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A Gun Safety Reminder Interview

In this week's episode, an experienced hunter shares the story of his recent hunting accident and shares a gun safety reminder with us.

Most of us, at one time or another, have a lapse of judgement when handling a firearm. Fortunately, most of the time, nothing bad or harmful happens and we often don't even realize what we just got away with because nothing negative happened.

A friend of mine recently shot himself in the hand while hunting because he committed two firearm safety sins on one hunt. Today, he shares the story of how the accident happened as a reminder for us to slow down and think before we make a big mistake when handling guns.

 

Direct download: 110_-_A_Gun_Safety_Reminder_Interview.mp3
Category:Hunting -- posted at: 10:30am CST

Happy Thanksgiving!

Direct download: 109_-_A_Turkey_Day_Special.mp3
Category:Hunting -- posted at: 10:30am CST

108 - 3 Quick and Easy Wild Turkey Recipes for Thanksgiving

In preparation for Thanksgiving dinner, here are 3 quick and easy wild turkey recipes. 

First up, we have wild turkey poppers.  I think they are called poppers because they are so good they'll make your eyes will pop out of your head.

Second, we have a wild turkey thigh and leg wild rice soup. This soup is delicious and simple to make.

And, last but not least, is wild turkey steaks. This very easy recipe is one of my favorites because it is absolutely delicious.

Listen in and pick a recipe to prepare some wild turkey for your family this Thanksgiving. Even if you don't have enough wild turkey to feed everyone, you can make a great first course or appetizer with 1/2 of a turkey breast.

Also, if you have a favorite wild turkey recipe, please send it to me.  I'll try it, of course, but I'll also share it with The Turkey Hunter family as well.

Listen in to this week's episode.  I hope you enjoy it, and I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving!

Direct download: 108_-_3_Quick_and_Easy_Wild_Turkey_Recipes_for_Thanksgiving.mp3
Category:Hunting -- posted at: 10:30am CST

107 - A Day at the Range With the New Turkey Hunting Shotgun

In this episode I take you on a little field trip to the shooting range to pattern my new turkey hunting shotgun.

I shoot 3 different chokes and two different shotgun shells through each choke tube to see which choke and shotgun shell patterns the best.

 

Direct download: Episode_107_-_A_Day_at_the_Range_with_the_New_Turkey_Hunting_Shotgun.mp3
Category:Hunting -- posted at: 10:30am CST

106 - Tricking Out the New Turkey Hunting Shotgun - Part 2

My birthday has come and gone, and my new turkey hunting shotgun has been tricked out with all of my birthday gifts from my family members.

I've gotten it ready to take to the range, and I'll be doing that this coming weekend. I'll also be recording that sighting/shooting session for future playback on the show.

In addition to all of this gun talk, I also have more gun talk for you in this week's episode as I answer questions about shotguns from a listener and relative newbie to the sport of turkey hunting.

Listen in!

Direct download: 106_-_Tricking_Out_the_New_Turkey_Hunting_Shotgun_-_Part_2.mp3
Category:Hunting -- posted at: 10:30am CST

105 - Think More Like a Turkey to Tag More Turkeys

Today I have a quick tip for our new turkey hunters, and that is to try to start thinking more like a turkey when hunting.

We can never know what a turkey is thinking with 100% certainty, but I can with 100% certainty tell you that it is related to at least one thing.  That one thing is either food/water, shelter/cover, safety, and the need to breed.

If we start out knowing what the turkeys want is that simple, then we can start to pay more attention to our surroundings and the woods that we are hunting in to find more turkeys.

If we can think more like a turkey, then we should be able to find more turkeys.  If we can find more turkeys, then we should be able to tag more turkeys.

Direct download: 105_-_Think_More_Like_a_Turkey_to_Tag_More_Turkeys.mp3
Category:Hunting -- posted at: 10:30am CST

104 - Tricking Out the New Turkey Hunting Shotgun

I recently bought a new shotgun, and I'm now ready to turn that new shotgun into a new turkey hunting shotgun.

There are some very simple and inexpensive modifications that one can make to a shotgun to turn it into a dedicated turkey hunting shotgun.

Some of the modifications I am making to this gun are replacing the wooden stock with a lightweight synthetic stock, adding rifle sights to the barrel, adding spacers to the stock for proper fit, a new recoil pad, sling swivel tube cap, a neoprene sling, and of course a turkey choke.

Listen in as I talk about the upcoming modifications and my reasons for making those mods. This will be an ongoing short term project, and I will be recording follow up episodes to cover new information as I weed through shotgun shell and turkey choke combinations to find the perfect shooting one for this gun.

Direct download: Episode_104_-_Tricking_Out_the_New_Turkey_Shotgun.mp3
Category:Hunting -- posted at: 10:30am CST

103 - Merriam's Wild Turkeys with Scott Lerich

Scott Lerich, Regional Biologist with the NWTF, and I discuss Merriam's wild turkeys in this week's episode. 

We talk about the extensive travel by the Merriam's turkeys, their vocal nature, where to find them in the fall and spring, and what makes them unique and their own subspecies of wild turkeys.

Listen in and get some tips on where you can find birds in the fall and spring, and hopefully this episode will help you to put a tag on a bird this coming season.

Direct download: 103_-_Merriams_Wild_Turkeys_with_Scott_Lerich.mp3
Category:Hunting -- posted at: 10:30am CST

102 - One of My Favorite Turkey Hunting Stories

A replay of one of my favorite episodes of the show where I have my buddy, John, on the show to tell the story of The Texas Decoy Massacre.

I also have some wild turkey news bites for you as well.

Direct download: 102_-_One_of_My_Favorites.mp3
Category:Hunting -- posted at: 10:30am CST

101 - Finding Wild Turkeys in the Fall and Some Turkey Hunting News

Finding wild turkeys in the fall can be fairly difficult because as turkey flocks get larger for the winter there are fewer flocks of turkeys to locate.  Obviously, if you can't find turkeys, then you can't kill turkeys.

So, in this week I talk about finding wild turkeys in the fall by looking for their food sources and water sources as well.

Wild turkeys concentrate primarily on preparing for what can be a long hard winter by eating foods high in protein and fats.  These foods can be found in fields and in the woods, and the turkeys know exactly where to locate those food sources. 

The key to finding success in the fall turkey woods is for you to know exactly where to locate those food sources as well.

Water can be another great place to locate turkeys in the fall for areas that get little rainfall that time of year.  Wild turkeys must have water to survive.  When a drought comes along and causes the mud puddles and small ditches and creeks to dry up, the turkeys will start traveling to find water or traveling to find larger water sources that haven't (or won't) go dry.

Also, in this week's episode, I share some turkey hunting news from around the United States.  As fall seasons begin in many areas, opportunities to hunt turkeys this fall are extremely plentiful if you are willing to travel to take advantage of them. 

I share news on NY, WV, NE, and Ontario, Canada this week.

Direct download: 101_-_Finding_Wild_Turkeys_in_the_Fall_and_Some_Turkey_Hunting_News.mp3
Category:Hunting -- posted at: 10:30am CST