How To Pattern Your Trophy Tom


Many factors weigh on the success of your hunt. The call you use and the way you use that call, the spot where you set up, how well you’re camouflaged… These and a slew of other details make a difference when you’re on the hunt. But what if your hunting land is relatively small? If you’re hunting the same land often, your best chance for bagging a bird — especially a tough one — is to know the gobbler’s routine. American Hunter’s Frank Miniter explains how:

“The thing is, patterning gobblers has helped me tag a lot of tough toms. Running-and-gunning to find a hot gobbler is effective if you have room to roam, but for most of us getting to know our local gobblers’ routines is a surer way of filling tags.”

Photo by: Jeff Sis

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Shannon Rikard
Shannon Rikard is a freelance writer and photographer with a passion for conservation and wedding and portrait photography. The Archery Trade Association and National Wild Turkey Federation have published her work. A self-professed word geek, she enjoys Wheel of Fortune, crossword puzzles, and finding a dynamite synonym to illustrate any point. After starting her career in public relations with a national conservation organization, she ventured out on her own with Copper Door Studios.