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Using a turkey’s fan will often put a gobbler in a relaxed frame of mind and within range of a load of copper-plated No. 4s. The fan, something every turkey hunter should carry
73 Views - Posted: March 15 at 8:00 am

“Every time I go turkey hunting, I carry a turkey fan — a set of intact tail feathers — with me.” Willie McCutchen said. “I think if there’s one almost-indispensable tool other than calls and camouflage that a turkey hunter needs, it is the fan of a previously harvested gobbler. A wing from a turkey will work for flydowns, but it is limited in use. The tail fan can do anything the wing can do and much, much more. I’ve used it many different ways, and I know that every year I am likely to find a new use for it to help me get a gobbler I may not have been able to otherwise get. It is the single most-utilized non-calling tool in my arsenal of tactics. It’s something that may be considered a bit offbeat the way I use it at times, but it has directly led to the death of many longbeards.”

An unusual sounding call, like those produced by a tube, can often turn the tables on a big gobbler. An offbeat calling tactic that works
85 Views - Posted: March 15 at 8:00 am

Most serious turkey hunters know and make the basic yelps, clucks, purrs, cackles and such, and often, one of these will work. But they don’t always produce, and the need to have offbeat sounds up your calling sleeve can spell success or strikeout.

A sow might not have the tusks that a boar has, but she can be just as dangerous, especially if she’s defending her brood. Nice teeth ya got there, piggy
41 Views - Posted: March 15 at 8:00 am

The length of its tusks and its weight are the measurements most huntres use to determine whether or not a hog is of trophy status. While most hunters prefer taking large boards because they have the longest tusks and biggest bodies, sows and young pigs re better for eating.

Raccoons and other egg-eaters are the primary reason for poor reproduction of wild turkeys. Predator control: Safeguard the nest
21 Views - Posted: March 15 at 8:00 am

Over the next 60 days, the turkey population will receive its annual hit from the thousands of hunters out there looking to fill their tags. Nevertheless, the largest punch to the population has nothing to do with hunters. Weather conditions during nesting season and nest predation are greater than any other factor.

Clearing fallow fields or other areas provide turkeys with food and places to strut their stuff. Open things up to improve your turkey-hunting odds
11 Views - Posted: March 15 at 8:00 am

With turkey season on the immediate horizon, it is time to do some last-minute habitat alterations to improve hunting while staying within the law. Hunters can break out plows and disk harrows without crossing over the line, but there are some major concerns to keep in mind. 

A youth turkey hunting clinic has been scheduled for April 3 in Horry County. There are 15 openings for youths aged 10 to 17. SCDNR, BPS schedule youth turkey hunting clinic in Horry County
267 Views - Posted: March 09 at 12:59 pm

A turkey hunting clinic for youths has been scheduled for April 3 in Horry County. The clinic, sponsored by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources and Bass Pro Shops, will introduce basic turkey hunting skills needed for a successful hunt, including game care and prep, turkey calling, building turkey blinds, marksmanship, gear and regulations.

Young corn plants do best when seeds are planted when soil temperatures are 65 to 70 degrees. Keep your corn warm
43 Views - Posted: March 09 at 9:00 am

Luckily for most of the Carolinas, warm conditions welcome many outdoor enthusiasts well before the first official day of spring. Wildlife managers should be well underway with preparations for spring plantings. From testing to carrying out an annual liming program, soils need a little TLC this time of year. Many landowners looking to grow 200 bushels of corn per acre are probably growing very anxious to get their seeds set, but planting too early can have its drawbacks as well as its remarkable benefits. 

Steve Cobb of Union killed this gobbler last spring, calling him in despite the presence of hens. Henned-up gobblers? Here are a half-dozen ways to beat them
1400 Views - Posted: March 04 at 8:42 pm

A turkey hunter recently said that the reason many long-time turkey hunters are bald is primarily from pulling their hair out in frustration with henned-up gobblers. But some hunters excel with these tough, old birds and Steve Cobb of Union has a gameplan for doing exactly that.

For tough turkeys, don’t be afraid to go off the beaten path. Offbeat tactics for tough toms
126 Views - Posted: March 01 at 7:00 am

An old saying coined for another situation is often appropriate for turkey hunters. It’s simply, “We have met the enemy, and he is us.”

The author shows off a nice hog he took on from public land along South Carolina’s Waccamaw River. Hog in a bog
105 Views - Posted: March 01 at 7:00 am

Basil Watts hauled a deer cart from the bed of his pickup truck. Unhooking the elastic cords holding it together, he unfolded it to deploy the wheels. 

Avian-X Avian-X
55 Views - Posted: March 01 at 7:00 am

The next generation of Avian-X LCD decoys are lighter, easier to pack and less aggressive to real hens. Add the increased texture and detailed feather lines and they look even more realistic. No-flake paint on the quiet, collapsible Dura-Rubber bodies won’t wear off and the folding motion stake helps create movement with the slightest breeze. Years of studying body postures, moods and behaviors of wild turkeys went into the design of these relaxed, welcoming breeder hen decoys.

Pro Ears Pro Ears
27 Views - Posted: March 01 at 7:00 am

Pro Ears offers hearing protection while still allowing users to have a normal conversation in the blind or at the range. It even amplifies low decibel sound to give hunters a huge advantage in the field. Pro Ears models also feature Dynamic Level Sound Compression technology, which allows the wearer to hear every sound even during high-volume noise spikes. Pro Ears comes in four series of earmuff styles, plus a custom-fit model worn in the ear.

Fire breaks provide more than just protection against a runaway prescribed burn. Maintained fire breaks and openings provide excellent habitat
48 Views - Posted: February 15 at 7:00 am

Prescribed fire provides valuable benefits for both wildlife and forests, but the fire itself is not the only beneficial result. Fire breaks and other types of cleared corridors provide excellent foraging opportunities for deer, turkeys and other wildlife species. And a rush of food during the winter is just what the doctor ordered since there is little food available. 

Coyotes are especially vulnerable to electronic calls on winter nights because they are constantly looking for food. Electronic calls improve chances of taking predators under the moonlight
42 Views - Posted: February 15 at 7:00 am

For the past decade, the presence of coyotes has increased pressure on native game species in every corner of the Carolinas. Because food is limited and nighttime temperatures are close to, at or below freezing in February, small animals and birds, including bobwhite quail, rabbits, squirrels and possibly small deer become vulnerable to predation from coyotes. But hunters can take advantage of the vulnerabilities of coyotes and yank out a few of these unwanted canines out of the brush.