The distinctive shriek of a turkey echoed across rolling hills, meant to act as a bid of courtship to nearby hens. But instead, the gobbler’s vocals worked as a beacon, notifying a nearby hunting party that it was in the area.
I don’t know many outdoorsmen who would argue against habitat management. We all want more forests to support more deer, squirrels, turkeys and rabbits. We all want to protect our marshes so we can watch swarms of ducks cup into a spread of dekes. We all want to ensure our favorite fishing hole doesn’t fall victim to the gnawing effects of erosion.
The TORQ VLE off-road electric vehicle is built for silence, safety and performance. The TORQ is perfect for scouting deer and turkey, checking trail cams and getting you to and from your favorite stand. Boasting the industry’s lightest weight and a 30+ mph top speed, the TORQ combines U.S.-made EV and MicroSprint Racing components with a custom tubular steel frame to create an electric vehicle like no other. A full-coverage roll cage with fixed side bars and a 4-point safety harness provide riders with peace of mind.
Well, it’s not gold, but to a deer manager, habitat with an understory of lush, desirable native deer plants is just as good as gold.
You have heard it since you were a kid, “April showers bring May flowers.” Well, in this case the April showers all across Louisiana have resulted in an abundance of native plant growth, much of which is desirable browse for deer.
Call-maker John Tanner of Hemingway, S.C., knows how to make high-quality calls out of a number of different woods, as his newest turkey call, the Crystal Clucker, shows. The Crystal Clucker, which pairs a circle of frosted crystal over glass, is made in either cherry or black walnut, and it comes with an Osage Orange striker peg. The call and striker hang from an adjustable lanyard so it can be hung around a hunter’s neck for easy access.
The 2015 spring turkey season was, as of this writing, a total bust for me, as I have been neck-deep in the moving process to a new house that the wife and I have been building and dealing with for some months now.
Last month a friend from the gym invited me to New Brunswick to shoot some bears. This guided, private land trip over barrels of bait where the success rate was nearly 100 percent wasn’t my style, but it got my wheels spinning to start searching for more opportunities.
My goal was to hunt a bear on a do-it-yourself public land adventure where I had to literally find and stalk a bear by myself, as the allure for me is learning how to hunt these animals in their natural setting.