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096 - The Science Behind Setting Turkey Hunting Seasons and Bag Limits

In this episode, Mike Schiavone with the New York DEC discusses the science behind setting turkey hunting seasons and bag limits.

With turkey populations on the decline in many parts of the country, our state wildlife biologists and game and fish department officials have a difficult task of setting the length of our turkey hunting seasons and setting our bag limits as well.  The difficulty comes in when trying to manage the population of the animals and keeping hunters happy as well. 

Mike Schiavone is one of the people tasked with that difficult assignment in the state of New York, and he shares the factors that go into setting turkey hunting season length and bag limits.

Mike also shares the reasons he thinks turkey populations are on the decline in many parts of the state of NY, and he leaves us with some opportunities that we hunters can take advantage of to help our game and fish departments better do their jobs.

Listen in and enjoy episode 096 - The Science Behind Setting Turkey Hunting Seasons and Bag Limits.


095 - The Story of and Questions from a Newbie Turkey Hunter

In this week's episode, I speak with Jenna Barron to hear and answer the story of and questions from a newbie turkey hunter.

Jenna has never hunted before, and she has a burning desire to get into the woods to turkey hunt this fall.  I asked Jenna to come on to the show to share her story as to why she wants to start hunting at this point in her life, and to see if I can help to get her a little higher up that learning curve that all of us turkey hunters have experienced in our turkey hunting careers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tags: Turkey Hunting, Turkey Hunter, Wild turkeys, turkey hunting Washington, the turkey hunter podcast, fall turkey hunting, beginner turkey hunter

Direct download: Episode_095_-_The_Story_of_and_Questions_from_a_Newbie_Turkey_Hunter.mp3
Category:Hunting -- posted at: 10:30am CDT

094 - Planning the 2017 Spring Turkey Hunting Trip - Decisions Made

After doing a good bit of research and talking to the boys, we have made some decisions about our 2017 spring turkey hunt. 

Listen in to this week's episode to learn how we weeded out at least 1 (and possibly 2) state from our very aggressive plan of attacking 4 states in the spring of 2017. 

I also discuss the results of the conversations that I had with a couple of the game biologists in 2 of those states as well.

Direct download: 094_-_Planning_the_2017_Spring_Turkey_Hunting_Trip_-_Decisions_Made.mp3
Category:Hunting -- posted at: 10:30am CDT

093 - Planning the 2017 Spring Turkey Hunting Trip

In this week's episode, I let you in on the beginning stages of my planning the 2017 spring turkey hunting trip out of state.

This year, my buddies and I plan on hunting in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Arizona. 4 of us killing a bird in each state will take a great deal of luck and skill as well as a great deal of careful planning before we ever leave home.

Over the next couple of episodes, I'm going to take you through the process of planning next year's hunt with me.  From talking to wildlife biologists, park rangers, and NWTF biologists to choosing dates to ironing out the logistics of the hunt, you will get to hear exactly what my buddies and I go through in planning one of the incredible hunts that we do each year.

Direct download: Episode_093_-_Planning_the_2017_Spring_Turkey_Hunting_Trip.mp3
Category:Hunting -- posted at: 10:30am CDT

6 Tasks To Do Today To Kill More Turkeys This Season

In today's episode, I list 6 tasks to do today to kill more turkeys this season.

 

Direct download: 092_-_6_Tasks_To_Do_Today_To_Kill_More_Turkeys_This_Season.mp3
Category:Hunting -- posted at: 10:30am CDT

The World Deer and Turkey Expo Interviews

This week I have a couple of new and exciting products that I want to introduce to you in the World Deer and Turkey Expo interviews that I conducted this past weekend. 

In this episode, you will hear of a great new product that I think all of us turkey hunters will want to check out. Phil Bullock with Bunkerhead joins me to discuss the Bunkerhead facemask system. The Bunkerhead system effectively keeps your facemask off of your face by clipping onto the bill of your ball cap.  This system is great for those turkey hunters who do not like the feel of a facemask on their noses and faces, but it is also good for those hunters who wear eyeglasses.

I also interview Tom Hurlburt with Knockdown Outdoors about their new smartphone application that acts as a digital signout board for your hunting property. This awesome new app has a text feature built into it that will enable you to text with your hunting buddies through the app as well as weather and wind direction.  I highly recommend you download the Knockdown Outdoors app from iTunes and the Google store and test drive this new application that can help to keep you safe while in the woods as well.

