The Right Guide to Hunt the “Pacific Ghost”

 

The Right Guide to Hunt the “Pacific Ghost”

 

It is the dream and want of many hunters to successfully take hold of a Blacktail deer that roams the range extending between central California all the way to Alaska. These secretive deer that are referred to almost reverently as the “Pacific Ghost,” can spend their entire lives moving virtually unseen through the thick overgrowth and almost jungle-type collection of brush, timber and thorns that make up the Pacific Coast rain forests. When it comes to taking down a trophy-class Blacktail, you not only require skill, patience and hard work, but it is imperative that you book your hunt with a guide that knows everything there is to know about the Blacktail, as well as its natural surroundings. Only then can that “ghost” turn into a reality.

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The thrill of the Blacktail hunt is alive and well, but within the rugged, less-congested state of Washington hunting the “Pacific Ghost” is not only thrilling – it is a true passion. For those who are looking to book that perfect hunt, it is Shelby’s Trophy Guide Service that will have your adrenaline pumping – thrilled for the hunt before you even get off the plane.

 

Shelby’s Trophy Guide Service has a background that cannot be beat. A true family enterprise, owner Ed Shelby has been shooting with his father since he was five years of age, bringing down his first buck at 12. Father, Boyd Shelby, has a lifetime of experience and (along with his son) has several animals in the Pope & Young Record Book.

 

For those who truly live for Blacktail hunting, it is highly important to note that for over 25 years Shelby’s hunts have been 97% successful. Although offering hunts that range from black bear to elk, Shelby’s Trophy Guide Service specializes in trophy Blacktail located in the western Washington area. They are also known to provide in-depth data and techniques in tracking, rattling and stalking that you, your company, family, or friends can take with you from the hunt and use over and over again for a lifetime of successful hunting.

 

Experienced teachers, Ed Shelby and his crew own the skills, the wisdom and the love for hunting and the Great Outdoors that is absolutely necessary when wishing to achieve a completely prosperous hunt. Shelby’s takes their mission seriously: They will try and help you bag that trophy animal of your dreams no matter what! And as far as techniques are concerned, you can book a bow or rifle hunt with Shelby’s and get an exciting and rewarding experience in return.

 

There are many Hunting Packages available. When it comes to the Blacktail Deer Hunt – Early Archery Packages and Late Archery Packages; as well as General Deer Season – Modern Firearm: 3 Day Hunts run $2,000.00/5 Day Hunts run $2,500.00, with additional days at $500.00 each. (It’s important to note that special doe hunts/late archery only, one day is guaranteed at $500.00/no kill, no pay.)

 

Some of the hunting requirements include (but are not limited to): no smoking on the hunt; bow hunters may be required to demonstrate target accuracy; and a 50% non-refundable booking fee deposit is required at the time you book your reservation. Local scouting trips are available before you hunt ($200.00 per day), and a trophy fee of $500.00 for all Blacktail deer, 4 point or bigger, including eye guards.

 

And if you happen to be from out-of-state, Shelby’s will guide you through the process of purchasing your license once you arrive. This is to ensure you will have the correct type of license which you can find further information on at: https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov

 

Not to mention, the minute you start researching that perfect Blacktail Hunt at Shelby’s Trophy Guide Service site, you will also be able to read through all the local lodging links in order to make sure you get the best and most memorable hunt you can imagine. So get to it…your “Pacific Ghost” is waiting!

 

For more information, head to: http://www.blacktailguide.com/index.php

Original Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle

Consider Small Plots for Future Dove Hunting

 

Consider Small Plots for Future Dove Hunting

By Darren Shepard

BFMG Staff

Just about every dove hunter has put up their cash and took a chance on a paid dove shoot.  Many times, the hunt is great and others, well not so much. If you don’t have a farm or buddies, who enjoy a “shoot,” finding a spot for an early fall dove shoot can be tough. Another option to consider might be your own deer hunting property or lease and an existing food plot depending on your geographic location.

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One of my best dove shoots was on a tract of land that was barley 2 acres. There was a small pond, a gravel pit, and enough sunflowers to bring in birds. In fact, with just 3 of us on this “spot” a limit was taken in very short order by everyone. It certainly is not a hunt in Argentina or South Texas, but it was a lot of fun!

Creating a dove field at your deer club may be a by- product of your existing food plots for the coming season. If the crop is not right for dove, developing a small area is not difficult and may pay big dividends. Plus, creating a small dove shoot brings a few club members, buddies or family together for a good day plus an opportunity to harvest a few birds.

