In Search of Tom A Virginia Turkey Hunt

It was well into the third week of the Virginia fall turkey season when my buddy Olaf called; we decided to cut out of work early Friday afternoon and head towards his family’s farm in Fauquier County.  Olaf had been bitten by the turkey hunting bug since the season before, when he bagged his first gobbler with a bow, and has been obsessed with turkey hunting ever since.   

We got down to their farm late Friday afternoon, and as we got out of the car, we were greeted by Olaf’s family.  They told us that they had seen a couple of big turkeys down by the pond that was located just about 200 yards below the barn.  We rushed into the house and put on all of our camo gear, but by the time we got back out of the house, the birds had already begun to move up into the field behind the barns with some hens.  All we could do was sit and watch them work their way up to the woods and fly up to roost.  At least we knew where they were.  Even though we did not get to unleash an arrow, it was still an incredible sight to see on a cool fall evening.  After it got dark, we walked backed to the house where we found an incredible meal prepared by Olaf’s dad. 

We got some good footage of the turkeys from a trail cam that Olaf had set up a few weeks before, and we thought that one might have had a double beard, but it was hard to see in the pictures or video.  As soon as we stepped out of the old farm house on Saturday morning, we could hear thunderous gobbles beginning to erupt all around us.  We set up on the tip of a finger of the woods that jutted out into the field next to where the birds had come up to from the pond Friday night.  I started in with some soft yelps, to get their attention; as it got close to fly down time, I pulled the fly down call out of my bag of tricks.  A fly-down cackle is a good call to use to let gobbler know that a hen is on the ground.  As odd as it sounds, I always wait to use this call until I know the toms are on the ground.  It’s been my experience that a fly-down cackle often works best if the gobbler is already on the ground before you call.  Otherwise, a lazy tom may stay on the roost; waiting for what he thinks is a hen turkey to come to him before he flies down.

Soon after I made the fly down call, birds started running down from the ridge above and into the soybean field.  It was difficult to tell if they were toms or hens, but one bird in particular was very easy to make out.  This big tom landed towards the middle of the field and immediately went into full strut, puffing his chest out for all to see.  Through my binoculars I could clearly see not one, but two, nice, thick, long beards that were probably close to ten inches.  My heart pounded as I realized that this obese gobbler might be the biggest bird that I had seen in a few years.   

I let out a few yelps on the mouth call, and he broke strut and started trotting towards us.  He slowed down a bit, looked around, and started then to strut again; eventually, he worked his way over to our left to meet up with the second tom that had flown in right next to us, but had remained hidden behind a patch of bamboo trees.

As if this weren’t enough to focus on, the hens had moved to our right, and we were in the perfect position; toms to the left, hens to the right, decoys in the middle, and our bows nocked and ready.  I started in with some clucks and purrs on my glass slate call, and was immediately rewarded with ear drum, bone shaking gobbles.  It was clear that both birds were very close and coming even closer.  I put my call back in my pocket and grabbed my bow and got ready. 

By this time, both toms were now clearly in sight, and I was astonished at how fat they looked in full strut at 40 yards.  Everything was going just as planned; they were working their way towards the decoys that were 20 yards in front of us; when, suddenly, one of them stopped and raised his head nervously, and began looking around for signs of danger.  I thought at any moment he would turn and run, and that the other big tom would scurry off into the woods.

At that moment, I made a split-second decision.  I thought that they were no more than 35 yards, a shot I believed I could make.  I settled the sight pin on his body and released the arrow.  It felt like I swallowed my throat, when, to my bewilderedness, at the moment I released my arrow, he flew to the other edge of the field and sprinted into the woods, no worse for the wear.  I couldn’t believe that I had just shot right over top of the turkey.  I had blown my shot at possibly the biggest bird that I will ever see.  I was in complete disbelief. 

