Hard Core Turkey Hunting Tips


Hard core hunting is not just a slogan, but a company that lives up to its name. Last spring I had the pleasure to spend a morning with Mike Galloway and Randy Hill of Hard Core, and the two men bagged three gobblers in a single morning. Not only were they successful, but innovative with product development. For example, Hard Core has develop a turkey sling with a small pouch that fits over the gobbler’s head so that you don’t soak your camo jacket or truck seat with blood. Here’s some advice from their blog ideal for late season action:

SD Spring Turkey 2012 524Why do we hunt turkeys? I sometimes ask myself that very question. Every spring I go after them, and every spring I seem to find myself using language that would make a sailor blush and vowing to give it up. It’s not as though I’ve never been successful at it, but they are one of the most frustrating critters to hunt. Maybe it’s me.  But it’s the challenge that makes them worth it, isn’t it? If it was easy, it wouldn’t be as much fun.

The wild turkey is a great symbol of our hunting heritage. If Ben Franklin had had his way, it would be our national bird, supplanting the bald eagle. Each spring hunters from all over this great land head to the woods in search of a longbeard. Some of us are motivated by a strong desire to spend time outside after a long winter. Others are after the thrill of the hunt. Me? I’m out for blood.  It always seems that something weird happens during turkey hunting. My favorite was when I pelted one at less than 20 yards. I shot him right in the face. Woo-hoo! Turkey down! I stood up and so did the turkey. Wait, I hit him hard. He was flopping around, feathers flying…dead bird, right? Wrong. You’ve got to be kidding me! I hate turkeys. I hate them every year. Will I hunt them every year? You betcha! It’s Not Easy!

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Joe Byers
Joe Byers has more than 1,000 magazine articles in print and is currently a field editor with Whitetail Journal, Predator Xtreme, Whitetails Unlimited, Crossbow Revolution, and African Hunting Journal magazines. He’s spent the last three decades depicting the thrill of the chase and photographing the majesty of all things wild. Byers is a member of the Professional Outdoor Media Association and numerous other professional and conservation organizations.