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My first turkey season

By: Rick Kratzke, CVA Prostaffer

The author, Rick Kratzke
The author, Rick Kratzke

Let me start with just a little history. I am a married father of two boys and have been hunting whitetail deer since 1990. Through the years I gained a lot of knowledge about whitetail deer and consider myself a successful hunter.
But, after twenty four years I wanted something besides trout fishing during my down time from deer hunting.… Read more

Like hunting turkeys? You will miss at some point.

Turkey flying away
Turkey flying away

I truly believe that the Good Lord sent the wild turkey to keep hunters humbled. I just had finished writing “Outdoor Life’s Complete Turkey Hunting Book” (now available on Amazon/Kindle) some years ago, when Brad Harris of Neosho, Missouri, well-known videographer and outdoorsman, invited me on a turkey hunt. For my turkey book, I had hunted with and interviewed some of the greatest turkey hunters in the nation.… Read more

The Grey Ghost

Story by Dan Mortensen-Campfire Stories

Dan and Rusty with Dan's trophy Kudu
Dan and Rusty with Dan’s trophy Kudu

All too often, I find that some of the very best experiences in my life only happen once in a blue moon, or in many cases, only once.  From the gift of children, to a first buck, to fishing with grandpa that last time.  As so it is with hunting.  I often wonder if some of the places I see will ever be visited by me again–whether it be a secluded treestand in the depths of some dark swamp, to the auburn tundra of northern Alaska in August.  After bringing my CVA Apex to Africa in 2012, I had to ask myself the question–”Would I ever set foot here again?”.  And so, when my friends at Fig Tree Safaris asked me to return in 2013, I couldn’t possibly let that question be unanswered.… Read more

How to take longer range Gobblers

Try turkey hunting with a scope this season
Try turkey hunting with a scope this season

Turkey hunting has changed drastically in the last 40 years. We have better shotguns, barrels shells, chokes and sighting systems than turkey hunters ever have had. Forty years ago 2-3/4-inch shells were the maximum load for hunting turkeys. A turkey hunter rarely would take more than a 30-yard shot at a gobbler. However, today many hunters are harvesting gobblers out to 40, 50 and even longer yardages.… Read more

Why I Use Optics for Turkey Hunting

Big Merriam's Turkey
Big Merriam’s Turkey

The big Merriam’s gobbler was less than 30-yards from me in full strut, facing away from me. I had my shotgun on my knee. All I had to do was move the barrel slightly to the left and squeeze the trigger, and I knew that gobbler would be riding in the back of my truck to camp. So, I clucked on my diaphragm turkey call and watched the gobbler drop his strut and turn broadside to me.… Read more

Itching for Turkey Season?

Take your Gobbler this season

Spring in many sections of the country was late last year due to a late winter and cold weather. Across the county most turkey hunters go into the woods during the first week or two of turkey season. They either listen for a turkey to gobble or try and make a turkey gobble. But if the weather’s cold, and we’ve had ice and snow across much of the U.S.… Read more

Patterning the Apex Predator of the gun world. Part 3: Final Results

CVA Apex with the shells and results
CVA Apex with the shells and results

The last shells I tried out were the Remington Premier shells in 3” #6 shot. These shells gave me 111 pellets in a 10” circle at 40 yards. Even though it wasn’t my best pattern, this is easily a killing pattern, and would do well if used this turkey season. I have also heard about good results from these shells in 3” #5 shot and 3” Hevi-13’s in #5 shot.… Read more