I had made one key mistake that morning.  I normally use my range finder to determine the exact distance from the decoys back to where I’m sitting, so I can better judge the distance when I cannot get to my range finder, or don’t want to make any excess movement.  I obviously forgot to do that, because I later ranged out to where the toms were, and it was 20 only yards.  Devastated, I had no clue what to do next, until we heard gobbles coming from the field at the top of a huge ridge.

It was quite a hike up to the top of the ridge to get to the field, but the sound of the gobbles getting closer and closer helped push my mind off the burning sensation coming from my thighs and calves.  As we neared the top of the road, sweat had soaked through all of my clothing.  As we got closer to the field where we thought they were, we decided to crawl the last 100 yards, or so, in case the birds were in sight of the entrance to the field.  It turns out the only thing that spotted our approach was a herd of horses who had escaped from a neighbor’s farm.

We glassed for the gobblers and found that the turkeys were on the opposite edge of the field.  I decided it would be best to stay on our side and attempt to call them to us, rather than take the chance of spooking them while trying to get closer.  I set the decoys out, and we melted into the brush a little ways from the edge of the field.

I threw out some sweet sounding yelps from my slate call, mixed in with some clucks and purrs.  I was answered by double gobbles, and watched as two toms began making their way towards us.  I threw in some KeeKee calls to see if I could get any more to answer.  After about five minutes of calling, we saw two white heads bobbing just on the other side of the hill.  The white heads soon materialized into two great looking long beards.  My heart started its usual dance as the pair looked towards the decoys and went into full strut.  They continued to work closer to us, but hung up at about 60 yards as turkeys all too often do.  They didn’t seem to like something about the decoys, and leisurely skirted past us, never coming closer than the 60 yards, no matter how much I pleaded with them.

Monday morning happened to be a holiday, so we had off and decided to stay at the farm an extra day to hunt.  We started on the opposite end of the farm where we had watched birds go to roost Saturday night.  We set up in the field where we expected them to fly down to, but that apparently wasn’t on their itinerary for the day.  They proceeded to fly down in the exact opposite direction into a cut power line and worked their way feeding up the ridge instead of moving our direction.

At this point, I was pissed, and was convinced I was going home empty handed.  We were unsure what our next move was, but figured that a weak plan was better than no plan.  We decided to head back up to the bluff in the hopes that there would still be a lonely long beard wandering around up there looking for the rest of the flock.

We were both pretty tired and worn out from hiking all across the farm, so we decided to take the Bad Boy Buggy half way up the bluff road and walk the rest.  As soon as we killed the engine on the cart, we heard another engine; it was the drone of a tractor working the very soybean field that we were headed towards.

We both had a sinking feeling that we were doomed, but as the tractor made its way to the far edge of the field and grew quiet, we both heard gobbles from the opposite end of the field.  We decided to go ahead and try our luck.  We glassed the birds in some open oaks a little ways off of the field, and set up on them.  I was able to coax just two gobbles, and a whole lot of hen talk, before the crowd went silent.  It was clear that the hens were not about to let some newcomer steal their boy from them, and moved off with the tom in toe.

I was even more pissed now, as we were once again at a loss as to what to do next.  In the meantime, the tractor had left after he finished pulling the soybeans.  A big part of me hoped that the turkeys would return, now that it was quiet, to feast on what the farmer had just left behind.

About that time, we heard a gobble from the corner of the field where the tractor had been working.  We decided to work our way around the edge of the field to where the bird was and try to be as inconspicuous as possible.  As we were about to crest a small rise in the field, Olaf put out his hand and stopped me dead in my tracks.  He had somehow spotted a tom fanned out in a corner of the field that was less than 100 yards away.  Thank goodness for his good eyes: two more steps and that tom would have busted us for sure!