Get busy and check it out today but first consider a few questions.  Do you have a plot that is not performing well? Perhaps a field that needs to be burned if legal?  What about a water source?  Have you seen many doves on your “club” over the past few seasons?  What equipment, seed and supplies will I need? Is it worth it?  At my hunting club, just about all the equipment is on hand, so creating a small dove shoot is easy to do.  But you need to get started, now!

May is the perfect month for planting. With certain practices for plants such as “Sunflowers’, they need to get into the ground now since it will take about 100 days for sunflowers to reach their full potential. This year our field is planted with Peredovick sunflowers. These grow about 3 feet or so in height and produce small sunflower seeds which are perfect for dove, quail and other species. A 50 LB bag is inexpensive and will cover an acre easily. Row planting is best but, with this seed, if the soil is prepared correctly, can be broadcast across the plot. The next step would be to cover the seed with a solid “drag” behind the tractor or 4 -wheeler and keep hoping for summer rains!  Planting other crops such as brown top millet, corn or sowing fall wheat work well too.  Make sure your food source is ready and check the best times for planting in order to gain the best yield. It is very important to do your research and check both state and federal regulations regarding legal “planting and farming “practices for dove.

Another key advantage of a small field or plot is the fact it is inexpensive to adjust the soil ph, and the use of lime and fertilizer is a key. Check the soil ph and adjust accordingly with goal to reach a 6.5-7.5 level if possible. Purchasing lime or fertilizer is not expensive when you are planting a couple of acres or less. Plus, this will help your dove field now but, enhances the future crop growth you may be planting in this same field for winter or spring deer plots later in the year. A great side benefit as well!

A small plot could be worth the time for a late afternoon shoot or taking the kids after school during a short season.  The small dove plot provides a good chance to increase your odds for a little “filet mignon of the sky” for the grill and is just another way of getting the most out of your time afield.

It is worth a shot, isn’t it?

 

Original Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle.com 

 

Gage Outdoor Expeditions Provides a “Wingshooter’s” Paradise

 

Gage Outdoor Expeditions Provides a “Wingshooter’s” Paradise

 

When it comes to gorgeous scenery, colorful culture, and a list of wild species that are among the most amazing in the world, Argentina leads the way for South America in all of these categories. But there are other facets the country of Argentina scores high in, which include delicious cuisine and hunting/fishing trips that create the most incredible sights, sounds and memories for anyone wanting to partake.

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One of the most popular trips comes in the form of dove hunting. Not only is the trip luxurious because of the incredible surroundings but, because of the region’s climate that consistently produces a multitude of corn, wheat and other grains, Argentina boasts abundant bird populations. In other words, a successful dove hunt is bound to be had.

 

If looking for a fantastic guide that provides exceptional hunting year round, Gage Outdoor Expeditions is definitely one of the names that stands out. With an estimated 20 million birds, booking your dove hunt with experts like Gage is a great idea. This one-of-a-kind location is located just 2.5 hours north of Buenos Aires. With the Argentina Dove Hunting trip originating in the USA, you and your party will receive a non-stop flight to Buenos Aires and upon arrival you will clear customs easily and be met by a Gage agent. From this point on, you’ll be accompanied by an English-speaking host and taken to the beautiful lodge for an exciting afternoon of dove hunting. Just think…with no flight connections needed, you will save both money and time allowing for more fun to be had.

 

A variety of dove hunting packages are provided: 3 Days for $1,495; 2 Days for $1,000; and a 1 Day Package for $650 (per hunter). And all the packages include a full menu of extras for each person in your party. Not only is your Argentina dove hunting experience fully-guided, but you receive a bilingual host from the time you arrive in Buenos Aires until you depart for home. All ground transportation, as required by the itinerary is provided, as well as assistance with the paperwork to clear the guns at customs; ground transportation in and out of the hunting area; accommodations in a luxury estancia; all meals while in the hunting area (including soft drinks, beer and wine); and one guide for each hunter.

 

But if you want to “go big,” Gage is now offering its 2017 All Inclusive Luxury Dove Hunting Package that allows you to enjoy the shoot without having to pay an exorbitant shell bill at the end of the hunt. At only $3,295 per hunter, you receive all the benefits of the above packages including 3000 rounds of ammunition as well as gun rentals and hunting licenses.

 

(Not included: shells beyond 3,000 in package = $12 per box, airfare, and extra transfer charge for groups less than 4.)

 

When it comes to accommodations, the Bolacua Resort is a true luxury Argentina estancia. After the exciting day of dove shooting winds down, you can swim or simply relax with a cocktail while you and your hunting party are catered to. The lodge can host both small and large groups, and first-class hospitality is always provided. In addition, if you are looking for more intimate lodging while on your trip, the Palacio Santa Candida ($300 Surcharge) specializes in groups of 4-8 hunters. The same luxury and hospitality can be found as you choose from the 7 rooms with private baths, as well as 2, two-bedroom apartments with private baths. This historic estancia includes breakfast and dinner served in the Great Hall and provides an authentic Argentinian experience.

