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March 26, 2020
A Successful Mississippi Youth Turkey Hunt This week, Cameron and I have Scott McDonald on the show with us to share with us the audio and story of a successful Mississippi youth turkey hunt. Scott, one of his friends, and his friend's children went out in pursuit of a first turkey for the young hunters on the opening day of Mississippi's youth turkey season. After setting up the blind, practicing aiming the gun, and some other coaching, Scott was able to get a youngster his first wild turkey. Listen in to the story and the audio of this awesome turkey hunt.
March 19, 2020
Cameron's Second Osceola Turkey Hunt This week, Cameron and I bring you some amazing audio from Cameron's second Osceola turkey hunt on opening day of turkey season in Florida. We have John Kellum on the phone with us as well so John and Cameron can share their story and experience of their first Osceola hunting trip with us. John was running the turkey callers and Cameron was manning the shotgun for this week's hunt.  Listen in for a bunch of calling, a bunch of gobbling, and a shotgun blast near the end of the audio. This is a good one!
March 17, 2020
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March 12, 2020
An Osceola Turkey Hunt This week, Cameron and I have the audio from the first turkey hunt of the year for you guys. Cameron is in Florida hunting Osceola turkeys with his friend John, and the two of them have one awesome hunt right off of the roost. This hunt takes place on public land, and after quite a bit of scouting and map studying the two of them find some turkeys on their first day of scouting.  The morning of the first day of hunting Cameron's and John's scouting and hard work payoff with a bird that flies down and comes right on into their setup. Listen in as Cameron marks off another state on his way to 49.
March 5, 2020
Turkey Calling Lessons from a Legend with Preston Pittman This week Cameron and I have Preston Pittman with Pittman Game Calls on the show to talk all about diaphragm callers.  We discuss the different cuts and which ones are better for certain types of turkey calls. We also get some lessons to go with our education about diaphragm callers from someone who has been making callers for decades. Listen in for a very entertaining and informative episode from the legend himself, Preston Pittman.
February 27, 2020
2020 NWTF Convention and Sport Show Recap This week, Cameron and I have lots of clips from interviews and seminars from the 2020 NWTF Convention and Sport Show in Nashville.  We have interviews and seminars from a bunch of turkey hunting pros, like Will Primos, Jimmy Primos, Eddie Salter, Harold Knight, Jeff Budz, and representatives from outdoors companies, like OnX, LaCrosse, GoWild, Federal Premium, Apex, and many others. This a content filled episode that I think you will enjoy. Listen in!
February 20, 2020
Grand National Calling Champions Panel from 2019 NWTF Convention This week, I have a little Throwback Thursday for you guys. No, this is not a repeat episode, but it is the final seminar recorded at the 2019 NWTF Convention and Sport Show. This is a great seminar where 7 Grand National calling champions share their insights on callers, calling turkeys, and turkey call strategies. This week, you will get to hear from Steve Stoltz, Pat Strawser, Mark Prudhomme, Matt Morrett, Billy Yargus, Chris Parrish, and Mitchell Johnston. The amazing turkey call competitors share lots of great information and a few stories as well. This is an episode that will have you reaching for your turkey callers to try to imitate the masters of turkey talk. Listen in!
February 13, 2020
Turkey Hunting Book & Filming Turkeys with Ron & Tes Jolly. In this week's episode we talk to soon-to-be NWTF Hall of Fame inductee Ron Jolly and his wife Tes about his new book release.We also discuss many topics about photographing and videoing wild turkeys. In this episode you will learn many tips and tactics on capturing your interaction with turkeys as well as getting the perfect picture of your harvested bird. Listen in!
February 6, 2020
Hunting Runners with Scott Ellis In this episode we discuss a situation that happens to many of us while turkey hunting. We all have experienced a bird that gobbles good on the roost, but when he hits the ground, he is always on the move. We call those birds by many names - runners, vagabonds, nomads, circuit riders, etc. These can be some of the most frustrating turkeys to fall in behind, but can also be the most rewarding if you are able to outwit him.  Three-Time Grand National Turkey Calling Champion Scott Ellis joins us this week to give us several tactics and strategies to overcome the "running" gobbler. Also in this episode, Scott shares the subtle art of soft calling, jake/gobbler yelps, and using the kee kee run.  Listen In!
February 6, 2020
Hunting Runners with Scott Ellis In this episode we discuss a situation that happens to many of us while turkey hunting. We all have experienced a bird that gobbles good on the roost, but when he hits the ground, he is always on the move. We call those birds by many names - runners, vagabonds, nomads, circuit riders, etc. These can be some of the most frustrating turkeys to fall in behind, but can also be the most rewarding if you are able to outwit him.  Three-Time Grand National Turkey Calling Champion Scott Ellis joins us this week to give us several tactics and strategies to overcome the "running" gobbler. Also in this episode, Scott shares the subtle art of soft calling, jake/gobbler yelps, and using the kee kee run.  Listen In!
January 30, 2020
Introducing the New Turkey Hunter Podcast Co-Host This week, the new Turkey Hunter Podcast co-host is introduced and interviewed. We get to know the new co-host a little better and talk about where he is headed this coming spring on his quest for the US Super Slam as well as a little about some of the turkey hunting books that he has read in the recent past. Oh yeah, and you get to hear the story of how I heard my first gobbles of 2020 and saw my first strutting Toms of the year as well. Listen in!
January 30, 2020
Introducing the New Turkey Hunter Podcast Co-Host This week, the new Turkey Hunter Podcast co-host is introduced and interviewed. We get to know the new co-host a little better and talk about where he is headed this coming spring on his quest for the US Super Slam as well as a little about some of the turkey hunting books that he has read in the recent past. Oh yeah, and you get to hear the story of how I heard my first gobbles of 2020 and saw my first strutting Toms of the year as well. Listen in!
January 23, 2020
The First Turkey Soup Episode of the New Year Listen in as I share turkey and turkey hunting news that you need to know this week.  In the news this week is Missouri, Iowa, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Pennsylvania, New York, New Hampshire, Maryland, Louisiana, Arkansas, Kansas, Nebraska, Idaho, Wyoming, Minnesota, Tennessee, and probably one or two states that I can't remember right now. This is the time of year when permit applications open, quota hunt application periods open, and states release their turkey season dates and bag limits. There really is too much information in this episode to skip it, especially if you plan on a turkey hunting trip out of state.
