart! And, I share the story of my miss of one of my mentors - one of the two turkeys that taught me tons of turkey hunting and behavior lessons.

Listen in!

Aug 09, 2018
197P - More Turkey Soup and an Editorial
33:13

More Turkey Soup and an Editorial

This week, I found out that the state of Alabama's Conservation Advisory Board made a change to the opening day of the Alabama turkey hunting season for 2019 (and beyond). 

I'm not very happy about the change and the lack of information available about the change. Listen in as I share my opinions of the Board's decision and as I offer a few suggestions myself that I feel like would be much more effective management of my favorite natural resource - the wild turkey.

 

Aug 02, 2018
196P - Engaging with Anti Hunters with Blake Alma
01:06:28

Engaging with Anti Hunters with Blake Alma

This week, I have Blake Alma on the show to chat with us about engaging anti hunters in person and on social media. 

Most of the time, hunters are not the ones who are on social media stalking anti hunters. It usually is the other way around. 

So, what do you do when an anti hunter finds and comments on that social media post that you've made or confronts you face to face?

That is exactly what Blake Alma and I discuss on this week's episode. 

Listen in and hear about some of the ways you can deal with anti hunters who verbally attack you.

Jul 26, 2018
195P - Eddie Salter Seminar from 2018 NWTF Convention
45:53

Eddie Salter Seminar from 2018 NWTF Convention

This week, I have some good and some bad for you in this week's episode.

The good first... I have the replay from Eddie Salter's 2018 NWTF convention and sports show seminar cueued up for you this week.  Eddie is always entertaining and informative, and I feel like there are some great nuggets to be picked up on during the seminar for even the most experienced turkey hunter.

Now, for the bad... I also have some fairly depressing turkey news for you as well. Turkey populations are down in many parts of the country and some states are cutting the lengths of their hunting seasons in response.

Listen in!

Jul 19, 2018
194P - A Little Summertime Turkey Soup
31:40

A Little Summertime Turkey Soup

This week I have some turkey soup for you. Here are some topics that are covered in this week's episode... college football (I'm going to apologize in advance for this), wild turkey recipe, turkey harvest numbers for spring of 2018, poult recruitment and wild turkey population surveys, fall 2018 turkey permit application dates, and turkey's gone wild.

Listen in!

Jul 12, 2018
193P - Chasing Turkeys Using the OnX App with Dylan Dowson
48:56

Chasing Turkeys Using the OnX App with Dylan Dowson

This week, I interview Dylan Dowson with OnX about the OnX application and feature rich family of maps. We talk about several of the different features that are helpful within the application, like the tracking feature, the ability to share waypoints with friends, and the ability to measure distance; and, we share a few hunting stories as well.

Listen in and hear how the OnX app can help you have more success in the turkey woods this fall and next spring.

Jul 05, 2018
192P - NWTF Managing Private Land Seminar
01:00:30

Managing Private Land Seminar

In this episode of The Turkey Hunter, I am sharing the recording from the NWTF seminar about managing private land. In this seminar, the presenters discussed NRCS management programs, creating nesting and brood rearing habitat, and states leasing private lands using federal money.

Listen in and learn if any of these managment techniques can be used on your hunting property to improve it over time. 

 

Jun 28, 2018
191P - Challenging Gobblers with Ray Eye
50:10

Challenging Gobblers with Ray Eye

In this episode, I interview the ever entertaining Ray Eye about challenging gobblers.

Ray talks about using gobbler yelps, jake yelps, and gobbles to challenge a male turkey's spot in the pecking order. We talk about the best times of the spring mating season to try this strategy. And, Ray also discusses how he uses gobbler yelps to pull Toms away from a flock of hens.

Challenging gobblers can sometimes be the only way to kill a stubborn old boss gobbler, and Ray is certainly an expert on the topic. Incorporate some of Ray's strategies into your turkey hunts next season and see if it will work for you.

For those of you who do not know who Ray Eye is, well, here's a little about Ray...

Born to a Missouri Ozarks farm family, Ray Eye has more than 50 years of turkey hunting experience and 30 years in the outdoor industry. He is the lead hunting expert for MidWest Outdoors magazine and a host of MidWest Outdoors Television, on Pursuit Channel, many regional networks, and local stations. He produces and hosts Eyes on the Outdoors, the highest-rated outdoor radio show in the Midwest, on KFNS 590 AM, St. Louis. Ray travels the country giving packed-house seminars featuring video projection loaded with “teaching segments” that bring his brand of turkey hunting to show-goers. He appears regularly on a range of outdoor television shows, and his amazing wild turkey footage has been seen by millions of viewers. He has written numerous books on turkey hunting, the latest being Ray Eye’s Turkey Hunter’s Bible. And he produces a series of “Calling is Everything” instructional DVDs, available at RayEye.com. Honoring his body of work, Ray has been named Missouri Conservation Communicator of the Year, National Wild Turkey Federation Communicator of the Year, and he’s been inducted into the national Legends of the Outdoors Hall of Fame. Simply put, Ray Eye is synonymous with turkey hunting, and people who want to become better hunters flock to him because he honestly loves teaching what he knows best.

Jun 21, 2018
190P - Oregon Turkey Hunt
01:36:38

Oregon Turkey Hunt

This week, I take you along on my turkey hunt in Oregon. My buddies and I left Idaho, and headed to northeast Oregon on a seat of our pants turkey hunt. 

It was a great trip, and we managed to kill turkeys while we were there.

Listen in to this awesome hunt.

Jun 14, 2018
189P - Idaho Turkey Hunt
46:11

Idaho Turkey Hunt

This week I share the story of the Idaho turkey hunt from a few weeks ago. Idaho was another state that my hunting buddies and I were able to get marked off of our list of states.

We killed 4 birds in 2 and a half days there. Listen in to hear the stories.

Jun 07, 2018
188P - Washington Turkey Hunt
42:45

Washington Turkey Hunt

This week, I take you along on my turkey hunt to Washington. 

Just a hint, it is a great hunt. You'll want to come along on this journey with me as I attempt to mark state number 26 off of my list of turkey hunting/killing states.

Listen in!

May 31, 2018
187P - Minnesota Turkey Hunt
35:27

187P - Minnesota Turkey Hunt

Today, I'm sharing the story of my Minnesota turkey hunt on the show. The hunt was a great experience, and I look forward to the day that I can go back to hunt Minnesota turkeys.

I talk about scouting land from hundreds of miles away, sleeping in a Ford Flex, and gobbling turkeys.

Listen in.

May 24, 2018
186P - Wisconsin Turkey Hunt
42:50

Wisconsin Turkey Hunt

This week, I take you on my hunt to Wisconsin to try to mark another state off of my list of states needed to complete the Super Slam of Wild Turkeys.

The trip to Wisconsin was a great experience from the start to the end. The trip was full of great people, hospitality, scenery, and hunting. 

Listen in to hear all about the amazing trip! On Wisconsin!

May 17, 2018
185P - Week 7 Recap of 2018 Alabama Turkey Season and Musings
21:13

Week 7 Recap of 2018 Alabama Turkey Season and Musings

This week I recap week 7 of Alabama's 2018 spring turkey season, and I offer some deep thoughts on the season as a whole.

Listen in.

May 10, 2018
184P - Week 6 Recap of 2018 Alabama Turkey Season
35:23

Week 6 Recap of 2018 Alabama Turkey Season

This week, I recap my hunts from week 6 of the 2018 Alabama (and Mississippi) turkey season. 

I'll let the cat out of the bag, there was a male wild turkey spotting and a shot fired. Listen in as I try to finally kill my Alabama turkey and I try to fill a tag in MS. 

 

May 03, 2018
183P - Turkey Hunting Safety
33:56

Turkey Hunting Safety

This week I have a replay of a must listen reminder show about turkey hunting safety. I'm going to touch on the 3 aspects of turkey hunting that are the most dangerous and how we can be more safe.

I also stress that we stop and think before we do something that is even remotely dangerous and ask ourselves, "What is the worst thing that can happen to me if I do _________."

Listen in and be safe out there in the turkey hunting woods.

Apr 26, 2018
182P - Week 5 Recap of 2018 Alabama Turkey Season
01:19:28

Week 5 Recap of 2018 Alabama Spring Turkey Season

This week's show is a recap of week 5 of Alabama's 2018 spring turkey season with a little twist thrown in as Cameron and I took a trip to North Carolina. 

I don't want to let the cat out of the bag about what happens in this week's show because the cat has turkey feathers in his mouth this week.

Listen in as Cameron and I talk turkey!

Apr 19, 2018
181P - Week 4 Recap of 2018 Alabama Turkey Season
48:26

Week 4 Recap of 2018 Alabama Turkey Season

This week, I recap all of my hunts from week 4 of Alabama's 2018 turkey season. There was some quick heartbeats again this week in the woods chasing turkeys.

Listen in and hear about my hunts from this past week.

Apr 12, 2018
180P - Week 3 Recap of Alabama 2018 Turkey Season
54:45

Week 3 Recap of Alabama 2018 Turkey Season

Week 3 presented me with a little bit of action - much more action than week 1 did. 

This week's journeys took me to Bibb County, Chilton County, Wilcox County, Perry County, and Dallas County - all in Alabama.

Listen in and enjoy the show.

Apr 05, 2018
179F - Week 2 Recap of Alabama 2018 Turkey Season
38:10

Week 2 Recap of Alabama 2018 Turkey Season

We finally have some action in our spring turkey season. Listen in for the story.

Mar 29, 2018
179P - Week 2 Recap of Alabama 2018 Turkey Season
01:11:47

Week 2 Recap of 2018 Alabama Turkey Season

We finally have a little action in a turkey hunt. Listen in!

Mar 29, 2018
178P - Week 1 Recap of Alabama 2018 Turkey Season
45:52

Week 1 Recap of Alabama 2018 Turkey Season

This week I recap the happenings from my first week of hunting the 2018 spring turkey hunting season in Alabama. 

I also interview Richard Dunkin with Strutt'n 360 mechanical decoy stakes and JR Holly with Dixie Fowl Company to pick and announce the winners of this week's giveaways.

Adam Moser with Federal Premium also joins us to tell us about their new Heavyweight TSS turkey shotgun shells.

Listen in!

 

Mar 22, 2018
177P - Matt Morrett Seminar
01:24:23

Matt Morrett Seminar

This week I am playing the Matt Morrett seminar from the 2018 NWTF Convention and Sports Show in Nashville. I also announce the winners of the Dixie Fowl Company and Strutt'n 360 giveaways that we are doing on the show.

Listen in, learn, and hopefully win something as well.

Mar 15, 2018
176P - Wild Turkey Records with Karen Cavender
01:22:40

Wild Turkey Records with Karen Cavender

This week, I have Karen Cavender with the NWTF on the show to talk about the wild turkey records department.  Karen is responsible for gathering and verifying all of the wild turkey records and registration forms that come through the NWTF. I ask her why hunters would want to register their birds with the NWTF, the process that we need to take to register our turkeys, and if there are a few turkeys that have been registered that jump out at her as being the most memorable.

I also announce the first winners of the Dixie Fowl Company giveaway and the Strutt'n 360 giveaway on the show. Big congratulations to John Neal Baston and Jason Giavononne for being our first winners.

And, I finally make the big announcement about the project that I have been working on for the past 6 months as I'm doing a soft launch of my new e-learning website called Turkey Hunting University at www.turkeyhuntinguniversity.com.  I announce a special coupon code for the listeners of The Turkey Hunter podcast to use to watch some of the turkey hunting courses on the site for a discounted price.  I hope that you'll take advantage of that opportunity to up your turkey hunting game by taking a few courses on www.turkeyhuntinguniversity.com.

Listen in for a great interview with Karen and some special information about my new website as well.

Mar 08, 2018
175P - Grand National Calling Championship and Turkey Soup
01:09:51

Grand National Calling Championship and Turkey Soup

This week I have JR Holley with Dixie Fowl Company and Richard Dunkin with Strutt'n 360 on the show to announce a couple of giveaways that we have partnered up on.

JR is giving away 3 products from Dixie Fowl Company over the next 3 weeks, and Richard is giving away 5 Strutt'n 360 mechanical decoy stakes over the next 5 weeks. Be sure you listen in to learn how to register to win some great prizes from Dixie Fowl Company, Strutt'n 360, and The Turkey Hunter podcast.

After we announce the product giveaways I play back some audio clips from the NWTF Grand National Turkey Calling Championship that took place in Nashville, TN on 2/18/18. Listen in to hear some unbelievably good turkey calling.

Mar 01, 2018
174P - 2018 NWTF Convention and Sports Show Recap
49:26

2018 NWTF Convention and Sports Show Recap

This week, I share with you some of the highlights of my trip to Nashville for the 2018 NWTF Convention and Sports Show.

The weekend was filled with turkey hunting seminars, calling contests, an exhibit hall full of vendors selling anything and everything related to turkeys and turkey hunting. I was fortunate enough to be able to record a great deal of content from seminars and calling contests, and I tell you about my days at the show and play some audio clips from those different events I attended.

At the end of the episode, The Turkey Hunter podcast intern Cameron shares his 1 question interviews with some of the pros on the show floor. Needless to say, the pros rarely ever disappoint, and today is not one of those disappointment days.

Listen in!

Feb 22, 2018
173P - Mid and Late Season Public Land Strategies with Tony Reynolds
01:11:57

Mid and Late Season Public Land Strategies with Tony Reynolds

This week, I have Tony Reynolds with Reynolds Custom Calls back on the show with me to talk a little more about turkey hunting public land. This time, however, we are talking about mid and late season public land turkey hunting strategies.

Tony has many years experience turkey hunting public land, so we can gain a great deal of knowledge from Tony on this topic. 

I got Tony fired up talking about turkey hunting, and I think he could have talked about the topic all night with us.

Listen in and catch some great turkey hunting tips for mid and late season on public land. The one trick you need to fill a tag may be in this show.

Feb 15, 2018
172P - Planning the Wisconsin Turkey Hunting Trip
46:05

In this episode, I take you along with me through the process of planning my spur of the moment turkey hunt to Wisconsin.

I'm going to try to tack on at least one more state on that trip (likely Minnesota) as well. I'm way behind in the process for where I need to be at this point, but mainly because I did not know I was going to be in the area until about 3 weeks ago.

Since I am way behind in the planning process, I have hit some roadblocks in my planning this trip.  Listen in and follow along in the planning process.  After everything is planned and my boots hit the ground, I'm taking you guys with me on the trip and the hunts from that trip as I'll be recording the entire trip and bringing that to you in an upcoming episode.

Feb 08, 2018
171P - The Two Step Turkey
30:44

Today, I am sharing the story of The Two Step Turkey. 

This is a story that is pretty crazy and unbelievable.  After the story is over, I share my takeaways from that hunt and cover some turkey hunting news as well.

Listen in!

Feb 01, 2018
170P - Pre Season Scouting on Public Land with Tony Reynolds
55:49

170P - Pre Season Scouting Public Land with Tony Reynolds

This week I have Tony Reynolds with Reynolds Custom Calls on the phone with me to discuss pre season scouting on public land. 

We discuss when we should start scouting for turkeys on public land, how many gobblers we would like to have located before the season starts, and the process of scouting after we have located some birds.

We also get a few public land hunting tips and some great turkey hunting stories from Tony as well. This is an episode you don't want to miss.  Listen in!

Jan 25, 2018
169P - 2018 NWTF Convention and Sports Show with Pete Muller
42:07

This week I have Pete Muller, Public Relations Manager, on the show with me to discuss the upcoming 2018 NWTF Convention and Sports Show to be held in Nashville, TN again this year.

Pete shares with us some of the very exciting events, auctions, seminars, and contests that will be held during the 3 day event. 

Listen in and begin your planning for your time at the show. If you are not planning on attending this year, then you are going to miss out on what is sure to be another record crowd for the show. This show just keeps getting bigger and better every year.

