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2017 NWTF Convention Recap

In this week's episode, I recap the 2017 NWTF Convention and Sports Show that took place in Nashville, TN.

With what is sure to be a record breaking crowd in attendance over the weekend, thousands of people enjoyed seminars, calling contests, and an exhibition hall full of vendor booths selling anything from shotguns to turkey calls to facemasks to cover a turkey hunter's face.

While all of this excitement was going on in the convention and sports show, I was wandering around recruiting people to let me record an interview with them.  This interview was one with a twist - it consisted of one question.

The real trick to the one question is that there really was not one answer, and there certainly was not one right answer.  I strictly wanted to know "What is the one thing that elevated your success level in the turkey woods from that of being a beginner to where you are consistently killing turkeys year in and year out?"

That is it!  That is the one question from the one question interview.  I got some really good answers, and I share those with you in this week's episode. 

Listen in and enjoy the 2017 NWTF Convention Recap and my one question interviews with attendees of the convention.

Direct download: 122_-_2017_NWTF_Convention_Recap.mp3
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121 - Part 2 of Advanced Trapping Sets for Wild Turkey Predators with Trent Masterson

Part 2 of Advanced Trapping Sets for Wild Turkey Predators with Trent Masterson


In this week's episode I continue the conversation with Trent Masterson about some advanced trapping sets for wild turkey predators - adult and poult wild turkey predators mostly.

Coyotes are extremely wary, and they are quick to catch on to trapping in their home area. When they catch on, they get more and more difficult to trap and remove from the area. Trent gives some tips on how we can catch more of those wary coyotes before they catch our nesting hens and vulnerable poults.

Trent also discusses how to catch the best hunters in the woods - bobcats. Their inquisitive nature makes them easier to trap than coyotes, but there are some techniques that we can use to increase our odds of success when seeking these turkey killers.

Foxes are also a predator that will destroy a nest of eggs or catch our poults and nesting hens, and we need to remove as many foxes as we can to help our turkey population too. Trent and I discuss the main differences in coyote trap sets and fox trap sets.

Lastly, we discuss how to dispatch the animals we have in our traps effectively and humanely.

Trent also gives us some information on the National Trapper's Association and how we can get involved with that organization, even if we do not trap since the animal rights groups are coming after trappers as well as hunters. 

120 - Advanced Trapping Sets for Wild Turkey Predators with Trent Masterson

Trent Masterson joins me this week to discuss advanced trapping sets for wild turkey predators.

If you want to have more turkeys to observe and hunt on your property, there are 2 main things that you can do to really help to increase your population.  One of those is to improve the habitat that the turkeys have.  The second activity is to trap predators.

More often than not, those predators that have seen, heard, and smelled other predators caught in traps get wary and hard to catch.  That is exactly what we are discussing in this episode - advanced trapping sets for wild turkey predators.

Because this interview with Trent ran almost 2 hours, I've split the interview into 2 parts.  In this part of the interview, Trent and I discuss advanced trapping sets for nest predators of wild turkeys, so we talk coons, skunks, and possums.

Listen in as we discuss what we need to know to catch these more wary wild turkey predators.

119 - Pre Season Scouting for Wild Turkeys with Preston Pittman

Preston Pittman with Pittman Game Calls and Longleaf Camo joins me today to discuss pre season scouting for wild turkeys.

We talk about when we need to start our pre season scouting for wild turkeys, what we need to be looking for when we scout, when we should stop our scouting for turkeys, and some of the most common mistakes we make when scouting.

In addition to learning some tips to scout your hunting property before turkey season starts, we also get to hear some great turkey hunting stories from Preston as well.

Direct download: 119_-_Pre_Season_Scouting_for_Wild_Turkeys_with_Preston_Pittman.mp3
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118 - What I Carry In My Turkey Hunting Vest

I received a show suggestion from Friend of the Show, Griff Baute, to do a show on turkey hunting gear, so today I'm sharing with you what I carry in my turkey hunting vest.

I'm going to give you the list of what I keep in my turkey hunting vest 24/7, what I rotate in and out of my turkey hunting vest, and what I need to put in my turkey hunting vest before this season starts.

After listening to the show, send me an email with the 1 thing that you will not go into the turkey woods without being in your vest.

