Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Introduce Kids to fishing

July provides the perfect opportunity to introduce a child to angling. With temperatures high and smallmouth bass feisty and plentiful, kids can readily develop a life long love of fishing during this month. Kids readily learn introductory fishing skills, as long as parents/guardians take the time to provide instruction in a fun and supportive manner. Small “kid sized” rods and reels fit well in tiny hands are well worth the investment. With fun designs like Batman and Barbie a child is sure to go wild when they are unveiled. Even if on a budget, have no worry that any kid will be entertained for hours with a stick having a bit of line and a bobber, hook and worm attached to the end. Equipment for fishing does not need to be complex for kids to have fun, what is most important is the quality time spent with a child in these situations helping them build enthusiasm about the great outdoors.

Practice sessions, casting and reeling in lures, are wisely done absent of hooks, until kids develop the control needed to cast and retrieve effectively. Even then, parents/guardians will be wise to keep a watchful eye on an exuberant youngsters back casts. Casting practice is made more enjoyable for kids when you tie a hookless plastic bait (salamanders, worms, crayfish, fish, etc) onto the end of their line. The often wildly colorful lure and wiggling action make it difficult for any kid to resist exhibiting interest. Casting and retrieving on a lawn or driveway, affords a place for instruction that is readily accessible and free of some of the distractions found in more “fishy” situations. Parents need not worry about getting lures stuck in trees, on lake bottoms or anyone falling into the water. Start by having kids cast beyond a specific point, so they can slowly increase their casting distance. As distance improves, have them cast lures into hula hoops to help them improve accuracy. With continued practice, 5 year olds should be able, with guidance, to cast a hooked lure and reel in live fish, eels, mudpuppies, bullfrogs and anything else that bites their hook.

With dozens of small mouth bass waters to choose from, in Washington County, anglers constantly inquire about which waters are the best. Over the last 25 years the Jonesboro office of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has compiled a chart averaging angler hourly catch rates and sizes of smallmouth bass from the highest rated waters Down East. If the list is closely examined a trend becomes apparent showing that the higher the catch rates the smaller the average size of the bass. When fishing with children, they are typically more interested in catching a lot of fish rather than big fish but anglers must decide for themselves which water offers the bass fishing that best suites them. Wabasses (Delorme’s The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer (MAG), Map 35, C-3) and Silver Pug Lake (Map 35, D-5) boast the largest average sized small mouth bass caught with 13.6 and 12.9 pounds respectively. Schoodic Lake (Map 25, C-3) holds the record for the highest number caught per hour, with an average rate of 16 fish.

Atlantic Mackerel Fishing
If July temperatures become too hot on inland lakes and ponds, a trip to the coast to fish for Atlantic Mackerel might be more pleasant. The Eastport breakwater (Map 37, E-3) offers the perfect spot for anglers to cast from shore for these delectable fish. If the fish are schooling, success occurs easily with equipment as simple as a basic spin casting reel, medium weight fishing rod, and a diamond-style mackerel jig, Swedish pimple or any other flashy silver lure that can be found in a tackle box. Simply casting into a school of mackerel and allowing the lure to sink for a few seconds before rapidly retrieving is all that needs to be done to catch fish, usually LOTS of fish. Upon landing a fish, immediately cast back into the schooling fish as this will usually lead to multiple hook-ups for as long as the school remains in place.

Though not providing quite the same level of “sport”, lots of people fish for mackerel with “Christmas trees,” pre-made rigs consisting of several hooks attached to a main line, designed to catch several mackerel at once. Mastering fishing with one of these rigs requires anglers to manage to get all the hooks full of fish at the same time. Doing so requires not reeling in first fish hooked but instead, allowing it to swim freely about, attracting other mackerel to bite and become hooked on the open lures. Christmas trees serve as a good way to take lots of mackerel in a short amount of time but for the most fun, stick to a single lure as provides the best action-packed fight! As fun as mackerel are to catch, they are also simple to prepare for the dinner table.

Mackerel will quickly degrade in July's high temperatures, so anglers should bring along a cooler filled with ice large enough to accommodate the number of fish they intend to catch. This ensures that caught fish remain fresh until they can be processed. Young, “tinker” mackerel require simply removing the head, eviscerating and rinsing with cold water, while larger fish may require the added step of being butterflied so they lie flat enabling more even cook on the grill. Grilling is easily the most preferred method, as Mackerel tends to have a less appetizing “fishy” taste, if the oils are not allowed to drain out as the flesh is cooked.

