Less than a week to go! Don’t want to wish time to go any faster than it does already, but for the last few weeks, I have been looking forward to April 18th, attempting to be patient, but at times acting as if I have a bad case of cabin fever.
About four weeks ago I opened up my case containing my inventory of turkey calls so I could start brushing up on my turkey calling. Box calls, pot calls, and mouth calls all received equal time. I sure do enjoy practicing with my turkey calls. What a thrill it is to be able to talk the turkey language and bring a mature gobbler in close for a shot.
I’ve debated with myself over the last several years whether I have come to prefer turkey hunting more than deer hunting. Since I’ve never been able to determine a clear winner, I consider it a tie. Because any time I can get out to hunt, then that type of hunting is my favorite.
Last year I didn’t get to turkey hunt as much as I would have liked to. When I did get out, job responsibilities limited me to only an hour or so of hunting each morning during the week. I did shoot a nice mature gobbler on Thursday of opening week…22 ½ pounds, 9 inch beard and 1 ¼ inch spurs. This spring though, no time restraints!
I’ve added a new box call to my arsenal and looking forward to using it on opening day. It is a Ragin’ Hot Box Call with a Cherry lid and Butternut sides and bottom from Bradley Custom Calls. The box call has great tone and pitch for clucking, yelping and cackling. It was hand tuned by the owner, Rick “Hoot” Bradley. When I called the company to place my order, the customer service provided by Rick was excellent. I would highly recommend checking out their calls and if you have any questions, give them a call.
As I have done in the past in preparation of opening morning, I have chosen my turkey calls that will be loaded in my turkey vest on opening day
- Bradley Customer Calls “Ragin’ Hot Box Call”
- David Halloran “Checkered Box Call” (Purple Heart Lid and Cedar Sides and Bottom)
- David Halloran “Total Knockout” and “She Devil” Mouth Calls
- David Halloran “Crystal Mistress” Pot Call
- Primos “Jackpot Slate Turkey Call”
Wishing success for all those that head out to pursue the stately turkey this spring.
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