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Parker Lighted Nocks- An archery must

The Parker Lighted Nocks are an archery must. They provide the ability to track your shot and find your arrow after it has been discharged. The nocks are easy to install and an amazing tool to have in your archery arsenal! Click below to see an employee demonstration of these products in use.

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West Virginia Turkey Season is just around the corner! Now is a good time to started getting your ducks in a row. From sighting your gun or bow in, to locating the birds.

Turkey Season Starts Monday April 16, 2018 through Saturday May 12, 2018

Some great tips for turkey season are:

*Turkeys will enter or exit fields from the same points, often along powerlines, roads, or downed fencelines. Learn a bird’s pattern and you’ll knowwhere to intercept him.

*At most, take a locator call and a mouth call, which is easy to carry and waterproof.

*When you’re sneaking up on birds, use knolls and ravines, follow creek beds,and keep to the shady side of fields. On private land, don’t be afraid to belly crawl.

*Stalking birds is a game of guts, and you have to listen when your gut says go.Make sure the bird has its head down, and move in concert with rustling leaves. Don’t get caught in a spot where you can’t slink back to cover, or that bird will bust you.

Pre-Season Scouting

The turkey hunting itch begins as early as February for some. When it comes, don’t ignore it…scratch that itch! The best way is with pre-season scouting. Earlier in the year during the late winter, you will be looking for the flock. Scout food sources such as mast bearing (acorn filled) hardwood flats, cut grain fields, and pastures for tracks, droppings, and scratching. Set up some trail cameras in some areas where you think they might be feeding.  Locating the flock with this tactic gives you the general area, but later in the year you will focus more on locating gobblers to hunt.

Take advantage of days off work, weekend days, and any hours you get free. If you’re off work on a rainy day, use it to scout! Especially when you’re hunting eastern turkeys, rainy days means they like to come out on the fields. I don’t know if they feel more comfortable out in the open or safer out there, but that’s a good time to take a cruise around if you’ve got some open fields and find where you’ve got groups of turkeys.

Roosting

The easiest way to kill a gobbler in the spring is finding his roost the night before. Use your pre-season scouting observations to key in on a general area where the turkey might be spending the night. When you get off work, head to the woods. Without spooking the bird get within earshot, and listen for wings flapping and light calling as turkeys fly up on their roosts for the night. You can also use an owl or crow locator call to get a tom to gobble on the roost as its just turning dark. Since there’s no leaves on the trees… you can cover ground at dark and see them in the trees and hear where they’re roosting. By getting in close to observe and listen to a tom on the roost you will know exactly when and where to be the next morning.

Wake up early and walk in the cover of darkness, not using a light, and set up close to the tree. Call to the tom lightly after he begins to talk on the roost. If you let him know there is a hen below in your direction he will come and investigate. If you are not the best at the “turkey talk” there is hope with this tactic. Roost the gobbler in the afternoon. The next morning concentrate on finding the hen group closest to that roost. Place yourself between the tom and the hen group and be patient, he will come.

So get those bows sighted in!

 

John Lloyd