Boss Gobbler Down

Well it took a while to get this Boss Tom in my sights

Hot weather , bugs, thick foliage in southern Ontario hindered many gobbler hunters this season

It seemed the classic spring Tom mating season happened in March, long before opening day April 25th-2012

I saw lots of Jakes, few hens and numerous loud gobblers in the distance or behind thick foliage during most of the spring hunt.

Decoys were a mixed bag of opportunities. Some days Jakes couldn’t resist them while the Toms still strutted at about fifty yards.

An invite by fellow hunting friend Tom who also happens to be a great guide back up the the Simcoe/Kawartha areas helped me bag a great 24 pound Tom with a 10 inch beard and one inch spurs this week.

We used a Pretty Boy Tom, hen and jake to entice 5 gobblers, 6 jakes and 3 hens across a cow pasture.

They couldn’t resist the movable tail pulled with a string. Subtle calling and real hens that wandered in to check the decoy out sealed the deal on this Tom.

I spotted a huge Tom emerge from the far edge of the wood lot through my Vortex Razors, a bobbing red and white head was all I could see.

A few calls on my GobbleStalker Pot call and a few more call from a diaphragm call had his attention.

He travelled about 800 yards on the run to check out the Pretty Boy movable tail with some live hens we called in minutes before.

Last season I missed a huge Tom at 11 yards and wrote about it in

Ontario Out Of Doors- A Pattern On Turkey

I don’t want to go through that again!

Not This year!

Preparation in patterning the right loads at 10,20,30 40 and 50 yards through an extra full and full choke on my Browning Citori left no doubts in shot placement. Al I had to do was keep my head down and squeeze the trigger.

Peter's 24 pound Gobbler in spring hunt 2012

 

Check back for the awesome video footage taken by Tom.

Watch this Boss Tom run about 800 yards!

NWTF-Canada Wheatley Struttin Tom Banquet

Wheatley Strutting Toms 1St Annual dinner huge success

 

Tables filled up fast at the Car Barn with NWTF sponsors, couples and kids to enjoy an evening of food, prizes and games.                                                                                           

Prize tables filled the main banquet room and dinning room .  In total 16 guns were auctioned off or provided to corporate tables as door prizes.

Dinner guests raise their Wheatley Strutting Toms Mug

 

Games of chance provided participants opportunities to win a crossbow or shotgun

 

Adam and Chanel selling tickets

 

Of course the Car Barn put

 out a spread of fresh perch and chicken and fixins

YUM!

NWTF- Dinner at the Wheatley Car Barn
Dinner at the Wheatley Car Barn

 

Len Hunter won the Pick of the Flock draw

He got to Pick FIRST!                                                                              

 

For more information drop me

a line

[email protected]

NWTF Wheatley Chapter 2012 Banquet

WHEATLEY STRUTTIN TOMS WILD TURKEY CHAPTER HOSTS BANQUET

Mark your calender to attend the 1st Annual Hunting Heritage Banquet on

Thursday April 12, 2012

National Wild Turkey Federation Canada

National Wild Turkey Federation Canada

Doors Open 6:00pm
Dinner 7:30pm
Come Join us for a fun night of Great Food & Friendship

Tickets Options

Individual Ticket – $65.00
1 Dinner Ticket
1 Year Membership N.W.T.F. includes 6 issues of “Turkey Country” Magazine

Couples Ticket – $95.00
2 Dinner Tickets
1 Year Memberships N.W.T.F. includes 6 issues of “Turkey Country” Magazine

Sponsor Couple – $310.00
2 Dinner Tickets
$185.00 Tax Receipt
$200.00 Raffle Tickets
1 – Ticket “Gun of the Year”
1 –Ticket for Sponsor Only Gun (1Gun for every 10 sponsors)
1 – Sponsors Hat & Pin
1 – Sponsors Gift
1 Year Membership N.W.T.F. includes 6 issues of “Turkey Country” Magazine

Corporate Sponsor – $1,200.00
8 Dinner Tickets
12 GA O/U for the Table
$750.00 Tax Receipt
1 –Ticket for Sponsor Only Gun (1 Gun for every 10 sponsors)
1 – Ticket “Gun of the Year”
1 – Sponsors Hat & Pin & $200 in Raffle Tickets
1 – Sponsors Gift
8 – 1 Year Memberships N.W.T.F.
includes 6 issues of “Turkey Country” Magazine

 

TICKETS AVAILABLE AT:

Dale Holland  (519) 825-3680

Chris Clark (519) 825-8050

Brad Chadwick (519) 825-3258

Red Fox After Turkey Hens

Coyotes are always hunting  for wild turkeys, but how about Red Foxes?

