Monthly Archives: July 2015
Talking Turkey at Stackhouse Park
I’ve been shooting Turkeys for a while now, not with a gun. I have had really good luck using my 35mm camera and have seen two and three nice big gobblers at a time. I’ve taken photos of turkeys in the snow and in early Spring, before hunting season starts. But, I have not had a chance to shoot a long beard with my H&R 20 Gauge shotgun. I tried to video my First Day of the 2015 Spring Gobbler season, but the Turkeys didn’t cooperate. This was our set-up on our sunrise hunt. You can see the decoys that I set out in this photo. We use one hen and two gobbler decoys. I use my wooden box call the most, it’s easy to use compared to a mouth call or a slate type call. All this hunting takes practice and patience.
There is a lot to know about hunting the Spring Turkey in the steep hills of Pennsylvania. A good place to learn all you need to be a successful Turkey Hunter is to go to a special seminar held at Johnstown’s Stackhouse Park.
This video was made with funding by the NRA, The National Wild Turkey Federation and Trout Unlimited.
This is just about 7 minutes of the 20 minute long program. The entire video won the “Best TV Show of the Year” from the PA Outdoor Writer’s Association. This video was made by my Grand father and his business partner, John Concannon.
Please click the link below to see a segment of the program.
Most people don’t realize how big an adult male Turkey can get. My grand father shot this gobbler 2 years ago and it weighed 22 pounds and had a 9 inch beard. I couldn’t carry it out of the woods because it was too heavy for me. It’s not easy to call one into shooting range, but it’s real exciting to see them in the wild.
Now I’ll have to wait till the Fall Turkey Season to try to get my first ever Wild Turkey!
My Winter Tree Stand
Sweat poured off my face when I was playing outside in the summer heat. We have been having some really hot weather so far this summer! Then, my mom yelled at me to get in the car to go grocery shopping.
As we pulled away from our house and went down our driveway I caught a glimpse of my tree stand up on the hill.
A big turkey vulture was floating by and I thought about how cold it was when I was hunting in that spot 6 months ago last winter!
I’ve been winter hunting from a high tree stand for about 3 years now. Being up in the tree stand in the snow is very beautiful even though in Pennsylvania it’s freezing!
Even with no snow on the ground, I’m usually really cold in the tree stand. That’s why I wear the right parka, bibs, boots and other equipment that will do the job.
And we always bring a blanket and I use some hand warmers, too.
Some people think that it’s dangerous to be up so high in a tree stand. Well, it is if you don’t have the right equipment. But, I do have the right equipment.
First, my tree-stand is a “River’s Edge” two person stand. I’m in the PA Mentor program and my Grandfather has to be hunting with me at all times.
My stand is roomy enough for both of us when we use my black powder in-line rifle or my Parker Challenger crossbow.
I use a good safety harness so I’m secured to the tree and I WON’T fall out. It’s called a Muddy safety belt.
I like it because it’s made for smaller people and fits me perfectly. My Pupup has a Muddy Safety belt that he’s used for years.
He really likes his and thinks they are the best. Some belts make walking through the woods hard to do, not these.
We also use a lifeline as we go up and down the ladder. So, if you slip off a step this rope will stop you from falling to the ground.
This is a special knot that you hook your clip to. It’s called a prussic knot and it slides up the rope easy. But, if you pull down with force the knot squeezes together and closes tight. Then you can’t fall down.
Look Mom…No Hands. I am in my Safety Harness and connected to the tree, but I got yelled at for doing this. Don’t be careless when in your tree stand!
I’ve never shot a buck during winter hunting from my tree stand yet. I have seen some deer, but they were too far away.
I saw doe’s that were far out of our shooting range. Some bucks went by my tree when I wasn’t there.
The Trail Camera takes photos of a nice buck …when you didn’t hunt that day.
That can make you mad!
Our Trail camera get pictures of deer, turkeys, crows, racoons and all types of creatures.
It also gets many shots of us as we go to and from my tree stand on a snowy cold hunt.
My River’s Edge tree-stand works really well and I love hunting in the cold, fog and winter snow. Sometimes you have to take a nap!
Thanks for reading and until next time, at Ruby’s Outdoor Rendezvous, stay outdoors, stay active, and stay… “On Target for All Seasons!”
Ruby’s Bear Den Adventure
Every Winter the PA Bear Biologists check out Black Bear Dens in the mountains near my home. They go right into the Bear’s Den. They tranquilize the Mom…then see what they find! A big surprise!
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