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.

Just in Time for Spring Goblers

Janesville, WI — Premium archery target manufacturer Rinehart Targets® has expanded its popular Doloma Decoy series with the introduction of three new hand-painted turkey decoys that combine life-like detail with incredible durability to create the ultimate set up.  These three new Rinehart Doloma turkey decoys — the Strutter Tom Decoy, the Jake Decoy and the Hen Decoy — give hunters the competitive advantage to bag more birds this spring.

“We pride ourselves in developing the most realistic and durable archery targets and decoys available to hunters,” said James McGovern, President of Rinehart Targets. “We knew with our capabilities, we could create the ultimate turkey hunting decoys on the market today. We achieved that goal by expanding the Doloma Series with the new-for-2018 Turkey decoys. Hand crafted from exacting sculptures with every detail accounted for, these decoys are so life-like that they may just be the last decoys you’ll ever need for season-after-season of success.”

The new Doloma Turkey series incorporates three decoy models.  The first in the lineup is a Strutter Tom Decoy that stands 27-inches tall and is 20-inches long. The Rinehart Strutter Tom also features a removable fan equipped with a handle grip, which can be used separately for stalk hunts. Next in the series is the alert Jake Decoy which stands 22-inches tall and is 31-inches long. His posture is sure to bring the boss tom a running. Rounding out the group is the new Hen Decoy, which is posed in a relaxed posture and is 16-inches tall and 30-inches long.  

Use them singularly, or in groups to convince even the most call-shy birds. The Hen and Jake Decoys are available as a Decoy Combo pack for extra savings.  All three Turkey Decoys come with a safety orange carry bag for easy transport in and out of the field.

The Doloma Series Decoys are made from Rinehart’s exclusive Quiet Foam. This UV-resistant foam is the ultimate in noise reduction, making carrying and setting up these decoys a silent process. Perfect for sneaking in on roosting birds for a morning hunt. Being lightweight, these decoys move with the slightest of breezes, offering the added advantage of just the right amount of life-like action to really draw that tom in close

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 http://www.alpsoutdoorz.com/.   To learn more about Mossy Oak or to enjoy free, timely and entertaining outdoors content, visit www.mossyoak.com.
 
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.

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.

Rage Revels New Turkey Broadhead

SUPERIOR, Wis. (Feb 21, 2017) — Rage has designed a new broadhead specifically for turkey hunters that will eliminate the problem of a flopping-then-fleeing gobbler following an otherwise fast and deadly pass-through. The new Rage Turkey broadhead features a new cut-on-contact tip with a pair of massive Meat Hooks to inflict maximum lethal damage, all while slowing the arrow enough to anchor the bird. This Turkey Broadhead combines a gigantic 2 1/8-inch-cutting-diameter, two-blade Slip-Cam broadhead with the Meat-Hook Tip to stop a turkey dead in its tracks.
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This new Rage Turkey broadhead features a pair of surgically ground, .035-inch-thick stainless steel blades that produce an initial slap-cut entry hole of nearly 3 inches, and while the Meat-Hook Tip has a 9/16-cutting diameter in its own right, a pair of blunt notches on each side of the tip were designed to slow the arrow as quickly as possible upon impact to potentially impair one or both wings for a faster, safer kill.
 
The 100-grain Rage Turkey Broadhead also features an extremely aerodynamic, precision-machined and anodized aluminum ferrule paired with the proprietary Rage Shock Collar™ for optimum blade retention and consistently reliable blade deployment. The 100-gr. weight on this new broadhead offers archers the ability to change broadheads with little, if any, adjustment to their bow setup between seasons.
 
The new Rage Turkey Broadhead is available at retailers nationwide and conveniently online at www.ragebroadheads.com for a suggested retail price of $29.99 for a two-pack.
 
Rage Outdoors 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 www.ragebroadheads.com.

Get in Close with the Spot & Stalk Turkey Decoy from Rinehart Targets

Janesville, WI – Rinehart Targets continues to diversify the Doloma Decoy line with the introduction of the Spot & Stalk Turkey Decoy. A product built for an extremely action-packed method of hunting.

Run-and-gun turkey hunting continues to grow in popularity each and every year. Spot and stalk decoys and turkey fans have been an effective technique, but they’re typically bulky, hard to manage and ineffective on weary birds due to their un-natural appearance. The Rinehart Spot & Stalk Turkey Decoy is the solution.

“A lot of thought was put into the Rinehart Spot & Stalk Turkey Decoy,” stated James McGovern, President of Rinehart Targets. “There isn’t a decoy of its kind that has the realism that this product displays, all while having the necessary features to be extremely user friendly in the field.”

