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What’s Been Happening?

Ever since opening weekend of this year’s Wild Turkey Season the weather has not been turkey hunter friendly, and even more-so if they are a bowhunter only type, like yours truly. To explain, right now the wind speed is 12-mph out of the NNE. Today’s predicted wind gusts are 18 mph. Actually both of those numbers are less than usual so far this month, with the “gusts” being noticeably less. Gusts have regularly ascended into the 20’s while the stronger wind surges have been in the high 30’s and even low 40’s.

That’s problematic wild turkey hunting weather; when it’s windy enough to be so noisy you can’t hear their gobbles and they can’t hear you calling. Plus, shooting arrows when it’s extra windy can get your arrow off course, which is never a good thing. Anyway, I’ve gone out at varying times during the day; early morning, late afternoon, and mid day to see if I can find anything going on.

On the windiest days I do not see any wild turkeys, regardless of time of day. And on the least windy days  I occasionally see a few.

Over the weekend, on Saturday, I finally got into some action (and got the above picture) after I saw movement to my right. Two hens were coming my way. Then 3 gobblers appeared in front of me and strutted closer. Quickly, I took a picture and then got ready.

To get the fastest arrow speed and avoid any wind deflection I brought my high-speed crossbow. When the three gobblers were within 15 yards I took aim at the one on the left and pulled the trigger. My crossbow bolt went at least a foot to the right of the gobbler. The wind did me in.

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Tim Wells Bowhunts Mexico Predators

I don’t know Tim Wells but I’ve featured a bunch of his bowhunting videos on over the years. He travels all over and bowhunts all kinds of wild game. Today he is taking us to Mexico to bow hunt native predators in the Mexican desert.

In this video Tim Wells is using a FOXPRO Game Caller and you get to see first hand how effective this electronic game caller works. The pic below is the remote controll for the FoxPro.

Here is the FoxPro electronic game caller clipped to a branch. This caller is incredibly good. Tim demonstrates how to use it for calling predators. And tells you some tricks that will up your coyote calling success.

And … if you’re wondering if you can cook and eat predator meat, you get the answer in this video,

Tim Wells bowhunts coyotes on the ground and situates himself in the shadows. And as you will know as you watch this video, it works.

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Jason Allen & Billy Yargus Show Ya How

My friend Jason Allen of Rush TV  invited world champion turkey caller Billy Yargus up to Michigan a few days ago. They check a few of Jason’s turkey places and when they see two super mature gobblers (aka Kent Daddys) in a large field they concoct a plan to hunt them.

Now, you may or may not know that Jason Allen is one of the best Wild Turkey hunters in the country and Billy Yargus is one of the top wild turkey callers in the world and what happens in this video is an absolute “Must See.”

Obviously I don’t know how well you can call, but I’d bet that you’d enjoy seeing and hearing perfect turkey calling (yes, I said perfect) draw two big “Rope Beard” Gobblers in. Don’t miss this!

Robert Hoague

Below are a couple of pics I lifted from the video. The first is the Toms coming to us.

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Learn The Cluck & Purr To Call Your Next Gobbler

Learn how you can get the tongue flutter that it takes for you to make a realistic purr on your mouth call. The tongue flutter, comes from the the vibration of your tongue. Practice by breathing in a large volume of air, and let your tongue lay very limp, then blow that air across your tongue with enough force that your call actually vibrate in your mouth. You’ll make your tongue flap. (This is like rolling your “r’s” when speaking Spanish.)

Put the call in your mouth with the round edge towards your throat, letting it lay limply and softly on the top of your tongue. Blow the same volume of air across your tongue as you did practicing. What you’ll get is sounds like a fighting purr call. You’ll notice that increasing your Calling volume  your cheeks will puff out slightly. That‘s the air running over and around the call, and the extra air being held back in your mouth, that causes your cheeks to inflate slightly. That helps keep the rasp down and makes the call have a more realistic tone and a more melodious sound.