 

When it comes to the hunting schedule, after an early morning breakfast, you and your party will be driven approximately 20 to 30 minutes to the area where Gage guides have blinds set and cases of shells at the ready. Around a half-hour after day breaks, the Argentina doves begin swarming overhead and continue to fly until the sun sets. A midday break is also taken in the field to enjoy some of that delicious cuisine.

 

All year long there are more birds in Argentina than any one hunter can possibly ask for. In other words, it is time to plan your trip today.

 

For more information, head to: http://www.gageoutdoor.com/argentina-dove-hunting/

Original Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle

 

10 Gauge Outfitters: The Best Pheasant Hunting in Kansas

 

10 Gauge Outfitters: The Best Pheasant Hunting in Kansas

 

The state slogan of Kansas used to be “Simply Wonderful.” It was recently changed to “As Big as You Think.” In the end, both statements are absolute fact. And for the hunter, it is extremely easy to say that Kansas offers many wide, open spaces to choose from and provides you and your friends with a ‘simply wonderful’ experience.

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When looking for that perfect guide to provide you with the best pheasant hunting in the state, 10 Gauge Outfitters is a name you should know! Putting together your Kansas hunting adventure becomes far easier when choosing 10 Gauge, because you ensure that your hunt will provide you with memories to last a lifetime.

 

Enveloped in the beautiful western plains of Kinsley, Kansas, where the view is endless for miles on end, 10 Gauge Outfitters puts to use the wheat, alfalfa, milo, and corn that Kansas is so good at producing in order to offer up (and fatten up) the finest wild game.

 

What makes for a great pheasant hunt guide is experience. 10 Gauge Outfitters has ventured outside their own region in order to examine expeditions across the U.S. By seeing first-hand the positives that other guides, outfitters and lodges have to offer across the country, they have combined all this knowledge to create the best experience you can possibly find in the great state of Kansas.

 

Along with experience comes the need for habitat, and 10 Gauge Outfitters is certainly not lacking in that area. Providing their sporting game with the appropriate amount of minerals, nutrients and feed throughout the year, their habitat keeps all game healthy and plentiful. Not to mention, the habitat gives plenty of cover to pheasants and quail for them to hide and roost from other predators. In other words, 10 Gauge continuously works hard so that the hunting expedition you book will be a successful one. So successful, in fact, that you will walk away not only wanting to return as fast as possible, but also wanting to tell your family, friends and colleagues all about the fantastic time you had.

 

For ‘The Best Wild Pheasant Hunting in Kansas’ 10 Gauge serves small pheasant hunting groups as well as corporate pheasant hunting trips, offering lodging for up to 20 people. You can enjoy the open farmland and open plains, spend mornings shooting all the pheasant or quail you want, and then kick back in the evening.

 

Rates for the 10 Gauge pheasant hunts range from: 2 people @ $530; 3 people @ $490; and 4+ @ $450 (per hunter/day). Included in your package are: lodging, food, guides, dogs and/or dog kenneling if you bring your own with you to the hunt, airport pick-up and drop-off for groups of 4 or more, 100 yd. shooting range and sporting clays, satellite TV, internet services and field transportation.

 

When it comes to lodging, 10 Gauge Outfitters supplies a stunning early nineteen hundred 3-bedroom/2-bath farmhouse that sleeps 8 comfortably and was completely remodeled in 2012. Located amidst some truly stunning countryside, hunters will not only have a great trip, but they will also have a place to enjoy quiet, peaceful evenings while sitting on the porch and celebrating their ‘catch’ with a drink. And when it comes to food, fresh, delicious cuisine is available for you and your group, with a variety of meals to choose from.

 

Another thing to keep in mind is the time of year that you decide to schedule your trip with 10 Gauge, because if the season permits, you can combine other expeditions with the pheasant hunt.

 

These include:

 

Prairie Dog Hunting: With access to thousands of acres of prairie dog towns located less than 30 minutes from 10 Gauge’s lodging facilities, year-round prairie dog hunting is available.

 

Whitetail Hunting: When it comes to those majestic creatures, Kansas whitetail hunts with 10 Gauge Outfitters are a must to get those huge Kansas bucks. These are guided trophy whitetail hunts on over 16,000 acres of intensely managed prime Kansas habitat.

 

Coyote Hunting: Coyote country in southwest Kansas is property that plays home to a variety of game that includes not only coyotes, but also bobcats, fox and badgers.

