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Kim Guglielmo's Northampton County gobbler sported four beards and is the No. 2 all-time turkey taken in North Carolina by a female hunter. Nurse's Northampton County gobbler is No. 2 all-time in North Carolina
2560 Views - Posted: July 21 at 12:30 pm

A Maryland native who grew up fishing and crabbing and had never fired a shotgun at a wild turkey bagged North Carolina’s No. 2 all-time gobbler taken by a female this past spring.


North Carolina hunters tagged 17,828 turkeys during the spring season that ended early last month, the second-highest harvest on record. Spring turkey harvest is second-highest on record
805 Views - Posted: June 03 at 2:59 pm

North Carolina hunters recorded the second-highest wild turkey harvest on record during the 2015 spring season, downing 17,828 gobblers, according to statistics released by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.


Crystal Clucker Crystal Clucker
107 Views - Posted: June 01 at 7:00 am

Call-maker John Tanner of Hemingway, S.C., knows how to make high-quality calls out of a number of different woods, as his newest turkey call, the Crystal Clucker, shows. The Crystal Clucker, which pairs a circle of frosted crystal over glass, is made in either cherry or black walnut, and it comes with an Osage Orange striker peg. The call and striker hang from an adjustable lanyard so it can be hung around a hunter’s neck for easy access.


No matter what kind of shotgun you use during turkey season, test it with several different shotshell loads so youíll know how it performs with a gobbler 40 yards from the end of the barrel. The right stuff
221 Views - Posted: May 15 at 7:00 am

Turkey hunters can be successfully using many varieties and gauges of shotguns, even archery equipment, but most hunters stick to scatterguns because they offer a better chance of success and can be fitted to different hunting approaches.


Boss gobblers wonít allow interlopers in their territory and often come at a fast pace to the decoy setup. To decoy or not to decoy
145 Views - Posted: May 15 at 7:00 am

Marshall Collette never uses decoys in the morning but employs them almost exclusively at fields in the afternoon and evening.


Travis Sykes of Leasburg killed this bearded hen on April 26 with his bow. Caswell County hunter takes bearded hen with bow
1225 Views - Posted: May 13 at 11:54 am

Killing a turkey is an achievement. Shooting one with a bow is impressive. Shooting a bearded hen with a bow is the stuff of legend. Travis Sykes of Leasburg did just that April 26 when he killed a 10-pound, 9-ounce hen that sported an 8 Ĺ-inch beard. The bird closed to 15 yards before catching an arrow from Sykes’s bow.


Monty Mesimer (left) and Jeff Huggins (right) doubled up on these big Pender County gobblers on April 13. Mesimer's bird had four beards that measured a total of almost 30 inches. Four-bearded Pender County gobbler ranks high in NC record books
1269 Views - Posted: May 05 at 6:55 pm

His big gobbler had been dead a good half-hour before Monty Mesimer of Atkinson noticed there was something unusual about the Pender County tom. He had more beards than he was supposed to. Quite a few more.


Zach Satterfield of Reidsville killed this 24 1/2-pound Rockingham County gobbler with 1 1/2-inch spurs and beards measuring 11 and 10 inches. Monster gobbler pays his taxes on time to Rockingham County hunter
2626 Views - Posted: May 04 at 7:47 am

Zach Satterfield said it was common knowledge that a big gobbler with two beards lived on a farm he hunted in Rockingham County close to the Caswell County line. “He was seen during deer season for the last year or two, but nobody ever saw him during turkey season,” he said. But the big gobbler’s “taxes” came due on April 15, when he showed up 30 yards from the end of Satterfield’s shotgun barrel. Now, Satterfield, a 19-year-old Reidsville resident, has in his freezer one of the biggest turkeys ever taken in North Carolina.


Late in the season, use decoys in the afternoon or evening around fields. 11th-Hour gobblers - Late-season turkeys require a little different approach in North Carolina
169 Views - Posted: May 01 at 7:00 am

One May morning a few years ago, I sat in heavy cover beside a small, weed-filled Orange County field. My heart thumped in my chest like a bass drum.


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
209 Views - Posted: April 30 at 3:07 pm

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.


Seven tips for late-season gobblers from a North Carolina guide Seven tips for late-season gobblers from a North Carolina guide
1159 Views - Posted: April 29 at 9:41 pm

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. ††


The authorís 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
208 Views - Posted: April 15 at 7:00 am

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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