Archive for spring turkey hunting

Quest for 450: Turkey Camp

Each season, Woodhaven Custom Calls’ Mike Pentecost takes time out of his travels to stay right at home and hunt for several weeks. Besides just hitting some public land not far from his home in Heflin, Ala., he joins up with a group of hardcore turkey hunters who camp out in the national forest for up to two weeks each spring. Here is Mike’s thoughts on the experience in his own words:

May 01, 2012

Overlooked Mountain Gobblers

You can find active birds in the mountains, where few hunters tread.

April 30, 2012

Quest for 450: Keys to The Afternoon Hunt for 443

When Mike shot his second gobbler while hunting with Spook Spann in Tennessee, it was a late afternoon hunt, which requires a different mindset and approach than when hunting gobbling birds in the morning.

April 27, 2012

Quest for 450: 443 Falls in Tennessee

After scoring a double with his host, Spook Spann, Mike Pentecost and Spook headed out the next day in search of Mike’s 443rd bird. They quickly located five gobblers in a field, determined the direction they were heading and set up ahead of them in a spot where a tree line ran up to the pond.

April 22, 2012

Quest for 450: Keys to the Hunt

When Mike Pentecost and Spook Spann set up on the turkeys that would lead to the two scoring a double, it could have just as easily been a hunt that wasn’t.

April 19, 2012

Quest for 450: Number 442 in Tennessee

The week began ominously for hunter Mike Pentecost when one of his sons, 4-year-old Jacob, wound up in the hospital with pneumonia, forcing him to cancel plans to hunt in South Georgia on the way back from his successful Florida hunt. Mike now only needs nine more birds to achieve his goal of 450 turkeys before he hits the age of 50 at the end of May.

April 18, 2012

Quest for 450: 441 Falls in Second Day of Florida

Limited to just one bird a day in Florida, Mike Pentecost and his guide, Bobby Carraway, scouted out a group of gobblers the afternoon after killing No. 440. Watching the birds until they roost, the group made their plan for the next morning and returned to camp for a hearty dinner and a good night of sleep. The alarm will wake them early the next morning.

April 11, 2012

Quest for 450: Take a Break Hunting Tip

During the lull in hunting activity for Gobbler No. 441, Mike Pentecost and his crew used the down time in the field to snack and fill back up on fluids. Unlike a lot of big-game hunting, turkey hunting often takes place in warm or even downright hot weather, and not maintaining a good intake of fluids can run a hunter down and even be dangerous in extreme cases.

April 09, 2012

Quest for 450: Number 440 Falls

With everything finally lined up and in order, Mike Pentecost headed to Florida to “officially” begin his quest near Yeehaw Junction in Florida with Limestone Outfitters, which only runs a few clients on hunts a year. Mike is good friends with Limestone’s Bobby Carraway and the two have hunted together for several years.

April 05, 2012

Why Spring Turkey Season is Worth It

Spring turkey hunting is the biggest game in town at this time of year, and here's why you should take part.

March 30, 2012

Broadheads for Turkey Hunting

By Bob Robb

If you bowhunt turkeys, which do you chose—an old-school, replaceable-blade broadhead, or new school mechanical head?

March 30, 2012

Ten Tips for Hunting Spring Turkeys

Follow these tactics for your best chance at taking America’s most challenging game bird from field to table this spring.

March 28, 2012

Quest for 450: Florida Bound—Finally!

After making final preparations and enjoying a hunt with biologist friend Ryan Prince, Mike Pentecost is finally Florida bound. Mike got the camera he had ordered in operational mode and lined up the camera guy to run it. The lack of a camera has already put him a week behind in his quest to kill 11 birds this season for a lifetime total of 450 turkeys before he is 50 years old.

March 27, 2012

A Day Well Spent

Still waiting on a camera, Mike Pentecost headed out to hunt with an old school turkey hunter named Jimmy Bragg. Mr. Bragg helped Mike with advice and tips when he was first learning to turkey hunt so Mike is always happy to return the favor these days and join the older hunter in the woods to go after turkeys.

March 26, 2012

Biding Time

Still in Alabama at a time he had hoped his spring quest would have him putting gobblers on the ground in Florida, Mike Pentecost is biding his time…though he is beginning to rework his strategy. Not one to rush through a season and be done, Mike mixes plenty of hunts in with friends and then finishes up later in the season. Early season in Alabama is actually usually tougher hunting, he said. But with spring coming in so early, the turkeys are way ahead and Mike is now worried that the whole mating game of the turkeys will be done by mid-April. That means the usually still productive final weeks of the season may not be that way this year.

March 23, 2012