In this Sunday’s Erie Times-News, Scott A. Messenger writes about turkey calls and strategies for using them. He also shares one of his favorite calling tactics. Check out Messenger’s Gear Guide video below:
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Archive for the ‘Turkey’ category
Posted: May 17th, 2013
Posted: November 10th, 2012
Austin Sherwood, 7, of Union City, got his first turkey while hunting with his dad, John Sherwood., in Venango Township.
Posted: July 31st, 2012
The Pennsylvania Game Commission will put on a Successful Turkey Hunting advanced training class Aug. 26 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Oil City Izaak Walton League, Deep Hollow Road, Oil City.
Participants will learn orienteering skills, shot selection methods, basic and advanced calling techniques — including a call to take home after the class — plus scouting methods and hunting techniques, including the effective use of decoys.
Instructors also teach how to fine-tune the eye and shotgun to consistently bag more birds. Participants should bring a 12-gauge or 20-gauge to class for use on the range. Ammunition will be provided, as will a shotgun for those who do not have one.
The program is a voluntary, advanced, one-day hunter education training program. Registration fee is $15 and seating is limited. Register at www.pgc.state.pa.us
To receive a training certificate recognized by other states or provinces, students must pass an open-book, written exam at the conclusion of the class.
Before attending, individuals must complete the independent-study part of this program. To receive a hard-copy of the study materials, contact the Game Commission’s Hunter-Trapper Education Division at (717) 787-7015 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to request a printed version of the “Successful Turkey Hunting Student Manual.” The independent-study part of the training will take about 6 to 8 hours to complete.
Another course is scheduled Oct. 6 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Mars Rod & Gun Club, 141 Cashdollar Road, in Mars, Butler County.
Posted: July 10th, 2012
Rich McCullough, of Waterford, had an eventful spring gobbler season.
McCullough and his daughter, Kristi, doubled up on a pair of Toms that sashayed to their setup at 6:45 a.m. opening day. Kristi, using a Remington 11-87, shot an 18-pound bird that had an 8-inch beard.
Rich, with his Benelli Super Black Eagle, shot a 22 1/2-pound gobbler that had an 8 1/2-inch beard.
Rich also filled a New York tag while hunting in the Catskills with Peter Grace, 11, of Concord, N.H. Rich’s gobbler went 23 1/2 pounds and had a 10 1/4-inch beard and 1 3/8-inch spurs. Peter’s first gobbler weighed 19 pounds and had a 9-inch beard and 3/4-inch spurs.
Posted: May 17th, 2012
Mike Kernohan shot his spring gobbler May 5. The bird had a 9 1/2-inch beard 1 1/-8 inch spurs and weighed 18 pounds.
Posted: May 9th, 2012
Don Collins shot a trophy spring gobbler with his 12-gauge May 9 at 6:30 a.m. in Erie County. The bird weighed 21 pounds and had a 10-inch beard.
Hunting hours will increase May 14 to one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset through end of the Pennsylvania season May 31.
Posted: May 7th, 2012
Joshua Luce and Ethan Luce each tagged out during spring gobbler season.
Joshua Luce shot his Tom on April 21 at 9 a.m. in Erie County during the youth hunt. He used a 12-gauge for the 22-yard shot. The bird weighed 18 1/2-pounds and had 1-inch spurs and a 10-inch beard.
Ethan Luce shot his gobbler April 28 at 7:30 a.m. in Armstrong County. He used a 20-gauge to make the 22-yard shot on the 20.6-pound Tom, which had a 9 5/8-inch beard and 1 1/8-inch spurs.
They each where hunting with their grandfather, Bob Wisener, who shot his own gobbler May 10 at 6:20 a.m. in Erie County. The bird weighed 22.7 pounds, had 1 1/4-inch spurs and a 10 1/4-inch beard.
Posted: May 7th, 2012
Austin Kernohan, 13, of Erie, shot a jake on opening day of spring gobbler season in Springboro. The bird was taken in full strut at 20 yards at 6:52 a.m.
Posted: May 7th, 2012
Simon DeAngelo, of Greene Township, shot a spring gobbler during the mentored youth hunt. It had a 9-inch beard and 1-inch spurs.