Small Game

Why Archery Hunting Turkeys is Damn Near Impossible

Looking for a challenge this spring? Try archery turkey hunting, which is so difficult thanks to their eyes, ears, legs and wings.  In my home state of South Dakota, archery antelope hunting is the greatest challenge a sportsman can take on. They’re fast, they have great eye sight, and they live on terrain that plays to their strengths. For proof, look to hunter harvest rates, which hovers around 22% for the ten-year average in the Rushmore State. The next hardest hunt, as indicated by harvest statistics, is archery turkey, which is barely over 30%. Antelope seem far superior to turkey as a sp...Read More

Turkey Preparation

While some hunters are currently on family vacations, spring break, at Disney or somewhere hopefully warm, we can’t forget that spring turkey season is upon us.  Turkey in most states are still bunched up, unless you’re in the south where the season has started or is about to open.   Now is the time to get ready. I’ll save my thoughts on scouting for another day, and concentrate here on equipment.   If you’re a gun hunter, your first thought should be on the performance of your shotgun. It is critical that you’re familiar with the way your gun patterns specific loads at 20, 30, and 40 yards. L...Read More

Hannah’s First Turkey

Turkey season is almost here and instantly I’m taken back to memories of my first spring turkey hunt. It is something I remember like yesterday, even though it’s been about 20 years since that spring. Now the shoe is on the proverbial “other foot”, and I get to help others on their first turkey hunts. Spring 2016 – Enter Hannah, 12 years old and going on her first hunt with her dad. Actually, her first hunt ever, no pressure here… The drive to the farm was interesting. A poodle name Oliver, my 4 year old daughter, pregnant wife, Hannah, her dad and I all crammed into my truck along with ...Read More

Montana Merriam’s

  A sure sign of spring is the beehive buzzing a little more vigorously in my backyard apiary. The accelerated activity indicates a change in hive temperature. To be more precise, the hive is raising its temperature as the calendar moves to March, from around 85 to 95 degrees. This added heat is necessary for the queen to start laying eggs. 21 days after she lays, the next generation of honey makers & pumpkin pollinators will emerge, possibly on Montana’s opening day of spring turkey season, April 8th. Similar to my bees, turkeys in Montana are also starting to get a little more activ...Read More