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Late is great - Late-season tips for tough South Carolina gobblers

Having turkey season extend into May offers some late-season opportunities for turkey hunters in the Palmetto State, but how much will hunters take advantage of it? Hunter numbers seem to dwindle late in the season, based on the absence of vehicles parked at gates and along roads in areas with good turkey habitat. Places that were packed in late March and the first half of April often become increasingly hunter-free by late in the season.

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May 01 at 7:00 am
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Welcome to May, turkey hunters

South Carolina turkey hunters will be facing a new, interesting and different situation a week or so after this magazine is published; they’ll be hunting in May.

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May 01 at 7:00 am
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York County hunter arrows record book, 7-bearded gobbler

Lee Blackmon from York took a day off work to go turkey hunting on April 14, and killed the gobbler of a lifetime that is headed for the NWTF record books. His 7-bearded, 20.4-pound bird scored 168.4 (atypical) by two NWTF scorers. And he killed it with a bow and arrow.

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April 19 at 11:15 pm
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Combine tactics for open-field gobblers

Steve Drummond loves to hunt open fields and is typically successful, but he said that despite his best efforts, gobblers often won’t cooperate. In those cases, he incorporates several of his favorite tactics to get these typically tough gobblers into range.

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April 15 at 7:00 am
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Change the way you call pressured turkeys

Many hunters rely heavily on diaphragm calls to entice mature gobblers to the gun, and these are great tools. However, as veteran hunter Charles Hudson points out, it is difficult to call softly with a diaphragm call. He suggests using a trumpet call or a scratch box for extremely soft calling. 

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April 15 at 7:00 am
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Leave that turkey nest alone

When turkey hunting later in the spring, hunters often stumbled on nesting hens. When this happens, it is best to leave the area and not disturb the nest. 

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April 15 at 7:00 am
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Be ready to use a variety of calls on gobblers

Turkey hunting pros agree that having “go-to” calls is essential and part of each hunter’s unique calling strategy. But they agree that a variety of calls are essential.

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April 15 at 7:00 am
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Are decoys turkey killers, or rescuers?

Some turkey hunters swear by decoys, and some swear at them. The truth is, neither opinion is correct; if used properly, at the right time, decoys can help you wrap a tag around a tom’s leg. If used incorrectly, at the wrong time, it will put wind in the bird’s wings.

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April 06 at 6:37 pm
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