South Carolina turkey hunters wrapped their tags around 17,939 birds this past spring, a 6.4-percent drop from 2017 levels that may reflect poor breeding success over the past handful of years or signal a return to an “average” harvest after harvest increases the past two springs credited to expanded season dates.
Joey Murphy, a call-maker from Lexington, N.C., said that late-season turkey hunting often requires a commitment to change and diversity in hunting and calling strategies, but mental toughness is crucial.
Magicians make a habit of pulling rabbits out of hats, but southeastern Caswell County’s Tim Warren figuratively yanked one of North Carolina’s all-time gobblers out of a hat on May 2. Then he literally did it again seconds later — after the bird had flown away.
When Sailor Reardon began hunting with her dad John three years ago, she chose a crossbow as her weapon of choice. It’s paid off for her with multiple species, including two gobblers she killed with a single shot from her 10-point Lady Shadow Ultra crossbow on March 24. The 13-year-old from Murrells Inlet was hunting with her dad when she downed the two birds.