I hope to see you there!

Jan 18, 2018
168P - Dealing with Outside Factors When Turkey Hunting
29:04

Dealing with Outside Factors When Turkey Hunting

In this week's episode of The Turkey Hunter, I talk about some factors that we have no control over when we are turkey hunting - those outside factors.

I talk about how I've dealt with a few in the past, and a few observations I've made over my years of turkey hunting that may help you sometime in the near future.

Listen in!

Jan 11, 2018
167P - The Delayed Double - An Unbelievable Story
01:00:23

167P - The Delayed Double - An Unbelievable Story

You asked for more stories, and you get more stories.  

Today, I'm joined by my good friend, Todd, as we share the story of our very first double.  Well, it actually was a delayed double that wasn't really the same hunt.  But, the story of that morning is so unbelievable you've got to listen in.

Jan 04, 2018
166 P - 2017 Recap and 2018 Planning Session
17:58

2017 Recap and 2018 Planning Session

In this week's episode, we have a 2017 recap and 2018 planning session.  We talk about where we have been and what we accomplished in 2017, but more importantly we plan to accomplish in 2018 both in the turkey woods and on The Turkey Hunter podcast.

I also share how you can help me help you be a better turkey hunter.  Participate in the 2017 End of Year survey to help me learn a little more about you so I can give you better shows in 2018.  Also, I ask you to email your show topic suggestions to me.

Listen in!

Dec 28, 2017
165P - Wild Turkeys, Conservation, and Politics with Becky Humphries
01:03:09

Wild Turkeys, Conservation, and Politics with Becky Humphries

This week, I am joined by Becky Humphries, the CEO of the NWTF, to discuss wild turkeys, conservation, and politics.

In this episode, Becky discusses some pieces of legislation that are currently in the Senate and House of Representatives that will affect conservation efforts on our public lands and our access to those public lands for hunting and fishing.

We also discuss some actions that we hunters and conservationists can take to help protect our interests and our rights to use our public lands.

Becky also shares an amazing turkey hunting story with us and 1 or 2 things that made that hunt a successful one.

Listen in!

 

Dec 21, 2017
164P - The Final NWTF Board of Directors Nominees Interviews
33:02

The Final NWTF Board of Directors Nominees Interviews

This week I have interviews with the final 2 nominees for the NWTF Board of Directors.

Bill Lafayette from California is on first to tell us a little about himself, why he is running for the NWTF Board of Directors, and why we should cast one of our 3 votes for him.

Scott Hill from New Jersey is up right after him to do the exact same thing.

Listen in to learn more about these nominees.

Dec 14, 2017
163P - More Interviews with NWTF Board of Directors Nominees
41:27

More Interviews with NWTF Board of Directors Nominees

This week I have more interviews with the NWTF Board of Directors Nominees for you as I speak with Mike McKernan from South Dakota and Phil Savage from Alabama.

Listen in to learn more about each nominee and to hear the story of their most recent successful turkey hunts.

Dec 07, 2017
162P - Talking Turkey with Jeff Budz
27:18

Talking Turkey with Jeff Budz

This week, I have an interview with Jeff Budz with Tag It Worldwide on the show to talk about his spring 2017 turkey season.

Listen in!

Nov 30, 2017
161P - Interviews with NWTF Board of Directors Nominees
39:53

Interviews with NWTF Board of Directors Nominees

This week, I interview Greg Sitrick from Arizona and Ronnie Reagin from Georgia about their bid for a seat on the Board of Directors of the NWTF.

Listen in as we learn a little more about each of them, why they want to be on the Board, and why we should cast one of our 3 votes for them.

Nov 23, 2017
160P - Becky Humphries on the NWTF Board of Directors Election
24:24

Becky Humphries on the NWTF Board of Directors Election

This week I discuss the current NWTF Board of Directors election with NWTF CEO Becky Humphries.  We discuss what the Board does, why it is so important, how many members are on the board at any time, and how the current nominees were nominated to run for the Board of Directors.

Listen in to learn more about the NWTF Board of Directors and how we, the NWTF members, can shape the organization for the future.

Nov 16, 2017
159P - A Conversation with a New Turkey Hunter
01:05:29

A Conversation with a New Turkey Hunter

This week I have a new turkey hunter on the show who has several questions for me.  

Justin Beene is new to hunting and turkey hunting as well, and he has lots of really good questions for me. We talk about everything from cows to fences to bourbon when he turns the rapid fire Q&A session around and asks questions of me.

Listen in!

Nov 09, 2017
158P - How We Miss Turkeys
26:21

How We Miss Turkeys

This week I share 6 reasons how we miss turkeys when turkey hunting.

It seems so easy. All we have to do is get our shot within a foot of the turkeys head at 40 yards, and one pellet from our shell is surely to hit the mark and down our bird for us.  But it doesn't happen sometimes, and we watch in disgust as the turkey we worked so hard to get within gun range of us flies off into another county.

There are some common causes to our missing a shot at a wild turkey, and that is exactly what I'm talking about on today's show.

Listen in!

Nov 02, 2017
157P - Some of My Largest Wild Turkeys
43:23

This week I share the story of some of the hunts that resulted in my largest wild turkeys harvested. I also share my takeaways from those hunts as well, in hopes that those takeaways will help some of the listeners become better turkey hunters.

Listen in as I share the story of the turkey that was almost a mounter, Chief Osceola, my first turkey, and the one spurred birthday bird.

Oct 26, 2017
156P - Talking Turkey with Chris Parrish
33:01

Talking Turkey with Chris Parrish

This week I have Chris Parrish on the show with me to relive a little of his 2017 spring turkey season.  Chris experienced a little of a mid season lull at home in Missouri this spring, even though he had productive mid season trips out of state. 

He ended up closing out his Missouri season with a successful hunt on an old bird by paying attention to the patterns of that particular turkey. 

Listen in to hear the story of this hunt and to hear how the rest of his season went.

Oct 19, 2017
155F - More Turkey Calling Mistakes
21:26

More Turkey Calling Mistakes

This week I cover more turkey calling mistakes that we turkey hunters make in the woods when we are hunting turkeys.  

Some of the mistakes covered in this week's episode are a little more obscure than the ones we covered in the first turkey calling mistakes episode, but that doesn't mean that these mistakes are not equally as important to correct as the mistakes that I covered in the first episode.

Listen in as I discuss 4 more turkey calling mistakes and what we can do to correct them.

Oct 12, 2017
155P - More Turkey Calling Mistakes
26:23

More Turkey Calling Mistakes

This week I cover more turkey calling mistakes that we turkey hunters make in the woods when we are hunting turkeys.  

Some of the mistakes covered in this week's episode are a little more obscure than the ones we covered in the first turkey calling mistakes episode, but that doesn't mean that these mistakes are not equally as important to correct as the mistakes that I covered in the first episode.

Listen in as I discuss 4 more turkey calling mistakes and what we can do to correct them.

Oct 12, 2017
154P - Packing for an Out of State Turkey Hunt
01:05:09

Packing for an Out of State Turkey Hunt with Brenda Valentine

Brenda Valentine, The First Lady of Hunting and spokesperson for the NWTF, is a well traveled hunter - not just for turkeys but for all types of game all over the world. In this episode Brenda shares with us how she handles packing for an out of state turkey hunt.

We cover packing our dufflebag, gun case, and even how we can get our wild turkey meat back home with us if we are successful on our hunt.

After having traveled to half way around the world for African safaris, hunting in 24 states in the US, and hunting in Mexico, I still learned something from Brenda in this interview.

Listen in!

Oct 05, 2017
153P - Vacation and Important Turkey Hunting Safety Lessons
40:30

We are on vacation this week with a replay of a great interview with Corporal Dave Painter with the Michigan DNR where we are talking about public land hunting etiquette.

This is an interview that I think we can all learn a few lessons from.

Listen in!

Sep 28, 2017
152P - Turkey Calling Mistakes
26:47

Turkey Calling Mistakes

This week I discuss some of the most common turkey calling mistakes we make when turkey hunting, and I share a few turkey hunting stories along the way as well. 

Listen in!

Sep 21, 2017
151P - How a Wild Turkey Hen Chooses a Mate with Rich Buchholz
01:00:43

How a Wild Turkey Hen Chooses a Mate with Dr. Richard Buchholz

This week I have Dr. Richard Buchholz on the show to talk about how a wild turkey hen chooses a mate.

Dr. Buchholz has dedicated his career to studying mating behavior in the wild turkey, and we talk about some of the factors that have been tested in Dr. Buchholz studies and experiments. We also discuss some of his findings as well.

We talk about snood length, caruncles, beards, spurs, coloration, skull cap width, and many other factors that may have to do with why a hen chooses a male turkey to breed with.  We discuss that the hen uses those aspects of a gobbler's appearance to determine his healthiness and his ability to pass on good genetics to the hen's offspring.

Listen in and learn a little more about these amazing birds and their mating behaviors with Dr. Buchholz.

Sep 14, 2017
150P - Turkey Soup
20:31

This week, I have a bit of a hodge podge of a show for you - kind of a turkey soup, if you will.

We are discussing scouting for fall wild turkeys, using trail cameras, additional tag buying opportunities in Wisconsin, fall turkey hunting forecasts in Missouri, and money to be invested in Texas by the NWTF Texas state chapter.

Sep 07, 2017
149P - Homemade Turkey Callers
28:04

Homemade Turkey Callers

We turkey hunters live and die by our turkey callers. Truth is, we don't really need those callers to be successful while turkey hunting, but those callers do help to increase our odds of success and enjoyment of the sport. 

While most commercially sold callers are well worth their money because of the amount of testing and design work done on them, we can make our own turkey callers ourselves very inexpensively and with very common materials. In addition to saving a little money, it is often quite fun to make our own callers and very rewarding to kill a wild turkey using our handmade, homemade caller.

Today, I discuss several homemade turkey callers, which commercially sold caller they most resemble, and where we can learn how to make one ourselves.

Listen in, learn, and get to work making a couple of homemade turkey callers to throw into your turkey vest to use this fall.

Aug 31, 2017
148P - Talking Turkey with Preston Pittman
40:31

This week I have clips of audio recorded with Preston Pittman where I pick his brain about certain turkey hunting related topics. 

We talk about turkey predators and nest predators, fanning wild turkeys, turkey caliing, cross contamination of steaks, super slams, and a couple of other topics.

This is a hodge podge of turkey hunting material and topics that I think you will really enjoy and learn from as well.

Listen in!

Aug 24, 2017
147P - One of My Favorite Episodes
01:15:58

Join me as I interview Tim Knight and Corey New about bowhunting turkeys without a blind.

A wild turkey’s eyesight is undoubtedly the best of any big game species in North America. They have an uncanny ability to pick out any type of movement or something that is just not right in the woods.

Because of their incredible eyesight, bowhunting turkeys without a blind may seem like it is an impossible feat, but it is not.

As of today’s date, Tim Knight has killed 84 turkeys with a bow and without a blind, and in this episode I pick his brain about how he is so successful doing it.

We talk bow setup, shot placement, camouflage, decoys, and ideal range for a bow shot.  In addition, we share some hunting stories, and Tim even shares a recipe or three with us.

This episode is a new one on my favorite episode list because I got so much more out of Tim than I had planned and because I had a great time conducting the interview.

Be sure to listen in to this episode to learn all you can about bowhunting turkeys without a blind, hear some great hunting stories, and laugh along with us as well.

Aug 17, 2017
146P - Turkey Hunting Shotgun Modifications Revisited with Laurence Pylinski
01:05:18

Turkey Hunting Shotgun Modifications Revisited with Laurence Pylinski

In this episode I revisit the topic of turkey hunting shotgun modifications with Laurence Pylinski with Pylinski Arms. Laurence has been a gunsmith for 30 years, and he is very knowledgeable on modifications that can be made to shotguns by turkey hunters that may improve our pattern or accuracy.

Laurence and I discuss porting barrels, the benefits and detriments to porting, and the cost as well. We also discuss backboring shotguns, the benefits of backboring, what to be cautious of when backboring, and the cost of that modification. And, last but not least, Laurence and I talk about lengthening the forcing cones of shotguns, how that can improve our pattern, what to be cautious of when lenthening forcing cones, and the cost of that also.

A couple of these modifications have been widely adopted by gun manufacturers in the manufacturing of their product because they have seen the benefits of having these modifications done to the guns they made in years past. We discuss that as well as any other modifications that may be more worth the money we would invest in these three modifications.

Listen in and leave us a comment about this week's show.

Aug 10, 2017
145P - Turkey Hunting Solo
30:43

Turkey Hunting Solo

Turkey hunting solo can be a rather intimidating thought for newer turkey hunters who are afraid to fail in the turkey woods. Many new hunters will not take to the woods by themselves for fear of frustration of not knowing the sport.

Today, I tackle the subject of turkey hunting solo, and I offer a few helpful hints to newer turkey hunters to hopefully provide a little self confidence before they head to the woods alone. 

The main takeaway from today's show is that new turkey hunters should get in the turkey woods, have fun, make smart decisions, embrace mistakes, and learn from those mistakes.

 

Aug 03, 2017
144P - Cooking Wild Turkey with Scott Leysath
01:02:56

Cooking Wild Turkey with Scott Leysath

This week I'm talking about cooking wild turkey with Scott Leysath, The Sporting Chef.

We discuss how to remove that tough silver sinew that surrounds each wild turkey breast. We talk about brining to enhance the flavor of any bird we want to cook, and how we can season our brine to add even more flavor to our turkeys.

Scott shares some recipes for preparing and cooking wild turkeys that will make your mouth water as well as which herbs and spices seem to always go well with wild turkey.

Scott also tells us the best way to prepare wild turkey thighs so that the meat falls off of the bone and is mouth watering tender after it is cooked. We talk about making stock with the legs, and we also talk about the goodness of bone broth.

Jul 27, 2017
143P - Getting Permission to Turkey Hunt Private Land
42:08

Getting Permission to Turkey Hunt Private Land

For those of us who only hunt public land, getting permission to turkey hunt private land can turn our success level around so that we are consistently filling tags each season because private land turkeys are often less pressured than public land wild turkeys are.

The problem with getting access to hunt private land is getting access to hunt private land. Most of us don't know where to start to gain access to some private land hunting honey holds.

That is exactly what we are talking about in this week's episode. I discuss how to find those private land parcels that will most likely give us the best opportunity for success, and I talk about some do's and don'ts when we approach the land owners to ask for access.

Listen in!

Jul 20, 2017
142P - Traveling with Your Own Firearm to Turkey Hunt
30:34

Traveling with Your Own Firearm to Turkey Hunt

Traveling and turkey hunting are both very exciting activities by themselves. However, when we combine those two activities into one, there are not many things we do that can rival the fun we can have while enjoying both at the same time.

Traveling with your own firearm to turkey hunt can make our travels a little bit more stressful than say a normal family vacation may be. There are so many rules and regulations of the travel carriers that we need to keep in mind when preparing for our trip as well as the laws and regulations governing firearms put in place by our local and state governments.

In today's episode of The Turkey Hunter, I cover some considerations we need to keep in mind when traveling with your own firearm to turkey hunt.

So, listen in as we talk about firearms and ammunition on planes, trains, and automobiles.

https://www.nraila.org/articles/20150101/guide-to-the-interstate-transportation

https://www.amtrak.com/firearms-in-checked-baggage

https://www.tsa.gov/travel/transporting-firearms-and-ammunition

 

Jul 13, 2017
141P - What Makes a Shotgun a Turkey Hunting Shotgun
46:37

What Makes a Shotgun a Turkey Hunting Shotgun

This week, I'm discussing what makes a shotgun a "turkey hunting shotgun."

Any shotgun can kill a turkey when shooting the right shells, at the right point of aim, at a turkey at the proper distance. However, there are certain things that we need to know about guns in order for us to have any sort of success in the turkey woods.