My SPY_POINT trail cam closest to my Moultrie feeder filled with Rack Stacker Deer Feed in the feeder friendly formula.

It attracts a lot of forest critters every day, 24/7 in fact.

A hungry Red Fox was caught on the SPY-POINT chasing some worried hen

turkeys. You have to look hard but the fox is in the bottom left corner.

Hunter’s Choice contest to recognize successful turkey hunters.

Hunter’s Choice contest to recognize North America’s successful turkey hunters.

The U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance (USSA) has extended the deadline for the Hunter’s Choice contest to recognize North America’s successful turkey hunters.

To enter, submit a photo of your turkey taken during the 2010 spring turkey hunting season along with a $5.00 entry fee.

Entries must now be received by June 7, 2010 at 5 p.m. Eastern Time. See instructions below on how to enter.

Initial entries will be judged by USSA panel of experts on the quality of appearance, beard, spurs, and the photogenic quality. From all submissions 25 finalists will be selected. Finalists will be judged online by the public with a two week voting period. The top three vote getters will be the winners. Voting will be done on www.ussportsmen.org/hunterschoice.

Voting will begin on June 14, 2010 and will be closed on June 25, 2010 at 5 p.m. Eastern Time. Winners will be announced the week of June 28, 2010.

The top vote getter will be awarded first place and have their photo published in Fur-Fish-Game Magazine. Prizes will be awarded for the first, second and third highest vote-getters.

First prize

Mossberg 500 12 gauge pump turkey shotgun

Remington Fieldmaster gun cleaning system

Remington Sportsman Series 10.5 inch fixed blade knife

Picture in Fur, Fish Game Magazine

Second Prize

Remington Fieldmaster gun cleaning system

Remington Sportsman Series 10.5 inch fixed blade knife

Third prize

Remington Fieldmaster gun cleaning system

Trailblazer Mini Multi Tool from Cabela’s

All submissions must be of legally taken turkey, using a bow, firearm or primitive weapon.

How to Enter

Interested sportsmen and sportswomen may email entries to: [email protected] with payment made via credit card using the online form found at www.ussportsmen.org/hunterschoice. Please refer to the reference number located in the donation confirmation email when sending your submission by email. Entries can also be sent by postal service to:

Hunter’s Choice

U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance

801 Kingsmill Parkway

Columbus, OH 43229

Be sure to include your name, address, phone number and email address. Also, please provide when, where and how you took your turkey along with a check, money order (checks should be made out to the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance) or credit card information. You may also send in the photo with above information and contact us by phone at (614) 888-4868 to give us your credit card payment over the phone.

All photos submitted must be in color. Photos submitted by mail can be printed from a standard printer or be a professionally developed photo. All entries become the property of U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance and will not be returned and may be used to promote future Hunters Choice contests. Your entry constitutes your permission to USSA to use the picture in promotional materials without restriction.

All winners will be notified by mail and phone. Unofficial results will be available the week of June 28, 2010.

For more information, contact the USSA at (614) 888-4868 or visit www.ussportsmen.org/hunterschoice. Thanks in advance for your entry and good luck!

Alfie gets a new hip and a Gobbler

Good hunting buddy Alfie gets his second gobbler in his second year of hunting wild turkeys.

That makes Alfie’s two gobblers in two years

Alfie carries his 18.8 pound Gobbler with a Turkey Tool from Avid Design.

of hunting them a pretty successful gobbler hunter.

What makes this a special hunt?

Alfie had a hip replacement operation just 17 days before heading out in the field!

Congratulations to Alfie!

He can’t wait to get out and check all those Wood Duck Boxes donated by the Dundas Long Beards Conservation Club later this week.

