Novice Turkey Hunting Tips

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If you can try to make it out until the sun raises, you can see the turkeys getting from the trees and see where they’re heading and try to make it out when the birds are getting ready to roost. Seeing the turkeys for these few weeks gives you the ideal spot to place your blind or where you would like to sit on the ground. Should you wind up walking out to where you might want to sit make certain to clear away all the leaves and branches, so once you do go out you will not have all this noise.

Second tip, making sure you are wearing the right clothing. Some people think sitting in a blind means they can wear whatever dark clothing they want but that is not the case. You want to be certain you’re wearing the right camouflage that suits the foliage around you. When wearing dark clothing from the blind you create a shadow figure when you have the windows opened. I know some of you are thinking you don’t have the windows wide open but even once you have them half way opened, there is enough light to create a shadow of you and the turkeys can see that should they look into the blind. Plus wearing camouflage provides you the option to hunt in the blind or on the ground.

Third tip, having some turkey decoys to sit out is really helpful. Some hunters want the top of the line turkey decoys but you do not want top of the line decoys, just ones that are realistic looking. Some may ask how many decoys would you set out, well that’s up to you. Some hunters will put out 2 to 4 hens using a jack decoy or a complete strutting tom. Having a jack or tom decoy helps draw in a jack or tom since they don’t want that other bird getting the hens. But ultimately putting out the turkey decoys how you want is what’s important.

The final tip. Using the ideal turkey calls. There are 5 different types of turkey calls and they are the push button call, box telephone, friction/slate call, diaphragms/mouth call and locator. Push button calls create a realistic yelps, clucks and purrs with an easy push of a button. Box calls are flexible, great sounding and comparatively simple to use. Friction/slate calls are known for their realistic high-pitched sounds that carry well over distance. Diaphragms/mouth calls permit hunters to generate soft clucks and purrs that can reach high frequencies. They serve as great long range calls. The locator call does exactly what the name says, it finds where the gobblers are. All of these calls are great and will take some practice. But in the long run you use what will work best for you.

Now that you have the basics for turkey hunting, get out there and begin scouting and practicing on these calls. Turkey season will be here before you know it or is already going on. As always be safe and good luck.

Tips for sighting a new bow

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I started shooting a new bow this year. I am shooting the Martin Onza III; it was a gift I received from Martin Archery. It’s the identical bow many pros have taken for the past couple of years. I’m in my to fine tune it in. . I started placing my bow up and got ready to sight it in. He fixed me up with a new sight, stabilizer, arrows, tips, the works. Now I had to sight the bow .

Sighting in a bow is actually pretty simple, just take your time doing it. I’ve done it so much it has become second nature.

Before I even begin shooting my bow to sight it in, I use a quick way to save some time and effort which works really well. Something that is going to save me a lot of time in the range is pre-setting the pins – left and right, also setting them up and down. This is to help ensure my comfort zone with the new bow.

To find the pins set left and right before I start shooting I will try to set them with the string and arrow rest. Now I align my eye directly behind the series so appears to line up right down the middle.

The next step before I begin shooting targets is to find the pin in the best vertical, (the up and down), position I am searching for. I place the 20 yard pin first. After this pin is sighted in the others seem to fall in place pretty easy.

All bows are made with two side holes to mount sights. The 20 yard pin on most new bows are just about horizontal with the top hole of the sight mount position. So I move the 20 yard pin right at the same position as the top hole for mounting the sight. That should put it pretty near the sweet spot I am searching for.

If you are shooting into the right of your goal, you transfer your pin to the right, if you shooting beneath your goal, move your pin down a bit, etc.. Since I pre-set my pins before sighting in the bow, I’m in the ballpark of where I need to be.

I only make adjustments in small increments. According to people in the know, at 20 yards 1/8 of an inch adjustment at the launch point can move your arrow over 12 inches in the point of impact. Now you don’t have to be a physicist to figure this stuff out. Just be patient and it’ll work!

It’s not rocket science. If you are going to shoot longer distances, then you would want to move one of the hooks right underneath the 20 yard pin you just set. That will raise the bow a bit when aiming and compensate for the drop of the arrow . Each bow will be different depending on the speed and kinetic energy created by the bow. When moving back to state 30 yards, you may carefully repeat the same process you did at 20 yards. Adjust the sight so. That is sighting in a bow in a nutshell. It is nothing overwhelming, just pay close attention to what you’re doing and you’ll get it done. Be patient when doing this; think, it will come to you and make sense when you put it into practice.