Next start backing off on that volume of air until you get a more realistic turkey tone. Once you get the turkey sound down, start adding in some clucks.

To get a cluck use lower tone, and keep it quiet like a realistic cluck is. Clucking is the same principle as cutting, to cut on the mouth call you want loud, short cuts with a large volume of air. But for clucking, you keep that noise soft, while mixing in with some purrs (that we just learned how to do). For an even more realistic and natural sound from a mouth call, mix in some soft yelps or a little whine in there. It all comes together for a great sounding call.

Remember, start with a large volume of air to get the sound coming off the call in your mouth, and then step it down, bringing back that volume to a realistic sound. Click Here and I will show you and you can hear how it should sound.

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Bowhunter Sydney Wells Stalks A Huge Black Bear

Watch as bowhunter Sydney Wells stalks a huge black bear 3 times before she has him in the bear woods within bow range. He sees her and the hunt gets tense and dangerous.

Sydney Wells is bowhunting in Canada and sees a monster bear up ahead of her and her dad Tim Wells. And Sydney takes the hunt right to him. Sydney is part of the bowhunting team of Relentless Pursuit TV and is a very experienced Whitetail hunter … who has the moxie to go face to face on the ground with a huge Canadian black bear. You will definitely enjoy watching Sydney’s enthusiasm, hunting knowledge and genuineness.

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Wild Turkey Bowhunt On April 13

I started my wild turkey hunting day on a high spot right up against the river bank and close to a curve in the stream. I parked my truck in some thick cedar trees and slipped in carrying a Double Bull ground blind, my bow and 3 decoys along with a pocket full of mouth calls and a slate and striker. I’ve hunted this exact spot for years and knew exactly where I wanted to go and where to set everything up.

When I hunt an area I’m familiar with I prefer to stay out of it before I actually hunt it. I just do not want to take the risk of spooking any gobblers or hens. I’d much rather keep they stay in “relaxed and unaware” mode instead of making them “wired and jumpy.”

Soon a faint streak of sunlight was visible on the eastern horizon. Soon afterward a very loud gobble sounded off from one of the large hardwood trees downhill on my side of the river (which is only 50 yards away). More gobblers joined in from the east and north. And they really piled it on, gobbling over and over.

Now it was a matter of which direction they went after they hit the ground.

The Toms and Jakes gobbled repeatedly. And when I heard the yelps of a hen that was between me and   the river I felt optimistic. A short while later I heard the hen fly down a little bit to the north east of me but still on my side of the river. Next I heard two different gobbles in the trees close by. And then they flew down and continued gobbling.

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Where Can You Bag A Gobbler In Texas?

Luke Clayton

Wild Turkey Hunters who hunt them in Texas are fortunate, the Texas wild turkey population is well dispersed from the pine and hardwood timberlands in the eastern portion of the state to the ruggedly beautiful Caprock country of the Panhandle. I’ve chased longbeards here in the Lone Star State for over thirty years and each hunt has been a great adventure and no two have unfolded exactly the same.

A few years ago I called a boss gobbler to the banks of the Brazos River up in Palo Pinto County, he simply would not fly across; he was gobbling his head off just behind a big pile of driftwood. I went downriver, around a bend, crossed the river and put the sneak on him.

Author with one of his many bow killed Wild Turkey Gobblers.

I also hunted the eastern wild turkeys in east Texas and then traveled out to the Panhandle and enjoyed hunting them there; before I arrived, I likely had never heard a call. Calling up a wary Eastern gobbler on a pine covered hillside in East Texas is a far different endeavor than tricking a Rio Grande Gobbler in the Edwards Plateau. Both hunts are exciting and, because of the vastly different terrain, each presents challenges unique to the region.

