Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

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March 7, 2014

Outdoors: Kevin Reese —Stick and string turkeys: Shotgun range is bow range

Corsicana — All that remains of the fall and winter hunting seasons are memories, dirty boots and a bow stored for the long haul; a sad manifestation of overlooked opportunities to come … unless you broaden your perspective.

Whether you’re on the water or higher ground, year-round hunting opportunities exist for everyone, so the question becomes, “Do you have that itch to scratch?” For some of us, bowhunting is something of an addiction.  We become fidgety, even lost or despondent if we aren’t actively searching high or low for the next fix. Sadly, searches often overlook the obvious – stick-and-string turkey hunting!  

Hundreds of thousands of hunters have killed turkeys with shotguns and rifles; however, few pursue them with a bow. Last spring, I took my BowTech to task and came up with a great tom as well as a treasure trove of great memories. This season, I’m looking forward to that short drive out to Runnels County for some more spring turkey excitement!

Bowhunting is tough; chasing turkeys with bow-and-arrow is a natural progression from shotgunning. Consider this; if you are within shotgun range, you are often within bow range; that simple realization is the only shift many of us needed to find our next fix.

Of course, hunting takes a more complicated road than just a shot. Luring longbeards in begins can be quite a challenge so now is the right time to invest time in learning patterns. Scouting is the perfect tool in a hunter’s bag to learn those patterns and anyone good turkey hunter would agree that given the opportunity to scout, it’s an integral part of a bowhunter’s success in the turkey woods.  

Even with shooting practice and scouting, we don’t normally drop a wise tom by accident. Turkeys are tough! Numerous variables need to come together at once. One hiccup and your hunt may very well be over with nothing on the ground.

But, when everything does come together, buckle your seatbelt for some of the most adrenaline charged hunting you can imagine!

Whether you chase gobblers with a bow or shotgun, here are some great tips to up your odds in the turkey woods this spring:

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