To make any shotgun into a turkey hunting shotgun, there are certain things that we need to look for in a gun that we are going to use for hunting wild turkeys.

1. Bore or Gauge - we want to be sure we are shooting a gun that we can handle. Some gauges are just too heavy and have too much recoil for some shooters.

2. Chamber Length - having the proper chamber length for our gauge and what we intend to hunt with the turkeys is important to ensuring our success when the opportunity arises.

3. Action - the type of the action of the gun may seem insignificant, but shooting a gun with the type of action best suited for real life hunting scenarios is very important.

4. Fit - a gun that fits properly is a gun that will miss less frequently and will result in a much more happy hunting experience.

5. Length of the Barrel - Years ago, the thought process with shotgun barrels was the longer the barrel the better the shot and shotgun. That is not the case today. With today's aggressive choke tubes, a short barrel with the correct choke tube in it will shoot just as well as a long barrel shotgun.

6. Sights - Front bead, front and rear bead, Rifle Sights, holographic sights, and scopes are all sight options for our turkey hunting shotguns.

7. Recoil Pads - a great recoil pad on a turkey hunting shotgun can mean the difference in a lower recoil and fewer pulled shots and more accurate followup shots.

8. Gunsmithed Modifications - Back boring, Lengthening the bore, and porting are modifications that need to be made by a gunsmith to help our guns shoot better. But do those modifications really work that well?

9. Looks - The more camouflage we can make our guns the less chance we have of being seen by a wild turkey.

Listen in to this week's show to hear more about what makes a shotgun a turkey hunting shotgun.

Jul 06, 2017
140P - Interviewing a Turkey Hunting Outfitter
38:03

Interviewing a Turkey Hunting Outfitter

This week I interview a turkey hunting outfitter to question him about his services and accommodations.

This past spring, my turkey hunting buddies and I chose to hunt in Idaho and Washington for our 2018 out of state spring turkey hunt. We also decided that hunting with an outfitter is how we need to tackle the states that are so far from home due to time constraints and the fact that we need to kill 8 turkeys in approximately 6 days of hunting.

That is a tall enough task when a turkey hunter has an outfitter who knows where the birds are and what they do during the day, but it is an extremely tough task when trying to accomplish that feat on public land that turkey hunter has never been on before.

So, the process of interviewing outfitters started, and I've recorded one of those initial interviews that I had with an outfitter for today's show.

I don't get too terribly in depth with my questioning at this point in the process because I'm taking a list of about 10 outfitters and trying to weed that down to about 3 or 4 outfitters who will move on to the next round of interviewing. 

The next round of interviewing is where I'll dig into more detail about hunting style as well as details about accommodations.

Listen in to this week's interview and see if there is any information you can gleen from it. Also, you will learn how to get my list of 45 questions to ask a turkey hunting outfitter at the end of the episode.

Jun 29, 2017
139P - Habitat Management for Wild Turkeys with Grant Woods
54:55

Habitat Management for Wild Turkeys with Grant Woods

This week I discuss habitat management for wild turkeys with Grant Woods with www.GrowingDeer.TV.

Grant is a wildlife biologist who specializes in habitat management planning for landowners around the US. He also hosts a weekly show on his website where he shares some of the management techniques that he uses on his own property, called The Proving Grounds.

Grant's videos are very well produced and put together and chocked full of great information that any turkey hunter can use to improve his/her hunting land - whether that is public hunting land or private ground.

Grant and I discuss what a wild turkey might consider to be the perfect blend of forest land and fields. We also talk about how much of those fields we need to turn into nesting habitat and brood rearing habitat.

We talk a good bit about how prescribed fire can be used to improve our hunting property and how Grant uses it to manage his nesting and brood rearing areas as well.

Finally, we talk about the best forage crops we can plant for our wild turkeys and Grant shares with us his secret about planting amazing food plots without using any fertilizer.

Listen in this week and let Grant help you with habitat management for wild turkeys on your property.

Jun 22, 2017
138P - Turkey Hunting Small Parcels
39:42

Turkey Hunting Small Parcels

 

In this week's episode, I discuss a few of the things that I learned turkey hunting small parcels of land this past turkey season.

I own almost 24 acres of land in central Alabama, and I spent several days turkey hunting that parcel this past season in search of a tom.  I made several mistakes while hunting this small parcel, and I share those experiences so we can all learn from them.

Turkey hunting small parcels is a topic that was suggested by Tracy Long, a listener to the show.

Listen in to this week's episode!

Jun 15, 2017
137P - Protecting Your Public Land Access with Andrew Maxwell
52:03

Protecting Your Public Land Access

This week, I'm interviewing Andrew Maxwell regarding Backcountry Hunters and Anglers.

Backcountry Hunters and Anglers is a non profit organization which seeks to ensure North America's outdoor heritage of hunting and fishing in a natural setting, through education and work on behalf of wild public lands and waters.

Listen in and see if BHA may be an organization that you are interested in supporting.

Jun 08, 2017
136P - Turkey Men with Thomas Pero
45:47

Turkey Men with Thomas Pero

In this week's episode, I interview Thomas Pero with Wild River Press about his new book, Turkey Men.

Turkey Men is a book about the men who have accomplished the goal of killing a turkey in all 49 states that have wild turkeys in them.

We learn about Thomas' motivation for writing the book as well as how long it took him to track down the hunters that he interviewed for the book.

We also learn what one common trait that Thomas saw in each of the men that he interviewed that he feels make them so good at what they do.

The interview with Thomas is fun and informative. The book, Turkey Men, is a very well put together piece that I feel like any "died in the wool" turkey hunter will want to read and add to his/her library.

Listen in!

Jun 01, 2017
135P - Handling the Disappointment of Turkey Hunting with Robert Kroger
55:55

Handling the Disappointment of Turkey Hunting

We turkey hunters often spend a great deal of time, effort, and money in preparing for turkey season and for turkey hunting trips out of state or out of the country.  We spend money on gasoline, groceries, licenses and tags, calls, clothing, guns, shotgun shells, hunting club dues, planting and maintaining food plots, just to name a few expenses.

In doing all of our preparations, we often visualize ourselves and how we will react after we fill a tag with a big tom.  These visualizations often turn into expectations, and that is where we can sometimes have the wrong attitude about our successes or failures in the turkey woods.

In this episode, Robbie Kroger shares with us the experience of his recent trip to Mexico to hunt the Ocellated turkey. Robbie went to Mexico almost expecting to harvest a turkey, but what happened after he arrived turned those expectations into frustration.

Listen in as Robbie shares his story of his Ocellated turkey hunt in Mexico, and how he has managed to deal with the outcome of that trip.

May 25, 2017
134P - Tungsten Super Shot and Wild Turkeys with Nick Charney
01:12:30

Tungsten Super Shot (TSS) and Wild Turkeys with Nick Charney

This week I interview Nick Charney with Apex Ammunition to discuss Tungsten Super Shot and its performance for hunting turkeys.

I ask Nick what the benefits of Tungsten Super Shot are over basic lead shot and even the other shot options which are more dense than lead when turkey hunting.

I ask if we can use a smaller shot size in TSS than the customary #4, #5, or #6 shot sizes in lead.

We discuss how some states are not allowing lead shot to be used any longer for hunting on any public lands and how TSS overcomes that environmental issue.

We discuss why shooting shorter length shells in TSS can often yield the same, if not better, results than longer (heavier recoiled) lead loads.

We also discuss why shooting a smaller/lighter gauge shotgun with TSS can yield the same, if not better, results than a heavier gauge gun.

We also discuss the availability of Tungsten Super Shot in the United States, and why it costs more than lead shot does.

Listen in and learn why your old lead shotgun shells may be causing you to carry more weight around in the woods and causing you to deal with more recoil when shooting than you really need to.

Resources:

https://apexmunition.com/

https://www.facebook.com/apexammuntion/

 

 

May 18, 2017
133P - 2017 Turkey Hunting Season Recap and Lessons Learned
01:13:12

2017 Turkey Hunting Season Recap and Lessons Learned

Cameron joins me this week to recap our 2017 turkey hunting seasons and to talk about the lessons we learned and re-learned this season.

We talk about the differences between turkey hunting in Alabama and in other states. We also share the stories of our most exciting hunts from the season.

We discuss our recent turkey hunting trip to North Carolina where Cameron fired a warning shot at a public land turkey.

Listen in as we share some laughs, stories, and some tips as well.

May 11, 2017
132P - Late Season Turkey Hunting Tips
50:10

Late Season Turkey Hunting Tips

Late season turkey hunting can be difficult at times as toms often find themselves being without female company for long periods of times for the first time in months. Many times we can go days on end without hearing a turkey gobble, and then the next day the turkeys are gobbling to beat the band.

There are some things that we can do to help increase our chances of being successful in filling that last tag or two on a late season tom.  Here are some late season turkey hunting tips to help you when the going gets tough.

May 04, 2017
131P - Turkey Season Questions and Answers
41:54

This week I answer several questions from listeners to the show.

From "Help me kill this turkey" to "What does a cluck and purr really mean in turkey talk?" I cover a lot of topics and try to help some of you guys to kill another turkey or two this season.

Apr 27, 2017
129P - Etiquette and Safety for Turkey Hunting Public Land
54:28

Etiquette and Safety for Turkey Hunting Public Land

This week, I speak with Corporal Dave Painter with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources about etiquette and safety for turkey hunting public land.

Corporal Painter has been a conservation officer with the state of Michigan for over 20 years, and he has hands on experience in dealing with lots of hunters on lots of public land and dealing with issues that arise in those situations.

We discuss

1. having other hunters come into the area you are hunting while you are working turkeys and how you should handle that situation. 

2. how to handle the situation when you arrive at your public land hunting spot and someone else is in the area.

3. the issues that walk-in hunting areas can present for us as we often don't have vehicles parked in a specific area to let others know we are hunting there.

4. confronting someone who is doing something unethical on public land.

5. confronting someone who is doing something illegal on public land.

6. first hand accounts of situations that have arisen in the past between hunters on public land, and

7. the story of his most recent successful turkey hunt and the one or two things that made that hunt a success.

In addition to the interview with Corporal Painter, I share the lost interview from the NWTF Convention and Sports Show in Nashville from this past February.

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Apr 13, 2017
128P - The Struggles of a Turkey Hunter
55:49

The Struggles of a Turkey Hunter

This week, I interview a listener, Joe Kosalko, who emailed me to ask for some help in figuring out what is going on with the turkeys where he hunts in New Mexico.

Joe struggles with turkeys that will gobble a few times on the roost, fly down and not say a word for the rest of the day. 

We discuss what the possible problems could be and what he can do to overcome those issues and hopefully fill a tag or two this spring. 

Joe's season starts April 15, and he's ready to get out into the woods to try his luck with those New Mexico Merriam's turkeys. 

Apr 06, 2017
127P - Understanding the Body Language of Wild Turkeys with Phillip Vanderpool
01:18:22

Understanding the Body Language of Wild Turkeys with Phillip Vanderpool

Phillip Vanderpool with The Virtue TV joins me this week to help with understanding the body language of wild turkeys.

Learn the signs of what to look for in a nervous turkey, and how to calm that nervous bird back down.

Learn the signs of what to look for in a bird that is content and is coming to your setup.

Learn what the colors the gobbler displays in his head, neck, and waddles mean and how to interpret what the gobbler's emotions are when those colors change.

Mar 30, 2017
126 - Scouting Advice from Turkey Hunting Pros
01:05:39

Scouting Advice from Turkey Hunting Pros

This week Cameron and I have some scouting advice from turkey hunting pros for your listening pleasure.  In fact, Cameron brings the majority of this week's show to you as I vacation at the beach before turkey season starts.

Cameron interviews Preston Pittman, Chris Parrish, Jimmy Primos, Harold Knight, Eddie Salter, and Tony Reynolds. He asks them 3 questions about scouting public land because Cameron is having difficulty locating turkeys on some of the public land around Birmingham, Alabama.

Listen in and hear what advice some of the turkey hunting pros have to offer Cameron in this week's episode.

Mar 23, 2017
125 - Dissecting a Box Call with Bob Fulcher
01:08:14

Dissecting A Box Call with Bob Fulcher

This week, we are dissecting a box call with Bob Fulcher with Shadetree Callers.

Tune in to learn how the thickness of the walls and bottom of a call affect the sound of the call. We also talk about tuning box calls with a pocket knife, and the difference between a one piece box call and a laminate call. We talk about how the density of the wood affects the sound of a box call and whether or not we want a box call that is made 100% of the same type of wood. 

After we talk box calls and listen to the difference in some of the box calls that Bob makes at Shadetree Callers, we get to hear the story of Bob's most recent successful turkey hunt and one or two of the things that made that hunt a success.

Listen in and learn about box calls when we start dissecting a box call.

Mar 16, 2017
123 - Early Season Turkey Hunting Strategies with Ernie Calandrelli
01:03:26

Early Season Turkey Hunting Strategies with Ernie Calandrelli

Ernie Calandrelli joins me this week to discuss early season turkey hunting strategies. 

Early season in the turkey woods can be a tale of two seasons. The big dominant Toms are busy tending to their harem of hens; and, in doing so, more often than not are unwilling to respond and come into our calling.  The subordinate, or satellite Toms, are looking for love in all the wrong places, and they will often run over us to get to that “hen” that they think is begging for attention.

In saying that, for us hunters, early season turkey hunting consists of days that are really good and days that are really bad, with the majority of our days being the latter.

When dealing with early season turkeys, we can do certain things to increase the odds of being successful. 

One of those strategies we can try is to mock the boss hen and try to get her angry enough to come into our setup to fight that hen that is trying to tell her and the other turkeys in the area what to do.

Ernie and I discuss that strategy as well as other early season turkey hunting strategies in this week’s episode.

Listen in and be sure to leave a comment to let me know what your favorite, and most successful, early season turkey hunting strategy is.

Mar 09, 2017
124 - Interviews with the Pros at the NWTF Convention
41:51

In this episode of The Turkey Hunter, I conduct the 1 question interviews with turkey hunting pros at the NWTF Convention and Sports Show in Nashville. 

Hear the 1 thing that increased the turkey hunting success rates around for guys like Preston Pittman, Eddie Salter, Ernie Calandrelli, Ray Eye, Harold Knight, Chris Parrish, Trent Masterson, Matt Morrett, and Jimmy Primos.

I guarantee you will learn something about turkey hunting in this week’s show. Listen in and enjoy.

Mar 02, 2017
122 - 2017 NWTF Convention Recap
52:46

2017 NWTF Convention Recap

In this week's episode, I recap the 2017 NWTF Convention and Sports Show that took place in Nashville, TN.

With what is sure to be a record breaking crowd in attendance over the weekend, thousands of people enjoyed seminars, calling contests, and an exhibition hall full of vendor booths selling anything from shotguns to turkey calls to facemasks to cover a turkey hunter's face.

While all of this excitement was going on in the convention and sports show, I was wandering around recruiting people to let me record an interview with them.  This interview was one with a twist - it consisted of one question.

The real trick to the one question is that there really was not one answer, and there certainly was not one right answer.  I strictly wanted to know "What is the one thing that elevated your success level in the turkey woods from that of being a beginner to where you are consistently killing turkeys year in and year out?"

That is it!  That is the one question from the one question interview.  I got some really good answers, and I share those with you in this week's episode. 

Listen in and enjoy the 2017 NWTF Convention Recap and my one question interviews with attendees of the convention.

Feb 23, 2017
121 - Part 2 of Advanced Trapping Sets for Wild Turkey Predators with Trent Masterson
01:08:35

Part 2 of Advanced Trapping Sets for Wild Turkey Predators with Trent Masterson

 

In this week's episode I continue the conversation with Trent Masterson about some advanced trapping sets for wild turkey predators - adult and poult wild turkey predators mostly.

