VT Spring Turkey – Season Recap

VT Spring Turkey – Season Recap
Tom Turkey, Northeast Bowhunter,

Photo Credit: Northeast Bowhunter

I didn’t get out as much as wanted to, but I was able to hunt enough times to know that I’ll be back. It was a lot of fun. As a newbie to the sport, I learned a few tips I’ll carry with me into next season if I can remember them by then – eleven months is a long time to remember something.

I was hoping to get out in the late season but for a number of excuses reasons I wasn’t able to. First, against my better judgment, I let myself down by allowing my work responsibilities to take precedence over hunting. That better not happen during deer season or I’ll be very upset, and I hate being upset.

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VT Spring Turkey: Hunt 2 – Barbed Hooks and a Dumb Bird

VT Spring Turkey: Hunt 2 – Barbed Hooks And A Dumb Bird

Tom Turkey, Vermont

The story of my second turkey hunt begins right where you would expect – at the beginning. All week I’d looked forward to redeeming myself after my opening day disaster. The only problem was that I’d be hunting alone for the first time, and I still lacked some essential equipment (and skills) to maximize my chances at harvesting a turkey. I knew I needed some more gear, and my research had led me to believe that a locator call, such as an owl hoot or crow call, was pivotal to locating birds in the morning.

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VT Turkey: Hunt 1 – Shoot the Bird, Not the Tree.

VT Turkey:  Hunt 1 – Shoot The Bird, Not The Tree.

 

Like most people, I don’t enjoy looking like an idiot, but I possess an unshakeable talent for it that is deeply embedded in my genetic makeup.  Such was the case of my first ever spring turkey hunt on Sunday morning in Vermont. 

Toward the end of the morning hunt, Christian and I found ourselves lying in the grass on a field edge, pinned down from the eyes of the wary gobbler, Tom.

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5 Tips for the First Time Turkey Hunter

5 Tips For The First Time Turkey Hunter

Vermont Turkey, Turkey Hunting

By now most of you know I’ll be embarking on my first ever turkey hunt this year. I’ve also made it clear that I am clueless when it comes to turkey hunting, so I decided it was in my best interest to humble myself and ask for some advice. Fortunately, I had a good idea of who to ask - and he didn’t disappoint. 

Brett Ladeau is the Vermont State Chapter President for the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) as well as the local Chapter President for the Upper Valley Longbeards, based out of White River Junction, Vermont. 

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