We backed down the hill a ways and tucked into the woods.  Three yelps on the mouth call were answered quickly by a deep roaring gobble.  I slid the slate glass call from its pouch in my pocket, thinking this big guy was going to need some clucks and purrs to convince him to come in.  As I did, I let out a few more yelps on the mouth call and about jumped out of my skin when he let out a gobble that reverberated through me.  I realized he had already closed the distance more than half way and would be visible any second now. I set the slate glass down, and it was now “go time.”  This time, I remembered my range finder and I knew exactly what distance I was shooting. 

Just as I was about to draw, the big beautiful tom appeared in full strut, not but 20 yards away and pounded out two more gobbles.  I was in awe at how beautiful he looked in full strut, but quickly came to my senses as he stretched his neck out in search of the hen who had enticed him over with her sweet words.

I squeezed the trigger on my release, the arrow quickly found its mark in the bird, decapitating the bird and the big tom collapsed.  Olaf was the first to let out a hoot, and we commenced with back slapping and high-fives with giant smiles on our faces.  We marveled at the big tom lying in front of us and talked about how it had been such a roller coaster of emotions during the last day and a half of hunting.  The tom was a great bird with a ten inch beard and two inch spurs.  It weighed more than 25 pounds, though I didn’t get an accurate weight.  He was a great bird by anyone’s standards, and he tasted just fine.

Strut Your Stuff

Janesville, WI — Any seasoned turkey hunter will tell you that hunting wild turkeys can be tough, and at times down right frustrating.  It’s this degree of difficulty that attracts a countless number of hunters all over the world to take on wily gobblers each season. This is where being well prepared for the hunt with some solid practice under your belt becomes even more vital.  Truth is, you will not achieve better lifelike practice than with Rinehart’s new Woodland Strutting Turkey Target.

The new Strutting Turkey is the latest addition to Rinehart’s Woodland Series of archery targets, where every target is designed to take on an exceptional number of shots from both field points and broadheads with ease.  In fact, extended target life for the Woodland Strutting Turkey is a certainty thanks to the target’s high-density Signature Series foam core.  The rest of the body is constructed of Rinehart’s UV-resistant, long-lasting Woodland Foam and is designed with hand-painted details to replicate the real thing.  This includes a showcase of all feathers fully fanned on the gobbler (replicating an actual tom strutting in), plus a realistic size: height of 25.5-inches, length of 20-inches and a simulated weight of 14 pounds.

While the Strutting Turkey emulates a 14 pound gobbler, the target itself is actually quite lightweight which means it can be set up anywhere – in the backyard, on the range — virtually any place you’d like to simulate a strut zone.  Like all Rinehart 3-D Targets, arrow removal is simple and easy thanks to the animal core’s durable foam construction that can stop even the fastest arrows. Should the time ever come where countless hours of practice finally take its toll on the target, a quick pop in of a replacement core (sold separately) will make the target like new again.

The Rinehart Woodland Strutting Turkey Target has an MSRP of just $159.99.