Indian Rock Camps (AKA Camp Clearwaters), located in pristine Grand Lake Stream, will be hosting a completely free week at their camps for children and young adults (up to 40 years old) with cancer and their families. While there exist several children’s cancer camps in Maine, none allow admission by young adults, until now! Jo-Anne and Ken Cannell are happy to host this annual CELEBRATION OF LIFE in loving memory of their daughter Gretchen, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor at the age of 12 and bravely fought this fight for 14 years. The camp is free to all Maine residents and reservations honored on a first come first serve basis. For more information, please contact Jo-Anne Cannell at 207-796-2822 or 1-800-498-2821.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Wildlife Quiz - The American Mink

The American Mink (Neovison vison) boasts an impressive range stretching from the west to east coast of the United States and from the arctic tundra to South America. Through human introduction, the mink has even expanded its range to parts of Europe. Counting the tail, minks measure approximately15–18 inches in body length, with females measuring 3-4 inches smaller. An elongated and slim creature, despite the mink’s long length, they rarely exceed more than 2-3 pounds.

Coloration of individuals can vary from brown to an almost black. Mink maintain hunting territories by marking an area with a strong odor from their scent glands. While primarily preying on fish, a large part of the mink’s diet also consists of rodents, birds and a wide assortment of crustaceans and amphibians. Mink routinely kill more than they can eat and store the extra for later in their dens.

A solitary creature by nature, minks will not tolerate intrusion into their territories by other minks, males and females even den separately except when breeding. A promiscuous animal, the mink does not form pair bond but instead prefers to mate with a different individual each breeding season. The mating season begins in February with young born by June. Litters on mink young or “kits” average around 4 individuals with litters as high as 16 being recorded by minks in captivity. The kits begin hunting after eight weeks, but stay with their mothers until fall, when they become independent. For rearing young, shelter and protection from predators, mink create burrows in river banks or hollow trees.

An opportunist, the mink will even occasionally nest in burrows dug by other animals such as muskrats, squirrels and other rodents. A vicious and ferocious creature despite its relatively diminutive size, few predators prey on the mink, and they are only occasionally eaten by bobcats, fox, coyotes or owls. The average lifespan of a wild mink spans from 1 to 3 years with a vast majority of mink falling prey to disease, starvation and predators within the first six months. In captivity, minks may live as long as seven years.

Wildlife Quiz Questions:
1. What is the range of the American Mink?
2. How long is the American Mink?
3. How much does an American Mink weigh?
4. What does the American Mink eat?
5. What are baby American Minks called?
6. How many kits are in a typical American Mink litter?
7. How soon after birth can kits begin hunting?
8. What is the average lifespan of an American Mink?

Wildlife Quiz Answers: 
1. The American Mink boasts an impressive range stretching from the west to east coast of the United States and from the arctic tundra to South America. Through human introduction, the mink has even expanded its range to parts of Europe.
2. The American Mink measures approximately 15–18 inches in body length, with females measuring 3-4 inches smaller
3. American Minks rarely exceed more than 2-3 pounds.
4. The American Mink primarily preys on fish; a large part of the mink’s diet also consists of rodents, birds and a wide assortment of crustaceans and amphibians.
5. Baby American Minks are called kits.
6. American Mink litters average around 4 kits with litters as high as 16 being recorded by minks in captivity.
7. Kits can begin hunting after eight weeks.
8. The average lifespan of a wild American Mink is from 1 to 3 years with a vast majority of mink falling prey to disease, starvation and predators within the first six months.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Ticks, family Friendly Hikes and Spring Fishing

Ticks SUCK!
By June the black fly and the mosquito have both begun to take over the Maine woods. In recent years, Down East has caught up with the southern part of the state and we are now seeing a slow but steady invasion by deer ticks. One bite from a tick carrying Lyme disease has the potential to completely destroy the health and well being of an individual and has even in some cases caused death. With one in four deer ticks carry Lyme disease, according to Jim Dill, pest management specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension; it is imperative that Maine residents are properly prepared to address the tick issue. While bug sprays containing Diethyl-meta-toluamide (DEET) like the commercially Bens 100 and Deep Woods Off are extremely effective in keeping black flies and mosquitoes away, ticks require Permethrin. Sure, the warning label contains multiple references to developing cancer but at least you won’t die of a tick bite! Since I started using Permethrin, I can sit in the leaf litter and tall field grass all day without seeing a single tick. Just MAKE SURE to read the back of the can as Permethrin has to be applied in a very specific way and cannot be applied directly to bare skin. Yeah, I know, I know . . . but like I said before, at least you won’t die from a tick bite!

