Category Archives: Turkey Hunting

Good Morning From The Turkey Blind

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How could a turkey resist coming to check me out.

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Hello From The Maryland Turkey Woods

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Doug Huffer’s Amazing Spring Turkey

Our friend Doug recently shot this 24lb turkey with a 14″ beard in Harford County, MD. Wow, what a bird.

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Congratulations Doug that is one great bird.

Gobble Gobble Boom!!!

For the first time in many years I missed opening day of turkey season. Fortunately for me I have no lack of friends that hunt and I got to live through two of my buddies that scored on opening day. With the excitement in the air I was up at 3am Saturday morning and on the road shortly after. Two hours later I arrive, got my gear together and made my way back into the woods. It wasn’t more than 10 minutes before the first gobble woke up the woods. There was one, then another, and another, it was a spectacular show listening to the birds up and down the river. I tried to work the birds but they really didn’t respond well and eventually after they flew down they faded off in the wrong direction. Things were pretty slow for an hour and then I noticed a hen go by on the ridge but she didn’t respond either. I keep calling softly every ten minutes or so and about another hour the hen made another appearance and came by at 50 yards. A half hour later I heard a gobble behind me not terribly far so I called softly again a few times and put my calls away. It was dead silent until I heard some faint scratching or movement from behind, so I got my gun into position hoping for the best. As I sprained my neck looking over my right shoulder I saw him creeping in dead silent so I knew it was go time. I readied myself as the bird got within 10 yards but had a few small trees between me and him. He stopped right behind the trees and started purring at my decoy. I seriously don’t know how he didn’t see me shaking, I guess I was lucky that decoy had his attention. I remained focused and watched him closely and as he made his way past the trees I through my gun up the first instant I could. BOOM!!! And he was on the ground, motionless I might add, but I was shaking with excitement. My 3.5″ turkey load at 10 yards was a little much for him to take, but hey at least he didn’t feel a thing. My first turkey hunt of the year had been a success.

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What a beautiful bird I had just outwitted, every one feels more triumphant than the last. It had warmed quickly so I loaded the bird in the truck so I could get him on ice.

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I then proceeded to hurry home so I could share my hunt with my family. My wife loves to turkey hunt and was suppose to of been with me that morning so I was anxious to show her the bird. Sharing the success of my hunt with my family made the day perfect.

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Opening Day Turkey Success

So two of my boys got lucky this morning and put down two beautiful long beards. It was opening day and these guys didn’t skip a beat as both hit there marks. I unfortunately wasn’t able to get out as I had to keep some appointments, but lucky enough to live through these guys this morning. My boy Peyton Emerson and one of my best friends was the first one to put a bird down as he called a hen over to his decoy and ole Mr. Longbeard got shot in the face.

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Congrats Peyton on a great bird. Now while I was talking to Peyton on the phone we both heard a shotgun blast and it was our good buddy Rob that had just shot. Talk about good timing, geez I couldn’t believe the action I was missing. So I let Peyton go and about an hour later a picture popped on my phone with Robs bird.

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Congrats to another great friend Rob Ballantine for putting down a tremendous gobbler. The boys had certainly made the most out of opening day today. I do wanna take a little credit for helping set up the blind Peyton shot his bird from, lol.

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These guys got it done and so can you so get out there and claim your flopage this year. When you do be sure to share with us here at Maryland Huntography. Best of luck out there.


Still Talking Turkey

With the season quickly coming to an end, good friend Rob Ballentine connected on his first turkey of the year. Rob set up on the edge of a field this morning and not long after light he watched the birds fly down into the field. After watching and working the birds for nearly an hour, they finally made their way toward his decoys where his was able to get a shot, and that was all she wrote.

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What a great bird Rob, congrats. Check out the spurs on that sucker below. What a champ.

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Like Father Like Son: Turkey Killers

As if the turkeys didn’t have enough to worry about with Pete Kilchenstein running around the woods, he has also introduced his son PJ to the sport. I have seen and heard about PJ’s kills over the years and he has definitely developed into one good hunter with the help of old dad. Since dad is all tagged out this year he took PJ to the property to see if they could fill some more tags. Here’s how it went it down as Pete told me ” Lucky to have a great spot to hunt…. This was a quick hunt.. 15 after we got to farm. Saw them in one field, got to other side of strip woods on other field and they came right in, 4 long beards and a hen….” then BOOM!!! end of story. PJ just shot a magnificent long beard. Congratulations PJ on a great bird. Here are some pics of his turkey.

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Way to go PJ that is a great bird. Keep at um guys.


Double Header In Southern Maryland This Morning

Just got word from my buddy Pete that his buddy Ryan had a killer morning this morning on his property.

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While turkey hunting, Ryan was able to successfully harvest his turkey and also managed to take down a coyote. Way to go Ryan, congrats on a nice bird and for taking care of the pests. Get out there, even though temps have been cool, this Maryland spring turkey hunting has been red hot.


Evening Time Is A Gold Mine For Turkey Time

If you didn’t know today started all day hunting for turkeys in Maryland. Now instead of stopping at noon you can sit there till your heart desires or when it gets dark anyway. Wasting no time my good buddy Pete took advantage of his first evening hunt and harvested this beautiful bird.

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Pete is all tagged out in Maryland now, congrats Pete way to go buddy. Pete is such a turkey enthusiast and I’m thrilled to be able to share his stories. Good luck out there to the rest of ya still trying to fulfill your tags.


Wild Turkey It’s What’s For Dinner

Well here it is, the perfect end to the perfect weekend. If you didn’t know already I harvested a great long beard this weekend with my BowTech.

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Now after a creating a memory I will never forget I am further enjoying my success of the hunt. As you see below I am enjoying some freshly prepared wild turkey breast I just pulled of the grill. I don’t have to tell you but this is absolutely delicious so I’m gonna get going and enjoy my dinner.

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