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The Crystal Clucker from John Tanner calls pairs a frosted crystal surface with cherry or black walnut wood. Crystal Clucker is Tanner's latest have-to-have turkey call

Call-maker John Tanner of Hemingway, S.C., might have cut his teeth building duck and turkey calls out of ancient cypress, but it’s clear that he’s really hit on how to make high-quality calls out of any of a handful of different woods, as his newest turkey call, the Crystal Clucker, shows.


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Seven tips for late-season gobblers from a North Carolina guide

Sportsmen across North Carolina flooded the woods earlier this month as the spring gobbler season opened, and many have enjoyed reasonable success. But as the season wanes, the gobblers have heard all the misplaced yelps and purrs and busted fidgety hunters, and they’re a lot more wary. It’s a time when guides like Karl Helmkamp of Albemarle Outfitters in the northeastern corner of the state really shine.   


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The author’s son killed this Watauga County gobbler on opening day last April in a woodlot bordering a Christmas tree farm. He finished his limit two days later on an Ashe County Christmas tree farm. No reason to panic over NWNC turkeys yet

One area of North Carolina where the turkey harvest has not followed the overall record-setting pace has been the extreme northwestern corner of the state, which still shows up as having the most-dense flocks.


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Hunters in the eastern third of the state can’t use terrain to hide from a turkey as easily as a hunter in North Carolina’s mountains. Turkeys: From Murphy to Manteo, they’re the same birds

Turkeys are found in North Carolina from just a few feet above sea level in coastal counties to almost a mile into the sky in North Carolina’s mountains. According to Marshall Collette of Greensboro, a member of the Quaker Boy and Mossy Oak pro staffs, there’s no difference in the birds, just the habitat in which they live: thick swamp to thin air.


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Counties in southeastern North Carolina are making up a larger and larger percentage of the statewide harvest every season as the flock in those areas continues to grow. Statewide turkey harvest, 2010-2014

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Tim Coble’s gobbler, killed in the Uwharrie Mountains of Davidson County last spring, pushed the 20-pound mark and sported a 10-inch beard and inch-long spurs, but it left him in second place in his family to son Tyler, who killed a bigger bird during the 2014 Youth Only season. Tips for Uwharrie turkeys

• Scout near creekbottoms and river bottoms. Look for places where turkeys have been scratching for bugs and worms. Follow their trail back up the ridges. Most turkeys will hang out just a few hundred yards from a stream.


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David Moore of Kinston poses with two of his 13-year-old triplets, Joel (left) and Will (right), who both killed great Lenoir County gobblers on April 4, opening day of North Carolina's youth-only turkey season. Joel's bird had four beards and rare Two Lenoir County triplets double up on huge gobblers as youth season opens

Two out of three ain’t bad, especially if one of them is really special. That’s got to be the way that David Moore of Kinston is feeling after two of his three 13-year-old triplet sons, Will and Joel, killed monster Lenoir County gobblers on April 4, the opening day of North Carolina’s week-long youth-only turkey season – with Joel’s bird being a rare, “smoke phase” gobbler.


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The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission wants to collect the lower legs of 500 wild turkeys this spring to test for a disease that has been discovered in North America in the past few years. Commission asks turkey hunters to donate lower legs of birds killed for research

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is seeking the assistance of turkey hunters for a study of North Carolina’s wild turkey population and a disease that affects turkeys during the April 11-May 9 spring gobbler season.


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Waterfowl hunting will be on center stage at the Gold Leaf Waterfowlers Outdoor Expo in Wilson this weekend. Gold Leaf Waterfowl Outdoor Expo will debut this weekend in Wilson

The inaugural Gold Leaf Waterfowlers Outdoor Expo will debut on Friday, April 10, and run through the weekend at the Wilson County Fairgrounds in Wilson.


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Brent Phillips (right) and his father, Merle, celebrate tagging a nice gobbler taken during the 2013 season. Five tips for early season turkey hunting success

Hunters across North Carolina await the April 11 opening of turkey season on with eagerness that rivals children on Christmas Eve.  While the peak gobbling period is more likely to produce a tom within earshot, filling your tags is met with challenges. To make sure your season starts off with a bang, utilize these tips from a Bear Creek hunter with more than 30 years of experience and 49 birds under his belt.


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Hunters should expect to find enough birds in enough areas to give them a reasonable chance to take down a tom anywhere in North Carolina. 2015 North Carolina turkey preview

Back when North Carolina was moving wild turkeys all around the state and in from other states, some of the last counties to get imported gobblers and hens were those in the coastal plain. They were considered to have the least turkey-friendly habitat across the state, well behind the Piedmont, the mountains and counties along the Roanoke River.


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Robert Thornburg killed this 18-pound gobbler on opening day of the 2014 spring turkey season near Denton. Old hills, modern toms - Hunters shouldn’t miss out on turkey hunting in the Uwharrie mountains and Uwharrie National Forest

In North Carolina, the Uwharrie River flows through an ancient mountain range that offers a modern challenge for turkey hunters. Between the urban sprawl of Charlotte and the Piedmont Triad, hunters escape to rolling woodlands of the 51,551-acre Uwharrie National Forest and the surrounding farm lands and forest. Once here, they can test their skills against a worthy game bird. 


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