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It Ain’t Over ‘Till It’s Over

Weekend, April 29-30, 2017 — Those words of wisdom were spoken by a local hunter who spent three weeks of the season getting skunked after having scouted his hunting area weeks earlier and was nearly run over by the clans of turkeys just getting their yelp on.  Yet, early in the hunt two weeks later the birds were heard but not seen.  Long hours of waiting and calling in the early spring failed to bring even just one old bird to the pair of dekes laid out some 20 yards where he had set up and snoozed on and off from pure boredom.  It would be enough to put a smarter man back on the road to turkey hunting ruin.  But not this guy.  He was persistent. And stubborn. Just then…but that’ll have to wait.

Turkey hunting is far from painless. You’d think it would be just a matter of staking out a claim where turkeys hung out most of the rest of the year and picking one off from close range. Ah, but that’s too easy and dedicated turkey hunters never have it too easy. He had all the right gear.  He practiced his calls laboriously.  He wasn’t about to let another opportunity pass him by.  Then he stumbled across some stories and videos in a recent edition of this publication and realized that they all spoke of success as if ordered from a restaurant menu.  What was missing was instruction. Was he doing things right?  His camo was near perfect.  His approach was studied and quiet.  But his calls?  Well, while not exactly the contest winners he felt his efforts should have been rewarded but hadn’t. But he refused to quit. Letting the bird out of the bag, so to speak, we can tell you that he went back and did his research and, eventually, it paid off and did so because about the season, he said, “It ain’t over ‘till; it’s over.”

That experience is not unusual.  Many hunters take to the fields and hills equipped to the nines but lacking expertise.  With that in mind, we’ve decided to put this week’s video emphasis on some of the how-to tips every turkey hunter knows before heading out to the tall timber. The set-up is from Mossberg’s excellent Rugged American Hunter series with Jason Cruise, followed by the finale from Winchester Life. So before you declare the spring season over, we think you’ll learn some valuable tips from the experts in this week’s How-To edition of…

Turkey Calls And Turkey Calling: How To Master The Yelp. How To Use Mouth Calls. 12:15 min.

This is beyond basics of turkey calling tips. Turkey calls are wide in variety. Mouth calls dominate much of turkey calling, and in this video on how to call turkeys, Jason Cruise, host of Mossberg’s Rugged American Hunter series, you will learn turkey calling tips that are focused on one major foundation: the plain yelp of a hen.

Turkey Hunting Bad Weather: How To Turkey Hunt Stormy Days 6:42 min.

Turkey hunting and bad weather seemingly don’t mix well, but it just isn’t true. This turkey hunting video shares (2) key truths on how to hunt turkeys when bad weather rolls into your area.

Turkey Hunting Nightmare: What Do You Do Next? 4:08 min.

Turkey hunting has mind bending moments. This video confronts every turkey hunter’s worst nightmare and the very thing they seek when they go to the woods: what do you do when the strutter is just out of range?

Turkey Calling: Why Position Matters As Much As Calling 5:12 min.

Many hunters call at turkeys. To be a craftsman, a turkey hunter most know effective turkey calling methods. In this turkey hunting video, you’re going to look at the craft of position in relation to when to call at a tom.

Turkey Hunting: Two Mistakes Made When He Gobbles 3:42 min.

Turkey hunting and how to call turkeys is important, but too often turkey hunting, or better yet, taking a turkey out of the woods, is determined by what you do in the set up phase.

A Decoy Setup That Works – Calling All Turkeys 2:36 min.

Hunting turkeys with decoys is a combination art and science and, according to Calling All Turkeys host, Shane Simpson, many hunter’s deploy decoy setups that lack the natural look necessary to lead to success.

One Call Away 6:39 min.

The Winchester Life crew — Paul Sawyer, Chris Keefer, Casey Keefer, Nikki Boxler and Taylor Drury — head to the Michigan timber to welcome wild turkey season. Casey, Nikki and Taylor have a slow morning, while Paul, Chris and longtime friend Shad Woodruff catch sight of strutting longbeards.

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