Author Archives: blovett

steviewonder

Turkey Season Bonus: 4 Ways to Mouth-Call Like a Pro This Spring

Does your turkey calling sound like a competition winner’s one day and a screech owl the next? We’ll talk to professionals — old school and new — to learn their insider secrets to help you sound consistently better. By Steve Hickoff Video Courtesy of Shane Simpson and callingallturkeys.com Listen to Turkeys Vary turkey call...

fred

In Memorium: Turkey Biologist Lovett Williams

Lovett Williams, longtime Turkey & Turkey Hunting contributor and one of the most recognized turkey biologists in history, died. Lovett was a dear friend and a true turkey man. I thought it was appropriate to post a feature Jim Casada wrote about Lovett in the April 2013 T&TH. Rest in peace, Lovett. — Brian...

Tuesday5

Turkey Season Bonus: Prepare to Make the Perfect Shot

  Because the main tool of turkey hunting is a shotgun, some hunters get the false impression that it produces a large pattern of shot, making it easy to hit a target. So, they tend to skip shooting practice. But with fine-tuned barrels and high-tech shotshells designed to take down gobblers beyond 40 yards,...

decoyz

Turkey Season Bonus: To Decoy or Not to Decoy?

By Brian Lovett Video Courtesy of Shane Simpson and callingallturkeys.com Depending on who’s talking, turkey decoys are the greatest turkey hunting tool since the yelper or the biggest scourge since blackhead disease. No one can deny that in the right situations, decoys are an integral part of a turkey hunter’s arsenal. The trick is...

fawning

The Whitetail’s Secret Weapon: Birth Timing

By John J. Ozoga, Deer & Deer Hunting Contributor The whitetails’ reproductive cycle is geared to giving birth when conditions are best for newborn fawn survival. As you progress northward in the whitetail’s geographic range, a greater percentage of the fawns will be born during a relatively brief period in late May and early...

potcalls

Turkey Season Bonus: 10 Must-Know Friction Calling Techniques for Spring!

Video courtesy of Shane Simpson and callingallturkeys.com. Everyone loves pot-and-peg calls for spring turkey hunting, but are you truly maximizing the potential of these great devices? Here, turkey calling champion Scott Ellis gives you 10 phenomenal pointers to have you yelping like a pro in no time. Striker Angle One of the first critical...

tuffturkey

Turkey Season Bonus: 9 Sneaky Tricks for Troublesome Toms

Video courtesy of Shane Simpson and callingallturkeys.com. Have a problem turkey? We have solutions, courtesy of renowned turkey hunting writer Steve Hickoff. Turkey Won’t Fly Down Last night’s roosted gobbler might be waiting for the talkative daybreak hen you’ve been imitating to walk to his limb tree. And waiting some more. You each want...

antlergrowth

The Whitetail’s Annual Miracle: Antler Casting and Regeneration

Editor’s note: Spring is a time of rebirth, and nothing illustrates that like the whitetail’s annual cycle of antler loss and regrowth. Here are some incredible insights into this process courtesy of Deer & Deer Hunting‘s John J. Ozoga. Antler Casting Although the timing of antler growth is quite synchronized by photoperiod, generally starting...

absolutebird

Turkey Season Bonus: The 7 Absolute-Musts for Success This Spring!

Got Birds? If your goal is to shoot a turkey, you’re only going to find success where there are birds — preferably decent numbers of them — to hunt. You can’t call in phantom gobblers. The challenge becomes getting out, finding birds and identifying a good place to hunt, whether it’s public or private...

blindturkeys

Turkey Season Bonus: Get the Blind Advantage on Gobblers!

There’s something sacred about roughing it in the turkey woods. I’ll proudly admit, like scores of other hardcore turkey hunters, most of my credentials were earned the hard way — fully exposed to the elements, with my back against a tree and a numb rear end. However, our purist tactics were threatened with the...