We’ve all been there. Whether it’s a tick that’s crawled up your pants leg in the turkey woods, looking for a nice breakfast, or a mosquito buzzing around your facemask in a deer stand, trying his best to ruin your hunt, bug’s are a pain in the woods. Check out this tip where Kevin give’s practical advice on what to remember when heading out to the woods next spring or fall!
While it’s certainly not the simplest way to call in an old bird, it’s arguably the most realistic, and vocal. Check out our buddy Robert giving a quick run down with Kevin on how to start off with a mouth call.
This week Jared sits down with David Peel of “Extreme Outdoors” at the 2017 NWTF convention in Nashville. David recently licensed one of his patents to Knight and Hale game calls to use on their new call, “The Switchblade”. He is an engineer by trade, and has used a lot of that knowledge to come up with some innovative products to use while out hunting (many of which we use ourselves). David and Jared talk turkey hunting, the outdoors industry, and a little life in general. Make sure you check David out at http://reengineeringthehunt.com/. Thanks for listening!
So you got that big Tom you’ve been chasing for weeks, now what!? Although some people choose to pluck their turkeys, breasting if definitely the quickest way to get at that glorious white meat. Check out this tip on how to skin your bird.
Recently, I was reading through an article posted on Outdoor Life’s website titled “The Problem with Those Somber Hero-Shot Hunting Photos Everyone’s Been Taking ” (see article HERE).
In short, the article talks about the “posing” for serious, heartfelt photos taken with an animal you’ve harvested, as opposed to the traditional grip and grin picture we all love. While I definitely agree with the writers sentiment that we have to be careful about putting on a certain face when approached with a photo or video, here are a couple of things to take into consideration.
That feeling is real. For anyone that has taken an animals life for food, there is an undeniable grief that you feel after pulling the trigger. You might not know how to put it into words, but ending a creatures existence sticks with you, well after the shot. Although we don’t hang our head in shame for days after killing something, the moments after walking up to that animal are always a mix of emotions; feeling somber and excited, nervous and thrilled. It’s important we don’t loose those feelings, as these are the emotion’s that help keep us connected to not only the animal as an individual, but the animal as a species. Showing that in a photo is nothing to be ashamed of.
Public perception is big. In a recent post I talked about how public opinion of hunting is key to its survival. In recent years there has been a lot of outrage over photos circulating main stream media that depict people posing with animals with big smiles on their face. While as a hunter I completely understand that feeling of elation, and often feel it myself, from the outside looking in, it can be misconstrued as pompous, insensitive, and even evil. By not taking into mind what people on the fringe of accepting hunting think about the sport as a whole, we do ourselves a huge injustice not only in recruiting more people to join us in the field, but also maintaining approval from those who don’t participate, but contribute unknowingly (i.e. taxes). I am not saying to be remorseful in every photo you post on social media, on the contrary. I am saying post how you feel, no matter what your emotion, but be aware that you have a bigger voice than you may realize, in an age where a photo can go a long, long way.