January 23, 2020
The First Turkey Soup Episode of the New Year Listen in as I share turkey and turkey hunting news that you need to know this week.  In the news this week is Missouri, Iowa, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Pennsylvania, New York, New Hampshire, Maryland, Louisiana, Arkansas, Kansas, Nebraska, Idaho, Wyoming, Minnesota, Tennessee, and probably one or two states that I can't remember right now. This is the time of year when permit applications open, quota hunt application periods open, and states release their turkey season dates and bag limits. There really is too much information in this episode to skip it, especially if you plan on a turkey hunting trip out of state.
January 16, 2020
2020 Unicoi Custom Turkey Call Makers Show Interviews This week is all about the 2020 Unicoi Custom Turkey Call Makers Show in Helen, GA. I walk you through my weekend at the show, and I run some of the turkey calls that I got while at Unicoi. I also have several interviews for you from some of the vendors at the show like Mark Prudhomme and Larry Proffitt, just to name a couple. Mark Sharpe and Russell Beard do a phenomenal job putting this show together, and I am pleased to bring a little piece of the show back home to play for you guys on this week's episode. Listen in!
January 16, 2020
2020 Unicoi Custom Turkey Call Makers Show Interviews This week is all about the 2020 Unicoi Custom Turkey Call Makers Show in Helen, GA. I walk you through my weekend at the show, and I run some of the turkey calls that I got while at Unicoi. I also have several interviews for you from some of the vendors at the show like Mark Prudhomme and Larry Proffitt, just to name a couple. Mark Sharpe and Russell Beard do a phenomenal job putting this show together, and I am pleased to bring a little piece of the show back home to play for you guys on this week's episode. Listen in!
January 9, 2020
2020 NWTF Convention and Sport Show Preview with Pete Muller This week I have Pete Muller with the NWTF on the show to speak about the upcoming NWTF Convention and Sport Show happening February 13 - February 15, 2020 in Nashville, TN.  Pete shares with us the huge change the NWTF has for this year's show regarding the dates of the show. He also lets us know about the details of the calling contests, the auctions, the dinners, the parties, and much more. If you plan on attending the 2020 NWTF Convention and Sport Show in Nashville in the next month or so, then you'll want to listen in.
January 9, 2020
2020 NWTF Convention and Sport Show Preview with Pete Muller This week I have Pete Muller with the NWTF on the show to speak about the upcoming NWTF Convention and Sport Show happening February 13 - February 15, 2020 in Nashville, TN.  Pete shares with us the huge change the NWTF has for this year's show regarding the dates of the show. He also lets us know about the details of the calling contests, the auctions, the dinners, the parties, and much more. If you plan on attending the 2020 NWTF Convention and Sport Show in Nashville in the next month or so, then you'll want to listen in.
January 2, 2020
2020 Goals and Listener Survey This week I reflect back on my 2019 turkey hunting goals and share my 2020 goals with you. I also share my goals about the podcast with you as well. My favor this week is to ask for your help giving me feedback on the show by taking the listener survey. Listen in!
January 2, 2020
2020 Goals and Listener Survey This week I reflect back on my 2019 turkey hunting goals and share my 2020 goals with you. I also share my goals about the podcast with you as well. My favor this week is to ask for your help giving me feedback on the show by taking the listener survey. Listen in!
December 26, 2019
Final 3 Interviews with Nominees for NWTF National Board of Directors This week I am bringing you the final 3 interviews with the nominees for the NWTF National Board of Directors. I interview Mike Evans from Oklahoma, Bryan Perry from North Carolina, and Parks Shackleford from Virginia on the show this week to find out more about them and why they are running for the national board of directors for the NWTF. Listen in and get your votes in before the January 3, 2020 deadline.
December 26, 2019
Final 3 Interviews with Nominees for NWTF National Board of Directors This week I am bringing you the final 3 interviews with the nominees for the NWTF National Board of Directors. I interview Mike Evans from Oklahoma, Bryan Perry from North Carolina, and Parks Shackleford from Virginia on the show this week to find out more about them and why they are running for the national board of directors for the NWTF. Listen in and get your votes in before the January 3, 2020 deadline.
December 19, 2019
Interviews with 3 NWTF National Board of Directors Nominees This week I interview 3 of the nominees for the NWTF National Board of Directors. These 3 gentlemen have the opportunity to help plan out the course for the National Wild Turkey Federation for the next several years.  For those of us who are members of the NWTF, choosing the best board members is crucial to the mission, and success of, the NWTF. My first interview is with Joe Judd who is from Shelburne, Massachusetts. My second interview is with Joe Foster from McCammon, Idaho. And, my last interview is with Nelson Estess from Magnolia, Mississippi. Not only do I ask these guys why they are running for the board of directors, but I twist their arms into sharing a turkey hunting story with us as well. Listen in!
December 19, 2019
Interviews with 3 NWTF National Board of Directors Nominees This week I interview 3 of the nominees for the NWTF National Board of Directors. These 3 gentlemen have the opportunity to help plan out the course for the National Wild Turkey Federation for the next several years.  For those of us who are members of the NWTF, choosing the best board members is crucial to the mission, and success of, the NWTF. My first interview is with Joe Judd who is from Shelburne, Massachusetts. My second interview is with Joe Foster from McCammon, Idaho. And, my last interview is with Nelson Estess from Magnolia, Mississippi. Not only do I ask these guys why they are running for the board of directors, but I twist their arms into sharing a turkey hunting story with us as well. Listen in!
December 12, 2019
Bone Collectors Seminar from 2019 NWTF Convention This week, I am sharing the Bone Collectors Seminar from the 2019 NWTF Convention and Sport Show in Nashville. Listen in!
