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This turkey target was shot from 30 yards for a pattern check, which is a good thing to do before the hunt. Youth turkey-hunting shotgun recommendations
16 Views - Posted: April 15 at 7:00 am

It’s hard to beat a youth 20-gauge for a young hunter in any shotgun application.


Mitzi LaCaze demonstrating how to blast a turkey from a pop up blind. Ground blinds prefect for turkey hunting
12 Views - Posted: April 15 at 7:00 am

I can’t emphasize enough the importance of a ground blind.


Youth hunter Dane Humbles and the author with Dane's gobbler. Young turks — Tips for youth turkey hunting
238 Views - Posted: April 01 at 7:00 am

Twelve-year-old Dane Humbles tightened his grip on the shotgun and sighted down the barrel as the big gobbler closed the distance in a quick trot.


TriStar Raptor ATAC Turkey Shotgun TriStar Raptor ATAC Turkey Shotgun
81 Views - Posted: April 01 at 7:00 am

TriStar Arms has released their new Raptor ATAC Turkey shotgun patterned in Mossy Oak Break Up camouflage. It features a picatinny rail and ghost ring mounted sight, a fixed pistol grip and a fiber optic bridge front sight. The gas operated 12 gauge semi-automatic shotgun will come in a 24-inch barrel with a 3-inch chamber, and will utilize a removable choke system that is fitted with Beretta Mobile threads and will include one extended turkey choke tube.


Flextone’s Lightning Crow Flextone’s Lightning Crow
68 Views - Posted: April 01 at 7:00 am

The Lightning Crow from Flextone Game Calls produces ultra-realistic, natural sounds that can be heard for miles. This long-range turkey call forces even the most tight-lipped birds to expose their position. The flexible body also allows the user to manipulate the tone and pitch to sound like multiple crows, making it an ideal locator call for crows also.


Patterning allows you to learn which shotguns throw the best pattern for turkey hunting. Turkey patterns and cleaning tips
1609 Views - Posted: March 27 at 9:00 am

In turkey hunting, preparation is everything.

So thinking about you guys (and gals) who get all heated up over feathers in the spring, I thought I would write about patterning — and cleaning your guns.

I have a 12 gauge, 2 ¾-inch-chambered barrel I had cut off years ago to about 25 inches and had the gunsmith install screw-in choke tubes.


Hunting turkeys on public land in Louisiana is a challenge, and that was evident in tonight's episode of Sportsman TV. The show airs on Thursdays at 6:30, as well as Saturday mornings at 8:30 and Sunday mornings at 9. Public land turkey hunting challenges featured tonight on Sportsman TV
1515 Views - Posted: March 26 at 1:31 pm

With host Greg Hackney off fishing a Bassmaster Elite Series tournament, Sportsman TV producer Jared Serigné is joined for tonight's episode by veteran turkey hunter Shane Johnson to pursue some public land gobblers. 


View LDWF's turkey hunting safety video View LDWF's turkey hunting safety video  Video Included
2781 Views - Posted: March 21 at 2:24 pm

If you plan on going turkey hunting this weekend, check out this video produced by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ Education Program.


According to Stafford, once deer season ends, it’s best to leave the property undisturbed until turkey season opens. Small tract case study – St. Tammany
340 Views - Posted: March 15 at 8:00 am

Existing habitat

Acres: 150

Location: Northwest St. Tammany Parish


Patience helped the author kill this turkey. Will you kill a gobbler this spring?
2076 Views - Posted: March 14 at 9:00 am

The theme this year for the National Wild Turkey Federation is “Save the Habitat, Save the Hunt.” This is also the theme for the Federation’s new initiative that has set three goals or objectives: conserve and enhance 4 million acres of critical upland wildlife habitat, recruit 1.5 million new hunters, and open access to 500,000 new acres for hunting and other outdoor recreation.