Coyotes are extremely wary, and they are quick to catch on to trapping in their home area. When they catch on, they get more and more difficult to trap and remove from the area. Trent gives some tips on how we can catch more of those wary coyotes before they catch our nesting hens and vulnerable poults.

Trent also discusses how to catch the best hunters in the woods - bobcats. Their inquisitive nature makes them easier to trap than coyotes, but there are some techniques that we can use to increase our odds of success when seeking these turkey killers.

Foxes are also a predator that will destroy a nest of eggs or catch our poults and nesting hens, and we need to remove as many foxes as we can to help our turkey population too. Trent and I discuss the main differences in coyote trap sets and fox trap sets.

Lastly, we discuss how to dispatch the animals we have in our traps effectively and humanely.

Trent also gives us some information on the National Trapper's Association and how we can get involved with that organization, even if we do not trap since the animal rights groups are coming after trappers as well as hunters. 

Feb 16, 2017
120 - Advanced Trapping Sets for Wild Turkey Predators with Trent Masterson
56:03

Trent Masterson joins me this week to discuss advanced trapping sets for wild turkey predators.

If you want to have more turkeys to observe and hunt on your property, there are 2 main things that you can do to really help to increase your population.  One of those is to improve the habitat that the turkeys have.  The second activity is to trap predators.

More often than not, those predators that have seen, heard, and smelled other predators caught in traps get wary and hard to catch.  That is exactly what we are discussing in this episode - advanced trapping sets for wild turkey predators.

Because this interview with Trent ran almost 2 hours, I've split the interview into 2 parts.  In this part of the interview, Trent and I discuss advanced trapping sets for nest predators of wild turkeys, so we talk coons, skunks, and possums.

Listen in as we discuss what we need to know to catch these more wary wild turkey predators.

Feb 09, 2017
119 - Pre Season Scouting for Wild Turkeys with Preston Pittman
01:18:12

Preston Pittman with Pittman Game Calls and Longleaf Camo joins me today to discuss pre season scouting for wild turkeys.

We talk about when we need to start our pre season scouting for wild turkeys, what we need to be looking for when we scout, when we should stop our scouting for turkeys, and some of the most common mistakes we make when scouting.

In addition to learning some tips to scout your hunting property before turkey season starts, we also get to hear some great turkey hunting stories from Preston as well.

Feb 02, 2017
118 - What I Carry In My Turkey Hunting Vest
22:11

I received a show suggestion from Friend of the Show, Griff Baute, to do a show on turkey hunting gear, so today I'm sharing with you what I carry in my turkey hunting vest.

I'm going to give you the list of what I keep in my turkey hunting vest 24/7, what I rotate in and out of my turkey hunting vest, and what I need to put in my turkey hunting vest before this season starts.

After listening to the show, send me an email with the 1 thing that you will not go into the turkey woods without being in your vest.

Jan 26, 2017
117 - Bowhunting Turkeys without a Blind with Tim Knight
01:18:47

Join me as I interview Tim Knight and Corey New about bowhunting turkeys without a blind.

A wild turkey's eyesight is undoubtedly the best of any big game species in North America. They have an uncanny ability to pick out any type of movement or something that is just not right in the woods.

Because of their incredible eyesight, bowhunting turkeys without a blind may seem like it is an impossible feat, but it is not.

As of today's date, Tim Knight has killed 84 turkeys with a bow and without a blind, and in this episode I pick his brain about how he is so successful doing it.

We talk bow setup, shot placement, camouflage, decoys, and ideal range for a bow shot.  In addition, we share some hunting stories, and Tim even shares a recipe or three with us.

This episode is a new one on my favorite episode list because I got so much more out of Tim than I had planned and because I had a great time conducting the interview.

Be sure to listen in to this episode to learn all you can about bowhunting turkeys without a blind, hear some great hunting stories, and laugh along with us as well.

Jan 19, 2017
116 - 2017 NWTF Convention and Sports Show Preview with Pete Muller
45:34

Join Pete Muller, Public Relations Specialist with the National Wild Turkey Federation, and I as we talk about the upcoming NWTF Convention and Sports Show in Nashville. 

The NWTF Convention and Sports Show is the premiere turkey hunting and outdoor show held in the Southeast. The show consist of over 600 exhibitors, taxidermy contests, turkey call contests, turkey calling contests, seminars, live auctions, parties, and live entertainment.

This year's show will be held at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville in February, and it truly is an event that you won't want to miss.

Listen in to this week's episode to learn more about the 2017 NWTF Convention and Sports Show.

Jan 12, 2017
115 - Where Should I Turkey Hunt?
33:46

In this episode, I share a conversation that I had with Josh Pollock, who is a wildlife biologist in Utah, where I discuss turkey populations and my best chance for success on my upcoming hunt there.

I want to be sure I am setting myself and my hunting buddies up for the best chance for success, especially when preparing for a public land hunt. One of the best ways to do that is to ask the people who know the most about the land you'll be hunting where you can find huntable birds. 

That is exactly what I do in this week's episode. Early in the conversation with Josh Pollock, I ask what the chances of success are in Southern Utah, and the next thing I know he is telling me exactly where I should start in my search for birds. This type of assistance is exactly what we all are looking for when we are preparing for a public land hunt.

Listen in to hear some of the questions I ask Josh so you can write them down and ask the biologist or game warden who is over your favorite public hunting lands the same questions.

I also briefly discuss the upcoming NWTF Convention and Sports Show and my request for show topic ideas as well as the ongoing listener survey.

Jan 05, 2017
114 - Help Me Help You Be a Better Turkey Hunter in 2017
15:07

In this episode, I ask you to help me help you be a better turkey hunter in 2017. 

You can help me help you in 2 ways.

First, email me at andy at iamturkeyhunting with one idea or suggestion for a show topic. Your suggestion can be very specific or very general.  It doesn't matter.  Your suggestion should be what you want or need help with or want to learn more about that will help you to be a better turkey hunter this coming season.

The second favor is to complete a short survey for me. You can access the survey by texting "helpandy" to 44222. Once you do this, you will receive a text asking you to reply with only your email address. After you reply with your email address, you will receive an email from me containing the link to the survey. Answer the quick 10 question survey, and then you are done.

The survey will help me to get to know you better by asking what I can do to help you more and to improve the show as well.  Your participation in the survey will be greatly appreciated.

The only other thing I ask of you in this week's episode is to have a safe and happy New Year! 

Dec 29, 2016
113 - Where Are They Now with Jenna Barron
51:42

This week, I have another followup interview with a guest who has been on the show before.

Jenna Barron joins us to give us an update on how her fall turkey season went and an update on Ms. Jeffrey, her farm turkey who had quite the following on Facebook.

Jenna shares a story on how she was able to acquire access to some private property for turkey hunting and that the opportunity to hunt that property really paid off for her and her husband.

Dec 22, 2016
112 - Where Are They Now with Dave Owens
43:24

Some interviews that I do spark quite a few questions by listeners, and I thought that doing follow-up interviews with those same guests would be a great idea.

This week, I have the first follow-up interview for you guys, and it is with Dave Owens who you probably recognize from Episode 053 where we talked about how to choose public land hunting spots.

Dave is back on this week to answer some of the questions you guys have asked me about him and to give us an update on the status of his US Super Slam.

 

Dec 15, 2016
111 - The Osceola Wild Turkey
47:17

Roger Shields with the Florida Fish and Wild Game Conservation Commission is on the show to talk about Osceola wild turkeys.

The Osceola wild turkey is great fun to hunt. Their habitat is some of the harshest in the country, and Osceola's have an amazing ability to disappear into nowhere.

With plenty of public and private land to hunt in Osceola range, there are no shortages of opportunities to harvest an Osceola wild turkey to complete your Grand Slam.

Dec 08, 2016
110 - A Gun Safety Reminder Interview
35:52

In this week's episode, an experienced hunter shares the story of his recent hunting accident and shares a gun safety reminder with us.

Most of us, at one time or another, have a lapse of judgement when handling a firearm. Fortunately, most of the time, nothing bad or harmful happens and we often don't even realize what we just got away with because nothing negative happened.

A friend of mine recently shot himself in the hand while hunting because he committed two firearm safety sins on one hunt. Today, he shares the story of how the accident happened as a reminder for us to slow down and think before we make a big mistake when handling guns.

 

Dec 01, 2016
109 - A Turkey Day Special
10:13

Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 24, 2016
108 - 3 Quick and Easy Wild Turkey Recipes for Thanksgiving
23:31

In preparation for Thanksgiving dinner, here are 3 quick and easy wild turkey recipes. 

First up, we have wild turkey poppers.  I think they are called poppers because they are so good they'll make your eyes will pop out of your head.

Second, we have a wild turkey thigh and leg wild rice soup. This soup is delicious and simple to make.

And, last but not least, is wild turkey steaks. This very easy recipe is one of my favorites because it is absolutely delicious.

Listen in and pick a recipe to prepare some wild turkey for your family this Thanksgiving. Even if you don't have enough wild turkey to feed everyone, you can make a great first course or appetizer with 1/2 of a turkey breast.

Also, if you have a favorite wild turkey recipe, please send it to me.  I'll try it, of course, but I'll also share it with The Turkey Hunter family as well.

Listen in to this week's episode.  I hope you enjoy it, and I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 17, 2016
107 - A Day at the Range With the New Turkey Hunting Shotgun
47:10

In this episode I take you on a little field trip to the shooting range to pattern my new turkey hunting shotgun.

I shoot 3 different chokes and two different shotgun shells through each choke tube to see which choke and shotgun shell patterns the best.

 

Nov 10, 2016
106 - Tricking Out the New Turkey Hunting Shotgun - Part 2
16:17

My birthday has come and gone, and my new turkey hunting shotgun has been tricked out with all of my birthday gifts from my family members.

I've gotten it ready to take to the range, and I'll be doing that this coming weekend. I'll also be recording that sighting/shooting session for future playback on the show.

In addition to all of this gun talk, I also have more gun talk for you in this week's episode as I answer questions about shotguns from a listener and relative newbie to the sport of turkey hunting.

Listen in!

Nov 03, 2016
105 - Think More Like a Turkey to Tag More Turkeys
10:02

Today I have a quick tip for our new turkey hunters, and that is to try to start thinking more like a turkey when hunting.

We can never know what a turkey is thinking with 100% certainty, but I can with 100% certainty tell you that it is related to at least one thing.  That one thing is either food/water, shelter/cover, safety, and the need to breed.

If we start out knowing what the turkeys want is that simple, then we can start to pay more attention to our surroundings and the woods that we are hunting in to find more turkeys.

If we can think more like a turkey, then we should be able to find more turkeys.  If we can find more turkeys, then we should be able to tag more turkeys.

Oct 27, 2016
104 - Tricking Out the New Turkey Hunting Shotgun
20:04

I recently bought a new shotgun, and I'm now ready to turn that new shotgun into a new turkey hunting shotgun.

There are some very simple and inexpensive modifications that one can make to a shotgun to turn it into a dedicated turkey hunting shotgun.

Some of the modifications I am making to this gun are replacing the wooden stock with a lightweight synthetic stock, adding rifle sights to the barrel, adding spacers to the stock for proper fit, a new recoil pad, sling swivel tube cap, a neoprene sling, and of course a turkey choke.

Listen in as I talk about the upcoming modifications and my reasons for making those mods. This will be an ongoing short term project, and I will be recording follow up episodes to cover new information as I weed through shotgun shell and turkey choke combinations to find the perfect shooting one for this gun.

Oct 20, 2016
103 - Merriam's Wild Turkeys with Scott Lerich
47:38

Scott Lerich, Regional Biologist with the NWTF, and I discuss Merriam's wild turkeys in this week's episode. 

We talk about the extensive travel by the Merriam's turkeys, their vocal nature, where to find them in the fall and spring, and what makes them unique and their own subspecies of wild turkeys.

Listen in and get some tips on where you can find birds in the fall and spring, and hopefully this episode will help you to put a tag on a bird this coming season.

Oct 13, 2016
102 - One of My Favorite Turkey Hunting Stories
25:39

A replay of one of my favorite episodes of the show where I have my buddy, John, on the show to tell the story of The Texas Decoy Massacre.

I also have some wild turkey news bites for you as well.

Oct 06, 2016
101 - Finding Wild Turkeys in the Fall and Some Turkey Hunting News
17:50

Finding wild turkeys in the fall can be fairly difficult because as turkey flocks get larger for the winter there are fewer flocks of turkeys to locate.  Obviously, if you can't find turkeys, then you can't kill turkeys.

So, in this week I talk about finding wild turkeys in the fall by looking for their food sources and water sources as well.

Wild turkeys concentrate primarily on preparing for what can be a long hard winter by eating foods high in protein and fats.  These foods can be found in fields and in the woods, and the turkeys know exactly where to locate those food sources. 

The key to finding success in the fall turkey woods is for you to know exactly where to locate those food sources as well.

Water can be another great place to locate turkeys in the fall for areas that get little rainfall that time of year.  Wild turkeys must have water to survive.  When a drought comes along and causes the mud puddles and small ditches and creeks to dry up, the turkeys will start traveling to find water or traveling to find larger water sources that haven't (or won't) go dry.

Also, in this week's episode, I share some turkey hunting news from around the United States.  As fall seasons begin in many areas, opportunities to hunt turkeys this fall are extremely plentiful if you are willing to travel to take advantage of them. 

I share news on NY, WV, NE, and Ontario, Canada this week.

Sep 29, 2016
100 - Wild Turkeys and Party Horns
01:16:11

Episode 100 of The Turkey Hunter podcast is kind of a big deal, so we are doing something a little unique to celebrate.

This week the tables are turned, and Cameron (The Turkey Hunter podcast intern) is interviewing me (The Turkey Hunter podcast host) in this episode.

Listen in as I tackle the Rapid Fire Q&A and answer several other questions that Cameron has written to ask me.

Sep 22, 2016
099 - A Turkey Hunting Strategy for Spring and Fall
10:00

This week I'm going to cover a turkey hunting strategy for spring and fall. Try this strategy during both seasons when things aren't quite going your way, and see if this unconventional trick may help you to fill a tag.

Sep 15, 2016
098 - 3 More Turkey Hunting Myths Busted
16:02

In this episode, I bust 3 more turkey hunting myths. 

1. Turkeys won't go downhill.

2. A spooked turkey equals a ruined hunt.

3. Calling is everything.

Newbie turkey hunters are often turned away from turkey hunting because they feel like there is just too much to the sport to learn and master. They hear us experienced turkey hunters say turkeys won't do this and turkeys don't do that.

The truth of the matter is that turkeys are wild animals and they will do whatever they feel like doing at the time. Let's face it, that is why we turkey hunt to start with.

Sep 08, 2016
097 - You Can't Have Your Cake and Eat It Too!
10:54

In this week's episode of The Turkey Hunter, I share a quick PSA regarding the Under Armor Hunt and Sarah Bowmar break up. 

Sep 01, 2016
096 - The Science Behind Setting Turkey Hunting Seasons and Bag Limits
35:42

In this episode, Mike Schiavone with the New York DEC discusses the science behind setting turkey hunting seasons and bag limits.

With turkey populations on the decline in many parts of the country, our state wildlife biologists and game and fish department officials have a difficult task of setting the length of our turkey hunting seasons and setting our bag limits as well.  The difficulty comes in when trying to manage the population of the animals and keeping hunters happy as well. 

Mike Schiavone is one of the people tasked with that difficult assignment in the state of New York, and he shares the factors that go into setting turkey hunting season length and bag limits.

Mike also shares the reasons he thinks turkey populations are on the decline in many parts of the state of NY, and he leaves us with some opportunities that we hunters can take advantage of to help our game and fish departments better do their jobs.

Listen in and enjoy episode 096 - The Science Behind Setting Turkey Hunting Seasons and Bag Limits.