Thr 2016 wild turkey hatch was less than optimal across much of the state. The one exception is eastern Texas. Spring and early summer rains came at just the right time for a great hatch. There are pockets in northeast Texas where eastern wild turkeys are flourishing, in other areas, they numbers have been on the decline. A little over two decades ago, the Eastern wild turkey was re-introduced to east Texas and overall the program has been successful.

Let’s take a look at the hunting opportunities here in Texas. My experiences throughout the past three decades may help you decide where you might want to go prospecting for Ole’ Longbeard this spring!

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How To Prepare For Out Of State Turkey Hunts

Are you traveling out of state to wild turkey hunt this spring? Are you completely prepared?

As a wild turkey hunter nothing is more exciting than planning an out of state hunt! Maybe it’s your very first wild turkey hunt or you might be going after your last sub-species to finish your “Wild Turkey Grand Slam”, here are some important things for you to do ahead of time to better ensure success.

1) Proper License Requirements

Prior to traveling out of state to hunt always check with the appropriate Game and Fish Department to make sure to you have the required licenses and tags. Also, see if Hunter Education is required for certain age groups. Be sure you have everything you need before you leave.

2) What Are The Hunting Regulations Where You Are Going?

Game laws might differ from your home state, where you are used to hunting. Certain states, such as Missouri, only offer legal hunting from one half hour before sunrise until 1:00 PM daily during spring turkey season.

Other states may offer all day hunting.

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Gobbler Action April 8, 9 & 10

Last week I intended to bowhunt wild turkeys more during the week, but as you may or may not have noticed I’ve been updating with more advanced application software  (that will add several important new functions as well as spiffy up the websites appearance and navigation). Frankly, this is a huge job and it’s gonna take time to add all the new sections, that’s in addition to updating the existing content and display too.

Fortunately I can do what’s needed with the “one thing at a time” method.

On Friday I got up an hour before daylight and introduced my frying pan to generous portions of corned beef hash, fresh sliced potatoes and 4 basted eggs. A few minutes after the hash and potatoes I was in the wild turkey woods and inside my ground blind with my bow and turkey calls and a thermos of black coffee.

My iPhone AccuWeather predicted a clear sky and they were correct. Soon the beginning sunlight put a glow in the dark sky and daylight hurried in. Gobbles sounded off from the west (the neighbors pond and roost trees), the east (river roosts) … but not yet from the north.

I did a fly down call with my Billy Yargus Blue Cutter mouth call and paused, listening.

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Wild Turkey Bowhunt April 4 & 5

Champ and I drove, and then walked, to a high spot on the bank of the river. We laid 2 fold-out chairs on the ground and I popped up a Double Bull ground blind over them; besides being great ground blinds for wild turkey hunting the Double Bull is simple and fast to erect and most importantly quiet. Champ and I quietly and quickly set out my 3 decoys; a Dave Constantine Jake, a standing hen and a sitting hen. You can see them in the picture above.

We positioned our fold-out chairs inside the blind and got inside ourselves. We sat down  and listened for Gobbles. The first one was surprisingly loud. It was only 40 yards from our blind. The close gobbler attracted nearby hen yelps and some occasional purrs and soft clucks. When the hens flew down the Gobbler loudly joined them. The hens walked to the river’s edge and flew across to the other side and walked in the direction of a nearby small pond. The gobbler followed behind them.

During the first half hour of daylight we heard over a dozen different gobblers sound off to the South, West and North of us. We listened and waited for an hour and then we broke down the Double Bull and collected the decoys and went to my truck.

I drove to a strip of woods that is regularly used by by our sizeable wild turkey population and set up the Double Bull at the edge of the woods and put out our 3 decoys.

I waited half an hour and took out my Woodhaven Doug Crabtree Signature V-Cut call and made some purrs mixed with soft yelps. A few minutes later we heard a gobbler getting with it in the woods to the east. I yelped at him, he in turn blasted me with a gobble and in no time three gobblers walked into view.