 

In addition, look into the Rio Grande Turkey Hunting experience (spring and fall hunts available) with 10 Gauge, as well as shotgun hunts, archery hunts, and so much more.

 

It is time to bag that pheasant – and perhaps a few others along the way – and literally experience “Something Wonderful” in a place that most definitely is “As Big as You Think!”

 

For more information, head to: www.10gaugeoutfitters.com

 

Original Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle

What to Tip the “Tipper”

 

What to Tip the “Tipper”

He or she is your guide into those woods, out on that river, etc. They are the ones who have gone to school and been educated in this particular sport/pleasure you are delving into for your vacation time, and they are the ones with companies that make it easier than ever to plan a guided hunt or trip for you, family and friends. They are also the ones with just the right “tip” that could allow you to have the most successful hunt you’ve ever had.successful hunting, proper, appreciation, long-standing relationship, service, quality, the right 'tip'

Over the internet, a lover of the hunt (or fishing, boating, etc.) can log on and go through a list of outfitter websites that contain everything about their company and their team. They will offer up information that all prospective sportsmen and sportswomen need to know: from accommodations provided to equipment to pictures of the areas being utilized for the sport, animals harvested in the past, as well as various packages and prices.

But, oddly enough (unlike the rest of American business and industry in the 21st-century), you will most likely never find anything about what specific dollar amount or percentage of the hunt cost to give the guide as a tip. And because each package is so completely different, coming up with an average tip can be extremely tough. This is a gray area for many sports people, especially those who have never been on a guided hunt/tour before.

It is understood that a tip is not a requirement. However, it is important to realize that if you “land” a quality service and a guide who truly loves what they do and knows the ins-and-outs of everything they happen to be doing, than offering your guide a tip is the best way to offer thanks to them for their service.

It is important to remember as well that if the guide is not the outfitter, they are usually told what to do by someone higher up in charge. They may not have any say when it comes to choosing the location or what your accommodations will be during your stay. That is the outfitter’s responsibility, and your guide should never be “hung out to dry” if that outfitter has made errors in your trip. The guide’s tip is always based on the job that they did for you and your friends/family. If for the duration of your event they work as your partner – such as, on a hunt, if they help fill your tags, make sure you have a safe hunt, and offer those stellar, helpful ‘tips,’ than they should be rewarded with a “thank you.”

If the outfitter is both the owner and your guide, then it becomes a different story entirely. They are the ones responsible for every detail during your trip – from being the guide to making sure your hunt is set up well and your accommodations and other details promised have been delivered. This becomes another gray area for some because why tip the owner when you have already paid them for everything in full? Most hunters and sportsmen will agree that if the guide does everything in an A+ manner, it doesn’t matter if they own the company or not, they should still get the “thank you.”

When thinking about the prices, start with something easy. At a restaurant the approximate tip for your waiter/waitress is 15% (if the job is done well, of course). When it comes to the guide of your trip, most hunters begin in the neighborhood of 8-12% of the cost of the hunt when it comes to tipping the guide. (Example: For most waterfowl hunts that comes out to approximately $25 per day; for a 5-day big game hunt you are closer to the $250-$350 range. And if we are talking about a guide that has literally shown you and your guests a truly incredible week, then giving a little extra is definitely a good show.

Above all, remember the fact that the guide is not responsible for you shooting correctly, being able to “land that big one” right, and definitely are not responsible for anything that Mother Nature decides to throw in your path. Certain things will always be out of a human’s control, but hard work most definitely matters and should be appreciated. Just think, you may have such a successful expedition that you will want that particular guide the next time around, so saying “thank you” is a great way to start a long-standing relationship.

Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle

Are You Considering joining a New “Hunting Club or Lease” this year?

 

Are You Considering joining a New “Hunting Club or Lease” this year?

By Darren Shepard

Joining a “hunting club” is not as easy as it sounds. There are so many considerations one must examine before committing the multiple resources, time and money required to have a successful experience.

It has been over five years since I was a member of a hunting club and my last experience was less than a pleasant one.  I have been fortunate to hunt a tract of private land for many years and will continue to do so moving forward. However, with my changing family needs and time constraints, an opportunity to join a new hunting club presented itself with a neighbor’s invitation. I decided after long consideration, to commit to the club and dedicate a 3-year window for the project.

 My goal is to point out a few things I had to consider that may be of benefit to you as well.

  • Set Your Goals and Expectation: Speaking with club members, reviewing the club’s records, understanding the established deer management plan and club rules is a step you must take before committing. You may want to take a 160 Inch whitetail, but if the clubs largest buck harvested in the last five years has been a 120-inch buck, you may be setting yourself up for failure.  Also, what are all of the hunting options at the “club”? Is it just for whitetail deer? Can you hunt spring turkeys, small game or does a dove field exists? You must determine what type of club you want to join and how you may want to use the resources in compliance with the “club rules.”