This life-size decoy is hand-painted and professionally sculpted for an ultra-natural appearance. Its Rinehart foam construction allows the decoy to be extremely quiet when in the presence of a turkey’s keen sense of hearing. The decoy is UV resistant allowing its perfect appearance to remain effective over long periods of time. It also sports an easy-stack design for simple storage as spring turkey season turns into summer.

FEATURES: 

  • Turkey Fan Included
  • Life-Size
  • Easy-Stack Design
  • Ultra-Quiet Rinehart Foam Construction
  • UV Resistant Foam
  • Hand Painted
  • Professionally Sculpted
  • MSRP: $129.99

For more product information and media inquiries, please contact Glenn Walker, glenn@providencemarketinggroup.net

About Rinehart Targets:

Since 1999 Rinehart Targets has been manufacturing the best 3D archery targets on the market, and Rinehart expanded their offerings with the introduction of the Doloma Decoys. A combination of quality, durability and unique offerings makes all Rinehart products one of a kind and true in both scale and detail thanks to Rinehart’s award-winning team of wildlife sculptors. Rinehart’s diverse target line has been extremely well received by all levels of archery shooters and will continue to introduce cutting-edge technology in the future.

Expand Your Options for Romance This Spring

NEW FLEXTONE JUKE BOX, BEARD BOX AND TURKEY MAN SERIES OL’ FAITHFUL BOX CALLS SET NEW STANDARDS OF PERFORMANCE AND VALUE – MADE IN THE USA

New Roads, LA (February 13, 2017) – Flextone manufactures innovative and reliable game calls for hunters at a price that’s as right and true as the sweet sounds their calls produce. Driven to work as hard at their own research and development as their hunting customers do in the field, Flextone’s engineers are constantly testing new designs and materials to expand their family of top-performing hunter-preferred game calls.

New for 2017, Flextone grows their lineup of blue chip, box-style turkey calls, offering three exciting new models that will appeal to any hunter looking for durable and versatile calls that won’t break the bank. From loud, sassy yelps to subtle purrs and every turkey vocalization in between, Flextone’s new Juke Box, Beard Box and Turkey Man Series Ol’ Faithful Box Calls set new standards of performance and value, handcrafted right here in the USA.

The Flextone Juke Box is a mid-sized box call featuring a poplar base and cherry lid that delivers exceptional volume and range. It easily produces soft clucks and purrs, as well as loud cutts, yelps and cackles. Best of all, the new Flextone Juke Box is completely waterproof.

The handcrafted Juke Box is tuned to produce Old Tom’s favorite sounds right out of the package. Its worry-free, two-sided chalkless design allows callers to imitate the distinct vocalizations of multiple hen turkeys in any weather. The Juke Box’s overall versatility and range make it the traditional workhorse box call you’ll want close at hand on each and every hunt – especially when those April showers roll in.

Flextone Juke Box Turkey Call

  • Mid-Sized Poplar Base / Black Cherry Lid
  • Chalkless, Waterproof Design
  • Two-Sided Design Produces Two Distinct Hen Tones
  • Handcrafted and Hand-Tuned
  • Made in the USA

Model #: FG-TURK-00119

UPC Each: 8-15097-00965-8

MSRP: $19.99

Is your turkey vest so full of calls and gear you can barely fit another diaphragm into one of those special pockets? If so, you aren’t alone. One of the drawbacks of box calls is that they take up a lot of space. All too often, cumbersome calls end up staying in the truck where they don’t do the hunter a lick of good. Enter the new Flextone Beard Box.

This affordable, sweetheart-of-a-box-call boasts a compact, take-anywhere design that leaves plenty of space in the vest for other necessities. Small, mighty and ready for action, the user-friendly Beard Box is hand-tuned and produces twice the sweet, high-pitched purrs, clucks, yelps and cutts that’ll have any gobbler seeing hearts. Combining a handcrafted, sweet sounding poplar base with a tried and true cherry lid, the compact, double-sided Beard Box creates two distinct hen tones that are sure to crack the whip on that big boy and get him moving in the right direction.

Flextone Beard Box Turkey Call

  • Compact Poplar Base / Black Cherry Lid
  • Two-Sided Design Produces Two Distinct Hen Tones
  • Sweet, High-Pitched Purrs, Clucks, Yelps and Cutts
  • Handcrafted and Hand-Tuned
  • Made in the USA

Model #: FG-TURK-00118

UPC Each: 8-15097-00947-4

MSRP: $14.99

It isn’t unusual for mature gobblers to come down with a bad case of lock-beak at certain times during the hunting season. Toms can seemingly flip the switch and go into ghost mode at any time. To make things worse, additional factors like rain, wind, hunting pressure and long-distances can make it even harder to locate birds. Hunters can still make Mr. Longbeard gobble – even when he doesn’t want to – but it takes something high-pitched and loud. Every turkey hunter should carry a call capable of producing these all-or-nothing sounds, and nothing beats a boat paddle box call when it comes to breaking through the sound barrier. Unfortunately, most boat paddles are pricey and, due to their length, not exactly easy to carry.

