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A relatively poor hatch this spring and summer won't likely help South Carolina's wild turkey population bounce back from several down years. Turkey hatch is better than 2013, but still poor, SCDNR reports
687 Views - Posted: October 21 at 7:07 am

Following upon the release of discouraging harvest data for the 2014 turkey season, there is at least a glimmer of hope in the poult recruitment for 2014, but not quite enough to jump-start a recover of South Carolina’s statewide flock.


The harvest of adult and juvenile gobblers this past spring was down 15 percent over 2013 in South Carolina. Turkey harvest off 15 percent last spring from 2013 levels, SCDNR reports
786 Views - Posted: September 23 at 7:23 pm

The 2014 spring turkey season was poor for South Carolina hunters as the S.C. Department of Natural Resources has reported a 15-percent decline over the 2013 season – which was down from the previous year as well.


A bill to change season dates and bag limits for the spring wild turkey season didn't make it through the state legislature. Bill to change turkey season dates, bag limit fails to get through legislature
2817 Views - Posted: June 18 at 12:01 pm

A bill to expand the spring turkey season while shrinking the statewide gobbler limit did not pass during the regular session of the South Carolina Legislature and, since 2014 was the second year of a two-year session, it must be reintroduced next year.


Proposed changes in turkey regs? Yea!
510 Views - Posted: May 01 at 7:00 am

Pat Robertson reports elsewhere in the magazine about a piece of legislation making its way through the general assembly that would make two big changes in turkey hunting regulations: setting a unified statewide season and reducing the bag limit from five to three birds.


Taxidermist Chuck Mulkey of Anderson said the final week of turkey season could be the best for Upstate hunters. Will final week of turkey season be the charm for Upstate hunters?
914 Views - Posted: April 27 at 6:00 am

Turkey hunters who have yet to tag a longbeard still have time to score during the last week of the season, and taxidermist Chuck Mulkey of Anderson expects the last week -- which ends May 1 -- to be the best time to tag a gobbler.


When gobblers are ganged up early in the season, the bird not doing the aggressive strutting and gobbling is often the dominant bird. Shoot the lookers
334 Views - Posted: April 15 at 7:00 am

Early in the season, gobblers will often be grouped in pairs or larger groups. Seeing several toms coming into decoys gobbling every step can be one of the most exciting sights of any hunter’s season.


Use a locator call late in the season, and if a gobbler responds, set up quickly and call him in with a hen call. Make use of locator calls as season progresses
339 Views - Posted: April 15 at 7:00 am

Locator calls are an important of any turkey hunter’s arsenal, especially from mid-season to the final day of the season.


Hunters often find that mid-day and afternoon hunts on public lands can be more productive because most of their competition has left the woods and given birds a chance to settle down. More turkey tips
337 Views - Posted: April 15 at 7:00 am

For more tips on taking wild turkeys in the Carolinas, visit these links on NorthCarolinaSportsman.com and SouthCarolinaSportsman.com:


Hunters have a unique opportunity to take turkeys during rainy weather because their behavior is more predictable and one of their sharpest senses is dulled. Bad weather, good hunting
274 Views - Posted: April 15 at 7:00 am

For a species with a brain the size of a walnut, wild turkeys are fairly clever at avoiding the talons or the teeth of predators, but their poor sense of smell allows hunters and other predators to take a few turkeys each year.


Choose from a variety of calls and become proficient with several; your turkey hunting success will improve. Have a wide assortment of calls ready
267 Views - Posted: April 15 at 7:00 am

Veteran hunter and call-maker John Tanner said that in the middle to late portion of the season, it is often one specific tone or pitch from a call that will make a gobbler respond and approach your position.


Guide Chris Orvin said that gobblers in the Francis Marion National Forest are starting to separate from the hens and start gobbling better. Guide says national forest gobblers are starting to pick up
986 Views - Posted: April 14 at 8:19 am

The first week of the turkey season was disturbingly quiet in the Francis Marion National Forest, but that has changed dramatically late last week. Guide Chris Orvin spends a lot of time in the national forest hunting longbeards, and he said that normally the first week of the April season is great, but that’s not been the case this year. However, things appear to be getting better.


Noel Miller killed this unusual all-white turkey gobbler on youth-day in Dillon County last Saturday. Dillon County youth bags all-white gobbler on youth-day
2720 Views - Posted: April 02 at 6:01 am

After a torrential storm flooded half of Dillon County last Friday night, 15-year-old Noel Miller dropped the hammer on a truly-rare gobbler the next morning. It was no ordinary, long-bearded stud; with the exception of his long, black beard and pink head, it was completely white.  


Turkey gobblers can change from extremely vocal to almost silent over the course of a month-long spring season. Early season tactics won’t get you much after the first week of South Carolina’s turkey season.
503 Views - Posted: April 01 at 7:00 am

Hunting turkeys effectively through an entire season is one of the biggest challenges for a hunter — emphasis on effectively. 


Hunting pressure is the biggest obstacle to taking public-land turkeys. Here’s how to overcome it in the Carolinas. Millions of acres of public land gives hunters in the Carolinas a real shot at a turkey gobbler this month -- if they’re up to the task.
278 Views - Posted: April 01 at 7:00 am

In many places, spring means many things to many people, but for the diehard hunter who calls the Carolinas home, it’s full of sitting, listening and stalking a gobbling tom. It’s turkey season, and the millions of acres of public land across the two states are perfect places to bag a longbeard. Even though public lands receive a lot of hunting pressure, a hunter who knows the ins and outs of hunting them has a good chance to bring home a 20-pound bird.


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