Direct download: 118_-_What_I_Carry_in_My_Turkey_Vest.mp3
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117 - Bowhunting Turkeys without a Blind with Tim Knight

Join me as I interview Tim Knight and Corey New about bowhunting turkeys without a blind.

A wild turkey's eyesight is undoubtedly the best of any big game species in North America. They have an uncanny ability to pick out any type of movement or something that is just not right in the woods.

Because of their incredible eyesight, bowhunting turkeys without a blind may seem like it is an impossible feat, but it is not.

As of today's date, Tim Knight has killed 84 turkeys with a bow and without a blind, and in this episode I pick his brain about how he is so successful doing it.

We talk bow setup, shot placement, camouflage, decoys, and ideal range for a bow shot.  In addition, we share some hunting stories, and Tim even shares a recipe or three with us.

This episode is a new one on my favorite episode list because I got so much more out of Tim than I had planned and because I had a great time conducting the interview.

Be sure to listen in to this episode to learn all you can about bowhunting turkeys without a blind, hear some great hunting stories, and laugh along with us as well.

Direct download: 117_-_Bowhunting_without_a_Blind_with_Tim_Knight.mp3
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116 - 2017 NWTF Convention and Sports Show Preview with Pete Muller

Join Pete Muller, Public Relations Specialist with the National Wild Turkey Federation, and I as we talk about the upcoming NWTF Convention and Sports Show in Nashville. 

The NWTF Convention and Sports Show is the premiere turkey hunting and outdoor show held in the Southeast. The show consist of over 600 exhibitors, taxidermy contests, turkey call contests, turkey calling contests, seminars, live auctions, parties, and live entertainment.

This year's show will be held at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville in February, and it truly is an event that you won't want to miss.

Listen in to this week's episode to learn more about the 2017 NWTF Convention and Sports Show.

Direct download: 116_-_2017_NWTF_Convention_and_Sports_Show_Preview_with_Pete_Muller.mp3
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In this episode, I share a conversation that I had with Josh Pollock, who is a wildlife biologist in Utah, where I discuss turkey populations and my best chance for success on my upcoming hunt there.

I want to be sure I am setting myself and my hunting buddies up for the best chance for success, especially when preparing for a public land hunt. One of the best ways to do that is to ask the people who know the most about the land you'll be hunting where you can find huntable birds. 

That is exactly what I do in this week's episode. Early in the conversation with Josh Pollock, I ask what the chances of success are in Southern Utah, and the next thing I know he is telling me exactly where I should start in my search for birds. This type of assistance is exactly what we all are looking for when we are preparing for a public land hunt.

Listen in to hear some of the questions I ask Josh so you can write them down and ask the biologist or game warden who is over your favorite public hunting lands the same questions.

I also briefly discuss the upcoming NWTF Convention and Sports Show and my request for show topic ideas as well as the ongoing listener survey.

Direct download: 115_-_Where_Should_I_Turkey_Hunt.mp3
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114 - Help Me Help You Be a Better Turkey Hunter in 2017

In this episode, I ask you to help me help you be a better turkey hunter in 2017. 

You can help me help you in 2 ways.

First, email me at andy at iamturkeyhunting with one idea or suggestion for a show topic. Your suggestion can be very specific or very general.  It doesn't matter.  Your suggestion should be what you want or need help with or want to learn more about that will help you to be a better turkey hunter this coming season.

The second favor is to complete a short survey for me. You can access the survey by texting "helpandy" to 44222. Once you do this, you will receive a text asking you to reply with only your email address. After you reply with your email address, you will receive an email from me containing the link to the survey. Answer the quick 10 question survey, and then you are done.

The survey will help me to get to know you better by asking what I can do to help you more and to improve the show as well.  Your participation in the survey will be greatly appreciated.

The only other thing I ask of you in this week's episode is to have a safe and happy New Year! 

Direct download: 114_-_Help_Me_Help_You_in_2017.mp3
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113 - Where Are They Now with Jenna Barron

This week, I have another followup interview with a guest who has been on the show before.

Jenna Barron joins us to give us an update on how her fall turkey season went and an update on Ms. Jeffrey, her farm turkey who had quite the following on Facebook.

Jenna shares a story on how she was able to acquire access to some private property for turkey hunting and that the opportunity to hunt that property really paid off for her and her husband.

Direct download: 113_-_Where_Are_They_Now_with_Jenna_Barron.mp3
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