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Wild Turkey Season 2022: Apr 3

I picked up Champ right after he got out of school. We drove to the AA area and walked through the woods to a ground blind mounted on top of a Woodsey Too platform. This is a high spot that is adjacent to a steep, wooded drop off that runs for a mile and goes down to a long, flat area that has planted farm crops bordered by the long, winding river. Wild Turkeys and Whitetail Deer pass through the entire area regularly.

Champ set out two game cameras, one near the blind, and another on an established trail, you can see the blind one in the picture, it’s by the platform’s left legs.

A week ago all the undergrowth was leafless and full winter tan and brown, except the cedar trees. Only one week ago it was still in the 20’s but mid week the temperature rose and we had a much needed rain. Immediately afterward the color green popped up everywhere.

Our next spot is named the Alley and Champ climbed up to the Tripod seat to be sure it was still steady and otherwise ok. It was, and Champ attached a long cord to the tripod chair that would serve as the way to pull a bow up to the stand.

Next we drove to an ancient and squeaky Windmill and took the barely visible two-track through the woods. Ahead of us, Champ saw a group of wild hog laid up in a wet, muddy area. I quietly stopped the pickup and Champ slipped out with his crossbow and put a stalk on the hogs. A large black sow picked up on him getting closer and the group jumped to their feet, waited briefly, and hurried off and ran right by me.

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Elk Bowhunter Recommends Grim Reaper Broadheads

What broadhead is right for Elk … and Why?

Over the years I’ve heard that question become the topic of conversation on many occasions and sometimes someone even asks me the question. Truthfully, I have purchased a couple of Archery Elk Tags in Colorado but on those bowhunts the number of Elk I tagged was the same number I saw, zero. So anything I told anybody would come from the W.A.G. method (that’s the infamous Wild Assed Guess method) so the appropriate answer to that question is to “talk with a successful elk bowhunter.”

Being from Utah Grim Reaper Broadheads is spearheaded by Jay Liechty (owner) and Matt Bateman (National Sales Director) and they know a whole lot about bowhunting for Elk … as well as Mule Deer.

In this video from the 2022 ATA Archery Trade Show, one of those successful Elk bowhunters, Mark Scalvan fills us in on the broadheads he uses successfully and recommends for Elk. By Robert Hoague of

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How To Cook The Best Deep Fry Turkey

I love Deep Fried Turkey and dove into YouTube to find the instructions and a recipe that was easy to understand as well as effective at preparing and deep frying up a delicious turkey. I settled on the deep frying turkey video by Jeven Dovey. I know you are gonna enjoy your next wild turkey and holiday turkey when you deep fry it just like this.

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Wild Turkey Season 2022: Apr 2

Got up an hour before daylight, put a Pop-Tart in my toaster and drank a super strong cup of black Guatemalan coffee. The Magic Day Is Here! Wild Turkey Season of 2022 has arrived and it’s Day 1. My gear was already in my pickup so I got in and drove out to my pop-up blind at the edge of a large cedar break that’s a mile from a roosting area on the river. I hid my pickup in some cedar trees  and walked over to the blind and got inside and waited in the dark.

Soon daylight moved in one click, and a lone gobble sounded off 400 yards to the West, right where a stock pond is located on the neighbor’s property. Both gobblers and hens are currently roosting in the tall hardwood trees surrounding the pond.

I waited until some wild turkeys had flown down in the pond area and then I started yelping to let them know where I was. Two gobblers sounded off from the Pond. Gobbles began joining in from the river to the East and where it turns to the North as well as from the aforementioned Stock Pond and from the woods to the North. It was cool hearing all the activity.

I gave them 20 minutes to get on the ground and move around and did some clucks and yelps. Right away some yelps in the woods tipped me off that some hens were not far from me. I yelped softly and in two minutes I noticed ground level movement approaching under the cedar trees.

A hen walked around the left corner of the blind and stopped directly in front of my shooting window. I took my iPhone out of my pocket to take its picture. I glanced up when I heard more hen yelps. More hens were coming from the cedars out past the nearby hen.

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The Best Turkey Broadhead?


Turkey season is coming.  Now is a great time to consider about what broadhead you are going to use on Mr. Tom. There are many options on the market, but few options compare to a  Grim Reaper Broadhead

 One broadhead that has sent many turkeys to the turkey fryer is the Pro Series Whitetail Special from Grim Reaper Broadheads. The name implies that this head is designed for deer, but it is just as devastating when it hits the side of a longbeard. The Razortip will quickly cut through any turkey and bring them down quickly.

One reason many people like using the Whitetail Special when turkey hunting is because it offers a cutting diameter of two inches. The Whitetail Special has three blades so when you combine three blades with a large cutting diameter, the result is typically a notched tag.

One of the greatest advantages of a broadhead with a large cutting diameter is the fact that there is a little room for error. The chest cavity on a turkey is about the size of softball. With a typical broadhead, if you hit a little low or a little high, you can easily wound the bird. Wounded turkeys are notorious for being like Houdini…they disappear. With a broadhead like the Whitetail Special even if your shot is off a little, the odds of success are high.

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Mountain Lions: Run Or Don’t Run?

How To Prevent Mountain Lion Conflicts

Important: Do not feed wildlife, including deer, raccoons or other small animals. They all are lion prey species and feeding may attract mountain lions. Feed pets indoors if possible. Pet food left outdoors may attract mountain lions or lion prey, such as racoons.

Manage garbage to avoid attracting lion prey. Don’t leave garbage out at night, use cans with tight fitting lids.Avoid landscaping that attracts deer and provides hiding places for lions.Close off spaces beneath decks, porches, or sheds that can be used by mountain lions and lion prey species.Keep outdoor animals in a secure pen that includes a wire roof. Some dog breeds may help deter a mountain lion.Keep small pets indoors, especially from dawn to dusk.Supervise children when they are outdoors.

Mountain Lion Range, Periods Of Activity and Breeding.

Mountain lions (Puma concolor) have large home ranges, up to 50-350 square miles. A male lion’s range will overlap multiple females.

Lions are secretive, using canyons, rock outcrops, cliffs, boulders, and dense vegetation for hiding and hunting.Most lion activity and hunting occurs at night, but lions are active from dusk through the early morning hours.Prey includes deer, elk, moose, mountain goats, and bighorn sheep, with deer being the most common prey in much of Idaho.Lions also prey on raccoons and other small mammals, and occasionally domestic pets and livestock. Prey items are often dragged away and covered with vegetation or dirt (cached), to be consumed at a later time.Breeding occurs year-round, but most commonly in winter and early spring. One to 4 kittens are born about 3 months following breeding. The young stay with their mother for a year or more.

Mountain Lion Sign

Mountain lion tracks appear round, are approximately 3 to 4 inches in diameter, and the claw marks usually are not visible. Droppings are 4 to 6 inches in length and 1 to 1 ½ inches in diameter, cylindrical, and blunt on the ends. Droppings often have hair and bone fragments visible. They are
often covered with dirt.

Cached prey items are a sign that a lion has been in the area and may return again to feed on the cached food.Lions often leave vertical claw marks on trees, stumps, or fence posts, 4 to 8 feet above the ground.Lions make a variety of calls or vocalizations: they hiss, purr, mew, growl, yowl, chirp and cry.

Approximate size of an adult mountain lion fore print. Length: 3–4.3 in, Width: 3.3–4.8 in


If you are with children, pick them up without bending over. Do not turn your back on the lion. Do not  crouch down or try to hide. Remain standing and facing the lion slowly back away. Leave the lion an escape route.

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GPO USA Rangefinder Review For Turkey Hunting

With short-range weapons like shotguns, vertical bows, and crossbows knowing the exact distance to the target is a huge plus. It’s especially important when the target is extremely small, such as the head and/or heart/lung area of a wild turkey. With a bow, if you misjudge the range by just a yard or more, you’ll miss. Before shotgun hunting, you should have patterned your shotgun/choke tube/turkey load combination to know it’s maximum effective range. In both the shotgun or bow instances, using a laser rangefinder will give you the precise yardage needed to make a clean kill.

GPO USA has a solution for spring gobbler hunters—the Rangeguide 8×32 and 10×32 rangefinding binoculars. These small, lightweight rangefinding binoculars combine exceptional edge-to-edge clarity and precise ranging on targets from 6 yards out, to nearly 1.75 miles away in a package that’s only 5.4 inches tall, 4.9 inches wide, and weighing just over 24 ounces—perfect for the run & gun or ground blind types of wild turkey hunting.

The compact Rangeguide 32 features a magnesium frame for both lightness and strength. The eye-safe Class 1 laser produces a 0.25-second response time with true-range angle technology, that calculates the proper distance to the target after measuring the angle to the target, giving you a precise inclination/declination compensation reading.

Scan mode provides three readings per second via its orange OLED display that offers nine adjustable brightness levels and operates with manual or automatic brightness functionality. And for those who are also long-range rifle shooters, the Rangeguide even measures ambient temperature in Fahrenheit and Celsius, humidity, and air pressure to help with shot placement on long-range shots. The display provides both the line-of-sight distance and the user’s choice of adjusted distance, angle, or temperature.

Coupled with the GPObright high-transmission lens coatings, the Rangeguide’s double-HD laminated 32mm objective lenses are exceptionally beneficial for transmitting light in the twilight hours. These premium lenses maximize the brightness, sharpness, and resolution of the optical image—something not typical in a rangefinding binocular. The field of view is 405’ and 306’ (8×32 or 10×32) at 1,000 yards, and eye relief is 18mm or 16mm, respectively.

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How Good Is A Turkey’s Eyesight, Really!

By: Wade Nolan
Bowhunting Biologist

A few years back, I sat in a ground blind on Robert Hoague’s Texas hunting lease and bowhunted for wild hogs. Right after first light a sizeable flock of wild turkeys moved into the area. I was sitting in the rear of a darkened pop-up ground blind as they fed and walked within 2 feet of my open blind windows. It was a rush and I learned something.

The winter flock had a few jakes mixed in but was mostly hens. The jakes stayed only a few minutes. I think the jakes were trailing the hens. The feeder where I was sitting hadn’t been sat in for months and they are never hunted near the feeders in the spring. In other words, the wild turkeys had no bad history with the blind or hunters. But boy, were they alert.

Turkey eyes are designed to detect predators. Understanding how their eyes work will give you an edge.

Turkeys are a prey species. Coyotes, foxes, bobcats and hunters with turkey tags routinely hunt them. They must be alert at all times. Wild Turkeys are uniquely equipped to detect predators. With turkeys, the eyes have it. They can see at least as good as a man with 20/20 vision but even more significant they can see more of the spectrum than we can.

That morning before I left the blind a pair of grey foxes walked by the blind. The turkeys saw them coming and ran off as if someone fired a starting pistol. Wild Turkeys have a very poorly developed sense of curiosity. If something looks even a little bit fishy, they simply leave.

The hen in the center and the one on the right can both see you. If you can see
their eye, they can see you.

The wild turkey’s eyes are set on the side of the head which offers them monocular vision. That is in contrast to our binocular vision where each eye sees the same scene from a little different angle. To get depth perception a turkey must turn its swiveling head a bit and see the scene from the other eye. And they can do this quite well. They can see a 270-degrees field of view without moving their head.

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14 Wild Turkey Recipes

Cooking With SusieQ: 14 Turkey Recipes

This recipe was sent by James and Susan Brannan
Turkey Legs with Gravy over Egg Noodles
Boil turkey legs till the meat can be pulled off the bone.  Make the turkey gravy either from scratch or out of a can.  Mix in the turkey meat that was pulled off the bones, mix in the gravy and let simmer.  Cook a bag of egg noodles then pour turkey and gravy over noodles and serve.

This recipe was sent by John Maynard (COJO)
(Courtesy of NWTF)
1 (10-15 lb.) unstuffed wild turkey
5 gallons peanut oil
2 tbsp. Cajun seasoning
1 stick butter or margarine
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper (optional)

Pour peanut oil into a 10 gallon pot. Put pot on propane cooker and heat oil to 375 degrees. Have turkey completely thawed and dry turkey thoroughly. Tie two cotton strings around the carcass so bird can be easily lifted out of oil. Carefully submerge turkey in oil. Deep fry for 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 minutes per pound and cook until turkey floats to the top. Remove bird from oil, and immediately dust heavily with cajun seasoning. Melt butter or margarine, and add to it garlic powder and cayenne, if desired. Brush turkey with butter mixture. Allow to cool 20 to 30 minutes before carving. Yield 12 to 16 servings.

This recipe was sent by Doug Moore (D4hunting)
Chicken Fried Turkey
One skinned, cleaned (without the innards) and de-boned turkey.
Seasoned Salt 1 1/2 teasp.
Black Pepper 1/8 teasp.
Flour 1 cup
Eggs l ea.
Milk 3/4 cup
And oh yea! Honey!

Cut up skinned and de-boned turkey into strips suitable for frying.
Batter: Combine flour, Seasoned salt, and pepper. 
Stir in mixture of egg and milk until well mixed.
Cooking: In large skillet, heat enough oil to cover the bottom to a level of approx. 1/2″. Heat oil to 375 F. Dip turkey pieces into batter (coating evenly). Put a few pieces at a time in hot oil, and fry until brown. Place on towel and allow to drain.  Now the best part! Serve lightly coated with honey!!!
Venison may also be substituted for wild turkey. 

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Tips For Archery Wild Turkeys

Truthfully, I was hesitant to hunt a springtime wild turkey gobbler with archery tackle. But I love the stick-and-string game, and with archery-only turkey seasons offered in many states, I thought bowhunting would give me a head start on the action and help me escape the winter doldrums a little earlier.

You can hunt springtime wild turkeys using various tactics, and you won’t have to drop too many Benjamins on new gear if you’re already a bow hunter. Let’s dive in.

Archery Turkey Gear
Your whitetail or Western big-game rig will work fine for turkey. One hint: consider dropping your bow’s poundage. There’s no reason to test the limits of your shoulders when hunting gobblers. As for arrows, I wouldn’t spend a dime on any “for turkey” carbon or aluminum shafts. You may, however, want to consider a new broadhead. Fixed-blade broadheads are terrible for turkeys. They have a kill zone (in and around the wing-butt) smaller than the size of a softball. Heavy feathers make penetration an issue at times, but you need about 5 inches to get the job done. For this reason, I shoot a reliable 2-inch cut expandable.

If you’re already a turkey junkie, you have all the decoys you need. As long as they don’t look like uninflated footballs, they will work fine for archery forays. One decoy addition that’s a must-have in my book is the bow-mounted Stalker turkey from Ultimate Predator Gear. If you’re a run-and-gun lover, this cloth fake—which resembles a full-strut longbeard—attaches to your riser and has a shoot-through window. With this piece of gear mounted to your bow, you become the decoy.

If you don’t already own one, pick up a quality ground blind. For me, it doesn’t get much better than a Primos Double Bull or ALPS Deception Blind. Sit-and-wait hunting is one of the best tactics you can use when trying to arrow a springtime prize, and if you’re going to wait, you might as well do so in a ground fort that offers ample shooting room and comfort.

Arrow Broadhead for Turkey Hunting
Hunter Checking Trail Camera
Male Turkey Decoy
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