Mossy Oak and ALPS Outdoorz

WEST POINT, MS – Mossy Oak and ALPS Outdoorz continue to support the National Wild Turkey Federation with turkey hunting gear featuring America’s No. 1 Turkey Hunting Camouflage, Mossy Oak Obsessionâ, the official camouflage of NWTF.
As a result of the collaborative partnership between ALPS and Mossy Oak, a variety of products are new for 2018 that serve to promote the NWTF and its mission, Save The Habitat. Save The Hunt.
New for 2018, in Mossy Oak’s NWTF Obsession and Bottomland camouflage patterns, is the NWTF Impact Vest.  The functional design of this new vest gives hunters a versatile, lightweight, sit-anywhere hunting vest – ready at the flip of a seat. The Impact Vest boasts numerous pockets for a variety of calls – a slate call pocket for two slate calls and three strikers, a silent box call pocket, five shotgun shell loops, and three diaphragm call pockets. A removable front pocket features a shoulder strap for run-and-gun style hunts and the seat conveniently folds away or completely detaches when not in use. The Impact Vest also includes a game bag on the back of the vest which features a pocket inside for decoy stakes. The soft, durable Brushed Tricot fabric reduces noise, and the popular camo patterns blend seamlessly into your surroundings. The Impact Vest, MSRP $109.99, provides hunters with all the convenience of a metal-frame vest while remaining lightweight and versatile. 
Another new product offered by ALPS is the NWTF Deception Blind.  Decorated in Obsession camouflage, the uniquely designed NWTF Deception blind is the only hub-style blind of its kind on the market. Featuring a low profile of only 46 inches, the Deception is a lightweight blind perfectly suited for low profile chairs providing you an exceptional vantage point all while keeping you concealed. The smaller footprint and unique 4-hub design make for easy and quiet set-up. The aluminum hubs are constructed with engineered tips and pins and the frame uses strong, flexible fiberglass poles. Durable polyester fabric with blacked-out backing help keep you concealed. The Deception also features a 270-degree SILENT-Trac window system for limitless window positions and an extra-large door opening for easy access while carrying gear. An oversized number 10 zipper on the door ensures smooth and hassle-free operation. Two interior gear pockets keep you organized and ready for action. The Deception is available at an MSRP of $139.99.
Several other turkey vests, exclusively in Mossy Oak Obsession and Bottomland camouflage, will also be available from ALPS Outdoorz for 2018.  The Grand Slam vest has been updated for 2018 and is available in Obsession and Bottomland starting at $179.99.  The Super Elite 4.0 vest remains in the 2018 product line and is offered in Obsession and Bottomland starting at $99.99.  The highly versatile Long Spur vest is available in Obsession for $99.99.
Mossy Oak and ALPS Outdoorz will be showcased at the NWTF Convention and Sport Show in Nashville, Tennessee, February 16-18, 2018.  Mossy Oak will be at booth #701, which is right next to the ALPS Outdoorz booth #615.  ALPS Outdoorz products decorated in Mossy Oak Obsession and Bottomland will be available for purchase at the ALPS Outdoorz booth.
Mossy Oak proudly embeds the NWTF logo within the Obsession pattern design.  In addition, a portion of the proceeds generated from the sales of any item decorated in the Obsession pattern funds the NWTF and its mission to conserve wild turkeys and protect the right to hunt them.
To learn more about ALPS, visit   To learn more about Mossy Oak or to enjoy free, timely and entertaining outdoors content, visit
ALPS Outdoorz is an official licensed partner of Haas Outdoors Inc. Haas Outdoors Inc. is headquartered in West Point, Miss., was established in 1986 and is home of Mossy Oak. For more than 30 years, Mossy Oak has been a leading outdoors lifestyle brand that specializes in developing and marketing modern camouflage designs for hunters and outdoors enthusiasts. The Mossy Oak Brand and patterns can be found on a multitude of products worldwide. Haas Outdoors Inc. is the parent company of Mossy OakBioLogicMossy Oak ProductionsMOOSE MediaNativ NurseriesNativ LivingGameKeepersGameKeeper Kennels and Mossy Oak Properties.Mossy Oak is the official camouflage of the National Wild Turkey FederationDucks UnlimitedQuality Deer Management Association and Mack’s Prairie Wings and the official pattern of B.A.S.S.MLF and Cabela’s Collegiate Bass Fishing Series.