Bell’s Mountain and Crane Mountain
Thus properly equipped to fend off Maine’s voracious blood sucking insects, why not take a short hike up Bell’s Mountain and Crane Mountain at Tide Mill Farms in Edmunds (Delorme’s The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer (MAG), Map 27, A-1). Both of the hikes are rated as moderate difficulty and for the effort invested in climbing the 1.2 and 1.4 mile trails are rich with rewarding views of Cobscook and Whiting Bay. Hikers should bring binoculars as the endangered Fin, Humpback, Minke, and Atlantic Right Whales frequent these waters and can sometimes be spotted from the summit. While the trails are managed by Inland Fisheries & Wildlife (IFW) both mountains are privately owned. It is certainly a privilege to have access to these mountains, so visitors should make sure to pack in and pack out any garbage. To access the Bell’s Mountain and Crane Mountain trailhead from southbound on Route 1, turn right onto Bell Mountain Road 0.3 miles after the green bridge crossing Crane Mill Brook and proceed 0.25 miles to Bell’s Mountain trailhead on left. To reach Crane Mountain trailhead, continue on Bell Mountain Road for 0.7 miles. Bear right at fork in the road and follow to the end of a short road for trailhead parking. If the gate providing access to Crane Mountain parking lot is closed, park at the Bell’s Mountain parking area and walk.

Klondike Mountain 
Another fun mountain to explore is Klondike Mountain in Lubec (Map 27, A-4). This small monolith exists as part of the “Bold Coast”, a 40-mile length of coastline stretching from West Quoddy Head in Lubec to the town of Cutler. Dramatic rough hewn granite cliffs rise almost 150 feet above the water’s edge and blow holes, caves and arches all add to the absolute splendor of this exquisite area. Several varieties of highly specialized plants including many only found in alpine or sub-arctic habitats call this area home, so great care should be taken to stay on marked trails to avoid impacting this fragile ecosystem. The hike to the summit o Klondike Mountain is rated as easy/moderate difficulty and the summit can be reached in 0.6 miles. The trail skirts along the water before rising 150 feet through forested land to a bald summit overlooking South Bay, Cobscook Bay, Lubec, Eastport and Campobello Island. To access Klondike Mountain, travel 1 mile north of Route 189 on the North Lubec Road. Look for the Klondike Mountain sign on the left. The trail begins in open field sprinkled with apple trees.

Chalk Pond
Tired of hiking and looking to pick up the rod and reel? Chalk Pond (Map 25, B-1) in Beddington is a shallow and weedy 32 acre body of water located near the intersection of Rt. 9 and 193. Access to the pond is possible via a short trail located at the pond’s extreme southwest end, off Rt. 193. As a warm water pond holding little dissolved oxygen and with a maximum depth of 19 feet, the pond is unable to support brook trout but does supports numerous pickerel in the 12-19 inch range and yellow perch, enough to provide fast action. While it is highly unlikely that the next state-record pickerel will be pulled from these waters, Chalk Pond offers fast fishing that is certain to be enjoyed by all. Just don’t forget to tell any newbie anglers in your group that pickerel pack a mouthful of razor sharp teeth!! When fishing, be sure to concentrate efforts on the eastern side of the pond as the western side is extremely shallow. With a generous daily bag limit on pickerel set at 10 fish and with no length limit, even the hungriest anglers will catch their fill if they wish to keep a few. Decapitated, gutted, wrapped in tinfoil and thrown on the coals of a fire they are a campfire treat ready in minutes.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Mom's First Turkey