Wild turkey season opened today be SAFE!

Wild turkey season opens today

Permission to access private property and safety are hunters’ top priorities

Every spring, thousands of hunters take to the outdoors to participate in
the spring wild turkey hunt. This year, the season opens on April 26 and
runs until May 31 in many parts of southern Ontario. The Ontario Federation
of Anglers and Hunters (O.F.A.H.) and the Ontario Conservation Officers
Association (OCOA) remind hunters heading out this spring to be safe and to
obtain permission to hunt on private property.

“Wild turkey season is eagerly anticipated by thousands of trained and
licensed men and women, and is growing in popularity, thanks in large part
to the generosity of landowners who grant hunters access to their private
property,” said O.F.A.H. Executive Director, Mike Reader. “The majority of
turkey hunting is done on private property, and responsible hunters seek
permission well in advance of the season, and while enjoying their time in
the field, hunt safely and respect the regulations.”

The eastern wild turkey, once completely removed from Ontario, has been
successfully reintroduced to the province thanks to the efforts of many
partners, including the O.F.A.H. and the Ministry of Natural Resources.
Southern Ontario wild turkey populations are now estimated to be between
70,000 and 100,000 birds and the numbers are increasing.

“Hunters require permission to hunt on private land, and in most of
southern Ontario it is illegal to shoot from or have a loaded firearm on
public roads or on the right-of-way,” said OCOA President, Dan VanExan.
“Our officers always investigate reports of trespassing and road hunting,
and we encourage those hunting responsibly to report illegal activity. This
will help keep everyone safe during the hunt.”

Anyone with information about a natural resources or public safety related
crime is encouraged to call the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources
violation reporting line at 1-877-TIPS-MNR (847-7667), contact their local
CO directly, or call Crime Stoppers at 1800-222-TIPS (8477).

For more information about natural resources regulations and enforcement,
please visit the OCOA website at www.ocoa.ca, or contact your local
Conservation Officer. To view or download the 2010 MNR wild turkey
regulations, visit www.ontario.ca/hunting.

With over 100,000 members, subscribers and supporters, and 660 member
clubs, the O.F.A.H. is the largest nonprofit, charitable, fishing, hunting
and conservation-based organization in Ontario, and the voice of anglers
and hunters. Visit www.ofah.org for more information.

Wild Turkey stop by to stretch wings

Wild Turkey close up photos can be difficult to capture at any time.

Being in the right place at the right time certainly helps. Of course having a population of wild birds close to my property is a bonus.

Check out these two Wild Turkey photos I snapped the other day.

Wild Turkeys in Ontario gobble up Deer Feed

What do wild turkeys eat in the winter months?

Food can be sparse for all forest critters once the snow flies. Deer and Wild Turkeys can be especially hard hit if the snow is deep.

If you want to help feed deer and wild turkeys in Ontario make sure you use a food that will provide them with the nutrition required for our long cold winter. Straight dried corn kernels or cut hay will cause problems due to the lack of moisture. Fresh foliage helps provide the required moisture when eaten but with the lack of leaves in winter deer turn to other browse.

Wild Turkeys gobble up Rack Stacker Feed

I purchased a Pro Moultrie Feeder with a fifty-gallon hopper. Set to throw a 50/50 mixture of  Feed and dried corn in the morning and late afternoon has deer and turkeys constantly visiting.

I also feed the local gobblers and hens Rack Stacker Feed just by throwing it on the ground. They prefer to scratch for their food. I made a shelf for deep snow but only squirrels seem to prefer that elevated position.

Feed can be easily distributed and is cost effective over a long winter. Use an automated feeder, PVC pipe tube or table to keep the feed dry.

The local Deer and Turkeys make for some awesome viewing, especially when the auto feeder starts to spin. Grouse, squirrels and raccoons all make an appearance some time during the day or night.

I installed two Spy-point Pro-X trail cameras close to the feeding area to capture the wildlife events.

I even found a six-point shed antler last week.

If you have a chance give the forest critters some help this winter. Make you own wild turkey or deer feeder and keep it filled with Rack Stacker Feed.

Hope that helps when the kids ask “What do turkeys eat in the winter?”