Rage Introduces the 3-Blade Chisel SC and Chisel Crossbow

SUPERIOR, Wis. (April 18, 2017) — Rage, the world’s leading expandable broadhead manufacturer, is now offering a pair of new brawny three-blade broadheads with the introduction of the 100-gr. 3-Blade Chisel SC and the 3-Blade Chisel Crossbow. Borrowing some design cues from the popular original Rage 3-Blade, the new Chisel SC and Chisel Crossbow have impressively strengthened ferrules and blades, improved blade geometry as well as newly designed steel chisel tips for devastating bone strikes.
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The new 3-Blade Chisel broadheads have an initial slap-cut potential diameter of 2.125 inches, and the beefy .035-inch-thick stainless steel blades cam into their 1.6-inch final cutting diameter with sweptback blade angles for increased penetration. Both broadheads utilize a black polymer Shock Collar™ that provides both exceptional blade retention and consistently reliable blade deployment.
The new 100-grain 3-Blade Chisel SC is easily distinguishable by its red anodized aluminum ferrule, and 100-grain 3-Blade Chisel Crossbow has an orange ferrule.
The new Rage 3-Blade Chisel SC and 3-Blade Chisel Crossbow come in a three-pack with a practice tip, and are available at retailers nationwide and conveniently online at with a suggested retail price of $44.99.
Rage Broadheads is the world’s number-one manufacturer of expandable broadheads. It also manufactures quivers and accessories. A FeraDyne Outdoors brand, Rage is headquartered at 101 Main Street, Superior, WI 54880; call 866-387-9307; or visit

Six Easy Steps to Cleaning a Turkey

WEST POINT, MS – If you are lucky enough to harvest a wild turkey, the next step is to prepare it for the dinner table. Your options for cleaning a turkey are skinning or plucking with several variations in between.  One of the most common and easiest ways is to skin the turkey and remove the meat in a way that it can easily be cooked to perfection. Before you get started you will need a good sharp knife like the 6-inch Bubba Blade Turkinator, a clean flat surface, gallon size freezer bags and a garbage bag to discard the remains when you are done. Watch this video and read below for six steps that can get that juicy turkey on the table in no time.
Step 1: Removing the beard – If you want to save the beard you will need to remove it first. The beard can be pulled away from the breast or carefully cut away. After removing you will need to remove any excess tissue.
Steps 2: Removing the spurs – To remove the spurs simply apply pressure to the turkey knee joint until the joint pops loose.  After the joint pops loose, you should be able to easily separate the skin with a sharp knife.
Step 3: Removing the fan – Remove the fan by holding on to the base of the tail and cutting just below the lump of meat that holds the fan feathers together.
Step 4: Skinning – To skin your turkey start by laying down the turkey breast side up. Make a small cut through the skin along the top of the breast bone.  Slowly pull the skin away from the breast and legs.
Step 5: Removing the breast meat – Locate the breast bone and make a cut down one side of the bone to loosen the breast meat. Pull breast meat away from bone while cutting along the breast bone to remove in one piece. Repeat this process on the other side of the breast bone to remove the other breast.
Step 6: Removing the leg and thigh meat – With the turkey placed on its back, apply pressure down on the thigh until you feel the joint pop loose. Run knife between thigh and turkey body until the leg quarter releases from body.
Haas Outdoors Inc. is headquartered in West Point, Miss., was established in 1986 and is home of Mossy Oak. For more than 30 years, Mossy Oak has been a leading outdoors lifestyle brand that specializes in developing and marketing modern camouflage designs for hunters and outdoors enthusiasts. The Mossy Oak Brand and patterns can be found on a multitude of products worldwide. Haas Outdoors Inc. is the parent company of Mossy Oak, BioLogic, Mossy Oak Productions, MOOSE Media, Nativ Nurseries, Nativ Living, GameKeepers, GameKeepers Kennels and Mossy Oak Properties. Mossy Oak is the official camouflage of the National Wild Turkey Federation and Ducks Unlimited.
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TARPON SPRINGS, FL (April 11, 2017) – Even in today’s digital age, tapping into useful and meaningful knowledge often requires hours of research on multiple websites and forums.

Crossbows are a great case in point.

Crossbows are growing increasingly popular each year, because they unlock new opportunities for hunters across all strata. But they’re a complex subject, and attacking the crossbow learning curve isn’t easy. Even the most experienced hunters have questions. Why do so many different crossbows exist? Which features should I be looking for? What are the differences between a $200 model and a $1,400 model? Can I even hunt with a crossbow in my state? The list goes on.