December 5, 2019
Post Thanksgiving Turkey Soup This week, I have another turkey soup episode for you guys.  This is the time of year when spring turkey tag application periods open in some states, and knowing the dates of those application periods is important. So, this week we talk about a couple of those states where the period has opened, or will be opening soon. This is also the time of year when some states ask for input from hunters about proposed regulation changes regarding season dates and bag limits. If your state government is asking for your input, then by all means you should give it to them. Some states have already released their harvest statistics for their fall 2019 turkey seasons, and we will talk about the results of some of those seasons. Listen in!
November 28, 2019
Jeff Budz Traveling Seminar from 2019 NWTF Convention This week I am playing Jeff Budz seminar on traveling and turkey hunting from the 2019 NWTF Convention in Nashville this past February.  There is lots of great information in this seminar that anyone who travels to turkey hunt or wants to start traveling to turkey hunt can use.  Listen in!
November 21, 2019
2020 Unicoi Turkey Call Makers Show Preview This week, I have Mark Sharpe on the show to talk about the upcoming 2020 Unicoi Turkey Call Makers Show at the Unicoi State Park in Helen, GA. The show will be held January 10 - 11, 2020. Mark gives us a preview of the show so we will know what to expect when we get there. I can tell you that if the 2020 show is anything like the 2019 show, then it will be one you will not want to miss. Not only are there custom turkey calls everywhere in the room that you can pick up, run, and purchase to take home with you, but there are hundreds of like-minded turkey hunting fools in the group as well. This is a show that any die hard turkey hunter needs to attend at least once, and a trip to Unicoi will certainly be worth the time and effort to get there. Listen in to this week's show, and then come see me in Helen, GA in January of 2020.
November 14, 2019
More Shotgun Choke Talk with Mike Ponder This week I have Mike Ponder with Indian Creek Shooting Systems on the show so I can share with him the results of my time at the range before turkey season started this past spring. I switched over to an Indian Creek choke for my 12 gauge "Black Death" with TSS shells and improved not only my pattern but my point of impact as well. My pattern density improved by a whopping 50% with the Indian Creek choke. In my Remington 870 20 gauge with TSS shells, my pattern improved by 15%.  Listen in as I share my results with Mike and get his input on my results.
November 7, 2019
PreThanksgiving Turkey Soup This week, I have some wild turkey news for you. I have a bunch of news from Pennsylvania, and I have some news from Tennessee, Missouri, Maryland, and West Virginia. I also share part of an interesting article published on thespokesman.com website about the history of the wild turkey/human relationship, and I let you know how to find the entire article. It is a pretty fascinating read. I also tell the story about getting my new favorite turkey call in the mail a couple of weeks ago, and I give a shout out to our veterans. Listen in!
November 7, 2019
PreThanksgiving Turkey Soup This week, I have some wild turkey news for you. I have a bunch of news from Pennsylvania, and I have some news from Tennessee, Missouri, Maryland, and West Virginia. I also share part of an interesting article published on thespokesman.com website about the history of the wild turkey/human relationship, and I let you know how to find the entire article. It is a pretty fascinating read. I also tell the story about getting my new favorite turkey call in the mail a couple of weeks ago, and I give a shout out to our veterans. Listen in!
October 31, 2019
Replay of Winter Turkey Hunting with Rob Keck This week, I am replaying the interview I did several years ago with Rob Keck about winter turkey hunting. When I ran into Rob at the ATA show in Louisville, KY, I asked him to come on the show, and I told him I would email him a few topics to choose from for our call. He said he didn't need any topics that he already knew what he wanted to talk about. That topic he wanted to talk about is late winter turkey hunting, and Rob has some amazing stories about his trips to Kansas for some winter turkey hunts. Listen in and see if you can pickup some tips that may help you to plan a successful trip for a winter turkey hunt.
October 24, 2019
Why We Hunt Seminar with Brenda Valentine This week, I'm playing the Why We Hunt seminar with Brenda Valentine from the 2019 NWTF Convention in Nashville. During the seminar Brenda recommends we hunters come up with a one word answer to offer people who ask why we hunt. If you think about it, the question is much harder to answer than it seems to be on the surface. I also read an article that covers the results of a recent studies about the acceptability of hunting for people. The study sheds some light on answers we can give that more people can relate to when we are asked the question why we hunt. Listen in!
October 17, 2019
The Story of a Successful Fall Turkey Hunt This week, I have Cameron Weddington back on the show with us to share the story of his second fall turkey hunt and first fall harvest. Cameron killed a very beautiful and very huge gobbler with inch and five-eighths spurs and a ten and a quarter inch beard. In addition to the fact that the turkey he harvested is a monster, Cameron was almost surrounded by 14 different gobblers during this hunt.  Listen in to hear the story of Cameron's first fall turkey and monster wild turkey gobbler.
October 10, 2019
A Conversation with a First Time Fall Turkey Hunter This week, Cameron Weddington joins us to share a story of his recent fall turkey hunt - his first fall turkey hunt.  Cameron describes the action that took place during his hunt along with his first experience with coyote backstraps. Listen in as we discuss Trichinosis, wild turkeys, coyotes, shotguns, and crossbows.
October 3, 2019
A Textbook New Hampshire Turkey Hunt This week I'm bringing you my final spring turkey hunt of 2019. This hunt was a very exciting hunt and really played out just like we play out hunts in our heads over and over before turkey season starts. These turkeys came in to some soft calling not long after flydown, and the flock ran off minus one turkey.  Listen in and enjoy the final spring 2019 turkey hunt.
September 26, 2019
A Backup Pot of Turkey Soup This week a little technical difficulty prevented me from bringing you the final turkey hunt from my big spring trip. So, I had to cook something up for you guys, and that something this week is turkey soup. States we cover this week include New Hampshire, Missouri, Maine, Iowa, Kansas, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Connecticut, Virginia, Arizona, and North Carolina. We talk about upcoming fall seasons, fall seasons currently open, applying for permits and tags for spring and fall seasons, record book 5 spurred turkeys, hunting approval ratings, and outlaws. Listen in!
September 19, 2019
An Awesome New Hampshire Turkey Hunt This week I have some really incredible audio from a hunt from this past spring in New Hampshire. This hunt took place on the same piece of property that Chip killed his turkey on earlier, and it is really fun to listen to.  This hunt has lots of hen talk, lots of gobbler talk, and will make you wish you were sitting against a big oak tree right now with a shotgun in your hands. Listen in and enjoy!
