Call ’em in close

At three feet, the turkey’s head appeared as ugly as sin. Wild turkeys are a colorful, beautiful bird, but more so at a distance.

Calling turkeys in close requires knowledge of the area you are hunting and a good deal of patience.

Inside 10 feet the birds take on a ghoulish look. The grossly wrinkled head, the baggy waddles and that stretchy nose piece called a snood is something out of science fiction. However, there seems to be a trend in today’s turkey hunting crowd to miss these up-close, in-the-face turkey encounters with wild turkeys.

Modern technology has replaced the close encounter with super magnum guns, that fire super-charged shot shells amazing distances. Then, many modern hunters who prefer success over experience, stretch the envelope and attempt to kill turkeys at distances approaching the length of a football field. Really.

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