After years of pursuit, Mom finally dropped the hammer on this Jake (11.5 lbs) on May 15th, 2015 at 6:30 AM. I was very happy to have been there during the event, providing purrs, yelps and clucks of encouragement to get the shy Jake to walk (hobble) the final few feet into the range of Mom's Mossberg 20g. Congrats Mom!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Turkey Season 2015 - Shot Video and Pictures

Turkeys were coming in well until at about 25 yards the two young jakes become alerted when I draw my bow. While I attempt to center on the rapidly departing twosome the yards quickly add up and my brain attempts to calculate arrow drop and lead. In the end, I have to admit that sometimes luck is a huge component of success and in this case lady luck shined. The jake still ran about 200 yards before collapsing, despite a devastating blow delivered by a RAGE broad head. Enjoy!

Jake Turkey take with PSE Stinger Bow

Jake Turkey but taken with a Bow a TRUE Trophy

Love the Color

Practice Make Perfect

Wildlife Quiz - The Meadow Vole

The meadow vole (Microtus pennsylvanicus), known also as the field mouse, boasts an incredible home range, found throughout the United States and even as far north as Alaska and northern sections of the Yukon. Meadow voles may be found in a wide diversity of habitats, including grassy fields, woodlands, marshes, and along ponds and streams.

Counting the tail, meadow voles rarely exceed seven inches long and usually weigh less than an ounce or two. Coloration of individuals can vary from a light yellow-brown to an almost black-brown, a stark contrast against their gray underbellies. Meadow voles make nests in clumps dry grass, sedges, and weeds and also dig burrows, for protection, winter food storage and birthing young. These extensive underground networks Meadow Voles additionally construct tunnels, depending on the season, beneath the snow and grass allowing them to move between their bedding and feeding areas without being easily detected by predators.

Meadow voles do not usually store food and must continually search for food to satisfy their voracious appetites. Meadow voles daily consume their equivalent weight in seeds, clover, leaves, bark, bulbs, and sometimes insects and animal remains. In agricultural areas with high populations of meadow voles, they can cause extensive damage to young fruit trees and crops.

Prolific breeders, a single female meadow vole can have 12 litters a year, birthing as many as 80 young in a single season. Young reach adulthood in approximately 12 weeks depending on environmental factors, leaving the nest soon after. Most meadow voles live a year to a year and a half with 88% dying within the first 30 days after birth due to high rates of predation by hawks, owls, snakes, fox, raccoons and coyotes who all rely heavily on this vast food source for their own survival.

Wildlife Quiz Questions: 
1. What is another name for the meadow vole?
2. What is the home range of the meadow vole?
3. In what habitats does the meadow vole live?
4. How long is a meadow vole?
5. How much does a meadow vole weigh?
6. What do meadow voles eat?
7. How many litters can a single female meadow vole have in a year?
8. How long can a meadow vole live?

Wildlife Quiz Answers:
1. Another name for the meadow vole is field mouse.
2. The home range, of the meadow vole is throughout the United States and as far north as Alaska and northern sections of the Yukon.
3. Meadow voles may be found in a wide diversity of habitats, including grassy fields, woodlands, marshes, and along ponds and streams.
4. Counting the tail, meadow voles rarely exceed seven inches long.
5. Meadow voles rarely exceed an ounce or two in weight.
6. Meadow voles eat seeds, clover, leaves, bark, bulbs, and sometimes insects and animal remains.
7. A single female meadow vole can have 12 litters a year.
8. A meadow vole can live a year to a year and a half.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Brook Trout and Turkey Down East

The month of May presents the last chance anglers have to chase brook trout before the waters warm by months end, making this species nearly impossible to catch. Two spectacular locations to pursue this endeavor are Simpson and Norse Ponds. Not only are these ponds regularly stocked with brook trout but they also both boast spectacular scenery sure to impress even the biggest curmudgeon.

Fishing Brook Trout
Simpson Pond (Delorme’s The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer (MAG), Map 26, D-3), located in Roque Bluffs State Park, sits just a few hundred yards from the Atlantic Ocean. The location is stunning so be sure to bring a camera as the park’s beautiful landscape is further enhanced by its abundant wildlife. During the early spring, Great Blue Herons, Bald eagles, Hooded Mergansers, Barrow's Goldeneye, Eiders, Surf Scooters, Blacks and Mallard ducks are plentiful.