September 12, 2019
A New Hampshire Turkey Story This week I have another turkey hunting story for you. This time from New Hampshire as my long time friend Chip tags an odd looking NH turkey our first day there. Chip's hunt was a strange one, and we turkey hunters just have to take what we can get sometimes. Listen in as I describe the property we are hunting and the early morning of our first day in the New Hampshire turkey woods.
September 5, 2019
Matt Morrett's Decoy Seminar from 2019 NWTF Convention This week I have the decoy seminar from the 2019 NWTF Convention in Nashville that was presented by Matt Morrett. Matt covers a multitude of topics including decoys (of course), calling, scouting, patterning guns, henned up gobblers, and much more during his hour and 20 plus minute seminar. Listen in to Matt and learn and laugh a little.
August 29, 2019
End of Summer Turkey Soup This week we are talking wild turkey news from New Hampshire, Vermont, Virginia, Florida, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Idaho, and Massachusetts. I share stories of record spring turkey harvests, upcoming fall turkey season openers, hunter input on proposed turkey hunting regulation changes, and there's even a little news of the weird. Our news of the weird this week includes a proposed 6 month long fall/winter season in southern Idaho and a story of wild turkeys terrorizing a senior community in Florida. Listen in!
August 22, 2019
A Vermont Turkey Hunt This week, I'm sharing my Vermont turkey hunt with you. This hunt was a great deal tougher than my hunt in Maine. These Vermont turkeys had been pressured a fair amount, and they acted a good bit like an Alabama wild turkey. This ended up being a great hunt with plenty of highs and lows and turkey encounters.  Listen in and learn about one new tool that I've added to my turkey hunting gear that helped make a difference with my Vermont turkey.
August 15, 2019
A Timely Replay of the Habitat Management Interview with Grant Woods This week I have a replay of the Habitat Management Interview with Grant Woods just in time as many of you guys prepare to plant food plots to get ready for deer and fall turkey seasons. This interview has quite a few food plot tips in it as well as general tips on how to manage our hunting properties for wild turkeys. Listen in as Grant shares his knowledge and experience with us in hopes that we can make our properties be wild turkey meccas.
August 15, 2019
A Timely Replay of the Habitat Management Interview with Grant Woods This week I have a replay of the Habitat Management Interview with Grant Woods just in time as many of you guys prepare to plant food plots to get ready for deer and fall turkey seasons. This interview has quite a few food plot tips in it as well as general tips on how to manage our hunting properties for wild turkeys. Listen in as Grant shares his knowledge and experience with us in hopes that we can make our properties be wild turkey meccas.
August 8, 2019
An Interview with a New Turkey Hunter with Judy Camuso This week, I have an awesome interview with Judy Camuso who is the Commissioner of the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife for the state of Maine.  Judy is actually new to the sport of hunting, and her reason for participating in the sport came from her want to include more organic sources of animal protein in her diet. I speak with her about her first successful turkey hunt, her entry into the sport of hunting, her previous vegetarian lifestyle, and of course her work. Listen in to this week's interview with Judy to learn a few more talking points that can help us convince those who may be curious about hunting to venture out into the woods with us this coming fall, winter, and spring.
August 8, 2019
An Interview with a New Turkey Hunter with Judy Camuso This week, I have an awesome interview with Judy Camuso who is the Commissioner of the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife for the state of Maine.  Judy is actually new to the sport of hunting, and her reason for participating in the sport came from her want to include more organic sources of animal protein in her diet. I speak with her about her first successful turkey hunt, her entry into the sport of hunting, her previous vegetarian lifestyle, and of course her work. Listen in to this week's interview with Judy to learn a few more talking points that can help us convince those who may be curious about hunting to venture out into the woods with us this coming fall, winter, and spring.
August 1, 2019
The Future of Hunting Seminar from 2019 NWTF Convention This week I'm playing the recording of The Future of Hunting Seminar put on by Cuz Strickland, Jimmy Primos, Matt Morrett, Fred Zink, and Jeremiah Dowdy from the 2019 NWTF Convention and Sport Show in Nashville. There is much discussion of the decrease in the number of licensed hunters in this country and ways that we hunters can bring more people into the sport so that it will continue to thrive. Listen in, put on your thinking caps to find a way that we can get new hunters involved, and take action.
July 25, 2019
Mainely Turkeys This week, I'm sharing my hunt from Maine with you guys.  This is a pretty strange hunt in regards to where it took place and how it went down.  Listen in as Chip and I mark another state off of our list of states needed to complete our Super Slams.
July 18, 2019
Scott Ellis Seminar from 2019 NWTF Convention This week, I am sharing the seminar from the Scott Ellis Seminar called "Setting the Mood" from the 2019 NWTF Convention in Nashville, TN. In this seminar, Scott discusses how he approaches calling scenarios from starting off soft and subtle to moving towards a more vocal, aggressive, and demanding calling style. Scott also discusses an alternative to how we call to henned up toms. We also get to hear some calling examples during Scott's presentation, and a lengthy question and answer session. Listen in.
July 11, 2019
A Giant New York Wild Turkey This week, I share the story of my 2nd New York wild turkey hunt.  We spotted this turkey with some hens and jakes in a hay field on a hillside. After relocating we found ourselves set up about 75 yards from the turkey with the guide float calling behind us using jake and hen calling. This was an interesting hunt with a huge double bearded turkey on the ground after the shot. Listen in and enjoy!
July 4, 2019
Happy Birthday Merica Turkey Soup This week, I bring us all up to date on turkey and turkey hunting news, and I chat with Steve Stoltz about his 2019 spring turkey hunting season. Mississippi, Alabama, Idaho, Michigan, Wisconsin, and North Carolina are some of the states in this week's turkey soup. Listen in!
