• Turkey Hunting

    The SCDNR is looking for volunteers to help with the state's annual Summer Turkey Survey.

    SCDNR looking for volunteers for Summer Turkey Survey

    The S.C. Department of Natural Resources is looking for volunteers to help with its annual Summer Turkey Survey.

    June 19 at 11:36pm
    Andrew Kibler shows off one of the 17,932 turkeys that were harvested during North Carolina's turkey season this past spring.

    2016 turkey season was 2nd best in state's recorded history

    North Carolina turkey hunters produced the second-highest harvest on record during this past spring’s season, taking 17,932 birds, an increase of 104 over the 2015 season.

    June 10 at 9:40am
    Late-season gobblers on public lands respond to some of the same tactics that fool private-land birds.

    Private land or game land, late-season turkeys take a different approach

    Guide Karl Helmkamp said many hunters who don’t have access to private lands will give up on game lands after the first couple of weeks of turkey season, and that is a mistake. 

    May 15 at 7:00am
    Guide Karl Helmkamp lets his strutting jake decoy, Biggie Smalls, do his stuff.

    Dead rapper or plastic turkey decoy, Biggie Smalls still has his charms

    Not many turkey hunters are fans of The Notorious B.I.G., but if they could see guide Karl Helmkamp’s Biggie Smalls strutting jake decoy in action, they might reconsider. Complimented by Helmkamp’s mastery of the diaphragm call, as seductive as his namesake rapper’s smooth lyrics, Biggie is as smug as plastic and feathers can be and has lured many an unsuspecting gobbler to an early death. 

    May 15 at 7:00am
    Carolyn Reeves killed this gobbler that Jay Bruce called in with a push-pin call after more than 2 1/2 hours working the bird.

    Keep your turkey calling simple late in the season

    Jay Bruce, a former tournament crappie professional from Greer, loves to spend his spring chasing gobblers, and he’s taken a number in recent years, especially late in the season.

    May 15 at 7:00am
    Areas that underwent prescribed burns during the winter are great places to find turkeys, especially later in the season as regrowth of vegetation begins.

    Keep recently burned areas on your late-season turkey hunting map

    William Peagler of Moncks Corner, a Lowcountry hunter with more than 30 years experience hunting turkeys, said one late-season trick involves getting in a turkey’s way and being where he wants to be before he arrives — and some of those spots are burned areas.

    May 15 at 7:00am
    Don’t give up on aggressive calling as the end of the season approaches; it’s a tactic that just might work on a gobbler or two.

    Don’t put aggressive turkey calling aside

    Skeet Thomas loves to call aggressively, even in the late season, and he has two reasons he feels comfortable doing so.

    May 15 at 7:00am
    Cover as much ground as possible as the end of the season approaches, because finding one receptive tom may make your day.

    Keep moving, calling as end of turkey season approaches

    Skeet Thomas has developed a routine for hunting toward the very end of the season that typically provides a lot of gobbling and gobbler activity.

    May 15 at 7:00am
    Sandy Brady holds the sling bow in his left hand he used to down the N.C.- and USA-record eastern wild turkey he bagged May 6 in Rockingham County.

    Record ‘sling-bow’ gobbler downed in Rockingham County

    Robert “Sandy” Brady of Reidsville bagged an eastern wild turkey gobbler in Rockingham County the last day of the 2016 hunting season. 

    Although the bird weighed a modest 17 pounds, sported an 11 1/8-inch beard and 1 3/8-inch spurs, it nonetheless is a North Carolina and world-record for the type of weapon he used, a sling bow.

    May 13 at 2:10pm
    Controlled burns by the U.S. Forestry Service during the 2016 turkey season has turkey hunters upset.

    SC turkey hunters dismayed by USFS burning during season

    Plenty of hunters across South Carolina and the southeast will readily attest that turkey numbers seem to have dropped appreciably — and in some areas dramatically — and while biologists are scrambling to get a grasp on the overall situation, the dearth of turkeys has some hunters particularly unhappy.

    May 12 at 2:38pm
    Austin Thompson killed this triple-bearded gobbler during the youth season.

    Youth hunter bags triple-bearded gobbler in Halifax County

    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.

    May 09 at 11:40pm
    This trophy gobbler beat Brant Grady on April 16, but Grady got the last laugh on the following Monday.

    Durham hunter bags trophy gobbler

    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.

    May 09 at 1:54pm
    Tammy Tucker, from Kannapolis, killed this double-bearded gobbler on April 23 in Cabarrus County.

    North Carolina woman bags state-record archery gobbler

    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. 

    May 08 at 8:18pm
    Youth hunter Patrick Lanford of Pawleys Island killed his first – and second – turkey during an SCDNR Take One Make One youth hunt on April 23.

    One shot, two turkeys for Pawleys Island youth hunter

    Patrick Lanford, a S.C. Department of Natural Resources Take One Make One youth hunter from Pawleys Island in Georgetown County, had never harvested a turkey before. Patrick gave it his best shot on April 23, and what a shot it was.

    May 05 at 10:11pm
    John Money of Trap Hill killed this bearded hen, which is the new state record, on April 30.

    Surry County hunter kills new record bearded hen

    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.

    May 05 at 11:13am
    Teaghann Hensley was hunting with her dad on youth weekend when she killed her first turkey. The gobbler had a 10-inch beard and 1-inch spurs.

    Burke County 6-year-old kills first turkey

    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.

    May 04 at 2:51pm