Aug 25, 2016
095 - The Story of and Questions from a Newbie Turkey Hunter
54:34

In this week's episode, I speak with Jenna Barron to hear and answer the story of and questions from a newbie turkey hunter.

Jenna has never hunted before, and she has a burning desire to get into the woods to turkey hunt this fall.  I asked Jenna to come on to the show to share her story as to why she wants to start hunting at this point in her life, and to see if I can help to get her a little higher up that learning curve that all of us turkey hunters have experienced in our turkey hunting careers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Aug 18, 2016
094 - Planning the 2017 Spring Turkey Hunting Trip - Decisions Made
38:55

After doing a good bit of research and talking to the boys, we have made some decisions about our 2017 spring turkey hunt. 

Listen in to this week's episode to learn how we weeded out at least 1 (and possibly 2) state from our very aggressive plan of attacking 4 states in the spring of 2017. 

I also discuss the results of the conversations that I had with a couple of the game biologists in 2 of those states as well.

Aug 11, 2016
093 - Planning the 2017 Spring Turkey Hunting Trip
12:45

In this week's episode, I let you in on the beginning stages of my planning the 2017 spring turkey hunting trip out of state.

This year, my buddies and I plan on hunting in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Arizona. 4 of us killing a bird in each state will take a great deal of luck and skill as well as a great deal of careful planning before we ever leave home.

Over the next couple of episodes, I'm going to take you through the process of planning next year's hunt with me.  From talking to wildlife biologists, park rangers, and NWTF biologists to choosing dates to ironing out the logistics of the hunt, you will get to hear exactly what my buddies and I go through in planning one of the incredible hunts that we do each year.

Aug 04, 2016
092 - 6 Tasks To Do Today To Kill More Turkeys This Season
16:26

In today's episode, I list 6 tasks to do today to kill more turkeys this season.

 

Jul 28, 2016
091 - The World Deer and Turkey Expo Interviews
24:40

This week I have a couple of new and exciting products that I want to introduce to you in the World Deer and Turkey Expo interviews that I conducted this past weekend. 

In this episode, you will hear of a great new product that I think all of us turkey hunters will want to check out. Phil Bullock with Bunkerhead joins me to discuss the Bunkerhead facemask system. The Bunkerhead system effectively keeps your facemask off of your face by clipping onto the bill of your ball cap.  This system is great for those turkey hunters who do not like the feel of a facemask on their noses and faces, but it is also good for those hunters who wear eyeglasses.

I also interview Tom Hurlburt with Knockdown Outdoors about their new smartphone application that acts as a digital signout board for your hunting property. This awesome new app has a text feature built into it that will enable you to text with your hunting buddies through the app as well as weather and wind direction.  I highly recommend you download the Knockdown Outdoors app from iTunes and the Google store and test drive this new application that can help to keep you safe while in the woods as well.

Lastly, I put my phone down for 30 seconds while at the show, and Son of the South, Josh Carney, commandeers it.  Join Josh as he takes you on an audio tour of The World Deer and Turkey Expo.  Also, hear Josh duplicate a seldom heard, rarely seen animal call upon my request.  This is a world premiere of a call that Josh has never publicly made before, and you are going to hear it first here on The Turkey Hunter.  This one will blow your mind and your speakers, so you may want to turn the volume down a bit towards the end of the interview.

Jul 21, 2016
090 - A Replay of Fall Turkey Hunting with Dogs with JT Byrne
55:04

It is time for a one week summer vacation, so this week's show is a "Best Of" replay of one of my favorite episodes.

I have the replay of my interview of Fall Turkey Hunting with Dogs with JT Byrne.  I really learned a lot during this interview with JT, and that is why it is one of my favorite interviews.

JT's passion for fall turkey hunting with dogs really comes out in this interview as well. Listen in, and I'm sure you will enjoy the interview as much as I did recording it.

Jul 14, 2016
089 - Wild Turkey Diseases with Heather Fenton
46:20

In today's episode, I am discussing wild turkey diseases with Heather Fenton with the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study in Athens, GA.

Dr. Fenton discusses Avian Pox, Blackhead Disease, Lympho Proliferative Disease, Salmonella, and other diseases that affect wild turkeys.  We also discuss the symptoms of the diseases, the causes of the diseases, and the mortality rates of turkeys that get the diseases.

In addition, we discuss the likelihood that those diseases can be spread to humans, precautions to take while handling a bird we suspect to be diseased (as well as birds that we are cleaning/processing), what to do if we harvest a bird that we suspect to be diseased.

While there is nothing we, as hunters, can do to cure a bird that is diseased, we can help to do a few things to prevent the further spread of these wild turkey diseases.

One of the ways that we can prevent the spread of diseases in wild turkeys is to avoid artificial feeding of birds. Artificially feeding wild turkeys concentrates birds into smaller areas for longer periods of time and increases the chances that an infected bird will come into contact with a healthy bird and potentially spread the disease within the flock.

The Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study was founded in 1957 by the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies to determine the cause of widespread die-offs of white-tailed deer. 

Before the founding of SCWDS, little was known about diseases or sicknesses in wildlife. Sickness or death among wild animals spawned speculations, accusations, and wild myths. Not long after it was formed, SCWDS began to provide answers to many long-standing questions, and today it has grown to be a multipurpose wildlife disease research and study organization.

Jul 07, 2016
088 - Tips for Cooking Wild Turkey on the Grill or Smoker
17:01

Why not add some wild turkey breast to your 4th of July BBQ menu? Here are some tips for cooking wild turkey on the grill or smoker that will help your turkey breast to come our moist and delicious.

Grilling or smoking wild turkey breast often produces a dry, tough, and chewy meal, but it doesn't have to. By following a few of the tips in this week's show, your grilled or smoked wild turkey breast can be moist and delicious. 

Today I am talking about trimming fat from your turkey breast, brining wild turkey, cooking and carving wild turkey so that your guests will be fighting over the last piece. 

Jun 30, 2016
087 - Turkey Reaping with Jeremy McCarty
48:06

Jeremy McCarty joins me this week to talk about reaping wild turkeys. Reaping and fanning wild turkeys have become very popular over the past several years, and Jeremy shares his thoughts about the strategy as well as some safety tips for those hunters who wish to try reaping a wild turkey.

Jun 23, 2016
086 - Chasing the Grand Slam with Jeff Budz
54:48

We are chasing the Grand Slam of wild turkeys with Jeff Budz in this week's episode of The Turkey Hunter. 

If you are looking to start your first Grand Slam or complete a single season slam, then you can probably pick up a few tips from the man who has 92 of them under his belt. 

We are talking hunting Osceola's, Rio Grande's, Merriam's, and Eastern's on public land. We also discuss traveling with firearms and tackling the Grand Slam on unguided hunts.

Jun 16, 2016
085 - Summer and Fall Plantings for Wild Turkeys with Scott Bronkema
51:57

In this episode, we are talking about summer and fall plantings for wild turkeys with Scott Bronkema, with Boneyard Seed, LLC.

Ensuring that the wild turkeys on your property have enough food to eat year round, will go a long way to helping to make sure that you have turkeys to hunt during the fall and spring seasons.

Chicory, chufa, peas, clovers, and grains are all great foods for turkeys and will not only help to draw turkeys onto your property but will help to keep them there. Before those seeds and grains are planted, making sure your soil is in ideal condition is critical to the success of your plantings. Another consideration for a great summer or fall food plot is proper fertilization as well.

Scott and I discuss all of the above this week, so please listen in.

Jun 09, 2016
084 - We Got Spurred
01:19:02

In this episode, I'm sharing Episode 02 of my new podcast called Spurred. 

Spurred is a narrative hunting podcast where I actually take you along on my turkey hunts from the spring 2016 turkey season. These hunts take place over 5 different states and approximately 50 days.  I have audio of 9 different gobblers being shot at, not to mention some hilarious stories and great fun along the way.

To get Spurred, text the word "spurred" to 44222, and I'll send you the information you need in order to subscribe to the show.

I hope you enjoy this week's episode of The Turkey Hunter podcast's preview of Andy Gagliano's new podcast entitled Spurred.  Please leave a comment below after listening.  I would love to hear your feedback.

Jun 02, 2016
083 - 2016 Turkey Season Recap and Takeaways
46:57

Join The Turkey Hunter podcast intern, Cameron, and I as we discuss our 2016 turkey season recap and takeaways.

Cameron and I recap the 2016 spring turkey hunts in Alabama, Tennessee, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia. We also discuss our takeaways from the season - what we learned, or relearned, from our hunts throughout the season.

May 26, 2016
082 - Factors Affecting Gobbling in Wild Turkeys
55:05

In this episode I discuss some of the factors affecting gobbling in wild turkeys with wildlife biologist Derek Colbert.

While getting his Master's Degree at the University of Georgia's Warnell School of Forestry, Derek Colbert headed up a study to determine how weather, nesting, and hunting pressure affect gobbling in wild turkeys.

During his study, Derek and other volunteers gathered and analyzed over 20,000 hours of audio to determine number of wild turkey gobbles heard at 14 different listening stations on two different pieces of property in Southwest Georgia - one hunted parcel and one non hunted parcel.  The goal of this part of a larger overall study was to determine what effects different weather variables played on the amount of gobbling by male wild turkeys and whether the timing of the hunting seasons have a negative effect on the breeding cycle of wild turkeys.

The findings from the study are quite interesting, and further prove the unpredictability of wild turkeys and why they are such an amazing game animal to pursue.

Listen in and enjoy learning more about some factors affecting gobbling in wild turkeys.

May 19, 2016
081 - Lessons From An Unsuccessful Outfitted Turkey Hunt
14:01

In this week's episode I interview my hunting buddy, Chip, about our unsuccessful outfitted turkey hunt.  We discuss a few things that we feel like we did wrong when booking the hunt. 

Listen in to learn why we feel like an outfitter who provides lodging helps our success.

May 12, 2016
080 - Turkey Hunting Q&A with the Turkey Hitman
22:34

Turkey Hunting Q&A with the Turkey Hitman

In this episode of The Turkey Hunter, I answer some of the questions that listeners to the show have asked over the turkey season.

I answer questions about missing turkeys and calling them in later, hunting in West Virginia, roosting turkeys, hunting afternoon turkeys, and calling too much.

May 05, 2016
079 - Tag Team Turkey Hunting
21:31

This week I discuss tag team turkey hunting, or turkey hunting in pairs. There are certain strategies that hunting with a partner allow you to execute that you can't execute hunting solo.

Apr 28, 2016
078 - Turkey Calling Tips and Tactics with Chris Parrish
01:05:44

Chris Parrish joins us to share some turkey calling tips and tactics.

With turkey season in for the majority of the country, turkey calling is something that we all need to learn more about and practice as much as we can.

Chris tells us how he approaches early season gobblers and mid season gobblers. He also shares some tips to try when running and gunning.

Apr 21, 2016
077 - 10 Quick Turkey Hunting Tips
43:54

In this episode, Cameron (The Turkey Hunter intern) and I list our 5 favorite turkey hunting tips from the list of 101 Turkey Hunting Tips that is available to any listener who wants the list by texting "101Tips" to 44222.

The list of tips is a great reminder for us experienced turkey hunters and a great learning tool for those beginner turkey hunters as well.

Apr 15, 2016
076 - Shotgun Choke Tubes and Turkey Shotgun Loads with J. Wayne Fears
01:02:53

Author J. Wayne Fears talks high tech turkey shotgun shells and turkey shotgun chokes in today's episode of The Turkey Hunter podcast.

Wayne and I talk about what the numbers on a box of shotgun shells really tells us, what the constriction of a choke means to us, and different shotgun pellets.

We also talk about how today's high tech turkey loads will require a more open constriction choke than the turkey loads from years past where the tighter a turkey choke is, the better.

Apr 07, 2016
075 - Wild Turkeys and the Appalachian Trail
01:16:24

Brandon Jacob is a turkey hunter from Texas who is on a mission to help restore wild turkeys to eastern Texas.

Brandon is tackling a 5 month long thru hike on the Appalachian Trail. This hike has been on his bucket list for a long period of time, and Brandon decided that now is the time to take on the challenge.

Brandon wanted to do a little more than just hike the trail. He wants to do something to help support his passion and his home state.  Brandon has started a Go Fund Me account to raise money for relocation of wild turkeys into east Texas. 

Brandon has gotten the Texas Parks and Wildlife Division to match the contributions 3 to 1, so a $5 donation will result in a total of $20 being donated for the restoration of wild turkeys into east Texas.

Listen in as Brandon tells his story of how he wants to complete a lifelong goal and help restore wild turkeys in east Texas.

Apr 01, 2016
074 - How Weather Affects Wild Turkeys with Preston Pittman
01:04:00

Preston Pittman with Pittman Game Calls and Long Leaf Camo discusses how weather affects wild turkeys in this week's episode.

Not many of us turkey hunters always have the luxury of hunting only on "blue bird" days - those days where it is sunny and 65 degrees with no wind.  For those of us who take turkey hunting trips out of state each year or who live in states that have very short week long seasons, we have to hunt no matter what the weather is.  

Wild turkeys will move to different terrain when different weather conditions occur. On days when the weather is bad, we can greatly increase our chances of success by knowing where the turkeys are.  Once we know where the turkeys are, all we have to do is figure out how to hunt them. 

Of course, we can't guarantee every single turkey will react the same way to certain weather conditions, but we can make predictions off of our past observations.

In this episode, Preston Pittman shares his knowledge of where we can find turkeys during periods of high wind, hot temperatures, snow, or rain.  Using this information during turkey season can help us to have more success when bad weather interferes with our turkey hunting.

Mar 25, 2016
073 - Dissecting a Diaphragm Turkey Call with Mitchell Johnston
56:01

Today, we are dissecting a diaphragm turkey call with Mitchell Johnston from Dead End Game Calls. Mitchell shares with us what goes into a diaphragm, or mouth, call.

Diaphragm turkey calls are a great method for calling turkeys while keeping your hands free. Diaphragm calls do have a couple of downfalls though. Diaphragm turkey calls can be difficult for the beginning user to master, and some users just can't operate a call because the calls in their mouths make them gag.

Despite these downfalls, diaphragm calls are outstanding hunting calls if you purchase the right one and practice with it often.

Mitchell will teach us the difference in sound between a 2, 3, and 4 reed call as well as the different cuts that go into the top reed of a diaphragm turkey call.

 

Mar 18, 2016
072 - Turkey Hunting From a Ground Blind with Keith Beam
01:04:43

In this episode, Keith Beam, the co-founder of Double Bull Blinds and current owner of Drake's Adventures, shares some tips for turkey hunting from a ground blind.

Keith shares some tips on how to choose the perfect ground blind for our turkey hunting needs. Choosing a blind that is too big for our needs can be an added unnecessary expense, but choosing a blind that is too small can be a hindrance in being able to draw a bow or in accommodating hunting partners.

Keith also shares some tips for setting up a ground blind to make sure that we do not spook an approaching Tom because our blind fabric is too shiny or because the fabric is flapping in the wind.

Keith also shares with us info on how to choose the best location to put a blind so that we can maximize our odds of success.

Lastly, Keith shares the exciting news of his new venture that he calls Drake's Adventures. If you want more information on Drake's Adventures, you can visit www.drakesadventures.com.

 

Mar 10, 2016
071 - Urban Turkey Hunting with Scott Davis
49:26

Scott Davis with Urban Hunting TV joins us in this episode to discuss urban turkey hunting.

As development encroaches on wild turkey habitat and wild turkeys expand their range, urban encounters with wild turkeys have become more and more common. It seems that almost daily a new video wild turkey attack video is being posted on YouTube. These attacks are more common because encounters between wild turkeys and humans are more common and the turkeys have lost their fear of humans.

One way to humanely control any wild game population is through hunting. Many municipalities have laws against firing a weapon (gun or bow) within the city limits, and this law prevents many of us from being able to hunt these overgrown populations of wild game.

