For years and years, turkey hunters around the country have sought to realistically imitate the sounds of a hen turkey during the fevered days of the spring mating season.
While there can be little doubt about the effectiveness of such sweet yelps and purring melodies rolling out of a box call, a slate call, or a mouth diaphragm call, the truth is that there’s another way to coax a lovesick tom turkey into shotgun range.
And that’s with the sounds of another dominant, realistic gobbling noise that can instantly turn on a big old longbeard’s FIGHT!
reflex when he hears the intruding noise of an interloping wannabe with the audacity to trespass on his side of the springtime woods.
Thanks to the new Thunder Shaker Gobble call from Flextone, making such challenging noise is easily mastered.
Durable for years of use and simple to master, all a hunter has to do is to give the call a shake for some woodsy music that is sure to set an old boss gobbler on edge.
Simply create your winsome hen sounds, then unleash the Thunder Shaker Gobble call at just the right time.
When the real boss gobbler hears what he thinks is a challenge to his dominance and an attempt to steal one or more of the hens that he has carefully courted, the result is quite often a longbeard virtually running into battle.
And when he sees a gobbler or jake decoy used in conjunction with the calling sounds, the result is often a lovesick longbeard throwing virtually all caution to the wind as he comes rolling in, spoiling for a fight.
As long as a springtime turkey hunter can shoot straight and true, the result of using the easy-to-use, durable, and realistic Flextone Thunder Shaker Gobble call is often a can’t refuse dinner table invitation for Mr. Johnny Longbeard!
If you’re from Texas you will understand this more than most.
Talk about an invasion, but not one coming across the borders.
And we thought rabbits had that corner of the market.
Bunnies are not even a close second.
Their hunger is so vast in some areas that research is now suggesting that the hogs are destroying critical habitat resources essential to the white-tailed deer.
While hunting is one method of knocking back the numbers in some areas in limited numbers, it cannot keep up with the expansion.
Even in areas where trapping is widely used, it is still not reducing numbers by any significance.
There are many firearms of great utility against a wild pig.
It seems consensus among many applied hog hunters is that at least a good 100 grain hunting bullet with maximum penetration performance is of minimal choice.
The 150 grain bullets ought to work havoc on a pig with the bullet sent to the right spot.
In recent decades, a subtle strategy shift has occurred among the nation’s spring turkey hunters, one that has seen the days of getting close to the roost and patiently calling for hours turn into a run-and-gun hunting game for trophy gobblers.
With today’s hunters constantly on the move in this style of spring hunting – one that involves moving and calling until a longbeard sounds off, then quickly getting into position for a possible shot – the ability to be mobile is a key attribute for today’s successful gobbler getter.
Enter the new Tenzing TZ TR18 Turkey Recliner, a souped-up combination of a turkey vest, hunter’s pack, and comfortable chair that gives turkey hunters a lightweight, heavy-duty vest/pack/chair combo that is more than ready for the run-and-gun game.
Combining a structured internal aluminum frame with two silent, spring-loaded legs and a dual-layer foam seat, hunters are able to sit against a tree or in more open terrain as the situation dictates.
When it’s time to make a run-and-gun move, the TZ TR18 Turkey Recliner’s legs and seat stow quickly as pack, gear, and hunter move efficiently to the next set-up.
While trying to call a loud-mouthed longbeard into shotgun range, the well-laid out Turkey Recliner allows a hunter to dig into ample storage space including dedicated striker pockets, dual pot call compartments (that hold up to four calls), an angled box call pocket, a zippered front compartment with seven shotshell loops, and large left and right hand warmer/storage pockets.
What’s more, there are also five interior mesh zippered pockets including one tailor made for mobile phone storage … on silent mode, of course!
In addition to the creature comforts and storage space, hunters can lay the front pocket sections across their lap to minimize movement while accessing calls and other items.
And when the longbeard’s goose is cooked, so to speak, the tom can then be transported in an extra-large compartment as the Turkey Recliner’s lightweight aluminum frame, channeled and air-cooled back pad, and contoured fit dual waistband straps make for a comfortable hike out of the woods.
Information: (800) 226-9868; www.TenzingOutdoors.com
Serves: 4 Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 30 minutes Ingredients: 1 ¼ pounds ground wild turkey, white and dark meat 4 green onions, minced 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce 2 teaspoons liquid smoke Montreal Chicken Seasoning, to taste Kosher salt, to taste 4 slices Swiss cheese 4 brioche hamburger buns 1 to 2 tablespoons softened butter 8 slices cooked bacon, reserving bacon fat Other toppings: romaine lettuce leaves, sliced tomato, Dijon mustard and mayonnaise Directions: 1.
Once cooked, drain patties on paper towels.
When pan is slightly smoking, brown turkey patties until golden on both sides.
Meanwhile, spread a thin layer of butter on the inside of hamburger buns.
About This Smokey Wild Turkey Club Burger Recipe This method of baking the turkey patties first allows the burgers to gently come to temperature without overcooking the outside and over drying the inside.
Although fully cooked, your turkey burgers will remain moist.
I prefer to grind meat right before cooking, rather than using frozen pre-ground meat.
But if pre-ground is all you have and you need to thaw it, you may find that your turkey meat will be quite wet and difficult to form, depending on how the ground meat was stored.
I have also use paper towels to gently pat the ground meat dry.
If you’re still having trouble, mix in ¼ cup of breadcrumbs to add more body to the meat.
Sitting atop the Central and Mississippi Flyways, Manitoba offers an incredible mixed bag of opportunities to hunt ducks and geese, and is home to some legendary locations in the literature and history of the waterfowling pastime.
Among the most famous is Delta Marsh, a productive wetland extending more than 18 miles along the shore of Lake Manitoba and sprawling close to 3 miles at its widest point.
It is a bucket list destination for avid waterfowlers looking for diversity and a little taste of history.
While Delta Marsh might be the most famous of Manitoba’s well-known hunting hotspots, there are a number of other great locations worth a visit from waterfowlers.
They would voice call to geese, and use harvested birds as decoys, with their spread growing during a day’s hunt.
It didn’t take long before several small flocks of geese started landing on the sedge flats as the tide pushed across the lowlands.
Before I knew it, there was a swarm of several thousand geese feeding on the flats in front of us.
We set up the freshly harvested Canada geese as decoys in the traditional Cree style, with a length of arctic willow inserted into the bill to hold the bird’s head up.
Catching this early start to the waterfowl season is a must-do destination for waterfowlers, but just one of many hunting adventures Manitoba has to offer.
Take a tour at huntfishmanitoba.com to find out more about hunting and how to start planning your trip to this waterfowling wonderland.