Take heart. Veteran crossbow hunters, those with no crossbow knowledge whatsoever, and everyone in between now have a comprehensive resource for the most complete crossbow information available. And it comes from Barnett… the company who invented the modern crossbowand has continuously innovated crossbow design and technology for the last 55 years.

From the woods to the web, visitors to the all-new can quickly browse, sort and compare the features of 22 different crossbow models; experience exciting and informative multimedia crossbow and crossbow hunting stories; and learn about crossbow technology, design, safety, use, care, accessories and much more.

Plano Synergy Marketing Manager – Hunting, Andy Baumbach, an avid crossbow hunter himself, says that while is the definitive place to learn about the extreme quality and innovative features of all of Barnett’s industry-leading crossbow models, it’s also the most helpful resource for anyone seeking overall crossbow information.

“The new makes it easy and fun for consumers to quickly compare the unique features of every crossbow Barnett makes – including 16 all-new models for 2017,” Baumbach says. “But I’ll guarantee that any hunter – no matter how experienced – will learn plenty on this great new site. The Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section under the Learn Tab, for example, is an incredibly helpful resource. I’ve been a crossbow hunter for many years… I even sell them now… and I’ve discovered plenty of information on the new site that is going to help me become a more effective crossbow hunter.”

“The all-new website is a clear reflection of the Barnett brand’s heightened commitment to quality in every aspect of its business,” says Plano Synergy VP Marketing, Pete Angle. “From their incredible line of new-for-2017 bows and accessories to the new and evolving ways they interact with their customers, Barnett has committed every possible resource to earn renewed leadership status in crossbow quality and service to the industry.

From an interactive map containing state-by-state crossbow hunting regulation highlights, to information on cutting edge crossbow features like Barnett’s TriggerTech and Frictionless Release technologies, the wealth of practical information housed and easily accessible at provides the fastest route to Zen-level crossbow consciousness.

What are you waiting for? Browse. Experience. Learn. Hunt. 

Gobblers Beware

New Roads, LA (March 13, 2017) – Nothing captures the immediate attention of a turkey – or turkey hunter – quicker or more completely than the unmistakable sight of gobbler in full strut. Even when viewed from a great distance, a fully fanned turkey tail reads as an obvious billboard advertisement for turkey breeding activity.

Gobblers strut as a show of dominance to impress and attract nearby hens that may be receptive to breeding, while also attempting to dissuade rival males. And while the fully fanned tail is a strutting gobbler’s strongest visual queue, the ritual display also involves puffing out his feathers to appear as large as possible, dragging his wingtips on the ground and tucking his head back into his body – possibly to accentuate the length of his magnificent beard while affording a complete and unobstructed view of his grand tail.

Fact is, all male turkeys will strut, but when a jake does it – a juvenile male – it’s an outward invitation for a fight, and something an old boss tom simply won’t allow. It’s an unacceptable and intolerable sight in the presence of his ladies, and it’s also why so many successful turkey hunters employ a full-strut jake in their turkey decoy regimens.

Flextone is a company of hard-working hunters. Known primarily for their beautifully effective and affordable game calls, Flextone is introducing an impressive new line of honest and highly realistic Thunder Series turkey decoys for 2017. And the all-new Flextone Thunder Creeper is the king of the flock… at least he thinks he is.

The Flextone Thunder Creeper employs exceptionally detailed molding, an amazingly lifelike paint scheme, short beard and an ultra-realistic tail fan to faithfully and convincingly portray the front and backsides of a subordinate, young male gobbler in full strut. A real tail fan (not included) can also be used with the new Thunder Creeper. But where’s the rest of the decoy, you might ask? Good question.

While turkeys are known for having excellent eyesight, their lack of true binocular vision creates challenges with depth perception. Therefore, the lack of a complete body on this innovative decoy is deliberate. Its compressed profile makes it easier to handle, store and transport to and from the field. The included, lightweight carbon stake can be used to lock the Thunder Creeper into a fixed position, or allow the decoy to rotate freely. One look at the Thunder Creeper and his blatant disregard for the pecking order is all it takes to bring an infuriated gobbler within the hunter’s range.

Flextone Thunder Creeper

  • Compact body for easy carry
  • Folding tail fan included
  • Easily accepts real tail feathers
  • Carbon stake for easy insertion
  • Molded from a flexible and durable blend of plastics
  • Realistic paint scheme

Model #:  FG-DCOY-00316

UPC Each:  8-15097-00981-8 

MSRP: $49.99 

Flextone’s new Thunder Creeper may be intolerable to other gobblers, but it’s sure to become a turkey hunter’s new best friend. Like the rest of Flextone’s all-new Thunder Series Turkey Decoys, the Thunder Creeper is a highly realistic decoy available at a true hunter’s price. Use it in combination with a Thunder Chick Feeding Hen or Thunder Chick Upright Hen, and set the scene for turkey-hunting success this season.

NOMAD and the National Wild Turkey Federation Team Up

EDGEFIELD, S.C. — Just in time for spring turkey season, NOMAD and the National Wild Turkey Federation have teamed up to bring hunters high-tech turkey gear featuring the NWTF logo and the new Mossy Oak Obsession camouflage pattern. Items will also be available in the Bottomland pattern.

No matter where NOMAD turkey hunting products are purchased, hunters and conservationists across the United States will be positively impacting the NWTF Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative. A portion of the purchase price for each item will come back to the NWTF, ensuring the pursuit of wild turkeys for years to come.

From tri-blend t-shirts that are cooling and extremely comfortable to outer shirts, pants, gloves and hoods that can provide sun protection and breathability, hunters can shop for products for head to toe from NOMAD and help the NWTF mission simultaneously.

“We are thrilled to enter the turkey hunting apparel market with seasoned partners Mossy Oak and the National Wild Turkey Federation. Being long-time turkey hunters, we at NOMAD knew that when Mossy Oak and the NWTF joined forces in the name of conservation, we wanted to be a part of this special partnership.” says Jason Hart, Vice President, Business Development for NOMAD.

So, look for the logo and support brands, like NOMAD, that have made a commitment to support the Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative.

About the National Wild Turkey Federation

When the National Wild Turkey Federation was founded in 1973, there were about 1.5 million wild turkeys in North America. After decades of work, that number hit an historic high of almost 7 million turkeys. To succeed, the NWTF stood behind science-based conservation and hunters’ rights. The NWTF Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative is a charge that mobilizes science, fundraising and devoted volunteers to raise $1.2 billion to conserve and enhance more than 4 million acres of essential wildlife habitat, recruit at least 1.5 million hunters and open access to 500,000 acres for hunting. For more information, visit

About NOMAD Performance Hunting Apparel

NOMAD is performance hunting apparel built by hunters for hunters and is engineered for a community of those who listen to their primal urge to hunt. NOMAD is there for every hunter, during any season, from the first day to the last. We build gear for those who understand hunting is in their DNA. I hunt, because I have to. It’s the core of who I am and cannot be ignored. Hunting defines us. I hunt, because I have to – the statement that drives us to build the most authentic hunting apparel on the planet, at attainable price points, for every hunter. We support all forms of legal hunting.

NOMAD is an officially licensed partner of Haas Outdoors Inc. Haas Outdoors Inc. is headquartered in West Point, Miss., was established in 1986 and is home of Mossy Oak. Celebrating 30 years in 2016, Mossy Oak is a leading outdoors lifestyle brand that specializes in developing and marketing modern camouflage designs for hunters and outdoors enthusiasts. The Mossy Oak Brand and patterns can be found on a multitude of products worldwide. Haas Outdoors Inc. is the parent company of Mossy OakBioLogicMossy Oak ProductionsMOOSE MediaNativ NurseriesNativ LivingGameKeepersGameKeepers Kennels and Mossy Oak Properties. Mossy Oak is the official camouflage of the National Wild Turkey Federation and Ducks Unlimited.

