My guide for the week was Rob Keck, who has been a driving force in hunting and conservation for more than 30 years. Rob is currently serving as the Director of Conservation for Bass Pro Shops, and is a member of their Pro Hunting Team. He spent 27 years as the CEO of the National Wild Turkey Federation, too. Suffice it to say, the man knows a few things about turkeys.
Though we called our trip a "winter" hunt, it the turkeys we killed logistically counted as Fall 2016 birds. That said, we did have to buy non-resident 2017 licenses, since the calendar had already rolled over. Never fear, though—in Kansas, at least, a January bird doesn't count against your Spring 2017 tags.
We donned TrueTimber gear for our trip into the Kansas turkey woods, and I left very impressed with the soft, quiet feel of the clothing I was wearing. Better yet, we had little trouble blending into the local timber, making things difficult for our prey.
Winter turkey hunting? You'd better believe it. And, no, we weren't just kicking up hens, either. I'll be honest—I wasn't sure what to expect when I was invited to join Rob Keck (Director of Conservation for Bass Pro Shops) for a late-January trip to Kansas to hunt turkeys. Rob said it'd be like spring turkey hunting on steroids—and he was right. We had long beards gobbling, strutting and fighting. Just in groups of 40 and 50, rather than one at a time. Stay tuned to AmericanHunter.org for video of that in the future. In the meantime, get an inside look at my trip with this gallery.