Turkey Hunting

Scott Kimock, left, poses with Lee Blackmon and the York County, S.C. gobbler that scored 168.4 by NWTF standards — the highest-scoring turkey ever taken in S.C., and the nation's best with a bow.

Nation’s best-ever 7-bearded gobbler taken with a bow

Only the fourth turkey Lee Blackmon ever killed will be one he’ll never forget.

May 03, 2016 at 8:37am
Rachel Barr with the Gould’s gobbler she killed in Mexico.

Barr’s tip for bowhunting turkeys

There’s a reason relatively few hunters chase turkeys with archery equipment: It’s just plain tough enough with a shotgun.

April 15, 2016 at 7:00am
Rachel Barr and mounts of her six bow-killed gobblers giving her a World Slam.

Barr’s turkey world slam equipment

• Bow — Five of the six gobblers in Rachal Barr’s world slam were taken with a Hoyt Carbon Element set at 55 pounds.

April 15, 2016 at 7:00am
Rachel Barr happily shows off the Rio Grande gobbler she got in Texas, holding up six fingers to signify that her World Slam was completed.

Barr’s world slam gobblers

Accomplishing a turkey world slam involved killing all six subspecies of turkeys. Here is a rundown of how Rachal Barr sealed the deal before graduating high school:

April 15, 2016 at 7:00am
Turkeys will congregate just about anywhere, as long as there’s enough food and safe places to roost at night.

Why are turkeys so tough to hunt?

So what is it about turkeys that make them so difficult to kill? University of Mississippi’s Richard Bucholz ran down the some of the reasons hunters can easily miss out on tagging out.

April 15, 2016 at 7:00am
Jacob Johnston killed this white turkey on opening day on land nearhis family's farm in Wilkes County, N.C.

Trophy white gobbler goes down

Not surprisingly, Jacob Johnston had spotted a big white turkey on several occasions near his family’s farm before the start of this year’s turkey season.

April 14, 2016 at 2:12pm
LouisianaSportsman.com user -Duckaholic- killed this big turkey on a hunt at a friend's Mississippi lease.

Website user ambushes Magnolia gobbler

LousianaSportsman.com user "-Duckaholic-" normally makes turkey-hunting trips every year with his friends and children, but with the downturn in the oil-and-gas industry, he's just been unable to go as scheduled.

But when he received an invite to hunt turkeys in Mississippi with a friend, he broke away to make it happen.

April 14, 2016 at 8:34am
Dusty McGehee, left, and Dylan McElduff pose with the 19-pound gobbler McElduff shot on April 1 in Jackson Parish. McElduff, who was diagnosed with a Stage 1 brain tumor last summer, received treatment in Memphis, Tenn. and is currently in remission.

Choudrant youth beats brain cancer, downs trophy gobbler

Most diehard hunters will tell you the sport is more about experiences in the field than it is about the kill —  a phrase perfectly illustrated by a recent turkey-hunting adventure featuring Dylan McElduff and Dusty McGehee.

April 13, 2016 at 10:28am
Jake decoys can draw a mature gobble that few extra feet — or spook it into the next parish.

Are decoys turkey killers or rescuers? Veteran hunter is careful with decoy use

Some turkey hunters swear by decoys, and some swear at them. The truth is, neither situation is correct; if used properly, at the right time, decoys can help you wrap a tag around a tom’s leg. If used incorrectly, at the wrong time, it will put wind in the bird’s wings.

April 08, 2016 at 1:30pm
While GPS units are great, you should never rely solely on that technology when in the field.

Use your GPS while turkey hunting

Turkey hunters who own handheld GPS units have a great advantage over other hunters.

Handheld units have a big advantage over smartphones in that they are designed around the GPS module and do not add the GPS feature as an afterthought.

April 08, 2016 at 8:30am
Zink’s Z-Combo Mouth Call

Zink’s Z-Combo Mouth Call

The Z-Combo Mouth Call, the latest addition from Zink Calls, is an innovative two-reed version of the popular “combo-cut” design favored by many hunters, which is half “cutter” and half “split V”.  Zink’s all-new Z-Combo belts out super-realistic yelps with just the right amount of high front-end and smoky back-end rasp. This versatile call will have those big gobblers waltzing into your decoys without hesitation.

April 01, 2016 at 7:00am
Rachel Barr demonstrating her shooting style with her bow.

Slamming gobblers — Anatomy of a wild turkey world slam

You’re a high-school senior, a female and you have something you want to get done before graduation.

Make cheerleader?

April 01, 2016 at 7:00am
Chad Newcomer poses with a tom he got on Hoosier National Forest in Indiana. His success came after traveling long distances in order to find un-pressured birds.

Think like a tom

Turkeys have the reputation for being notoriously difficult to kill, especially for novices hunters.

But with enough time spent in the woods it’s likely you can consistently bag birds each spring.

April 01, 2016 at 7:00am

Nine cited for alleged turkey hunting violations on opening weekend

Enforcement agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries cited nine people for alleged turkey hunting violations during the opening weekend of the 2016 turkey hunting season, which kicked off on Saturday, March 26.

March 29, 2016 at 9:49pm