June 27, 2019
Phillip Vanderpool Q&A Seminar from 2019 NWTF Convention This week I have the Phillip Vanderpool seminar from the 2019 NWTF Convention in Nashville, TN. Phillip filled in on very short notice for Ray Eye during the convention due to Ray's leaving the show to tend to an emergency at home. Due to the short notice that Phillip had to fill in, he did not have his usual video presentation so he hosted a Q&A seminar with questions coming from the audience. Listen in as Phillip covers hunting from blinds, bowhunting turkeys, fall turkey hunting, decoys, mid day hunting, and many other topics.
June 20, 2019
Early Summer Turkey Soup This week I try to catch us all up on some turkey hunting news - after what, in retrospect, sounds like a little bit of a rant. In this week's news is Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Rhode Island, Ohio, Arkansas, Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, Nebraska, and Wisconsin turkey hunting harvest results and announcements of brood surveys being conducted. I also make mention of truly custom turkey calls made by Primos and turkey socks designed by yours truly - yep, turkey socks. Listen in!
June 13, 2019
Apple Orchard Turkey This week I tell the story, and share the audio of, my first New York state turkey.  This was a rather odd hunt - at least the first 1/2 of the hunt anyway - but it turned out to be an exceptional hunt when all of the dust settled. In our first setup we were skirted by 3 toms and several hens who did not come into view for me, but were standing about 5 feet from my buddy Chip. In our second setup, some hen and jake calling brought this 2 year old turkey close enough for a shot, and my New York tag was filled. Listen in for some great hunt audio and a pretty entertaining turkey hunting story as well.
June 6, 2019
The Cow Manure Turkey with Preston Pittman This week, Preston Pittman joins me to share the unbelievable story of a turkey hunt that took place in a 60 acre cow pasture.  This story will make you stop and ask yourself if you could do what it takes to kill a wild turkey the way that Preston did this one.  Preston and I also discuss TSS, whether he thinks turkey hunting will cycle and we will lose some turkey hunters due to poor quality of turkey hunting, and more. Listen in!
May 30, 2019
A Turkey Hunting Trip for the Ages with Hunt Audio This week I highlight my recent annual out of state turkey hunt with my buddies from college where we wreaked havoc on the wild turkeys in New England. I also play audio from one of the hunts that we had on that trip. On this trip, we visited New York, Vermont, Maine, and New Hampshire. We had an amazing experience traveling and hunting the beautiful countryside in the northeast. The wild turkeys were plentiful in the areas we hunted, and we were fortunate enough to have had several exciting hunts. Listen in and enjoy the experience with us.
May 23, 2019
Turkey Hunting Trip Planning Time This week, I have a replay for you where I talk about planning a budget out of state turkey hunting trip. Now is the time to start planning your trips - at least the bare minimums of what state(s) and dates. From there it is a matter of really nailing down the details of where you are going within those states, where you will stay while hunting, and what you may do with any downtime - like lobster in Maine. Listen in, and get started planning your 2020 turkey hunting trips.
May 16, 2019
Hen Fight!!! A West Virginia Turkey Hunt This week, my buddy Zach Lucas shares with us the story of and audio from an awesome turkey hunt that we were on in West Virginia this past Saturday.  The hunt had a little bit of everything that we turkey hunters love. There was lots of hen talk, gobbling, strutting, fighting, shooting, and fun all wrapped up into one hunt.  Listen in as I check off one more state in my quest for 49!
May 9, 2019
Turkey Science vs Turkey Fiction with Mike Chamberlain In this week's episode, I have Mike Chamberlain on the show to pick apart some of the propaganda floating around social media about a few of the reasons that turkey hunters attribute the decline to in turkey populations. We discuss prescribed fire (more specifically, growing season burns), predators, hogs, nest parasites and hosts, the human factor, season lengths, bag limits. Mike also shares the story of his most recent successful turkey hunt with us. This is an episode that I'm pretty sure we can all learn a little something about our favorite game bird, the wild turkey. Listen in!
May 2, 2019
A Good Ending to a Weird Season Today, I'm sharing my final hunt of Alabama's 2019 turkey season with you.  As Colonel Tom Kelly so accurately and eloquently stated in his book, Better on a Rising Tide, “Turkey hunting is a magical, intellectual, tactical exercise conducted out of doors.  It is a personal, contemplative sport, and does not require the production of a dead turkey to be classified as a success.” I sometimes wonder if we turkey hunters use that line or thought to justify our blunders or lack of success in the woods. But the truth always comes back to my mind soon after having those thoughts. The truth is a successful turkey hunt is what we want it to be. For me, I crave the interaction with the bird. Knowing that I can cause him to respond with a gobble or drumming or maybe even change his course, even if only briefly. When I get that interaction with a wild turkey, for me, that is a successful turkey hunt. Listen in to today's show. It was a very exciting hunt, if only for a very brief period of time. But, it was a hunt that I learned a few things from as well - mainly about the turkeys on my hunting property.
April 25, 2019
An End Around Turkey Story This is the story of another catch and release turkey hunt from my 2019 turkey season. Listen in as my buddy, Drew, and I chase after a hard gobbling Eastern on our home turf in Alabama. You probably will be amazed about the story of the crazy hen that we dealt with for the better part of the morning as well. It was a great hunt and a pile of fun. I hope you enjoy it.
April 18, 2019
A Catch and Release Turkey Hunt This week I share the story and audio of a hunt with no shots fired. This is a very exciting hunt with 2 new turkey hunters with good gobbling and a pretty interesting twist to it. There is also a challenge issued to you guys listening. After hearing the audio of the hunt, can you tell me what I did wrong during this hunt? If you think you know what I did wrong during the hunt, then shoot me an email. The first person to submit the correct error will receive a Strut Commander maintenance free box call.  Listen in.
April 11, 2019
A Mississippi Turkey Hunting Story This week I have my buddy Evan Murphy on the show to talk about our successful turkey hunt in Mississippi. Thanks to Evan for helping me to mark Mississippi off of my list of states that I need to kill a turkey in. We had a great and unique hunt together.  Listen in!
April 4, 2019
Back on the Board in Bama This week, I have Scott McDonald on the show to share the details of our successful Alabama turkey hunt and to play the audio of that file. Scott also briefly shares his story of his successful hunt on public land in Georgia and which states he plans to hunt this spring to move closer to completing his Super Slam.