Some states have laws which override the local laws preventing discharge of a weapon within city limits as long as the person firing the weapon is doing so in an ethical and responsible manner while hunting. The states that have such a law open the opportunity for us to hunt within the boundaries of a municipality in that state and, of course, open the doors for urban turkey hunting.

Scott shares with us how he first got into urban turkey hunting, how he approaches land owners about hunting on their urban properties, and his approach for hunting those properties once he receives permission to hunt.

When urban turkey hunting, care must be taken to prevent a confrontation with neighbors and/or anti-hunters. Scott also shares with us a few tips he has learned over the years to prevent those confrontations from arising. He also shares a few ways he maintains a strong relationship between himself and the property owner so that he has a place to hunt in the future as well.

Listen in to this week's episode to learn everything you can about urban turkey hunting.

 

Mar 04, 2016
070 - Turkey Hunting and Gun Safety
01:08:31

Blake Morris talks turkey hunting and gun safety when he shares the story of his hunting accident.

Blake was upland bird hunting in Kansas when he inadvertently loaded the wrong shotgun shell in his shotgun. The ensuing shot at a flying bird caused the gun barrel to split open and Blake lost his thumb in the accident.

Blake shares the story and some gun safety tips that we all need to keep in mind whether we are hunting wild turkeys or at the range sighting in our firearms.  Most of these tips are things that we have been taught before, but it never hurts to have a reminder in gun safety.

Listen in to this episode to hear the story of Blake's hunting accident, some gun safety tips, and the story of Blake's first turkey hunt after his accident where he tagged a very nice Eastern wild turkey.

Feb 26, 2016
069 - Preparing Yourself for Turkey Hunting Season
01:03:47

There are several things we can do to improve our odds of success in the turkey woods this spring. We can practice our calling, buy new camo, do some extra scouting, pattern our shotguns and shells, etc. 

There is probably one thing that you haven't thought about that you can do to give you a better chance at success.  Exercising is one facet of preparation for turkey season that is often overlooked.  Being in better shape to hold your shotgun and walk mile after mile with a heavy vest on your shoulders and heavy boots on your feet can often make the difference on filling a tag or not.

I can think of several turkeys that I killed that I would not have killed if I was not in decent physical condition.  I can honestly say that exercising during the offseason has made me a better turkey hunter, and I know you can benefit as well.

Listen in to this week's episode as Jon Vogel, personal trainer with Iron Tribe fitness, shares some things that we can do to get in better physical condition to handle those long days of hunting and sitting in those awkward positions while we wait for that gobbling turkey to come into shotgun range.

Feb 19, 2016
068 - Winter Turkey Hunting with Rob Keck
57:14

Rob Keck, the current Director of Conservation with Bass Pro and former CEO of the NWTF, is on today's episode to discuss winter turkey hunting.

Winter turkey hunting is a new concept to me, and from some of the stories that Rob shares with us in this episode it is something that I will be getting more familiar with over the coming months.

Rob shares stories of encountering flocks of turkeys with 400 - 500 turkeys in it with "sub flocks" of up to 150 longbeards in them. Rob challenges these groups of mature Toms in them by making challenge purrs and gobbling. The rest of the story is something you'll just have to hear for yourself.

Rob shares with us some of the states that have winter turkey seasons and how winter turkey hunting can compliment our spring turkey hunting as well.

Feb 11, 2016
067 - Bowhunting Wild Turkeys with Lynne Frady
52:10

In this episode, Lynne Frady with Team Frady and Mathews bows pro staff shares information with us about bowhunting wild turkeys.

Lynne talks about minimizing movement while drawing the bow, using decoys, the effective bow range for a turkey, broadheads, minimal draw weights, and shot placement.

She shares her thoughts about how crucial shot placement is when bowhunting wild turkeys because the vitals in a turkey are so small. A well placed arrow means the difference between a dead turkey and a wounded turkey that a hunter may not recover.

This is a great episode that I really learned a lot from.  Listen in and let us know your thoughts in the comments section after you hear the show.

Feb 04, 2016
066 - Turkey Hunting Scenarios with Eddie Salter
01:00:45

Listen in to this week's episode of The Turkey Hunter podcast as Eddie Salter explains how he would approach 6 different turkey hunting scenarios.

I describe 6 different turkey hunting scenarios that most of us have encountered over the years or we will encounter, and Eddie tells us how he would approach each hunt.  Eddie covers decoy setup, calling strategies, setup, and hunting strategies.  Basically, you'll be taken on 6 different turkey hunts across the country, and you'll learn how someone with over 40 years turkey hunting experience would approach these hunting scenarios.

This episode of the show along with my 101 Turkey Hunting Tips list will help you to have more success this coming spring.  To get my list of tips, just text "101tips" to 44222 and follow the instructions from there.  I'll be sure my list of tips gets to you quickly.

Jan 29, 2016
065 - 2016 NWTF Convention and Sport Show Preview with Pete Muller
49:51

Pete Muller, Public Relations Specialist with the NWTF, joins us this week to preview the upcoming NWTF Convention and Sport Show in Nashville, TN.

Pete shares with us many of the exciting things we can find at the show including the turkey hunting seminars, turkey calling and owl hooting competitions, hundreds of thousands of square feet of turkey hunting gear and apparel, and some of the featured entertainers who will be performing this year.

Listen in to today's episode, then book your hotel room, and come to Nashville and submerge yourself in everything turkey hunting for a couple of days.

Jan 21, 2016
064b - ATA Trade Show Part 2
46:47

In part 2 of this episode covering the 2016 ATA Trade Show in Louisville, KY, I interview 6 more company representatives about new turkey hunting products.

I interview Chris Parrish with Knight and Hale Game Calls, and we discuss a new striker and double sided call they have introduced this year.

Eddie Salter with FlexTone tells us about and demonstrates a new call they are rolling out this season.

Matt Morrett chats by with me for a bit about a new turkey decoy that Avian X is offering this year.

I speak with Jimmy Ray Parish with Pennington Seed about plantings that we can do to improve the turkey habitat on our hunting properties. We talk about both annual and perennial plantings that will benefit wild turkeys.

Aaron Keller discusses a new product called the Swagger Bipod that his company is rolling out to market later this year. This is the little bipod that could.  This bipod will revolutionize shooting sports for many of us hunters and shooters.

I also speak with Will Downard and Rick Franco with Turkey Fan about their turkey decoying/reaping product that dominated the NWTF Convention at last year's show in Nashville.

Listen in to this episode to learn about some products that can help you to have more success in the turkey woods this spring.

Jan 15, 2016
064a - 2016 ATA Trade Show - Part 1
50:47

In this episode of The Turkey Hunter, I am coming to you from the ATA trade show in Louisville, KY where I'm bringing you short interviews with companies that are introducing new products to the market.

I interviewed Chris Currah with LaCrosse/Danner, James Moelk and Rick Leasure with High Point Products, Adam Goess with ThermaCell, Josh Silvia with ThermaCell Heated Products, Rick D'Andrea with TORQ, and Keith Beam with Drake's Adventures.

Listen in to these interviews and learn about some great, new products that will be available to you soon.

Jan 08, 2016
063 - Life of the Wife of a Turkey Hunting Addict
26:52

In this episode I discuss some end of year business planning of upcoming episodes and guests, and I interview the wife of a turkey hunting addict.

Tammy Gagliano joins us in this week's episode to chat a little about her first and last turkey hunt, her favorite turkey mount, and her favorite wild turkey meal.

Listen in and enjoy this week's episode.

Jan 01, 2016
062b - How to Plan an Out of State Turkey Hunt
15:16

In part 2 of Episode 062, I discuss the final steps to planning an out of state turkey hunt.

Research always plays an important role in planning any adventure, especially a hunting adventure.  Planning a successful out of state turkey hunt is no different. In fact, once you've booked your out of state turkey hunting trip, the researching should continue so you can be sure you know everything there is to know about the area that you'll be hunting.  The time you spend researching your destination will help to ensure that you have a more enjoyable trip while you are there.

Listen in to this week's episode to learn some of the things that you'll want to research while you plan an out of state turkey hunt.

Dec 24, 2015
062a - How to Plan an Out of State Turkey Hunt
18:54

In part 1 of this episode I discuss the steps that one needs to take in order to plan an out of state turkey hunt.

I talk about how to choose where to go and who to speak with to find the best turkey hunting spots within that area.

If you want to plan an out of state turkey trip this coming season, then this episode will give you the information you need to start that process.

Dec 16, 2015
061 - Help Wanted
46:21

I need help with a couple of things, and in this week's episode I turn to the listeners for assistance.  I also share the story of what I think is one of the funniest turkey hunting stories ever.

Listen in and see if you would like to volunteer to help me test a product that I am working on and see if you happen to know of a college student who would like to work for The Turkey Hunter podcast as a marketing intern.

Dec 11, 2015
060 - My Worst Turkey Hunting Blunders
20:19

There are so many hunts that I can recall from previous seasons where I'd love to have a Mulligan. But, I learned some great lessons from those botched hunts, and I've done a good job of not repeating those same mistakes over the years.

In this episode, I share a few short stories of my worst turkey hunting blunders from past seasons and what I could have done to prevent those from happening at that time and what I do now to prevent them from happening again.

Listen and learn from my mistakes and feel free to email me that turkey hunting story that still haunts you from time to time.

Dec 04, 2015
059 - Helpful Turkey Hunting Websites
01:12:23

The last episode of the Turkeys and Technology series lists several helpful turkey hunting websites. 

These sites have everything that a turkey hunter would want - from networking with other turkey hunters, awesome articles, maps of where the different subspecies of turkeys can be found, and even maps of public lands close to your location.

Be sure to tune in to this week's episode to see if your new favorite turkey hunting website is featured.

Nov 27, 2015
058 - Useful Turkey Hunting Gadgets
25:27

In this episode of The Turkey Hunter podcast, I share 5 gadgets that some listeners may find useful while turkey hunting. 

We turkey hunters use some of these gadgets while we are doing different types of hunting or shooting activities, but they can be quite useful while we are turkey hunting as well.

Listen to this episode and see if any of these gadgets may help you find more success in the turkey hunting woods this coming season.

Nov 20, 2015
057 - 7 Apps That Are Useful for Turkey Hunting
22:28

In this episode of The Turkey Hunter Podcast, I share 7 smart phone applications that I find useful during turkey season.

These apps can help you with scouting and hunting, after the hunt, and in preparing for tomorrow's hunt as well. Some of these apps are general apps that are not specific to turkey hunting, or even hunting in general. But others are developed specifically for us turkey hunters.

Listen in to this week's episode and see if there are some apps that may help you to have a more successful turkey season.

Nov 13, 2015
056 - No Regrets Turkey Hunting
11:42

This very brief episode is just a gentle reminder to take someone who is near and dear to you in the turkey woods this coming fall or spring season. You may lessen your chances of bringing home a gobbler for the freezer, but you'll gain something that can never be taken away from you or the person you take hunting.

Nov 06, 2015
055 - Using Google Earth to Become a Better Turkey Hunter
25:37

In this episode, I share some of the ways that I use Google Earth to help me become a better turkey hunter.

Google Earth is an irreplaceable scouting tool. By using your knowledge of wild turkey behavior and studying Google Earth to see how turkeys can use your hunting land for their needs for food, shelter, and water, you can greatly increase your odds of success. 

I also like to use Google Earth while I'm hunting to make sure that I don't scare gobbling turkeys and to mark a turkey's last known location if I have to leave one in the woods.

Google Earth can also help you stay safe while turkey hunting when used properly.

Listen in to this episode and see how using Google Earth can help you to become a better turkey hunter.

Oct 30, 2015
054b - Dissecting a Pot and Peg Turkey Call
50:48

Pot and peg turkey calls seem like very simple instruments, but there are so many variables that go into making one that affect the sound quality of that call.

This is part 2 of an interview that I did with Adam Prouty of Prouty Game Calls and Brent Rogers, a friend of the show. In this part of the interview, Adam shares with us the functional differences between 1 and 2 piece strikers and he gives us a few weatherproof pot and peg call combinations so we can still make turkey sounds while it is pouring rain.  Adam also shares the story of his most recent successful turkey hunt and one or two things that helped to make that hunt a success.

Listen in and enjoy part 2 of Dissecting a Pot and Peg Turkey Call. 

Oct 22, 2015
054a - Dissecting a Pot and Peg Call
59:42

There are so many different variables that go into making a pot and peg turkey call that affect the sound produced by that call, and many of us turkey hunters do not even give those components a second thought. But there are a few wood and calling surface combinations on the market that sound better than most of the other options.

In this episode of The Turkey Hunter podcast, Adam Prouty with Adam Prouty Turkey Calls shares some tips to help us pick the best pot and peg call that we can while we are shopping for new calls. Adam dissects a pot and peg call, how the different components of a call can affect the sound of the calls, pot and calling surface combinations that are consistently great sounding calls, which striker components sound best with which pot calling surfaces.

Be sure to listen next week as Adam shares the functional differences between one and two piece strikers, some great weatherproof call options, and what it is that people do to his calls that make him cringe. Adam also is going to share the story of his most recent successful turkey hunt and the one or two things that made that hunt a success.

Oct 15, 2015
053b - How to Choose Public Land for Turkey Hunting
42:14

This is part 2 of episode 53 where I discuss how to pick a piece of public land to hunt turkeys on.

In this part of the interview, Dave Owens shares some interesting tactics about how to hunt public land once you've chosen it, the politics that can sometimes play into hunting public land, and his pet peeve about taking pictures of wild turkey trophies.

 

Oct 08, 2015
053a - How to Choose Public Land for Turkey Hunting
44:16

Dave Owens is a turkey hunter on a mission - a mission to kill a turkey in all 49 states that have turkeys. Dave is tackling this mission hunting primarily public land. 

In this episode of The Turkey Hunter podcast, I interview Dave about how to choose public land for turkey hunting. Dave shares how he chooses public land, how he chooses spots for hunting on public land, and how he helps to minimize the chances of failure hunting these public lands.

Listen in to learn some great tips on how to choose public land for turkey hunting. I learned a great deal in this interview, and I'm sure you will pick up on a few tips as well.

Be sure to listen in to Part 2 next week.

Oct 01, 2015
052 - 3 Unconventional Turkey Hunting Strategies
30:03

In this episode of The Turkey Hunter Podcast, I discuss 3 unconventional turkey hunting strategies that you may have never tried.  These 3 strategies are a bit unique and are not necessarily strategies that you will want to try every time you go into the turkey woods.

These strategies are designed to get you to think about ways that you can mix up your turkey hunts to counter the unpredictability of wild turkeys.

 

Sep 25, 2015
051 - Using Locator Calls to Locate Turkeys
30:44

If you are going to kill turkeys, then you need to find turkeys. One of the best ways to do that is to use locator calls to help pinpoint the location of a lovesick Tom. 

In this episode of The Turkey Hunter podcast, I discuss 10 types of locator calls and some tips on how to use those calls to get better response from turkeys.

Listen in as I talk crow calls, owl calls, hawk calls, gobble calls, peacock calls, pileated woodpecker calls, rooster crows, turkey calls, and coyote howlers.

Sep 17, 2015
050 - 5 Random Turkey Hunting Tips
22:05

In this episode, I share 5 random turkey hunting tips that will hopefully help you to save money, stay safe while hunting, and to kill more turkeys.

 

Sep 11, 2015
049 - What to Do After You Shoot a Turkey
16:20

You've done everything right on that early morning hunt, and that turkey you've been working steps into range for your 12 Gauge. You get your cheek down on the buttstock of the gun, aim, and slowly squeeze the trigger.  Now what?

In today's episode I'm going to discuss what to do after your shot. There are several safety concerns that are addressed in this episode. If you watch lots of hunting television shows, then you see lots of hosts of those shows do these things incorrectly. 

Hope you enjoy the show, and thanks for tuning in!

