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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Barred Owl and Wild Turkey

If you are not a turkey hunter you might wonder what a barred owl and a wild turkey have in common.  The call of the barred owl, "who cooks for you, who cooks for you all" is often used by hunters to stimulate gobblers to sound off in the Spring...



In the next photo the owl is making it's typical call...


Today happens to be the third day of the spring turkey hunting season in Maryland.  I didn't use an owl call to entice this gobbler to head my way. Instead, I used a friction slate call that I have owned since 1973.  Whether armed with a shotgun or a camera, it is exciting to watch a large gobbler make it's way toward the caller...



This guy was so convinced that there was a hen in the truck with me that he came right up to the door to take a look...



Turkeys throw caution to the wind during mating season.  Hunters and photographers can use this trait to their advantage.



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