 

 In addition, if you have a family, can they hunt?   How long is the lease the “club” has with the property owner?  Plus, how do you want to hunt, use the facilities or is there a camp?  What is your overall goal of enjoying the experience and what resources do you have to contribute to the “club”?  These are several key questions and writing a list of your questions is a solid step towards a successful hunting club experience.

 

  • Location, Location, Location: A friend once told me, I’d rather have the right 50 acres to hunt in Northern Illinois than 500 acres in the wrong area of South Georgia. I agree! However, at this point in my life, I don’t have the time to drive to Illinois during deer season often. With my specific goals, as well as those for my family, this particular lease is 50 minutes from my home.  A family that hunts together stays together in my mind, so location for time together is paramount in my decision.

 

I may not take a 160-inch whitetail, but with the location, our family can spend a lot of time there on a year-round basis, keep hunting together and share many experiences.

 

  • Members and Relationships: I was fortunate to have been invited by a neighbor to join this club, and this greatly assists with learning more about the property quickly, enhances introductions to other members and the “management” team for the club.

 

 An important key is understanding the rules and objectives of the club.   If you agree with their objectives, can contribute to the overall plan, and honor the rules, then joining the club may be a great idea.  Over time, you will be able to contribute other thoughts and ideas as a part of being a “team player” within the club. If in the beginning, you have any doubts about their “plan” or members, it is better for you to just politely decline and find another option. Starting off without a clear understanding and agreement will just lead to a disaster for everyone involved.

 

Also, the number of members is key. A club that has 25 members on a leased tract of land that contains 150 acres is going to be a major headache. Frankly, I have used the 100 acres per hunter as a general guide. No real science, but combined with deer population estimates from the state for the area, historical data and club records, this enables me to be comfortable in most cases with this “number.” In this case, our club has 900 acres with eight members with mutually agreed common rules and goals.

 

  • Resources: Set your budget and stick to it. Beyond the annual “dues,” insurance and other items, you will need to create a list of additional things you may need for hear one as well as items to purchase over several seasons.   For example, ladder stands, an ATV if you have limited access to areas, or a camper.  Beyond just “joining” there will be “work” weekends for camp clean up, putting up stands, feeders, and food pl Keep all of these issues in mind when dedicating your time and money. If you become a club member, then be a member that contributes and helps work with the “team.” Time with members working on established common goals will build great relationships and is a big part of the club experience.

 

Just a few points to consider if you are looking at a “hunting club” this coming fall,  but hopefully, these points will provide a little “food for thought.”

 We have joined the club this year with a dedicated limited budget and plan.  The goal is to share additional features about this project moving forward including repairing an old camper and many other projects related to becoming a new hunting club member.   More to come soon, but if you have not found your “club” yet, get busy!  Turkey season is almost here and deer season is closer than you think!

Original Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle.com

 

Whitetail Hunting in Illinois is About Making Memories in the Heartland

 

Whitetail Hunting in Illinois is About Making Memories in the Heartland

 

Whitetail hunting is the most popular area of the hunting universe in this day and age. When it comes to the great state of Illinois, there is one guide that is all about making your trip not only a success, but one of the most memorable experiences you can possibly have. And seeing that most of the dates sell out quite quickly, now is the time to research, review and then reserve your 2017 incredible whitetail hunt.

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If you are looking to have a whitetail deer hunting trip with a premier outfitter,Harpole’s Heartland Lodge is the place for you. Specializing in archery deer hunts, along with gun hunts, Heartland is the original deer hunting outfitter and lodge in Pike County – and they can absolutely boast the fact that trophy whitetail hunts have been their specialty for the last 21 years…and counting.

 

Harpole’s is rated the absolute best in all areas you can think of when it comes to having a hunting trip that is nothing short of spectacular. Even the outfitter staff deserves and receives an A+ across the board, offering you a truly dedicated and full-time whitetail manager, full-time assistant whitetail manager, support staff and guides who work year-round in order to ensure that your hunt is off-the-charts.

 

Beginning in the winter, Harpole’s staff scouts bucks that survived the fall hunting season and are looking for new tree stand locations. The staff then moves on to late winter and early spring which is filled with tasks, from walking the woods looking for whitetail sheds to over-seeding the clover food plots. Early spring is spent planting new food plots, while summer is spent maintaining the plots, glassing and videotaping deer that come into the fields, and checking trail cam photos. When the late summer months arrive, planting the brassica food plots and new clover plots take over the daily work, so that when fall once again appears, every single step of the process has been done. All that’s left is to guide you to the perfect spot so you can have the best hunt imaginable.