 

Sep 03, 2015
Lake Eufala, Alabama Monster Alligator Story with Jeff Gregg
33:41

LIsten in to this special alligator hunting episode of The Turkey Hunter podcast where Jeff Gregg shares the story of harvesting what could turn out to be the new record alligator taken on Lake Eufala in Alabama.

This gator topped the scales at 920 pounds and measured in at approximately 13' 6". The gator yielded over 200 lbs of meat for Gregg and his hunting partner, Scott Evans. 

Enjoy!

Aug 29, 2015
048 - Scouting for Wild Turkeys in the Fall
56:27

In this episode, outdoor writer and photographer, Steve Hickoff, shares some Fall turkey scouting strategies to help us locate turkeys before we venture into the woods with a gun this Fall.

We discuss some of the turkey sign that we are looking for in the Fall, some preferred late Fall and early Winter food sources, and typical turkey habitat during that time of year.  

 

Aug 27, 2015
047 - Turkey Guns, Patterning, and Hunting with J. Wayne Fears
46:13

J. Wayne Fears is a well known and well respected outdoors and shooting writer.  In this episode of The Turkey Hunter, J. Wayne shares some of his knowledge of the tranformation of turkey guns over the past decade.  We also talk about common reasons why we miss turkeys and what to look for when patterning your turkey shotgun before season.

In addition we get to hear the story of J. Wayne's most recent successful turkey hunt.

Aug 21, 2015
046 - Turkey Hunting Boy Scout Style
19:19

In this episode of The Turkey Hunter podcast, I talk turkey hunting gear and being prepared at the drop of a hat. 

If you call me and tell me that you know where a gobbling turkey is and that you'll pick me up at the corner gas station in 15 minutes, I'm going to beat you to the gas station by ten minutes. And I won't forget anything that I need.

I give a list of all the things that I have in my turkey hunting container and how I rarely am without any of the essential turkey hunting gear that I need to be successful in the spring woods.

Aug 14, 2015
045 - 3 Turkey Hunting Myths Busted
27:30

Turkey hunting is filled with myths that instill magical powers in wild turkeys.  "Turkeys have x-ray vision. Turkeys can do this.  Turkeys can do that.  Turkeys are better than you are. Etc, etc, etc."  These myths get into our heads while we are hunting, and sometimes prevent us from pursuing a bird that we could actually kill if we made an attempt at doing so.  

In this episode of The Turkey Hunter Podcast I tackle three of these myths that pollute our brains while we are in the turkey woods in hopes that we can put these myths to bed and get on with slaying turkeys.

 

Aug 06, 2015
044 - A Study of the Behavior of Wild Turkeys
01:15:41

Joe Hutto is a naturalist, artist, and author who imprinted two clutches of wild turkey eggs. Joe wasn't prepared for how this experiment of gaining acceptance into the inside world of wild turkeys would change his life.

For two years, Joe spent nearly every daylight hour with this flock of birds, witnessing and documenting their transformation from young hatching poults to full grown adult wild turkeys. Joe's notes of this transformation were put into book form in Illumination in the Flatwoods.

Several years later, Joe's book was made into a documentary and aired on PBS. The documentary entitled, "My Life as a Turkey" won 3 Emmy's.

In this episode of The Turkey Hunter Pocast, Joe shares with us more about his experience raising the turkeys as well as provides us some behind the scenes information about the book and the documentary.

If you want to learn more about the behavior of wild turkeys (and if you are a turkey hunter, then you definitely should be a student of the bird), then you'll want to listen in to this week's episode, buy the book, and watch the documentary.

Here's my affiliate link to the book on Amazon:

Illumination in the Flatwoods: A Season With The Wild Turkey

Here's a link to the documentary on PBS:

 

My Life as a Turkey

Jul 30, 2015
043 - How to Take Quality Video of your Turkey Hunts with Corey New
45:33

Corey New with Combat in the Wild and The Turkeyologists is on this episode of The Turkey Hunter Podcast sharing tips on how to take better video footage of our turkey hunts. 

With the popularity of video on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, more and more hunters are sharing their hunts with friends and loved ones via social media so that they can enjoy the success as well.  Videoing hunts is also a great way to extend your season if you live in a state with a short season or low bag limit.  If you are going to take the time and put forth the effort to video a hunt and share it with your friends and family, then you should also put forth the effort to take good video.

Listen in as Corey shares with us the 3 Cardinal Sins to avoid while videoing our turkey hunts, and set up tips as well.

Jul 24, 2015
042 - Wild Turkey Habitat Management Tips with Bob Eriksen
49:21

In this episode of The Turkey Hunter Podcast, Bob Eriksen, Regional Wildlife Biologist with the National Wild Turkey Federation, shares with us some tips that we can put to use on our hunting properties to improve the habitat for our turkeys.

We discuss prescribed fire, planting crops, improving brood and nesting habitat, wildlife habitat management plans, and cost sharing programs available for landowners who would like a plan for their properties.

If you want to hear, see, and kill more wild turkeys, then you need to improve the habitat on your hunting property so that you'll increase the population and your opportunities for harvesting a trophy bird.  Bob teaches us a great deal of what we need to know to make those improvements.

Jul 17, 2015
041 - Fall Turkey Hunting with Dogs with JT Byrne
57:58

JT Byrne's passion for Fall turkey hunting with dogs is apparent in this interview. JT shares with us the history behind the famous Byrne line of Appalachian Turkey Dogs, the benefits of using dogs to turkey hunt in the Fall, and some exciting Fall turkey hunting stories as well - my favorite of which is the story of his dad's last turkey hunt. 

Listen in to this week's very entertaining episode about Fall Turkey Hunting with Dogs with JT Byrne.  I hope you learn as much as I did and that the interview sparks an interest in trying out the sport if you get the opportunity.

As promised during the interview, the links mentioned towards the end of the show are below:

American Wild Turkey Hunting Dog Association

Byrne Turkey Dogs Facebook Group - This is a closed group, and you'll need to apply to join.

Turkey Trot Acres - Provides guided turkey dog hunts in New York.

Jul 09, 2015
040 - America, Wild Turkeys, and Mongrel Dogs with Sally Morgan
53:20

In this week's episode of The Turkey Hunter Podcast, Sally Morgan with Morgan's Americana shares her excitement about her husband, Kenny's, new book entitled America, Wild Turkeys, and Mongrel Dogs.

Kenny Morgan passed away in 2011 after finishing the manuscript of his second book.  Kenny's vision for this book was for it to be a coffee table book that people would be proud to display in their homes.  After Kenny's passing, Sally took up the project of completing the book in Kenny's honor, and she certainly made Kenny's vision come to life.  The book is a coffee table book full of Kenny's turkey hunting stories, amazing photography of nature, wild turkeys, and photos from Kenny's childhood.

Listen in to the interview, and then I'm sure you will want to pick up your copy of the book while there are still some available.

 

Jul 02, 2015
039 - Introducing Women to Turkey Hunting
01:10:03

The number of women hunting and fishing is growing each year for great reasons. The same reasons why men have been hunting and fishing for years. The outdoors is an awesome place to spend the morning or afternoon, and enjoying the outdoors with a gun or rod and reel in hand makes that morning or afternoon even more awesome. More and more women are picking up on that fact each year, and they are also enjoying being part of the "Farm to Table" movement that has swept the country over the past several years. 

Brenda Valentine, The First Lady of Hunting, shares information with us to help us introduce women, and new hunters, to the sport of turkey hunting. If we take care to introduce others to turkey hunting the right way, we will create turkey hunters for life, and Brenda goes over some of those tips that we can use to introduce others, especially women to the sport that we love so much.

Jun 25, 2015
038 - Photographing Wild Turkeys with Tes Jolly
57:25

In this episode of The Turkey Hunter Podcast, Tes Randle Jolly, who is a very well known wildlife and nature photographer, shares information about photographing wild turkeys.  Tes' work has been in numerous magazines, books, websites, and advertisements.

Tes shares with us how photographing turkeys can teach us patience and make us better turkey hunters. She also shares with us the one thing that she has learned while turkey hunting that has made her a better turkey hunter, and she shares with us the story of her most recent successful turkey hunt.

If you want to reach out to Tes to purchase her work or to ask her some additional questions, you can find her contact info on www.jollysoutdoorvisions.com. Listen in to Tes and me while we talk turkey, and I hope you enjoy the episode as much as I did putting it together.

 

Jun 18, 2015
037 - 6.5 Steps to Planning a Turkey Hunting Trip
33:15

Traveling out of state to hunt turkeys can be very exciting and a ton of fun. These out of state trips can be a way to extend your hunting season or increase your bag limit opportunities.  They are also a necessity for completing a Grand Slam. They can, however, also be a lot of stress and be very expensive if the trip is not planned out properly.  

In this episode of The Turkey Hunter Podcast, I share 6.5 steps that you will want to follow to plan a turkey hunting trip out of state so you can be sure that you are getting the best experience possible for your investment of money and time.

Click here for the blog post where I share 45 questions to ask a turkey hunting outfitter.

Jun 12, 2015
036 - Early Summer Turkey Tips
20:52

Even the best turkey hunters odds of success are greatly diminished when hunting in an area that has a low turkey population. In this episode I share some tips that we all can use to increase the nesting success, as well as the brood rearing success, on our hunting properties.

Jun 05, 2015
035 - How to Care for Your Turkey Calls with Preston Pittman
58:02

Preston Pittman with Pittman Game Calls shares his knowledge of how to best care for your turkey calls so you can get years of use out of them.

Preston tells us how to condition our calls during the season so that they are ready to play while we are hunting, and he also tells us how to store our calls so that they are ready to be put into service next year as well.

We also get to hear the story of Preston's most recent successful turkey hunt and the one or two keys that made that hunt successful.

May 28, 2015
034 - 7 Lessons Learned from the 2015 Turkey Season
50:13

One of the best ways to learn how to have more success while turkey hunting is to learn from the experiences of others, as well as your own. 

In this episode of The Turkey Hunter Podcast, I share 7 lessons that I feel are worth taking away from my 2015 turkey hunting season. These 7 lessons will not only help you kill more turkeys, but they will help to serve as a reminder as to why we are in the turkey woods in the first place.

 

May 21, 2015
033 - The Texas Decoy Massacre
29:11

Listen in to episode 33, where my Yankee buddy, John, shares the story of The Texas Decoy Massacre.

A Texas Rio Grande turkey hunt goes strangely awry during an afternoon turkey hunt in the hot Texas heat. This is quite possibly one of the funniest turkey hunting stories that you will ever hear.  

Listen in next week as I recap my out of state trip to Ohio and Indiana as well as my 2015 turkey hunting season on episode 34 of The Turkey Hunter Podcast.  In the meantime, enjoy this week's episode, and be sure to forward and share this week's episode if it makes you laugh.

May 14, 2015
032 - Hunting Gould's Wild Turkeys with Jay Scott
01:10:43

In episode 032, Jay Scott with Jay Scott Outdoors is a turkey hunting outfitter who lives in Arizona but guides hunters on Gould's turkey hunts in Mexico.

Jay tells us the difference in the Gould's turkeys in the other subspecies of turkeys, the difference in hunting Gould's and the other subspecies, and the challenges of hunting in a foreign country.

The Gould's wild turkey is a beautiful turkey that is a great addition to any trophy room, and the Gould's hunt takes place in some of the most unique and beautiful terrain that you'll ever hunt in.

If you want to complete your Royal Slam with a Gould's turkey, then you definitely will want to listen in to this episode.

Be sure to tune in next week to hear the story of The Texas Decoy Massacre. This is a story that will keep you laughing for the entire episode.

May 07, 2015
031 - Turkey Calling 101 with Chris Parrish
01:14:24

In Episode 031 of The Turkey Hunter Podcast, 7 time Grand National Champion Turkey Caller Chris Parrish with Knight and Hale Game Calls shares his expertise of what specific turkey calls mean to turkeys and when to use those in your calling setups.  Despite what the title of the show implies, Chris shares some 300 level turkey calling tips and information with us experienced hunters as well.

Chris demonstrates clucks, purrs, yelps, cackles, and cutts, and how we hunters can use those calls to bring in more gobblers and fill more turkey tags.  Listen in to Chris' tips this episode and keep practicing those turkey calls so that you'll have more success this turkey season.

Next week, Jay Scott will be on the show to discuss turkey hunting the beautiful Gould's turkeys in Mexico.  If you want to complete a Royal Slam of turkeys, then you'll have to harvest a Gould's turkey, and Mexico is the place to do it.  Tune in next week to learn more about the Gould's subspecies of turkeys and how and where to hunt them.

May 01, 2015
030 - Question and Answer with Eddie Salter
55:25

A short while back on Facebook, I made mention that I was going to interview Eddie Salter for a Q & A style of episode of the show, and I asked if anyone had questions they would like to ask Eddie.

Well, several people responded and I have the answers to your questions in this week's episode. 

Listen to Eddie share his most recent successful turkey hunt and what made that hunt successful, when he would use a gobble call to locate turkeys, and how he likes to be thorough and aggressive with the turkeys he hunts.

Be sure to listen in next week as Chris Parrish shares turkey calling tips with us on Turkey Calling 101. Just a head's up that there is more to the show than beginner turkey calling tips and info. Chris shares a lot of 300 level turkey calling info with us as well. 

Apr 24, 2015
029 - Habits and Patterns of Wild Turkeys with Cuz Strickland
01:19:19

In episode 29 of The Turkey Hunter Podcast, Cuz Strickland with Mossy Oak shares some of his thoughts about the habits and patterns of wild turkeys in the Spring. 

In order to have a great deal of success while turkey hunting, knowing your quarry is very important. There are not many animals in the US more "wild" than a wild turkey, so knowing what they are going to do at any given point on any given day is nearly impossible.  With that being said, wild turkeys do have a few habits and patterns that we hunters can use to help fill a tag with a delicious wild turkey.

Cuz shares some early, mid, and late season habits and patterns that we can use to help us have more success while turkey hunting this Spring.

Also in this episode, Chris Parrish with Knight and Hale Game Calls helps to answer a question asked by Chris Morris in this week's "Ask the Turkey Hunter" segment.

Be sure to tune in next week, when I have a question and answer session with The Turkey Man, Eddie Salter.

Apr 17, 2015
028 - Using Turkey Decoys with Jimmy Primos
01:03:03

In episode 028 of The Turkey Hunter Podcast, Jimmy Primos with Primos Hunting shares tactics for using turkey decoys to improve our odds in the turkey woods this Spring. 

Jimmy will give us some early, mid, and late season decoy sets that will bring that big Tom running in to our set up in a fit of jealous rage.  Jimmy also shares stories about using Primos newest turkey decoy to fan (or reap) turkeys this past Spring in Nebraska.

Enjoy this week's episode with Jimmy Primos, COO of Primos Hunting, and be sure to tune in next week when I interview Ronnie "Cuz" Strickland with Mossy Oak to discuss the habits and patterns of wild turkeys.

Apr 10, 2015
027 - Turkey Hunting Safety Tips with Josh Carney
01:12:05

Joshua Carney, Son of the South, is a remarkable young man with a remarkable story and a remarkable gift.  Josh was injured in a turkey hunting accident almost 10 years ago.  As a result of his accident he has been given the gift of reproducing animal sounds with his natural voice.

In this episode of The Turkey Hunter Podcast, Josh shares the story of his accident, and some safety tips that we need to be mindful of while we are in the turkey woods this spring.

Also, I answer the question of what to do with a flopping, but not yet dead, turkey in the new Ask the Turkey Hunter segment of the show.

Enjoy listening to the interview with Josh Carney, and be sure to tune in next week for Episode 028 - Proper Decoy Setups with Jimmy Primos.

Apr 02, 2015
026c - Introducing Youths to Turkey Hunting with Southern Boyz Outdoors
38:18

In part 3 of episode 26 of The Turkey Hunter Podcast, Introducing Kids to Turkey Hunting, Kinion Bankston and Leon Stilley with Southern Boyz Outdoors discuss whether or not we should allow the kids we are mentoring in the Spring woods to shoot a jake or not.

