Things a turkey hunter ought to know about barred owls

Turkey hunters should have some appreciation for the barred owl, also known as the hoot owl.

That is the owl who helps us locate that gobbler early every morning during turkey season.

If you sound off with a barred owl hoot just before daybreak, chances are you might get a gobbler to respond so that you can more easily locate him, saving yourself from having to hump those ridges all morning with nothing to show for it.

We turkey hunters really are indebted to the barred owl for making our hunting easier.

Yes, I know gobblers sometimes respond to the darnedest things — a crow, a car door slam, or a clap of thunder.

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