 

Harpole’s diehard crew also makes archery hunting available. This is a passion absolutely shared by the entire whitetail staff who shoot their bows year-round, always practicing and always looking forward to when that next archery “party” arrives.

 

Pike County Illinois deer hunting has become legendary, and Harpole’s Heartland Lodge is the reason for the unbridled thrills that whitetail hunters experience when they utilize Heartland as their chosen guides. It doesn’t hurt that you are talking about one of the most stunning areas in the country. Located in the middle of incredible Illinois deer hunting country, centered between the Mississippi and Illinois River drainages, Heartland has always provided large whitetail bucks the perfect habitat. They understand the four key ingredients to having a quality deer herd: genetics, food, habitat, and a good age structure. By understanding this, they have been able to produce huge bucks and quality whitetail deer hunting for over two decades. And with their strict management program in place to preserve growth, Heartland continues to be at the top of the list for hunters who are searching for whitetail bucks not found anywhere else.

 

Harpole’s Heartland Lodge also provides first-class accommodations. Even though hunters may not think this is as important as the hunt itself, having a good night’s sleep and a great meal are just as important as the aim you bring with you. And at Heartland, receiving a comfortable bed after a long day’s hunt is the perfect way to “cap” off the day.

 

Various archery and gun hunting packages are available to one and all, but booking needs to begin as soon as possible, seeing as that Heartland’s customers continue to be repeat customers who will make sure they snag one of the pristine packages. Packages run from the Four-Night, Three-Day November Packages to Five-Night, Four-Day December Packages; Four-Night, Three-Day Muzzleloader Packages to Seven-Night, Six-Day Archery-Muzzleloader Combo Packages; Four-Night, Three-Day Firearm Doe Hunts, and the list goes on!

 

Harpole’s also rolls out the red carpet every year and welcomes both seasoned veterans and those who are just learning how to deer hunt. With deer hunting tips and strategies from Heartland’s professional and talented guides, everyone is sure to have an incredible time.

 

Memories are ready to be made, so head to www.heartlandlodge.com today to view everything from private rooms to luxury suites, and make your reservation. The only difficult part will be waiting for the months to go by so you can get to that beautiful Illinois country and bag that champion whitetail you’ve been dreaming about.

www.heartlandlodge.com

Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle

Keeping the Treasured Memory of that Successful Turkey Hunt

 

Keeping the Treasured Memory of that Successful Turkey Hunt

by Amy Lignor

 

When the hunt is over and that wild turkey “trophy” has been nabbed, the final step is making the decision on how best to display that memory in your home. For the coming years, being able to stare at that trophy and think back on that awesome day is something everyone wants to do. Therefore, everything from space requirements to budget has to be taken into consideration when heading to the taxidermy stage.

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The first thing you need to consider is the quality of your specimen. Such as, if the bird is damaged in one specific area, minimizing this problem by choosing the pose that’s best to hide the damage is a must. Say one wing is in bad shape, the option of choosing a side view “pose” would conceal that damage. Or…if the problem resides in the tail of the trophy, a full-fan or strutting pose would be poor choices in order to make that treasured keepsake look its absolute best.

 

There are five categories of basic poses when it comes to turkey mounting; these are divided into strutting, flying, standing/walking, gobbling/roosting, as well as ‘dead’ mounts. And when you are judging the space needed to properly display the trophy bird, it must be taken into consideration that the strutting and standing mounts will need a good deal of table or floor space, whereas the other mounts available are generally considered to be wall hangings.

 

You must also choose whether or not you wish to keep the gobbler as a ‘lone statue’ or actually place it into a habitat scene. By adding that extra bit of color and texture, you can actually transform your mount into a true ‘tale’ that will captivate any audience that lays eyes on it.

 

Taxidermists will tell you that the “Strutting Tom Pose” is literally the most beautiful and majestic pose available. The feathers puffed out gives the mount optimum visual effect, so if your specimen is undamaged when it comes to feathers, tail and wings, the strutting pose is most definitely the one to choose. Displayed on a base, you can then be as simple with the mount or as artistic as you want to be. Woodland and forest scenes offer a back-drop that will remind you of the day you harvested the bird and can really create a custom work of art. In addition, if room availability is slim, a full strut mount, a three-quarter strut, or a half-strut, can be created in a pre-finished wall base which will save on space and bring the turkey up to eye level, increasing the visual beauty.

 

The “Standing/Walking Tom Pose,” is an excellent choice if space is slim or if there happens to be damage done to the wings or tail. With an earth base and habitat scenery, this is a pose that will most definitely show off your trophy in its best light.