Buying a Crossbow

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I decided to go crossbow hunting, or as some may say purchasing, the other day. I had, well, you name it, the whole nine yards. I wanted, a crossbow, a crossbow range, bolts (or arrows), targets, broad heads for bow hunting, a quiver and anything else a beginning archer may need. I say starting because in essence I am a beginner. I used a longbow as a youth some 50 years ago and really enjoyed it. So, I thought I might pick this up again but this time I thought I might pick up a crossbow. Local sporting goods store here I come.

On the way to the store I realized it might be sensible to set up a budget for my new hobby. I mean I don’t want to walk into this store and drop $2 or $3 large on some gear I Have A. Never used before, B. I don’t have any clue what the competition may be charging and C. I may be too old for this kind of thing. (63, just sayin) I solved the budget issue with my favorite tactic, procrastination. I would buy nothing tonight. Just crossbow hunting, get it? Ha ha. I checked out all the gear including the crossbows, the scopes, bolts and suggestions, targets and quivers.

On the way home from the shop I concluded that as far as a budget was concerned I should definitely have one. I’m confident that you could spend more. If I am gonna do so, I am gonna do so right and that means a scope. Scopes can vary from $99 to $2500 and up. A number of them let you see in the dark and everything. How cool is that. Then there are the arrows or bolts in the case of crossbows. Aluminum are the best bang for your buck. Then you will need practice arrow tips and hunting arrows with broadhead tips. These can run $100 for a few of each. Then you have targets to practice with, another $50. This new hobby is not affordable. But it doesn’t have to cost 2 or 3K to get started. When I got an inexpensive bow and extent, arrows, hints and targets I could be out on the range shooting for about 5 or $600. Not bad. Then when I get better I can update.

Next stop, more shopping, but this time on the Web. On the Web you can’t just save wear and tear on your feet, you can get reliable information regarding the products that you’re shopping for. In the shop, unless you are lucky and find an experienced crossbow hunter to wait on you you’re on your own.


Asparagus, Green Asparagus, Green, Eat

Asparagus has some dietary fiber, vitamin A, and vitamin C. It’s an excellent source of the B vitamin folate. A serving of six cooked fresh asparagus spears has 1 gram dietary fiber, 490 IU vitamin A, 10 mg vitamin C and 131 mcg folate. Besides, it is also low in fat, sodium and practically no cholesterol.

The most nutritious way to serve asparagus is by serving it fresh, boiled and drained. Canned asparagus may have less than half the nutrients found in freshly cooked spears. As such it’s encouraged to take asparagus when it’s fresh.

Look for bright green stalks while buying asparagus. The tips should be purplish and tightly closed and the stalks should be firm. When storing, keep it fresh in the fridge.

To keep it as crisp as possible, wrap it in a moist paper towel and then put the entire package into a plastic bag. Keeping asparagus cool helps to hold onto its vitamins. At 32 degrees F, asparagus will retain all its folic acid for at least two weeks and nearly 90 percent of its vitamin C for up to five days. At room temperature, it would lose up to 75 percent of its folic acid in 3 days and 50 percent of the vitamin C in one day.

The negative effects associated with asparagus is that after eating, we will excrete the sulfur compound methyl mercaptan, a smelly waste product, in our urine. Eating asparagus can also interfere with the effectiveness of anticoagulants whose job is to thin blood and dissolve clots because asparagus is high in vitamin K, a vitamin produced naturally by bacteria in our intestines, a decent source of that enables blood to clot normally.

The white portion of the new green asparagus stem is woody and tasteless, so you can bend the stalk and snap it right at the line where the green starts to turn white. If the skin is very thick, peel it, but save the parings for soup stock.

Chlorophyll, the pigment that makes green vegetables green, is sensitive to acids. When we heat asparagus, its chlorophyll will react with acids in the asparagus or in the cooking water to form pheophytin, which is brown. As a result, cooked asparagus is olive-drab. We can stop this chemical reaction by cooking the asparagus so fast that there is no time for the chlorophyll to react with acids, or by cooking it in a great deal of water that will dilute the acids, or by leaving the lid off the pot so the volatile acids can float into the atmosphere.

Cooking also changes the feel of asparagus. Water escapes from its cells and they collapse. Adding salt to the cooking liquid slows the loss of moisture.