Winchester Adds New Turkey Gun

Winchester Repeating Arms has added a new model to the Super X® Pump shotgun line designed with the turkey hunter in mind. The new SXP Turkey is available in both 12 and 20 gauge versions and features a no-glare matte black finish and a synthetic stock and forearm.
The alloy receiver is drilled and tapped for scope mounts. The matte blued barrel on both models is 24″ long and is fitted with an Invector-Plus extra-full turkey choke tube. TRUGLO® fiber-optic adjustable sights are included and offer the hunter a great sighting system, even in low light.
The 12 gauge version is offered in 3½” chambering. Suggested retail is $439.99. The 20 gauge version is offered in 3″ chambering. Suggested retail is $439.99.
  • Synthetic stock with textured gripping surfaces
  • Back-Bored Technology
  • Invector-Plus extra-full turkey choke tube
  • Hard chrome-plated chamber and bore
  • Alloy receiver
  • TRUGLO® fiber-optic adjustable sights
  • Rotary bolt with inertia-assisted pumping
  • Drop-out trigger
  • Crossbolt safety
  • Black chrome protection
  • Inflex Technology Recoil Pad
For more information on Winchester Firearms, please visit

Hide Your Humanity

Dallas, TX (February 28, 2017) – Today’s hunters employ meticulous scent-control programs, high-tech camouflage patterns and elaborate concealment strategies to reduce the possibility of being busted by their quarry. Fair enough. Considering the extraordinary sensory abilities most game animals possess, all these safeguards make perfect sense. What doesn’t make sense is the high-percentage of hunters who go to such lengths, but fail to make any effort whatsoever to conceal their bare skin.

Whether you hunt turkeys, waterfowl, deer or other big game, your human face is your most recognizable feature, and it’s cause for immediate alarm when viewed by almost any wild animal.

The inconvenient fact that hunters need to see they animals they pursue increases the chances that their faces will be seen. Hunting from a blind or an elevated stand may help – as may remaining motionless – but it won’t solve the problem. Most hunters have experienced the horror of a deer appearing to look them right in the eye. What they may not have realized at the time, however, is that the deer likely saw some or all of their face. The simple key to winning such a stare down is concealing one’s face so it won’t be – or can’t be – recognized. Breaking up one’s facial symmetry and reducing glare will greatly reduce the chances of being spotted.

More and more hunters are saying farewell to stinky facemasks that are uncomfortable to wear and can negatively impact peripheral vision and target acquisition. Thankfully, superior alternatives exist.

Wildgame Innovations’ new VANISH Concealment Combo is a premium, multi-hunt-ready personal concealment system containing 2 oz. of matte black face paint and 20 gentle, pre-moistened removal wipes. The non-greasy, water-based paint formula won’t clog pores, and is shine-free, smudge proof, rain and sweat resistant, fast drying and completely odorless.

Small enough to fit in any pocket or compartment, the VANISH rollout applicator is easily operable, even with gloved hands. The stick can apply paint on edge for fine lines and detail, or over its entire width for full coverage. Each stick contains enough paint for up to 50 applications.

Clean up completely and easily after the hunt is through with the included cleansing pads. These premium-quality pre-moistened wipes are gentle on skin and alcohol free.

Wildgame Innovations’ VANISH Concealment System is made with FDA-approved, environmentally friendly ingredients.


  • 2 oz. Odorless, No-Shine Paint Stick
  • 20 Easy Removal Wipes
  • Smudge-Proof Super Matte Finish
  • Non-Greasy Formula Won’t Clog Pores
  • Sweat and Rain Resistant
  • Up to 50 Applications per Stick with Glove-Friendly Rollout Applicator

MSRP: $12.99

Don’t let ‘em recognize your face. Hide that beacon of humanity with Wildgame Innovations’ new VANISH Concealment Combo… and win your next staring contest.