March 28, 2019
Mississippi Public Land Turkey This week, I replay a hunt from opening weekend in Mississippi on public land with Cameron Weddington, the former Turkey Hunter podcast intern. Cameron and I tackled public land in Mississippi on opening weekend of their 2019 turkey season, and we had some very good luck.  In this episode, Cameron and I share the story of the hunt and talk about some things that happened that really stuck out to us as some reasons why the hunt was a success. Listen in!
March 21, 2019
Soft Calling with Scott Ellis This week, Scott Ellis joins me to talk about soft calling turkeys. Soft calling is a form of calling we all need to master in order to work turkeys into close range effectively. In the interview, we talk about calls that are not turkey vocalizations, how to change the mood of a Tom, and different scenarios when we can use soft calling techniques. For the icing on the cake, Scott shares the story of his most recent turkey hunt with us. Listen in!
March 14, 2019
Competition Turkey Calling with Steve Stoltz This week, Steve Stoltz with Woodhaven Custom Calls joins me on the show to talk about competition turkey calling.  We discuss how someone who is interested in competition calling can get into the sport, and we also discuss the differences in competition calling and calling while hunting.  I ask Steve in the interview who is the tougher judge a 4 year old public land turkey or the human judges on the panel of any given contest. Steve demonstrates some calling for us and shows us the difference between calling and calling with emotions. Listen in!
March 7, 2019
All About Turkey Chokes with Mike Ponder with Indian Creek Shooting Systems This week, I have Mike Ponder, one of the founders of Indian Creek Shooting Systems, on the show to chat about shotgun chokes for turkey hunting. We talk about shotgun chokes in their simplest form, the advantages of an extended choke and a ported choke. We also discuss how chokes help to separate the wad from the shot when a shell is fired which helps to result in a more consistent pattern from the gun.  We cover TSS and how it is revolutionizing the hunting industry in allowing hunters to use lighter sub gauges for turkey hunting compared to the guns we were shooting to achieve the same results 10 years ago.  Listen in and give some thought as to whether or not you are shooting the choke that best suits your hunting style.
February 28, 2019
226 - 2019 NWTF Convention One Question Interviews with the Pros What would your approach be for hunting a henned up Tom if you could not make the boss hen angry enough to want to fight you and bring that Tom with her and right to your gun barrel? That is our 1 question that we asked many pros while we were at the NWTF Convention and Sport Show in Nashville this month. We got some great answers, and I've picked up a new strategy or two to try out myself in the process of interviewing these guys. This episode has tons of great tips and information from turkey killers like Billy Yargus, Preston Pittman, Steve Stoltz, Jimmy Primos, Eddie Salter, Ernie Calandrelli, Cuz Strickland, Phillip Vanderpool, and Chris Parrish. Listen in and take some notes because I know you are going to love the information in this episode.
February 21, 2019
2019 NWTF Convention and Sport Show Recap This week I recap my entire weekend at the NWTF Convention and Sport Show in Nashville, TN.  I have highlights of seminars that I recorded as well as interviews with some of the exhibitors who were at the show with their new turkey hunting products. Jimmy Primos, Cuz Strickland, Matt Morrett, Eddie Salter, Brenda Valentine, Scott Ellis, Michael Waddell, T-Bone, Nick Mundt, and Jeff Budz are just some of the many turkey hunting celebs who are on this week's episode.  This week's show is chocked full of information that you will find entertaining and useful as well. Listen in!
February 14, 2019
A Trumpet Caller Playing Lesson with Mark Sharpe So, I'm still trying to be more consistent with my playing of the trumpet caller, and I knew that I needed some help and some pointers about how to improve my calling with it. So, I knew I would be in pretty good hands if I could trick Mark Sharpe into giving me a lesson on running a trumpet caller.  Mark agreed to help me, and we thought that he could also help all of you guys as well. Listen in as Mark gives me some tips that have helped me become more consistent with the trumpet, but I really believe can help us all be better at calling wild turkeys.
February 7, 2019
Setting Up on a Wild Turkey with Will Primos This week, I have Will Primos on the show to talk about the very important topic of properly setting up on a wild turkey hunt. We discuss distance, approach, picking a spot to sit, standing, setting up on a field's edge, decoys, setting up in unfamiliar woods, and many more topics. Listen in to one of the nicest guys in the hunting industry and see if he knows a thing or two about setting up on a wild turkey hunt that will benefit you this coming spring season.
January 31, 2019
222 - Dear Turkey Killer - A Rough Draft So, I recently started putting together a list of actions and items that I need to do before, during, and after turkey season - a turkey hunting to do list. This season, I don't want my usual screw ups to mess up a hunt or two the early part of season like normally happens. So, I put together a list of items and actions that I need to take in order to correct those issues before they ever happen.  The letter is full of turkey hunting tips and reminders of don't do this, do that, don't do this, etc. I read that letter - my turkey hunting To Do and action list - in this week's episode.  Listen in!
January 24, 2019
Another Turpin Interview from Unicoi Turkey Call Makers Show This week I am playing the interview from the 2019 Unicoi Turkey Call Makers Show in Helen, GA with Doug Morgan and Richard Hudson. Doug and Richard are two custom call makers who make the Turpin style box calls. I ask Doug and Richard what makes their calls different, how they got started making these calls, and if they make any other style turkey calls. Listen in to Doug, Richard, and me talking turkeys, turkey hunting, and Turpin style box calls.
January 17, 2019
2019 Unicoi Turkey Call Makers Show Recap and Interviews This week I recap the 2019 Unicoi Turkey Call Makers Show at the Unicoi State Park near Helen, Georgia. The show lasted 2 days and featured some of the premiere custom turkey call makers in the country. Most of the turkey calls on display and for purchase were not only works of art, but pure turkey as well. In this episode, I speak a little about the show and I play some of the interviews conducted with some of the call makers and others who had booths at the show, including Mike Giles, Dan Harris, and Russell Beard. In next week's episode, I'll bring the interview that I conducted with Doug Martin and Richard Hudson.  I also share a little turkey soup in this week's episode.  Listen in and learn more about the 2019 Unicoi Turkey Call Makers Show and some phenomenal turkey call makers.