Eddie “The Turkey Man” Salter has learned plenty about firing up stubborn gobblers over his 50-some years of turkey hunting, and lends all of that expertise to Flextone in the design of the company’s premium Turkey Man Series calls. The new Turkey Man Series Ol’ Faithful Box Call is the perfect combination of form and function, and is just the ticket for lighting up longbeards that would rather remain silent.

This premium yet surprisingly affordable, mid-sized, custom paddle-style call is handcrafted from notoriously hard and durable eucalyptus wood. The two-sided, hand-tuned design produces an extremely high front end with exceptional backside rasp and superior volume. “It’s the ideal call to create the sharp, loud cutting sounds necessary to fire up gobblers – especially over longer distances or in noisy conditions,” says Salter, who makes the Ol’ Faithful Box Call his go-to call for locating and runnin’ and gunnin’. “Despite its locating ability, the Ol’ Faithful isn’t a one-trick pony,” Salter continues. “It’s got that raspy low end of an old, yelping hen which makes it a great all-around call.”

Flextone Ol’ Faithful Box Turkey Call

  • Mini Boat Paddle Design
  • Custom Eucalyptus Lid and Base
  • Exceptional Volume for Locating and Long-Distance Calling
  • Two-Sided Design for Multiple Hen Tones
  • High Front-End with Exceptional Backside Rasp
  • Handcrafted and Hand-Tuned
  • Made in the USA

Model #: FG-TURK-00120

UPC Each: 8-15097-00966-5

MSRP: $29.99

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Knight & Hale’s Legend Series Three Pack of Turkey Diaphragm Calls

Harold Knight unveils calls that have long been secret family favorites. 

Birmingham, AL – Knight and Hale® Game Calls, a legendary call brand known for its dedication to creating calls that produce the most life-like wildlife sounds, introduces Harold Knight’s Legend Series of diaphragm calls, which is made up of a group of the dirtiest and most dangerous calls on the market. The Beard Trimmer, #7 and The Conservationist are all Harold’s designs and ones he has used for decades on successful hunts.

Harold Knight has been designing calls since he was a teenager, and like any good tinkerer, he has always kept a secret stash of personal designs. The Legend Series marks the opening of that vault.

Beard Trimmer

Sporting a unique 2.5-reed design, this call creates the soft, seductive sounds that gobblers cannot ignore. Utilizing a hybrid V-cut with a Moon Cut on the half-reed, this call is perfect for breaking loose gobblers hung up just out of range.

#7

Harold Knight’s lucky #7 has a 2.5-reed design that features all the ease of running a double reed plus all the versatility of a triple read. The high-pitch and high-rasp tones of this call prove the argument that this call isn’t lucky—it’s just good. Combines a batwing cut with a half-moon internal cut to create a high pitch and raspy sound.

The Conservationist

The Conservationist is one of Harold Knight’s most dangerous designs. The double-reed design provides the sweet, soft and seductive yelps with a very light rasp that no gobbler can resist.

Harold Knight might have started his career making calls in the back of a barbershop, but the only beards he trims nowadays are off the local gobblers.

Each of the three Legend Series calls are available for individual purchase or in a three pack.

MSRP’s:

Beard Trimmer – $9.99

#7 – $8.99

The Conservationist – $8.99

Legend Series 3 pack – $19.99

Locate More Longbeards With The Knight & Hale Competition Owl Call

 

Deep, throaty hoots and distinctive crackling laughs from an incredibly easy to blow call.

Birmingham, AL – Knight and Hale® Game Calls, a legendary call brand known for its dedication to creating calls that produce the most life-like wildlife sounds, has taken the owl called used by World Champion Owl Hooter Mark Prudhomme and is now offering it for hunters seeking the most realistic owl call available to locate gobblers.

The signature Competition Owl Call was developed by World Champion Owl Hooter and Grand National Winner Mark Prudhomme, replicating deep, throaty hoots and distinctive crackling laughs—giving you the most realistic owl vocalizations ever heard from a call.

Simply put, you can’t hunt birds you can’t locate, and this call provokes locating gobbles unlike anything before it. The Competition Owl Call presents a compact, lightweight design that’s easy to carry, easy to operate and is sure to locate the most silent longbeards on the roost and on the ground.

