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Young hunters like Sarah Johnson, who took this bird with her father, Mitchell, get a 6-day season of their own before North Carolina’s month-long spring season comes in. North Carolina 2014 turkey season details

North Carolina’s statewide spring gobbler season runs from April 12 to May 14. The daily bag limit is one bearded bird, with a season bag limit of two.


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Mitchell Johnson has designed his Dead End turkey calls to do what he does in calling contests: sound like a real turkey. Whatever you do, sound like they do

Mitchell Johnson, 32, attributes hard work for the success he has experienced in competitions and with his call company, but he also lists another reason.


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Set up a decoy slightly back in the woods from a field for best results. Decoy and setup wisdom

Mitchell Johnson feels that when hunting a field, too many hunters set up too close to its edge. Try this approach: position decoys about 15 to 20 yards inside a fence line and a hunter another 20 yards or so back. Look for trees that lie in deep shade. The decoys should keep an approaching gobbler’s eyes from wandering too much. Once the tom steps inside the fence line, he will be within range.


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Hunters often find that mid-day and afternoon hunts on public lands can be more productive because most of their competition has left the woods and given birds a chance to settle down. More turkey tips

For more tips on taking wild turkeys in the Carolinas, visit these links on NorthCarolinaSportsman.com and SouthCarolinaSportsman.com:


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Hunters have a unique opportunity to take turkeys during rainy weather because their behavior is more predictable and one of their sharpest senses is dulled. Bad weather, good hunting

For a species with a brain the size of a walnut, wild turkeys are fairly clever at avoiding the talons or the teeth of predators, but their poor sense of smell allows hunters and other predators to take a few turkeys each year.


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When gobblers are ganged up early in the season, the bird not doing the aggressive strutting and gobbling is often the dominant bird. Shoot the lookers

Early in the season, gobblers will often be grouped in pairs or larger groups. Seeing several toms coming into decoys gobbling every step can be one of the most exciting sights of any hunter’s season.


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A gobbler with hens is one of the toughest birds to call into shotgun range, but there is hope, one expert says. Don’t give up on tough gobblers, just change your tactics and fill your tag

Very few wild turkeys are “easy” for hunters, but some are easier than others. Those gobblers that gobble at your first call on opening day and sail down within shotgun range fit in this category, along with the ones that respond the way any turkey hunter would expect them to and wind up 30 yards off the end of your shotgun barrel within 30 minutes.


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Hunting pressure is the biggest obstacle to taking public-land turkeys. Here’s how to overcome it in the Carolinas. Millions of acres of public land gives hunters in the Carolinas a real shot at a turkey gobbler this month -- if they’re up to the task.

In many places, spring means many things to many people, but for the diehard hunter who calls the Carolinas home, it’s full of sitting, listening and stalking a gobbling tom. It’s turkey season, and the millions of acres of public land across the two states are perfect places to bag a longbeard. Even though public lands receive a lot of hunting pressure, a hunter who knows the ins and outs of hunting them has a good chance to bring home a 20-pound bird.


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Flextone’s Lightning Crow Flextone’s Lightning Crow

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.


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TriStar Raptor ATAC Turkey Shotgun TriStar Raptor ATAC Turkey Shotgun

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.


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Patterning allows you to learn which shotguns throw the best pattern for turkey hunting. Turkey patterns and cleaning tips

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.


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Jeff Webb killed this enormous wild hog, which weighed at least 500 pounds, on hunt-club land in Bertie County on Feb. 28. Huge Bertie County hog exceeds 500-pound mark

Under starry skies on Feb. 28, Jett Webb of Conetoe ensured there will be one less mouth to feed in the Indian Woods section of Bertie County – and a real big mouth, too. Webb took down a massive wild boar that bottomed out a set of scales certified to 500 pounds that’s used for weighing tobacco bales. 


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