January 10, 2019
Unicoi Turkey Call Maker and NWTF Convention and Sports Shows Previews This week, I speak with Mark Sharpe and Pete Muller on the show. Turkey call maker, Mark Sharpe joins us to talk about the upcoming Unicoi Turkey Call Maker Show in Helen, GA on January 11 and 12, 2019. This show features some of the best turkey call makers in the country and attendees can speak with the call makers, attend seminars, enjoy a buffet dinner, and submerge themselves in their love for the wild turkeys with many like minded folks. Pete Muller with the NWTF joins us to talk about the upcoming 2019 NWTF Convention and Sports Show to be held in Nashville, TN from February 13 - February 17, 2019. This show is the main attraction for turkey hunters as there will be hundreds of exhibitors selling and showcasing products ranging from turkey hunts to turkey hunting totes and everything in between. This show also features seminars, parties, auctions, dinners, concerts, and much more. Listen in to learn more about each of these 2 shows and make plans to be there.
January 3, 2019
Scouting and CyberScouting Public Land In this episode, I discuss the topic suggestions presented by Matt Wood about knowing where to start to scout large pieces of public land for wild turkeys and also cyber-scouting large pieces of public land for wild turkeys. I talk about using Google Earth, GIS, and the OnX app to locate areas that may hold wild turkeys and what to look for using Google Earth and OnX on public lands in a variety of habitats across the country. I also share my personal experiences using OnX on a couple of out of state hunts on public land during the spring of 2018. Listen in!
December 27, 2018
2019 Turkey Season Goals and Turkey Soup Appetizer This week I discuss my goals for my 2019 spring turkey season and for The Turkey Hunter podcast. Some of these goals carry over from previous years, and I feel like this is the year they get marked off the list. I also share a little turkey news for you guys as the time for us to apply for permits and limited opportunity hunts is approaching and closing.  Listen in!
December 20, 2018
Interviews with NWTF Board of Directors Candidates Today, I have the final 2 interviews for the NWTF Board of Directors Candidates for you.  In this episode is my interview with Don Erbert from Kansas. Don tells us why he is running for the NWTF Board of Directors and why he deserves one of our 3 votes. I also interview Kent Danjanovich from Utah in this episode. Kent also tells us why he is running for the NTWF Board and why he deserves one of our 3 votes. Listen in, and use this opportunity to decide which 3 candidates you will vote for. Oh, and by the way, if you are not currently a member of the NWTF, then what are you waiting for? The NWTF is THE organization working to preserve our hunting heritage.
December 13, 2018
Interview with NWTF Board of Directors Candidate and Some Turkey Soup This week, I have Shane Alexander who is running for the NWTF Board of Directors on the show to talk about his candidacy. This is a great opportunity to meet Shane and get to know him a little.  We also talk about his reason for wanting to be on the Board of Directors for the NWTF, and I ask him why we should cast one of our 3 votes for him.  After our business talk, I get Shane to share a turkey hunting story with us. I also serve up a heaping helping of turkey soup as well. We talk about turkey news in Missouri, South Dakota, Oregon, West Virginia, Ohio, Massachusetts, Utah, Illinois, Mississippi, Tennessee, and New Brunswick. Listen in!
December 6, 2018
2018 NWTF Board of Directors Candidates Interviews Part 1 This week, I have interviews with 2 of the 6 candidates who are running for the NWTF Board of Directors. Board members serve 3 year terms, and their role is crucial to the mission of the NWTF. We, as members of the NWTF, owe it to ourselves and the organization to vote for the 3 candidates that we feel are most qualified. My plan is to bring you interviews with each of the candidates who are running for the board this year.  Listen in and learn more about Sherry Crumley and Robert "Doc" Dettmer and hear a couple of good turkey hunting stories as well.
November 29, 2018
3 Random Turkey Hunting Topics This week, I have another episode of Turkey Mulligan Stew for you. This is just a hodge podge of random turkey hunting topics taken from suggestions from you, the listeners. This week, I talk about turkey shotguns. More specifically, I talk about black shotguns vs camo shotguns, barrel length, and 3" chambers vs 3.5" chambers. I also discuss modifications and customizations we can make to our turkey hunting decoys. From painting or repainting them to butchering them and making our own modified version of what we want a turkey decoy to look like. In addition to these topics, I also discuss portable ground blinds for running and gunning turkey hunting. I mention several different manufacturers of these blinds and talk about the pros and cons of them as well. Listen in!
November 22, 2018
Budget Friendly Out of State Turkey Hunts This week, I'm discussing budget friendly out of state turkey hunts. This topic was suggested by Matt Wood some time back, and I hate that I haven't talked about it until now.  We are talking about budget friendly out of state turkey hunts. Mainly, the travel, license, lodging, and food part of those hunts.  Listen in as I offer some suggestions on ways that we can save money when traveling out of state in pursuit of extended turkey hunting seasons, Grand Slams, or Super Slams.
November 15, 2018
Box Call Magic Seminar with Will Primos from 2018 NWTF Convention In this week's episode I have the Box Call Magic seminar from the 2018 NWTF Convention and Sports Show in Nashville. This is a very informative seminar put on by Will Primos where he discusses many different box call calling tips and how to care for calls as well. Listen in!
November 8, 2018
Turkey Mulligan Stew This week, I discuss a couple of show topic suggestions made by longtime listener to the show, Joe Kosalko.  These topics are, by themselves, not long enough to make an entire episode on their own. But, by combining more than one of the topics into one episode, there is plenty to cover in a weekly episode.  So, this week, I'm talking about how to safely and practically circle a Tom that is uncooperative. I also am talking about things that we can do to minimize our presence on the turkeys that we hunt while in the woods.  This is a turkey mulligan stew. Listen in! I hope you enjoy it!
November 1, 2018
Healthy Heaping of Turkey Soup This week I have for you another healthy sized helping of turkey soup.  I talk about Pennsylvania's Wild Turkey plan, rifle hunting wild turkeys in South Dakota, a hunting accident that is not really a hunting accident (but it is), Vermont being overrun with wild turkeys, Arkansas' new wild turkey coordinator, turkey season updates, and wild turkeys riding motorcycles. Listen in!
