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!
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.
Dave Landstrom, regional parks manager for Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, admires the pending world record bighorn sheep, officially measured by the Boone & Crockett Club this week.
The ram died of natural causes on Montana’s Wild Horse Island State Park.
Montana’s “Island of the Giant Rams” is once again re-writing the Boone & Crockett record book, with a Rocky Mountain bighorn that shatters the previous world record by more than six inches.
A team from FWP retrieved the head and put it in an agency evidence freezer, along with several other big rams that had been collected over the years.
By counting annual rings in the horns, biologists estimate the ram was 9 years old when it died of natural causes.
“Three of the top 10 bighorn rams in the Boone & Crockett record book are from Wild Horse Island State Park,” Landstrom noted.
The island still has a few wild horses, but it is also habitat for bighorn sheep and mule deer.
In the 1970s, Montana FWP had an opportunity to purchase the island as a state park.
“Wild Horse Island State Park is a LWCF success story,” Landstrom said.
The island will continue to produce big rams, but it may take awhile before a larger one shows up.
Little did I know at the time how important that tip would be, and the similar lesson I would learn later?
We saw at least 100 young bucks, and several does.
“Take another shot.” The deer stood there.
I set up the second shot, and “Whap.” “You took a tine clean off!” exclaimed Mike, and that buck just shook his head like, “What the heck?” At this point, I checked the scope again.
Mike quickly set up the rifle on the sticks, about 100 yards from the deer, and I took a shot.
After field-dressing the deer, and putting it into the walk-in freezer at the ranch, we took the Magpul rifle back out to the range.
Eric examined the scope, declared something in the elevation adjustment had broken.
Always bring a back-up gun on an important hunt, if possible.
Thankfully, my guide had a trusty Remington 700 with him, and now that gun has another notch in its stock – my first muley, aged about 7 years.
When I look up at it, I’ll think of that first foray into Texas desert muley hunting, and how it really could not have been any better.
This bacon cheeseburger made with ground venison is an American classic By: Eric Conn Cheeseburgers and bacon are the perfect picture of an amazing couple – pretty cool by themselves, but spectacular when paired together.
They can go upscale and classy with a nice craft beer, or be a casual meal on Friday with a Budweiser.
Like the bald eagle or the pickup truck, the bacon cheeseburger may just be one of the greatest American icons of all time.
Like many American hallmarks, the bacon cheeseburger has changed over time.
One great variation is the venison bacon cheeseburger, which takes another great pastime – deer hunting – and weds it with the heart and soul of a nation.
Speaking of weddings, if this little dandy isn’t reason enough to marry the person who made it for you, we don’t know what is.
Serves: 6 Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 10 minutes Ingredients: 6 slices bacon, minced 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 teaspoon minced garlic 2 shallots, minced 2 pounds ground venison 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley Salt and pepper, to taste 6 hamburger buns Directions: 1.
Heat olive oil in skillet then add garlic and shallots.
Cook and stir until softened, about three minutes, then add to bacon.
Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat.