Spring Turkey Hunting Athens GA

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Franklin Gun Shop Inc
(706) 543-7803
3941 Atlanta Highway
Bogart, GA
Ayer, Laurence P
33 Ferry Rd
Nashua, NH
Willis Knob Horse Camp
(706) 782-3320
809 HWY 441 SO
Clayton, GA
Other Activties
Camping; Hunting

West Point Lake
(706) 645-2937
500 Resource Management Drive
West Point, GA
Other Activties
Biking; Boating; Camping; Fishing; Hiking; Horseback Riding; Hunting; Interpretive Programs; Picnicking; Recreational Vehicles; Visitor Center; Water Sports; Wildlife Viewing

Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge
(912) 652-4415
1000 Business Center Drive
Savannah, GA
Other Activties
Auto Touring; Fishing; Hiking; Hunting; Interpretive Programs

Lynch, Christopher
500 Main Dunstable Road
Nashua, NH
Bonanza Gun & Pawn
(770) 586-5626
54 North Broad Street
Winder, GA
Carters Lake
(706) 334-2248
P.O. Box 96
Oakman, GA
Other Activties
Biking; Boating; Camping; Fishing; Hiking; Hunting; Picnicking; Recreational Vehicles; Visitor Center; Water Sports; Wildlife Viewing

Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge
(912) 832-4608
Administrative Office - 1000 Business Center Drive
Savannah, GA
Other Activties
Hiking; Hunting; Interpretive Programs; Wildlife Viewing

Allatoona Lake
(678) 721-6700
P.O. Box 487
Cartersville, GA
Other Activties
Boating; Camping; Fishing; Hiking; Historic & Cultural Site; Horseback Riding; Hunting; Interpretive Programs; Picnicking; Recreational Vehicles; Visitor Center; Water Sports; Wildlife Viewing

Planning Your Spring Turkey Hunt

Planning for a spring turkey hunt can be an ordeal. Everything from pre-season scouting to acquiring and practicing calls, gathering topographic maps and researching turkey behavior are commonplace. Following months of research I was finally on my first wild turkey hunt for Merriam's.

Two long days into my first-ever turkey hunt I realized what all the fuss was about. Suffice it to say, despite the wealth of sign and several fleeting glimpses of jakes and hens scurrying to safer ground, I had to concede, turkey hunting can be tough. After several days and as many close calls, things finally turned around. As I moved across a ridge at noon, suddenly a loud gobble echoed from across the valley. From nearly a half-mile away, it was spine chilling. The still conditions of the day were perfect for carrying sound. I had a strong suspicion that if the bird was that vocal in the heat of the day, chances were good that he'd come to the call!

Trudging down into the valley and up the other side, I made a best guess as to where the calls had originated. Moving to a plateau of open clearings, a matrix of fescue and mid-sized aspens looked to offer the perfect habitat, so I quickly but carefully set out the Feather-flex jake and hen decoys and selected a nearby tree. I'd barely placed my pack on the ground when not more than 100 yards away I heard a sequence of rapid, but soft putts. But it didn't sound relaxed, but rather alarmed. Snatching my pack from the ground, I shifted to a different tree and faced the sound. Scratching out a few putts, clucks and purrs with my Lohman box call, I paused. As I stopped a loud, aggressive gobble erupted nearby. Bantering back and forth for the better part of 30 minutes, I was convinced at one point that the gobbler was moving away. Copying every call note-for-note, what I thought was just a single bird appeared to be getting more and more excited. What I experienced then can only be described as pure ecstasy for a turkey hunter. Not only did he turn and approach, but what I anticipated to be just one miraculously materialized into three birds! Between them, they gobbled at least 20 times as I patiently waited.

As their calls grew to a crescendo, suddenly a bright red head and a dark black body with iridescent feathers appeared at 40 yards. Strutting one after the other they approached the decoys. Locking the bead of my Remington 12 gauge on the most visible outstretched neck, I touched off a shot. With a thunderous boom, to my elation the bird collapsed. After nearly a week in the woods, all of my planning and preparation paid off!

Since then, I've hunted Merriam's and easterns in Alberta, Montana, Nebraska and Kansas. My best longbeard to date was taken in Montana as he strutted in, fully committed to 18 yards. That particular hunt is indelibly etched in my mind as I recall the big tom fully fanned strutting in, spitting and drumming with his head miraculously shifting from a vibrant blue to white and red.


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Top 5 New Products for Turkey Hunters

It wasn't too many years back, that outdoor product manufacturers focused most of their attention towards deer hunters. Somewhere along the road, the turkey hunting craze took off and brought a sudden interest by manufacturers. Nowadays, turkey hunters anticipate a vast array of "new" products each spring. Many of these turn out to be improvements on old products, but hidden among the mix are some new, innovative ideas that really make some aspect of a turkey hunter's life easier. This year, the following five products really stood out as forerunners in the world of innovation.

It would be hard to mention turkey hunting, without mentioning safety. Each year, completely avoidable accidents occur and most are caused by poor judgment. So far nobody has figured out a way to make a product that improves judgment, but there is a new product on the market that can reduce accidents that occur with an "unloaded" firearm. The product is called the Saf-T-Plug. Although the design is fairly simply, the resulting improvement in safety can be life saving. The device is made to fit inside the ejection port of most side-ejecting 10, 12, 16 or 20 gauge semi-auto or pump shotguns. To install, simply squeeze the product and roll it into the open ejection port. The product prevents the action from closing and thus inhibiting accidental firing. The "hunter orange" color of the Saf-T-Plug ensures that it can be seen from a long distance and making them mandatory in your camp or home can prevent future "unloaded" firearm accidents. To find out more information about the Saf-T-Plug, visit their website at www.deadeyesupply.com .


Every turkey hunter has their favorite type of call, but slate calls have long been known for the quality and range of sounds that they can produce. Unfortunately, with one hand on the slate and one hand on the striker, a turkey can sneak in and make it difficult to release the call and grab the gun. The Gunslater was designed for one-handed slate call use and to allow the hunter to remain in the "ready position". This innovative slate call holder slides onto the top of your shotgun, is held firmly in place with hook and loop straps and even has a holder for your striker. Simply remove the striker from the holder, use the slate call and replace the striker when a turkey approaches. Any hand movement is hidden behind the slate call and the other hand can remain on the stock of the gun. It is also made to fit both right and left handed guns, includes a rear sight system for improved accuracy and enhances the forward projection of sound from the call. To find out more information about the Gunslater, visit their website at www.deadeyesupply.com .


It seems that just about everybody has a line of camouflage, but very few of them stand out from the rest. Mothwing is a company that is fairly new to the market, but they have been quick to set themselves apart from the pack. What started with a simple observation of the ab...

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