|Turkey hatch is worst on record, SCDNR reports
2106 Views - Posted: October 23 at 7:00 am
The bad news for the South Carolina turkey population, and turkey hunters, just keeps getting worse. The S.C. Department of Natural Resources’ summer brood survey has been released, and the 2013 recruitment is the worst on record.
|Turkey harvest off more than 10 percent in 2013, SCDNR says
471 Views - Posted: October 11 at 7:00 am
The harvest data from the 2013 turkey season is in, and according to Charles Ruth, the deer and turkey project leader for the S.C. Department of Natural Resources, hunter success fell appreciably from 2012 levels.
|SCDNR seeking volunteers for summer turkey brood survey
703 Views - Posted: June 27 at 8:22 am
The S.C. Department of Natural Resources is looking for sportsman interested in participating in the annual Summer Turkey Survey that helps measure brood success.
|Seneca man kills gobbler with five beards
887 Views - Posted: April 30 at 11:05 am
For Joe Johnson of Seneca, the next-to-last week of the 2013 turkey season turned a so-so year into one to remember with just one pull of the trigger and a gobbler with five beards.
|Play that trumpet
661 Views - Posted: April 15 at 7:00 am
Trumpet calls are often overlooked by turkey hunters. Also known as “artificial wing bones”, these calls are a bit more difficult to master than a box, slate or diaphragm call, but they produce the pure sounds that are difficult to mimic with other calls.
|Terrain, terrain, terrain
387 Views - Posted: April 15 at 7:00 am
Hunters who pursue turkeys in the mountains have one thing in their favor that’s not available to those in other areas of South Carolina: the terrain. It’s all about using the terrain to your advantage, and it’s essential when planning to intercept a tom.
|'Purring Block' aims to bring gobblers those last few yards into range
625 Views - Posted: April 10 at 10:57 am
South Carolina call-maker John Tanner gets ideas for some of his custom-made calls from interesting places, but none better than a deer stand.
|Cold March should lead to better April gobbling, veteran Upstate hunter says
712 Views - Posted: April 10 at 8:21 am
After a cold front that lasted nearly the entire month of March, turkey season arrived in the Upstate just in time for some spring-like weather.
According to retired SCDNR enforcement officer Mike Gault, an avid turkey hunter from Union County, lingering winter weather was just what the doctor ordered to cool off the area’s wild turkey populations in his area.
“I was a bit concerned when I started seeing gobblers start strutting in late January,” said Gault. “I base the advancement of turkey season on the sprouting of the foliage. The gobblers up here seem to gobble better as the leaves come on and the weather warms up.”
Gault reported that his preseason scouting just before the youth hunt indicated that gobblers were definitely traveling in the company of multiple hens. That did not prevent his group from getting two opportunities on mature gobblers.
|Lugoff man saves ammunition while taking two gobblers
668 Views - Posted: April 09 at 8:00 am
Tom Fitts of Lugoff had to wait a little while to have the most-memorable Opening Day of any turkey season last week. He had to sit in his truck, drink coffee and watch it rain for several hours before having a 30-minute hunt that he’ll never forget.
Ready to hit the woods by 5 a.m. on April 1 in Lee County, Fitts finally got a break in the weather at 9 a.m., and by 9:30, he was back in his truck with one empty shotgun shell and two dead gobblers – one weighing 17 ½ pounds with a 9-inch beard and the other weighing 18 ½ pounds with a 10 ½-inch beard.
“In just 30 minutes, this was the easiest, the quickest, the luckiest and the best hunt ever,” he said.
|Thunder in the Hills - Plenty of turkeys and plenty of public land make South Carolina’s mountains a great hunting destination.
810 Views - Posted: April 01 at 7:00 am
The beams from my headlights swung around, illuminating our designated parking place along the side of a gravel road that provides access to thousands of acres of public land in South Carolina's Upstate. Shifting into park, we got out and eased in the predawn morning, readying our gear, then making our way up the mountain to find the old logging road that meandered along the ridge top.
We found our position on the crest of the mountain as the sky began to brighten. Not another soul was around, and we could barely contain our excitement as we listened to the morning awakening.
405 Views - Posted: April 01 at 7:00 am
The Shake-N-Jake is the first ever full body, full motion turkey decoy. MOJO has teamed up with world champion turkey caller Preston Pittman to develop this realistic looking decoy that not only attracts game, but diverts attention away from the hunter. The Shake-N-Jake raises its tail and fans it while simultaneously turning its body, just like a real gobbler. Its remote control will work up to 150 feet away and the 2 foot steel-mounting stake stores easily inside the decoy.
|Learn from other turkey hunters' mistakes and tag your tom
903 Views - Posted: March 25 at 3:27 pm
Any turkey hunter with an ounce of honesty will readily admit having committed one or more of these turkey-hunting sins. A good turkey hunter will learn from his mistakes and the mistakes others make.
Here are a few that teach plenty of don’t-make-this-mistake lessons.
|Have a game plan before you hit the woods on Opening Day of turkey season
902 Views - Posted: March 25 at 2:57 pm
When turkey season opens across the Midlands and Upstate on Monday, April 1, the hunter who hits the woods planning to let the turkeys dictate his movements is already behind the 8-ball, according to a York County guide.
Jonathan Thompson of the Dirty South Boys and Deep Hollow Guide Service, said a hunter who gets in the woods before daylight on Opening Day without a gameplan is starting off way behind.
“If you don’t have a plan, you won’t go out and kill a turkey,” said Thompson. “You need to know where you want to start, where you want to be between 7 and 11 (a.m.), from 11 and 2 (p.m.) and from 2 until dark.
|The biology of henned-up gobblers
580 Views - Posted: March 01 at 7:00 am
Encountering a henned-up gobbler is a situation that is prevalent through a significant portion of the early turkey hunting season. It can extend for a considerable time, enough that hunters should learn to cope with it. Understanding what’s going on biologically can help hunters understand what’s really going on and how to best respond.
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