 

If looking for the perfect wall hanging, the “Gobbling/Roosting Tom Pose” most definitely emphasizes a large beard and spurs that are ideal. Mounted on an artificial turkey limb, this creation keeps your successful hunt looking great.

 

If you happen to be lucky enough to have that large wall space and enough ceiling height that you can properly fill with an impressive display, the “Flying Tom Pose” is the way to go. When dealing with a flying pose, the taxidermist can mount the specimen without any panel or use a finished wood panel/artificial bark as a scenic back-drop.

 

And if looking for a work of art that’s reminiscent of a true artistic master, the hanging “Dead Mount” can be created in a barn-wood shadow box, placed beside other artifacts from the hunt, such as shotgun shells or turkey calls. This type of display truly commemorates that special day.

 

One reminder, if your specimen happens to have sustained a great deal of damage, there are still choices to be had. A barn-wood turkey tail panel can be used to display just the fanned tail and beard of your wild turkey, and will also save on cost and space.

 

But whatever decision you make, bringing that piece of Mother Nature into the home and creating that special reminder is the ultimate wrap-up to the turkey hunt!

Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle

Must Have Gear for Your Spring Gobbler Hunt

 

Must Have Gear for Your Spring Gobbler Hunt

by Amy Lignor

 

Believe it or not, there will be many newbies out there this spring hunting season; not to mention those teaching their ‘young’ how to catch that gobbler for the first time. But even when it comes to the pros, with the excitement that grows from spring hunting season, it’s always a great thing to have a reminder of the “must have” gear that makes the gobbler – America’s toughest game bird – far easier to catch.

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Let’s begin with the right clothing. When it comes to blending in and outsmarting that bird, purchasing a camouflage facemask and gloves is the right start. The best camo clothing will not help a bit if the gobbler can still see your bare face and hands. Remember, this is a sharp-eyed bird, which means head-to-toe camo is the path to a successful hunt.

 

Make sure that turkey-hunting vest is also a part of your attire. Made for being able to carry all the turkey-hunting gear you need for the day, the vest is a must for both convenience and accessibility. Shop around for that vest that will offer season-long storage, allowing you to hold everything from calls to extra cartridges, compasses, and more. Having everything in one easy-to-access place gives you the extra benefit of knowing that all the critical gear is always on hand.

 

Comfort is yet another crucial topic on hunters’ minds. Yes, there are those that want to “be a part of nature,” but the larger percentage is looking for comfort out there in the wilderness. After all, nature was made for the gobbler – not the hunter. So while searching for that turkey-hunting vest, make sure to pick up one that provides extra padding. There are models that give perfect back support while leaning against those trees, as well as keep you warm and dry no matter what the weather throws at you.

 

Successful turkey hunts come even easier when comfort is key. Not only the vests, but there are also turkey-hunting seats and cushions made available by all of the top names. When the weather turns extra warm the vest will be shed by most hunters, so having the special seats and cushions will allow you to retain the comfort of the vest, but give relief when it comes to sitting in the sun.

 

Gobbler chasing also requires the best possible hunting boots. There are hours where sitting patiently is a must, but between these times some hiking is usually involved. Therefore, having good ankle support is in order. And remember, the best boots differ when it comes to the area that you will be gobbler chasing: some hunters will need to get those sturdy boots with deeply lugged soles if hiking those mountainous areas; while the hunter based in the flatwoods or swamp areas should look for a waterproof boot, or even knee-high rubber boots. No matter which is necessary, just make sure that they are well broken-in before heading out on the hunt.

 

Camo colored/dark is best, but also keep in mind that snakes are a matter of concern to many spring turkey hunters. Like that gobbler, snakes become more active as spring sets in. Regular hunting boots offer good snake protection under normal circumstances; however, short or lightweight uppers are less protective. If living and hunting in an environment where snakes are prevalent (AKA: the Rio Grande country) more protection is in order, such as snake chaps or leggings made of tough nylon.

 

Make sure that before that hunt the right decoys are also purchased and stored in that vest. There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that for a successful turkey hunt to occur, decoys are a major necessity. Being able to lure those gobblers into your set-up is a must, and when it comes to bow hunting, decoys cannot be overlooked.

 

Camo is needed, but so is a great blind that screens all movements – such as, when you need to shift position if a gobbler comes from an unexpected angle. Although Mother Nature provides blinds, in some areas they will not be so easy to find. So when shopping for a blind, make sure to get one that’s portable, light, and easy to set up and take down.

 

Last, but definitely not least, we come to the binoculars and rangefinders. You certainly must know whether you’re spotting a hen, a jake, a trophy Tom, or simply a tree stump. Yes, turkey hunting is a short-range sport, but for the professionals who can spot them at longer ranges, these are important tools. Add on to that a rangefinder that can help estimate the correct shotgun range, and success will be had.