While the fishing prospects may at first not look like much, this miniscule 21 acre pond regularly offers up brook trout and brown trout weighing between two and three pounds. Stocked by Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (IFW) every fall with brown trout and every spring with brook trout, the pond is a favorite fishing destination for shore-anglers using a worm and bobber. While the small pond can be effectively fished from shore, a canoe or kayak (motorboats are prohibited) provides anglers with the added flexibility to explore some of the harder to fish areas, frequently holding second season brook trout that sometimes attain lengths of 13-15 in. On calm evenings, it is an absolute joy to fly fish by wading the ponds shallow waters (5 ft maximum), tempting trout with small caddis and mayfly patterns. Anglers with kids will be pleased to know that the park is a wonderful area for families with easy hiking trails, a sandy ocean beach and a pond side picnic tables, fireplaces for cookouts, and swings for children.

Norse Pond (Map 27, C-2) exists as part of the 1,775-acre Bog Brook Cove preserve located in the heart of Maine’s Bold Coast. The 10 acre pond located east of the scenic fishing village of Cutler was stocked in the fall of 2013 with 350 brook trout measuring about 8 inches. Norse is a unique fishing location, as reaching the pond is only possible by hiking approximately one-mile on the Moose Cove trail. Access is further hampered by the ponds boggy shoreline that makes fishing from shore difficult. Anglers who overcome these obstacles by carrying in small kayaks or float tubes are usually richly rewarded with brook trout ranging from 11 to 15 inches. Legend states that Norse Pond was created by Norsemen as a water supply for one of their coastal Maine encampments. While these claims have been refuted by experts, it is still fun to walk the impressive bold cost trails and imagine that these ancient adventurers once walked these trails and gazed upon these same magnificent shores. To access the Norse Pond trailhead travel 18.5 miles north on Route 191, from the junction of Route 1 and Route 191 in East Machias. A small parking area and sign exists at the trail head.

Turkey Hunting 
Turkey hunters Down East were surprised during the spring 2014 turkey hunt by a last minute decision by Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (IFW) to suspend the previously scheduled opening of spring turkey hunting across all of Washington County. This change happened so rapidly, that last year my published May column still had mention that turkey hunting throughout Washington County would be open. While I understand that IFW made this choice because it was worried about the number of turkeys that managed to survive during the harsh winter, it was ultimately a poor choice that added unnecessary confusion among sportsmen. One less year of turkey hunting is not going to magically ensure turkeys are permanent Down East residents. As long as IFW doesn’t again change its mind; turkey season is scheduled to run May 4, 2015 through June 6, 2015 with youth day for both residents and nonresidents occurring on May 2, 2015. According to IFW’s website, ALL Wildlife Management Districts (WMD) are open to hunting spring turkeys with bag limits per WMD as follows: WMD's 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27 , 28 and 29 with two (2) bearded wild turkey bag limit and WMD’s 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 8, with a one (1) bearded wild turkey bag limit.

When attempting to locate turkeys, it pays to slowly walk or drive Washington Counties thousands of miles of logging roads and snowmobile / ATV paths. This method of “running and gunning” allows turkey hunters to be mobile, locate early morning gobblers and setup quickly for a chance at harvesting one of these impressive and beautiful birds. Prime turkey hunting locations exist throughout Washington County, with a fun and exciting hunt starting in Northfield (Map 26, B-2) and driving logging roads into Smith Landing, the beautiful Great Falls (Map 26, B-2) and continuing south following the Machias River into Whitneyville. For a coastal hunters searching for a WMA to explore, I suggest the 649-acre Jonesboro WMA (Map 26, C-2). For more specifics on the spring turkey hunt, see the IFW website at:

Friday, May 1, 2015

May and June Have this Sportsman Talking Turkey

This short article was published in the Sportsman Alliance of Maine (SAM) May/June 2015 Newsletter . . . enjoy!

My boots strip dew from the tall grass leaving behind ghostly footprints that will disappear soon after the sun crests the horizon. Not a single breath of air circulates; the absolute stillness magnifies the sound of my heavily beating heart. The early spring morning darkness and thick fog hang heavy, concealing my approach. A crow screams out in the distance, making me distinctly aware the slumbering forest is awakening, my pace quickens. Suddenly, a gobble erupts from the tree line and my arms break out in goose bumps. Am I too late? Was I seen approaching? Is the hunt over before it had even begun? Hastily setting up my portable blind, I hope against hope that the hunting gods will be kind.

