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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
101 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
115 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 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
297 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.

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
1448 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
145 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.”

Avian-X Avian-X
61 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.

Required tags for South Carolina wild turkeys can no longer be obtained over the country where hunters purchase their licenses. South Carolina hunters can no longer pick up turkey tags from license vendors
7638 Views - Posted: February 03 at 9:29 pm

Wild turkey tags, which are required in South Carolina, will no longer be available over the counter at local vendors this spring for turkey hunters.

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
1212 Views - Posted: October 21, 2014 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
1092 Views - Posted: September 23, 2014 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
3826 Views - Posted: June 18, 2014 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!
687 Views - Posted: May 01, 2014 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?
1201 Views - Posted: April 27, 2014 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
495 Views - Posted: April 15, 2014 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
510 Views - Posted: April 15, 2014 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.