Also, we get to hear the 13 time state turkey gobbling champion, Leon Stilley, do his wild turkey gobble. He's pretty darn good, by the way.

Kinion tells us how Southern Boyz Outdoors got started and what they are working on right now.

Be sure to listen in to the whole episode and to also tune in next week when I interview Josh Carney, Son of the South, about turkey hunting safety.

Mar 27, 2015
026b - Introducing Youths to Turkey Hunting with Southern Boyz Outdoors
26:13

In part 2 of episode 26, Leon Stilley and Kinion Bankston with Southern Boyz Outdoors share some more tips on how to best introduce kids to the sport of turkey hunting and how we can keep kids interested in the sport of turkey hunting for years to come.

Listen in as Leon and Kinion share what they believe is the best style of turkey hunting to introduce a young child to and what style is best to keep kids interested for years to come.  They also tell us how we can keep kids interested in hunting as they are growing up, how we can tell our kids about the dangers of the turkey hunting woods without scaring them so much that they won't want to hunt.  We'll learn their thoughts on what gauge gun we should start kids with, and when we should think about introducing our kids to the big bad 12 gauge with magnum 3.5" turkey loads.

Be sure to tune in next week as we'll learn Kinion's and Leon's thoughts about letting a young hunter shoot a jake.  We'll also get to learn more about Southern Boyz Outdoors and how we can get in touch with Kinion and Leon.

Mar 20, 2015
026a - Introducing Youths to Turkey Hunting with Southern Boyz Outdoors
35:46

In part 1 of episode 26, Kinion Bankston and Leon Stilley with Southern Boyz Outdoors discuss the topic of introducing kids to turkey hunting.  

Listen in as Leon and Kinion tell us a little about themselves and how they got into turkey hunting.  They also answer the question of why hunting and, more specifically, turkey hunting can be beneficial for children to learn.  They share their thoughts about the best age to introduce a child to turkey hunting and a good age to let children turkey hunt on their own. 

Be sure to tune in to next week's episode when Leon and Kinion will share their thoughts about the best style of turkey hunting to introduce kids to and which style can keep kids interested longer.  They also touch on the subject of how we can keep kids interested in the sport of hunting, and they discuss the best way to approach kids about the dangers of the spring woods.

Mar 12, 2015
025b: Hunting Lockjawed Gobblers with Korby Taylor
29:17

In part 2 of Episode 025, Korby Taylor, host of the Wild Game Hunting Podcast, shares his calling strategies for gobblers who just aren't talking and giving away their location. Korby also shares the story of his most memorable turkey hunt. It is a great turkey hunting story that involves his favorite hunting buddy and three longbeards.

I also share some exciting news for those of you who want to hunt turkeys out of state but may not have the funds to hire a guide or hunt private land. I've released my new ebook that will literally take you from not knowing where to start to plan a hunt out of state to sitting with your back against a tree surrounded by gobbling turkeys in North Dakota and/or South Dakota. Be sure to listen in to that part of the episode, and also be sure to check out the website where you can purchase the book that will show you how to plan a great DIY Merriam's turkey hunt.

Be sure to tune in to next week's episode where Kinion Bankston and Leon Tilley from Southern Boyz Outdoors and I discuss how to get, and keep, kids interested in turkey hunting.

Mar 05, 2015
025a: Hunting Lockjawed Gobblers with Korby Taylor
38:16

In part 1 of episode 025, Korby Taylor, host of the Wild Game Hunting Podcast, shares his secrets for success hunting lockjawed gobblers.

Lockjawed gobblers are those turkeys that do not gobble, and they can make for a very tough hunt. A gobbling turkey makes our lives easier by giving away his location each and every time he gobbles. If a turkey is not gobbling, then he can hide from us much the same way most other game animals do and make us resort to hunting him the same way we have to hunt those other animals - sitting and waiting.

Korby tells us how he got into turkey hunting, what a lockjawed gobbler is, why some turkeys get silent, strategies to help us fill a lockjawed gobbler tag, and calling strategies for those quiet birds.

Be sure to listen to part 2 of episode 25 next week, when Korby shares the story of his most memorable turkey hunt with us. Korby is an excellent storyteller, and I'm sure you'll enjoy that part of the episode.

Feb 26, 2015
024: A Turkey Hunter Gives Back in a Big Way
35:07
Feb 20, 2015
Build Your Own Turkey Calls with Jimi Lee of Brookside Game Calls
02:45

What could be more exciting and satisfying than calling in and killing a monster wild turkey with a turkey call that you made yourself?

Jimi Lee discusses the wide range of products and supplies that Brookside Game Calls sells to its customers who want to build their own turkey calls.

Feb 16, 2015
Josh Carney - Son of the South Is a Turkey Hunting Machine
02:57

Josh Carney, Son of the South, shares his turkey hunting schedule with us for this Spring as well as shows us his amazing talent. Awesome guy!

Keep an eye out for him in an hour long interview on The Turkey Hunter Podcast coming soon!

Feb 14, 2015
Bobby Pinson with The World Turkey Hunting Championship
04:15

Bobby Pinson with the World Turkey Hunting Championship tells us how the World Turkey Hunting Championship works. There are a lot of great turkey callers around this country, but being a great turkey caller does not necessarily put meat in your freezer.  The World Turkey Hunting Championship has hunters putting their money where their mouthcall is.

Feb 14, 2015
023b: Booking an Outfitted Turkey Hunt with Jerick Henley
38:27

In part 2 of episode 23, Jerick Henley with Chain Ranch Outfitters shares the story of his most recent successful turkey hunt, 3 things we must do before booking our next outfitted turkey hunt, and how much we should tip our guides and camp cooks.

This is information you must know before you plan your next turkey hunting adventure. 

Also, as an added bonus for the listeners to this episode, I share how you can get my list of 45 questions that I use when interviewing outfitters for my turkey hunts. The list of questions is a great starting point when interviewing outfitters, and those questions can really help to shed light on exactly what you can expect when you arrive in camp after booking your hunt.

Feb 13, 2015
023a - Booking an Outfitted Turkey Hunt with Jerick Henley
36:17

In episode 023, Jerick Henley with Chain Ranch Outfitters in Kansas and Oklahoma shares tips and tricks to have the most satisfaction with outfitted turkey hunts.

Most of us do not have the luxury of traveling the country on all expenses paid turkey hunting adventures for the two and a half months of turkey season, but we still want to occasionally go on an out of state turkey hunt to attempt to complete our Grand Slam or just to look at some different trees and turkeys.  Hunting public land is not always the best option to maximize the opportunities available with time that we can allot towards a "turkey vacation."

Booking an outfitted turkey hunt can often give us the best opportunity to harvest a wild turkey on a short trip to unfamiliar lands since the hunting is typically done on private, often less pressured, lands with someone who knows the habits and patterns of the birds residing on that property.

The problem that most of us have when booking outfitted turkey hunts is that we don't know the best way to book that hunt, and we sometimes end up with an unsatisfactory result from our trip. Either we have an unfilled tag, have to sleep in the back seat of our truck, or show up to hunt with an outfitter who has skipped town with our money.

These issues can be avoided by doing your due diligence and following some simple steps, and Jerick helps us with that in this episode.

Be sure to tune in to part 2 of episode 23 next week as Jerick will tell us the best time and best way to approach an outfitter who is not living up to your expectations, how much to tip the camp cook, and how much to tip your guide.

Feb 06, 2015
022: 2015 NWTF Convention and Sports Show Preview with Karen Lee
29:56

Click to download and subscribe to other episodes of The Turkey Hunter Podcast.

In episode 022, Karen Lee, who is Vice President of Communications with the NWTF, gives us a preview of the 2015 NWTF Convention and Sports Show that will take place February 13 - 15 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort.

The NWTF believes this year's show will be their biggest and best ever, and by looking at the event billing it certainly appears that it will be. 

Karen tells us all about the calling contests, taxidermy contests, call making competitions, the exhibitors, the seminars, autograph sessions with pros and celebrities, and tons of activities for the kids as well.

Tune in to this week's episode to learn why you can't afford to miss the convention and sports show this year and also to hear Karen and I practicing our team owl hooting/gobbling competition routine.  It is quite funny.

Jan 29, 2015
021c: Hunting Field Turkeys with Jay Scott
24:14

In this episode of The Turkey Hunter Podcast, Jay Scott shares a very cool story of a turkey hunting outing where he was not the only hunter who was hunting the turkeys. The turkeys' reaction to the other hunter is fascinating and completely different than I would have thought.

Listen in as Jay tells the story of turkeys vs bobcat in this week's episode. Also, listen in to the very end of the show where I premiere a new segment of The Turkey Hunter Podcast called, "Fun with Editing" where I do just that.  I have fun playing with some of the audio snippets from the show with my audio editing software. I hope you enjoy the show and the new segment.

Thanks for listening!

Jan 22, 2015
021b: Hunting Field Turkeys with Jay Scott
32:11

In part 2 of Episode 021, Jay Scott with The Big Buck Registry's Big Buck Podcast shares with us some of his field turkey hunting stories and strategies as well.

Hunting field turkeys can be quite different than hunting turkeys that are hanging out in the woods.  Actually, most of the time, they are the same exact turkeys.  They just have dual personalities - a woods personality and a field personality, and we have to keep those differences in mind when we are chasing turkeys this spring.

Listen to Jay and Andy share stories about calling turkeys across creeks, Jay's most recent successful turkey hunt, the advantages of hunting on Wednesday's, and his thoughts about using decoys, and the importance of knowing when to move on a turkey.

Sit back, relax, and enjoy part 2 of Episode 021 of The Turkey Hunter Podcast - Hunting Field Turkeys with Jay Scott

Jan 15, 2015
021a - Hunting Field Turkeys with Jay Scott
30:24

Field turkeys and woods turkeys are generally the same exact turkeys, but turkeys do not act the same when they are in fields as they do when they are in the woods.  Therefore, we cannot use the same hunting strategies on turkeys that are in fields as we do with turkeys that are in the woods.  

Jay Scott, with the Big Buck Registry's Big Buck Podcast, shares many different field turkey tactics with us in this episode.  In part 1 of the episode, Jay tells us the awesome and funny story of how he got into turkey hunting, and how patience is a must have virtue while we are hunting fields. 

Be sure to listen to this week's episode of The Turkey Hunter Podcast and become a better field turkey hunter this spring.

Jan 08, 2015
020b - The Breeding Cycle of Hens with Bob Eriksen with the NWTF
25:06

In this episode of The Turkey Hunter Podcast, Bob Eriksen, who is a wildlife biologist with the NWTF, shares his knowledge of the breeding cycle of wild turkey hens and gobblers.

Bob tells us what activities that we need to avoid on our properties while hens are nesting.  Many times, land owners and managers can destroy nests and even kill hens who are sitting on those nests by doing certain things when hens are nesting.  Oftentimes, hens that have their nests destroyed will renest, but that is not always successful for them. 

He also shares the actions that we can take on our properties to improve nesting success.  Hens can nest almost anywhere; however, some habitats are better for nesting than others.  We, as land managers and owners, can perform certain management techniques that can actually enhance the nesting habitat.  Logging, burning, and other techniques can help improve the numbers of turkeys on our properties.

Bob shares his knowledge of what makes certain habitats more suitable for brood rearing success.  Bunch grasses and native warm season grasses are wonderful areas for hens to ensure that her hens have enough food to eat and cover for protection from predators.

Listen in to all of the very informative details of my interview with Bob Eriksen with the NWTF, and learn more about the breeding cycle of wild turkeys so you can be the best turkey hunter you can be.

Jan 02, 2015
020a - The Breeding Cycle of Hens with Bob Eriksen of the NWTF
24:55

Bob Eriksen has been a wildlife biologist with the NWTF for the past 13 years.  Bob has participated in many studies on wild turkeys over those years, and he has gained a tremendous amount of knowledge of the bird that he now spends his days studying. 

In part 1of Episode 020, Bob helps us understand the breeding cycle of hens so we can learn more about the Spring habits of the wild turkey.  Here are some of the things you'll learn when you tune in to this episode of The Turkey Hunter Podcast:

1. How many eggs the average hen lays each day and each season.

2. How much the peak season varies from north to south.

3. What factor gets hens in the mood to mate.

4. Why jakes tend to group up with other jakes at the end of the season.

5. How much more likely a mature hen is to nest successfully than a juvenile. 

6. Ideal nesting habitat.

7. When hens will start sitting on nests full time.

8. Why a hen only needs to be bred once to lay a clutch of 10 - 12 eggs.

9. How long it takes a hen to start laying eggs after she is bred.

10. What a "determinate nester" is.

Be sure to tune in to part 2 of Episode 020 next week when Bob will share more great information about the breeding cycle of wild turkey hens with us.

Dec 26, 2014
Missouri Monster Turkey Story
42:08

Turkey hunter, John Rowell, recounts the story of killing a once in a lifetime wild turkey in Missouri. 

John tells the story of what starts out to be a tough hunt because of retaliation against his hunting party by the outfitter that John paid to hunt in Missouri. The owner mistakenly associated John with a hunter who had been to his operation in previous years and had killed more turkeys than he was allotted on the unguided hunts.  After that unethical "hunter" cleared the situation up with the outfitter and let him know that John and his group should not be punished because of his actions in years past, the outfitter opened up more ranches to John and his group, but time was against John at that point who had one day remaining on his out of state hunt.

On the last morning of the hunt, John heard shots from all around the ranch he was hunting as his hunting partners were filling their tags, but John was not having any luck.  It looked like John was going to go home empty handed until a gobbling bird entered John's radar screen.  

The hunt was on, but the bird was not playing fair.  John took control of the situation and made the most of the opportunity he was given. 

Listen in as John describes what happened next and take a look at the picture to see how John's patience was rewarded by the Turkey gods.

Dec 18, 2014
018 - 8 Keys to a Proper Turkey Hunting Set Up
15:13

I venture to say that 80% of whether you are going to be successful on your next turkey hunt depends on where you sit down to call that turkey to you.  You would never charge through the woods at a gobbling turkey in an attempt to kill him, and setting up in the wrong location can have the exact same end result... a light walk back to the pickup truck.

Several factors need to be considered before your hunting spot is selected.  Sometimes we have plenty of time to choose where we want to sit and other times we have mere seconds to make that decision.  The sun, ants, water, the openness of the woods, creeks, valleys, roads, etc are all factors that we turkey hunters have to give thought to before we sit down to call to a turkey.

In this episode of The Turkey Hunter Podcast, I share with you 8 keys to a proper turkey hunting set up.  You'll also hear short stories about how fire ants darn near ruined a hunt for me and how the sun did ruin a hunt for a friend of mine. 

Sit back and enjoy this short episode of The Turkey Hunter Podcast and hopefully you'll think about these 8 keys to a proper turkey hunting set up the next time you are in the turkey woods trying to fill your tag and your freezer.

Dec 12, 2014
017: The Whiskey Turkey
47:05

This is the story of the Whiskey Turkey, who was a turkey that absolutely haunted my good friend Eric for an entire season.  This turkey was a wise old bird, and always seemed to out maneuver and out think Eric.  Eric was possessed by this bird to the point where he was skipping work to go after him.  Finally, one day, Eric devised a plan to kill the Whiskey Turkey.  The plan was executed on a weekend when I happened to be hunting with Eric, and the plan was executed perfectly... well, almost perfectly.  

There was one kink in the plan that neither Eric, or I, accounted for prior to venturing out into the woods that morning.  That was a kink in our armor, not the Whiskey Turkey's armor.  

Listen in and laugh along as Eric tells the story of the Whiskey Turkey.

Dec 05, 2014
016c: 3 Strategies for Afternoon Turkey Hunting
13:18