There is something distinctly awakening about an early spring turkey hunt. Maine’s forest seems greener, dew sweeter, the sun’s light warmer and smells more pungent. Perhaps it is the previous months of relative hunting inactivity or the return to the woods after a long cold winter, either way pursuing Old Tom sure has a way of stirring man’s primitive soul.

Hunting turkeys with bow and arrow is a sport designed to test the patience of man. Along with the time that must be devoted to practice and preseason scouting, hunters must also be prepared to spend hours in the field awaiting an ethical shot opportunity. Many dedicated archers will devote an entire season of effort and never get a turkey. For a majority of sportsmen, this challenge is what makes the sport exciting.

Preseason Scouting Experienced archers turn these diminutive odds in their favor, by patterning birds before the season begins. Throughout the season, birds will continue the same basic day-to-day schedule even if disturbed by light hunting pressure. Monitor changes in behavior, be flexible and modify ambush plans as necessary to match the bird’s routines. Adaptability insures you are consistently where the birds want to be. Natural terrain features like rock walls, logging roads, pathways connecting fields and other funnels will help direct birds to within bow range.

A ground blind is an archer’s best friend. Offering a portable means of hiding from Old Tom’s sharp eyes, protection from Maine’s fickle spring weather, as well as biting insects they are worth the investment. To choose from the multitude of offerings, it pays to “try before you buy”. Sportsmen should sit in a variety of blinds and review them for space, weight, visible shooting lanes and available amenities (gear hooks, bow holders, lights). Other important considerations are blinds possessing a degree of water resistance. Some of the more budget conscious blinds are not waterproof. If you select one of these blinds, use silicon spray to coat both the inside and out to insure you stay dry. The final decision should be a balance of cost and function that makes the most sense to you.

Maine in the spring is ripe with biting insects. To combat these pests, ground blinds equipped with shoot through mesh are invaluable. Hunters will also encounter and need to combat the deer tick. These nasty critters carry the serious and debilitating Lyme disease. To protect your person, rake away all leaf matter and debris from the inside of the blind footprint, dose with a liberal application of bug spray and be sure to tuck in clothing. After each hunt your clothing should be run through the washer and dryer to guarantee that no ticks fall off your clothing and find their way into your living quarters. Spouses frown on deer ticks crawling up their legs when they are cooking morning breakfast! Finally, sportsmen should conduct a “tick check”. This ritual consists of stripping to your birthday suit and dancing in front of a full-length mirror to insure no stowaways have jumped aboard.

Bow Hunting Lessons Learned 
Decoys are both a benefit and a curse. Mature Toms can be extremely leery about approaching a decoy. If using decoys be sure to set them no further than 5 yards from your position. If a bird decides to investigate this gives you an excellent point blank opportunity. If a bird hangs on the outside perimeter you will still be provided with a 20-25 yard shot. Turkeys adore the rain and some of my most productive days have occurred when it is pouring. Do not be afraid to go out in heavy precipitation, as birds will be out in force. Besides, watching turkeys shake like wet dogs is a comical show not to be missed. A bow need not be set to high poundage for turkey hunting. A lighter weight will allow for a more controlled draw and a longer hold, a definite plus for spooky Toms.

To make sure your arrow arrives at the correct destination, archers should study turkey impact shot charts so they clearly understand exactly where a critical shot must be placed. Arrow quivers attached to your bow can be a liability as they change the balance of your outfit. They can also be difficult to manage in the close quarters of a hunting blind. If you plan to use your quiver while hunting make sure to have it attached during your practice sessions. I take mine off the bow once I arrive at the blind, so that it doesn’t interfere with shooting.

Final Thoughts 
Maine’s turkey population is increasing rapidly and this spring is the perfect time for you to get out and arrow one of these magnificent birds. For many sportsmen the most difficult part of any hunt is the waiting game. Turkey hunting can for some be a quick trip into the woods and at the same time for others it can be a season long event. Persistence will pay in the end for the dedicated archer. The trick is not to lose hope, don’t be disheartened and remember that your trophy bird could be just over the next hillside.
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