Sportsman TV producer Jared Serigne´, right, positions a camera during the filming of tonight's episode of Sportsman TV while veteran turkey hunter Shane Johnson, left, prepares to try to call a gobbler into shooting range. Sportsman TV tonight at 6:30 on CST: Public Land Turkey Hunt
1605 Views - Posted: March 05 at 2:00 pm

With host Greg Hackney busy fishing a Bassmaster Elite Series tournament, Sportsman TV producer Jared Serigné is joined for tonight's episode by veteran turkey hunter Shane Johnson to pursue some public land gobblers. 


The author scored on this tom near Folsom, La., on 150 acres. The turkey had an 8-inch beard and weighed 18 pounds. Small Tract Toms — Turkey-hunting tactics for small properties
546 Views - Posted: March 01 at 7:00 am

My return to turkey hunting after a 15-year hiatus was truly haphazard.

I had recently leased a 150-acre tract of land near Folsom for deer hunting and was scouting for deer sign in late winter trying to learn the lay of the land. What I discovered was startling: The deer lease was full of turkey sign, and I spotted several turkeys during my scouting trips.

With spring fast approaching, I thought a little turkey hunting might help me get more familiar with the new lease, but realistically my expectations were fairly low.

I was in for a real surprise.


When landowners thin out the underbrush with prescribed burns, seed-bearing grasses that turkeys favor quickly flourish. Habitat work can improve turkey hunting success
406 Views - Posted: February 15 at 7:00 am

In Southeast Louisiana, hunter Mike Williams loads his Remington 870 12-guage with 3 ½-inch magnum shells for longer shots in open areas and 3-inch magnums for dense areas with lots of cover.

But these days he finds he’s using more of the latter than he’d prefer.

The fix, he said, is a return to the prescribed burns that he recalls as common some 25 years ago. Not only is a clear shot to his liking, but the big-picture benefit of better turkey habitat would likely do wonders to boost the local populations that have struggled to recover since Hurricane Katrina.


Preseason scouting is very important. Successful hunters put in plenty of time in the woods. Tips to up your turkey hunting odds
500 Views - Posted: February 15 at 7:00 am

Whether he’s on a private lease with his Horseshoe Hunting Club or vying for a good position on public lands near the Pearl River, Franklinton’s Mike Williams wants his back against a big tree, log or the roots of a fallen tree.

As for positioning, he wants a good view of what he calls the prettiest spot in the woods.

“An adult gobbler is looking for a place to show off with his strutting and gobbling,” he said. “Nine out of 10 times, it’s going to be the prettiest place that you know of in the woods. It’ll be fairly open with thickets close by so he can get back in a safe spot to get away from predators.


Dry conditions during the nesting period are essential for a healthy hatch. Strange sightings
400 Views - Posted: February 15 at 7:00 am

During his years of turkey watching, LDWF biologist Jimmy Stafford has seen a few memorable moments.

For example, albinos rarely reach adulthood because their lack of camouflage makes them easy targets for predators. Nevertheless, Stafford has seen full and partial albino adults walking the Louisiana woods.

And, even though, a clutch of 11 to 12 eggs is about average, he’s seen hens lay up to 22 in a single nest. Typically, hens cannot successfully incubate so many, but that doesn’t prevent sightings of massive poult gatherings.


A strutting gobbler is a beautiful sight to a turkey hunter. 2014 Turkey Forecast
999 Views - Posted: February 01 at 7:00 am

Spying on mothers walking their children is considered inappropriate in most cultures ­— unless, of  course, you’re eyeballing turkeys for the annual poult survey that gives interested parties a reasonable forecast for upcoming turkey seasons.

Those interested parties would be Louisiana hunters and the state’s Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, whose task it is to help ensure plenty of game for folks to shoot.

As the LDWF’s Wild Turkey and Resident Small Game Program Leader, Jimmy Stafford takes his poult counting very seriously. And based on relevant observations, he believes turkey hunters will enjoy a good level of opportunity this season.


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