Matt Morrett with turkey and turkey decoy

10 Season-Long Turkey Decoy Strategies

10 Questions With Expert Turkey Hunter, Matt Morrett

Along with good calling and proper concealment, most turkey hunters agree that employing decoys is one of the most effective strategies for coaxing a gobbler within range. However, decoying a fickle longbeard isn’t as simple putting out a phony bird or two and pulling the trigger. There’s a correct time, place and way to do almost anything.

Tom turkey at full strut

Scout Turkeys Early or Be Disappointed Later

“It won’t be long… I can’t wait.”

While turkey hunter are growing increasingly excited about the coming spring season, amazingly, most turkey hunters don’t start scouting until just prior to the season opener. If you really are excited about bagging a longbeard this season, start scouting now.

Winchester SX4 shotgun with black synthetic stock right

6 Shotguns for Your Next Upland Hunt

At first look many would think Upland bird hunting season has passed. While that is true for pheasant, quail, chukar and others, let’s not forget about turkey! After all, who says you have to have a designated thumper just for turkey. Even if you do, it’s never too early to start thinking about next season, or just to break in your new gun while your dog gets a tune up. Here are six shotguns everyone can be proud while enjoying a little wing and shot time.

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NSSF Calls Foul on USFWS Director’s Parting Shot on Traditional Ammo

With one-day left of President Obama’s term, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe acted without dialogue or public comment. Was it one more instance of a public official going rogue and imposing a personal agenda, or finishing the business he was appointed to do? The timing certainly seems suspect, but it is the details that really matter. Here is the full analysis and release from the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF).

Avian-X AXP Lesser goose decoys

Now is the Time to Up Your Goose Game — Decoys

As budding waterfowlers in the 1980s, my brother and I were gifted a dozen goose shells. We were certainly ill equipped by today’s standards, but it didn’t matter much. The Canada goose season was short and the daily bag limits were low. Operating from the middle of the then perpetually not doing well Southern James Bay Population’s wintering area, we just didn’t have much opportunity to truly grind it out and earn our stripes as goose hunters.