Lastly, I put my phone down for 30 seconds while at the show, and Son of the South, Josh Carney, commandeers it.  Join Josh as he takes you on an audio tour of The World Deer and Turkey Expo.  Also, hear Josh duplicate a seldom heard, rarely seen animal call upon my request.  This is a world premiere of a call that Josh has never publicly made before, and you are going to hear it first here on The Turkey Hunter.  This one will blow your mind and your speakers, so you may want to turn the volume down a bit towards the end of the interview.

Direct download: 091_-_The_World_Deer_and_Turkey_Expo_Interviews.mp3
Category:Hunting -- posted at: 10:30am CDT

A Replay of Fall Turkey Hunting with Dogs with JT Byrne

It is time for a one week summer vacation, so this week's show is a "Best Of" replay of one of my favorite episodes.

I have the replay of my interview of Fall Turkey Hunting with Dogs with JT Byrne.  I really learned a lot during this interview with JT, and that is why it is one of my favorite interviews.

JT's passion for fall turkey hunting with dogs really comes out in this interview as well. Listen in, and I'm sure you will enjoy the interview as much as I did recording it.

Direct download: Episode_090_-_A_Best_of_Replay.mp3
Category:Hunting -- posted at: 10:30am CDT

Wild Turkey Diseases with Heather Fenton

In today's episode, I am discussing wild turkey diseases with Heather Fenton with the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study in Athens, GA.

Dr. Fenton discusses Avian Pox, Blackhead Disease, Lympho Proliferative Disease, Salmonella, and other diseases that affect wild turkeys.  We also discuss the symptoms of the diseases, the causes of the diseases, and the mortality rates of turkeys that get the diseases.

In addition, we discuss the likelihood that those diseases can be spread to humans, precautions to take while handling a bird we suspect to be diseased (as well as birds that we are cleaning/processing), what to do if we harvest a bird that we suspect to be diseased.

While there is nothing we, as hunters, can do to cure a bird that is diseased, we can help to do a few things to prevent the further spread of these wild turkey diseases.

One of the ways that we can prevent the spread of diseases in wild turkeys is to avoid artificial feeding of birds. Artificially feeding wild turkeys concentrates birds into smaller areas for longer periods of time and increases the chances that an infected bird will come into contact with a healthy bird and potentially spread the disease within the flock.

The Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study was founded in 1957 by the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies to determine the cause of widespread die-offs of white-tailed deer. 

Before the founding of SCWDS, little was known about diseases or sicknesses in wildlife. Sickness or death among wild animals spawned speculations, accusations, and wild myths. Not long after it was formed, SCWDS began to provide answers to many long-standing questions, and today it has grown to be a multipurpose wildlife disease research and study organization.

Direct download: Episode_089_-_Wild_Turkey_Diseases_with_Heather_Fenton.mp3
Category:Hunting -- posted at: 10:30am CDT

088 - Tips for Cooking Wild Turkey on the Grill or Smoker

Why not add some wild turkey breast to your 4th of July BBQ menu? Here are some tips for cooking wild turkey on the grill or smoker that will help your turkey breast to come our moist and delicious.

Grilling or smoking wild turkey breast often produces a dry, tough, and chewy meal, but it doesn't have to. By following a few of the tips in this week's show, your grilled or smoked wild turkey breast can be moist and delicious. 

Today I am talking about trimming fat from your turkey breast, brining wild turkey, cooking and carving wild turkey so that your guests will be fighting over the last piece. 

Direct download: Episode_088_-_Tips_for_Cooking_Wild_Turkey_on_the_Grill_or_Smoker.mp3
Category:Hunting -- posted at: 10:30am CDT

087 - Turkey Reaping with Jeremy McCarty

Jeremy McCarty joins me this week to talk about reaping wild turkeys. Reaping and fanning wild turkeys have become very popular over the past several years, and Jeremy shares his thoughts about the strategy as well as some safety tips for those hunters who wish to try reaping a wild turkey.

Direct download: 087_-_Turkey_Reaping_with_Jeremy_McCarty.mp3
Category:Hunting -- posted at: 10:30am CDT