October 25, 2018
Dissecting a Wingbone Caller with Mark Sharpe In this week's episode, I interview Mark Sharpe about wingbone turkey callers.  Wingbone callers have been around for hundreds of years, and making a wingbone caller is quite easy. Making a great sounding and very realistic wingbone caller is much more difficult. Mark Sharpe has mastered the art of wingbone turkey caller making. Not only do his callers sound great and realistic, but they are beautiful as well. In this interview, we talk about what makes a wingbone turkey caller such a great tool to have in our turkey hunting vests, 2 bone and 3 bone callers, hen bones vs gobbler bones, and how to choose good bones to use for making wingbone callers. Listen in!
October 18, 2018
Primos Seminar from 2018 NWTF Convention This week, I am playing the pot call magic seminar with Will Primos from the 2018 NWTF Convention in Nashville. There is some good information in this seminar for most of us turkey hunters. Will talks about pot calls, pot call maintenance, and calling tips using pot calls as well as some box call talk. Listen in!
October 11, 2018
A Hot Bowl of Turkey Soup In this week's episode, I share the story of my recent fishing trip to Guatemala. I also have some turkey soup for you. In the turkey soup this week, I talk about Zinke, OK, VT, NY, NH, IN, MA, WA, MS, OH, and KY. If you live in or nearby one of those states or you hunt public land, then you will want to listen to this week's episode. Listen in!
October 4, 2018
Turkey Dogging Seminar from 2018 NWTF Convention This week, I have the recording from the turkey dogging seminar from the 2018 NWTF Convention and Sports Show in Nashville. The seminar is really a panel of turkey doggers talking of their experiences in the woods with their turkey dogs hunting fall turkeys.  Those who are new to the sport of turkey hunting will enjoy learning more about turkey dogging, and those of us who are a little more experienced will enjoy many of the stories from the seminar. Listen in!
September 27, 2018
Planning a Single Season Grand Slam with Jeff Budz In this week's episode I talk to Jeff Budz, the King of Grand Slams, about taking on the challenge of a single season grand slam. We talk about the challenges, the rewards, the cost, and how to go about accomplishing the goal ourselves without an outfitter, as well as with an outfitter. Listen in to learn more about the challenge of a single season grand slam.
September 20, 2018
A Conversation with a New Turkey Dogger with Darrell Hall This week, I have listener Darrell Hall on the show to talk to us about little known sport of turkey dogging. Darrell is new to the sport, so I get to pick his brain about the why, when, and how's of how he got into the sport of turkey dogging. The interview is a great one because it is informative, interesting, and entertaining. Listen in!
September 13, 2018
Fall Turkey Hunting with Bob Fulcher In this week's episode, I interview Bob Fulcher regarding fall turkey hunting.  Bob is a wealth of knowledge about hunting fall turkeys. In this interview I ask him about using decoys in the fall, busting flocks, and hunting turkeys with dogs. We also talk about preferred fall food sources and scouting and identifying turkey sign. Listen in and up your fall turkey hunting success.
September 6, 2018
Grand National Turkey Calling Champions Panel In this week's episode, I am playing the Grand National Turkey Calling Champions Panel from the 2018 NWTF Convention and Sports Show in Nashville. This is a panel of 7 or 8 of the former Grand National Turkey Calling Champions sharing their knowledge of turkey callers, turkey calling, and turkey hunting. There are some great tips about turkey hunting to be picked up from the end of this week's episode. Imagine getting to pick the brain of a 300+ year old turkey hunter who had traveled all over the country chasing turkeys in the springs and falls. That is basically what you get from these 7 or 8 hunters. Listen in!
August 30, 2018
A First Turkey Story with Joey and Brody Toone This week I interview Joey Toone and his 10 year old son, Brody. Joey shares the story of the turkey he killed this past spring while hunting with Brody. This was no ordinary turkey! This was Joey's first turkey, and this second year hunter harvested his bird without the help of anyone else (other than his good luck charm, Brody, of course). Listen in to the story of Joey's first turkey!
August 23, 2018
Replay of One of My Favorite Episodes This week, I have a replay of one of my favorite episodes of 2018 for you guys as I'm on vacation with my family at the beach. Listen in to the replay of one of my hunts from this year that has some great audio clips from a wild turkey gobbler in it.
August 16, 2018
Alps Outdoorz Long Spur Turkey Vest Review This week I review the Alps Outdoorz Long Spur Turkey Vest that I purchased a couple of months ago.  I rate several aspects like comfort, fit, function, quality of construction, etc on a 10 scale, and I also give my overall rating on this interesting turkey hunting vest. Could this be the best turkey hunting vest for you? Listen in to hear more about the Alps Outdoorz Long Spur Turkey Vest.
August 9, 2018
My Most Memorable Misses In this week's episode, I relive the hunts of some of my most memorable misses.  I tell the story of the Green Mile turkey miss, where I watched the turkey come 200 yards straight down a road to me. I tell the story of my first miss - that one still breaks my heart! And, I share the story of my miss of one of my mentors - one of the two turkeys that taught me tons of turkey hunting and behavior lessons. Listen in!
August 2, 2018
More Turkey Soup and an Editorial This week, I found out that the state of Alabama's Conservation Advisory Board made a change to the opening day of the Alabama turkey hunting season for 2019 (and beyond).  I'm not very happy about the change and the lack of information available about the change. Listen in as I share my opinions of the Board's decision and as I offer a few suggestions myself that I feel like would be much more effective management of my favorite natural resource - the wild turkey.
July 26, 2018
Engaging with Anti Hunters with Blake Alma This week, I have Blake Alma on the show to chat with us about engaging anti hunters in person and on social media.  Most of the time, hunters are not the ones who are on social media stalking anti hunters. It usually is the other way around.  So, what do you do when an anti hunter finds and comments on that social media post that you've made or confronts you face to face? That is exactly what Blake Alma and I discuss on this week's episode.  Listen in and hear about some of the ways you can deal with anti hunters who verbally attack you.
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