Field Notes

"Fake a Fight" with David Hale

“Getting feathers ruffled and tempers flaring brings up another lethal tactic that can really pay huge dividends when gobblers are whipped and locked-down by the ladies. Strategically simulating a fight with your calling can coax an entire flock to your setup in a hurry! 

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Tips from the pros - Break the Rules with Chris Parrish

“When I first started chasing longbeards, I strictly followed many of the so-called laws or golden rules of turkey hunting. As a result, my personal experiences, mistakes, and success in the field have taught me that many of these rules simply don’t hold water. For example, I had once read that a turkey hunter should never call directly to a hen that is accompanied by a longbeard. According to the theory, this will only trigger a jealous response that will cause the hen to lead the gobbler off in the opposite direction."

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Early Season Turkey Tactics

Early season can be feast or famine depending on whether you have an early or late spring. You will find turkeys in one of two phases.

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Preparing for turkey season - Be Prepared

Every turkey hunter knows that when the days start to get longer and warmer then Turkey season is right around the corner. The worst thing that you can do is let it sneak up on you - unprepared. Nothing can ruin a hunt like getting to the woods, or field, late and without the right calls and equipment. Take a few minutes in the week prior to your season opener to inventory what you need for a successful hunt.

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Knight & Hale pro staffer wins Junior NWTF Grand Nationals

NASHVILLE, TN – Like father, like son. Clay Prudhomme, son of world-class turkey caller, Mark Prudhomme, winner of a record 17 NWTF Grand National Championships, won the 2015 Mossy Oak/NWTF Junior title last weekend.

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Know Your Flyway

If there were major road systems marked in the skies for waterfowl, then flyways would be those routes.  Used by migratory birds as a result of evolutionary history and genetic programming, and layered with some learned experiences, these routes vary from the simple and uncomplicated to the extremely complex.  No two bird species follow the exact same path from beginning to end.  And flyways can be greatly affected from year to year by weather conditions, predators, hunting pressure and available food and water sources.  Too, the waterfowl populations that use these preferred migratory routes differ greatly in their numbers, travel speeds, travel distances, breeding ground origins and final destination points. 

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Joe Thomas’ Elk-Hunting Hat Trick

If there were a hat trick in elk hunting, then this would be it.  Joe Thomas, avid archery hunter, outdoorsman and host of “Knight & Hales Ultimate Hunting,” recently harvested all three subspecies of North American elk within a 30-day period… completing another portion of his lifelong pursuit of taking all 29 species of big-game animals native to North America.  

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Utah Bull Elk of a Lifetime

What do you do when you check a once-in-a-lifetime elk hunt off your bucket list?  If you’re Ron Ten Berge, president and general manager of Knight & Hale, you start planning for the next opportunity to do it again.  According to Ron, his recent hunting experience as a guest of Mossy Oak and Under Armour in Utah, just north of Salt Lake City, was almost too good to be true.

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Alaska Barren Ground Caribou

Knight & Hales Chris Parish recently went on a do it yourself Caribou hunt in Alaska. The following is his first hand account of a barren ground Alaskan caribou hunt.

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Put Down the Grunt Call

Sure, the grunt call gets all the press, but sometimes it takes a different kind of sound to bring in the big buck. Here are a few deer calling tips that will have you on using the full range of deer vocalizations to your advantage.

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