 

What do the gobblers need, you ask? If you have these items, that turkey will need good luck.

Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle

Team Magnum Guides You to Where the Wild Turkeys Are

 

Team Magnum Guides You to Where the Wild Turkeys Are

by Amy Lignor

The eyes and ears of a turkey make it one of the toughest of all Texas game animals. Their vision is the keenest; they can pinpoint movement and hone in on noises from a mile away. So when it comes to hunting these creatures, it is important to be led by a guide service that literally owns the highest skill level and unbelievable talent to give you, your family, and friends the most successful turkey hunt possible.

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Magnum Guide Service L.L.C. is a name that all true turkey hunters should be aware of. Publicized in a slew of magazines, from Field & Stream to Texas Sportsman, Magnum Guide Service is known for always achieving its number one goal: Making your trip a memorable and successful experience. Making up “Team Magnum” are the most seasoned guides and the best employees on tap to create a trip that allows you to bag that perfect trophy. Extensive game management programs and dedicated hunters with good marksmanship have ensured that Magnum always maintains a very high success rate on all game pursued.

Behind this service stands Jim and Melony Roche, who are experienced veterans in the game guide and outdoor industry. It was in the spring of 1976 that Jim first began hunting and ‘calling’ turkeys, when the Lone Star State first opened the spring turkey season. Becoming one of the first “Turkey Guides” in Texas, Jim created “Team Magnum” which has hosted over 2,100 turkey hunters, with an average success rate of 1.7 birds per hunter, based upon a 2 bird limit.

When it comes to the Rio Grande Gobbler, you are looking at an average weight of 20 lbs. and a beard length of 9 ½ inches and 1 1/8 spur. With the Magnum guides being among the most professional turkey guides to be found anywhere in the country, the hunter can even bag exceptional gobblers that can push up to 25 lbs. The Magnum hunts cover approximately 65,000 acres of prime turkey habitat, where hunters can hear anywhere from 10-20 different gobblers per day.

And when it comes to the schedule of the hunt, nothing could get better than this….

After chowing down a delicious breakfast, and well before ‘first light,’ the expert guides of “Team Magnum” escort both semi-guided and fully-guided hunters into the field. Hunters are placed within calling distance of roost, strut zones, and feeding areas where they’re free to either ‘run and gun’ or ‘sit and stick,’ depending on each individual hunter’s preference.

With a hunt lasting 4-5 hours, returning to the Lodge for a big lunch rounds out the morning. Back to the woods for another 4-5 hours of afternoon gobbler action creates a hunt that consists of a fair amount of walking and calling to ‘raise’ a bird, then setting upon him as the distance between hunter and quarry closes.

With expansive landholdings that offer the hunter privacy and even the luxury of having 400-1500 acres exclusively to themselves, success can be found along popular travel corridors between known roosts and both feeding and watering areas, as well as along ridges where hunters are elevated and can better hear distant gobbles.

The turkey hunting packages offered are varied, with several different spring and fall packages available. Food, lodging, guides and 2 ½ days of hunting for 1-3 Rio Grande gobblers—complete with airport transfers as well as full freezer facilities—make up the most popular three-day-hunting package. Guided hunts are one guide per hunter, and semi-guided hunts include a guide to transport hunters into the field. “Do It Yourself” hunts are also available for hunters who wish to furnish their own food and lodging. Hunting duos such as a husband/wife team can be accommodated; and, for larger corporate groups, the entire lodge and hunting areas can be reserved all to themselves.

When it comes to equipment available, the choice is immense: Turkey decoys, Double Bull pop-up blinds, shotguns, ammunition and more may be available for rent. And when the hunt comes to a close, successful “Rio Grande Gobbler Hunters” will receive a Magnum Guide Service, LLC “Certificate of Harvest,” worthy of framing. There is also a “Magnum” Awards Presentation that has become a huge hit for hunters.

Booking that reservation with “Team Magnum” is a must. Dates include: The 2017 Texas Spring Turkey Season South Zone Opener (March 18); North Zone Opener (April 1);

Easter (April 16, 2017); and even booking forward to the 2017Fall Season Hunt.

Rates vary, so after heading to http://www.magnumguide.com/TurkeyHunting.aspx and finding that perfect Magnum hunt you’re interested in, then contact the staff who will be happy to go over all the details with you. Once the trip is booked, a booking contract is forwarded to you, turning the dream into a reality.

Top-of-the-line equipment, tasty meals, seasoned guides, and amazing hunting camps…there’s nothing more you could ask for when it comes to that perfect turkey hunt.

Magnum Guide Service L.L.C.

www.magnumguide.com

Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle