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Grant Woods

Worn Feathers


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By now many of you have tagged a tom! You may have already enjoyed a meal of fresh turkey! However, there’s more to a turkey than great meat. Turkey feathers are cool. Many Native American tribes prized turkey feathers for use in ceremonies and fletching for arrows. My daughters enjoy making jewelry and other items […]

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Melissa Bachman

A Turkey Hunt For The Memory Bank-Nebraska Style


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Every year thousands of turkey hunters, both sportsmen and women, join together to support the NWTF convention in Nashville, TN to learn, buy, and reminisce with old and new friends about their turkey hunting expeditions and experiences. There are always drawing, raffles, and contests going on, but this year I was lucky enough to be […]

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Grant Woods

Silent Toms


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Hearing gobbling is a big reason why I enjoy turkey hunting! However, some mornings it seems most toms are silent. There are usually two reasons toms are quiet. Toms don’t gobble as much when it’s cloudy and higher than normal humidity. There’s nothing a hunter can do to change these conditions. Gobblers are also usually […]

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Melissa Bachman

Turkey Hunting When Jakes Are Present


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I truly enjoy turkey hunting, but it can get downright frustrating! This year I’ve never had so many bad experiences with jakes blowing a hunt. Jakes can group up and absolutely dominate the woods causing gobblers to literally turn and run at the site of their presence. My season started off in Illinois where jakes […]

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Grant Woods

When to Wait Before Calling


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Watch this video. You’ve probably already seen it many times in your mind. Notice the time stamp on the video. It’s just after sunrise and this gobbler has already paired with a hen. This is very common for this time of year in the Midwest. When a tom is with a hen there are a […]

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Melissa Bachman

Paddlefish – Another Hunter’s Vice


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When I think of spring, turkey hunting is usually at the top of my list. In the past I’ve tried to plan one turkey hunt on top of another because I can never get enough. This year, I scheduled something a little different between my Illinois and Nebraska turkey hunts. I decided to take a […]

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Grant Woods

When to Call Hens


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Most turkey hunters focus on calling gobblers, but there are times when it will be helpful to call hens! During the early part of the breeding season hens will often remain in flocks. It’s common for a handful of gobblers to follow flocks of hens. Often the gobblers won’t be very vocal when following the […]

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Melissa Bachman

Wild Game on the Trail


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Many people often ask what I do with all the wild game I harvest throughout the year. On an average year I donate about half the meat to charities or families in need and keep the other half to fill my freezer. However, this year my freezer is already empty! The reason why is my […]

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