|Spring turkey harvest is second-highest on record
707 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.
75 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.
|To decoy or not to decoy
119 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.
|The right stuff
185 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.
|Caswell County hunter takes bearded hen with bow
1136 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 ½-inch beard. The bird closed to 15 yards before catching an arrow from Sykes’s bow.
|Four-bearded Pender County gobbler ranks high in NC record books
1175 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.
|Monster gobbler pays his taxes on time to Rockingham County hunter
2573 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.
|11th-Hour gobblers - Late-season turkeys require a little different approach in North Carolina
142 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.
|Crystal Clucker is Tanner's latest have-to-have turkey call
163 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
1107 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.
|Tips for Uwharrie turkeys
171 Views - Posted: April 15 at 7:00 am
• 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.
|Statewide turkey harvest, 2010-2014
181 Views - Posted: April 15 at 7:00 am