Sherman Thompson took his two sons hunting during the youth season, and it was a day none of them will ever forget. Austin, Thompson’s 14-year-old son killed a triple-bearded gobbler, and 12-year-old Levi killed a jake.
Brant Grady learned a lesson about how badly even a small, rusty wire fence can ruin a turkey hunt on April 16, but he capitalized on the lesson, and bagged his trophy gobbler on the following Monday near Hurdle Mills in Orange County.
North Carolina has another state-record turkey, and a Kannapolis woman has her second state record.
Tammy Tucker killed a double-bearded gobbler on April 23 in Cabarrus County that will become the state record with the N.C. Bowhunters Association as soon as scorer Joey Thompson’s paperwork is accepted.
Dove season makes most hunters break out their shotguns and camouflage for the first time in the fall, and while most opening day dove shoots are as much a social event as a hunting situation, the hunting will get serious in a crop field with several thousand winged migrants.
Deer hunting remains a top attraction for Carolinians, from the steep mountains to the coastal plains’ agricultural lands. Fortunately, the deer population remains stable, despite a rise in deer-vehicle collisions and strong harvest numbers.
Trap Hill’s John Money is an avid hunter and has spent enough time outdoors to have seen numerous bearded hens and white gobblers over the years, and he’s killed his share of what most hunters would consider trophies, but he killed a true, record-book trophy on April 30 when he shot a bearded hen that is the new North Carolina NWTF record.
When Chris Hensley of Morganton took his 6-year-old daughter Teaghann turkey hunting on the second day of youth season, he had intentions of setting things straight from her hunt the day before, when she shot a jake with her .410, drew a few feathers, then watched the jake run off. The second hunt had a happier ending, as she killed a gobbler with a 10-inch beard.
One of the two gobblers that had been responding to Karl Helmkamp’s calls since daylight had gone silent for a while, presumably paired up with a hen, but the other kept gobbling even when he switched tactics and only answered its calls.
Lightweight, versatile and easily packable, the Farson Hatchet may just kick some of the other tools out of your pack. Use it like a knife or firmly grasp the handle and make short work of kindling. Whether you are building a shelter, skinning big game, or simply preparing dinner at camp, this unique design gets the job done.