In addition, the unique hoot enhancer blasting chamber provides optimal back pressure to help control airflow, making it easier to generate ultra-realistic sounds with more volume while using less breath. It doesn’t take a champion to master this call, but it doesn’t hurt to have the expertise of a world champion owl caller in the palm of your hand.

Competition Owl Call Highlighted Features:

  • Designed by World Champion Caller Mark Prudhomme
  • Deep, throaty hoots and ultra-realistic crackling laughs
  • More volume control with less breath
  • Blasting chamber creates optimal back pressure

The MSRP for the Competition Owl Call is $19.99.

For more information about the Competition Owl Call or other Knight & Hale hunting products, contact Glenn Walker at glenn@providencemarketinggroup.net or visit www.knightandhale.com.

About Knight & Hale Game Calls

With a product line that includes turkey, waterfowl, deer, predator, small game and big game, Knight & Hale calls have been in every corner of North America. Likewise, numerous world champion callers have been crowned with the help of a Knight & Hale call. Whether it’s a friction call or bugle—or it produces a grunt or a yelp—every Knight & Hale call comes with real hunting experience, as if it’s molded into the construction. It’s those practical insights that guide product development … and hunter success.

Designed for Drama

Port Clinton, OH (January 31, 2017) – The pecking order impacts every facet of wild turkey behavior – especially once the winter flocks start to break up prior to the breeding season. Young male birds that have enjoyed social acceptance throughout their first few months of life find that things change quickly once early spring arrives. Everyone seems to go their separate ways and become much less tolerant; new feelings of urgency are developing inside. It all must seem terribly confusing to a jake.

Indeed, the spring breeding season ushers in an all-new set of rules for turkeys. Some young, sub-dominant males figure things out quickly and resort to a safety-in-numbers approach, forming small gangs of marauding bullies. Others don’t know any better. They foolishly decide that they can compete one-on-one with the big boys for hens. It’s a tragic story that doesn’t typically bode well for such intrepid jakes.

These social storylines are more than just interesting to watch. A savvy turkey hunter uses all of this drama to his or her advantage, employing specific calling and decoying strategies that up their odds of putting a crafty old tom on the ground. Decoys that tell a compelling story – either individually or when placed in combination – are powerful tools for today’s turkey hunter, and nobody makes more effective turkey decoys than Avian-X.

The form of the new Avian-X LCD ½ Strut Jake perfectly portrays an intruding young male. He’s trying to establish his dominance, but has yet to fully learn fear. His half-strut body posture and subordinate head position tell the tragic tale of a young gobbler living dangerously outside of the pecking order. He’s challenging the dominance of any incoming tom and giving off signals that he’s an easy fight.

Once his threatening and unacceptable body posture captures the attention and ire of an approaching gobbler, the full glory of the ½ Strut Jake’s astounding detail takes over and commands full attention. Trademark Avian-X coloration and paint detail appear incredibly true and lifelike, while deep relief showcases the painstaking subtleties of every carefully crafted feather and crease on the ½ Strut Jake’s convincing, Dura-Rubber molded body.

AVIAN-X LCD ½ Strut Jake

  • Soft and Quiet Dura-Rubber Body is Completely Collapsible
  • Half Strut Body Pose and Sub-Dominant Head Position Challenges the Dominance of Mature Toms
  • Attracts All Gobblers
  • Perfect Feather Detail
  • No-Flake Paint
  • Drawstring Carry Bag Included

Model / SKU: 8012

UPC: 810280-08012-4

MSRP: $119.99

Meticulous attention to detail goes into the design and manufacturing of every Avian-X LCD turkey decoy, and the all-new ½ Strut Jake is an exciting and powerful example. His carefully conceived body posture and head position, wing and tail placement, and the spread, positioning and detail of each individual feather combine to attract all gobblers by challenging their dominance. Not only is he unwelcome, he’s also unsure of himself. What a pity. Combine the ½ Strut Jake with your favorite Avian-X LCD hens, and watch tragedy unfold in your decoys.

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The premier Zink and Avian-X brands offer today’s waterfowl and turkey hunters the best and most complete line of highly realistic decoys, beautifully effective calls and other related products that result in increased success and satisfaction afield — whether that means more birds on the ground, or the creation of additional cherished, lifetime memories. At Zink and Avian-X, our goal is to use our team’s extensive field knowledge and experience to promote and advance the sports of waterfowling and turkey hunting in a traditional, ethical, responsible, and enjoyable manner. Mediocrity is not an option.