Top two photos show how the use of trail cameras helped in locating a strut zone and time of day the toms would spend there. And below those are a tom that beat up on a gobbler that had just been shot, and a jake that just wouldn't give up with a hen decoy.
Spring archery turkey hunts see 100% opportunities for all hunters, finding us seeing daily action. Not a single day during the 17 days while down there did we not see at least one shooting opportunity. I am not sure I can remember a year that I could say that, but this season seemed to find us choosing the correct setups that found great results. Combine this without the worse possible spring weather, with extreme cold, snow, and windy conditions as well as a Nebraska turkey population still seeing a stagnant, I don’t believe we could have asked for better end results. Below are some sample photos from a great season.
Our Alberta whitetail hunts took a step backwards in 2017. After coming off an incredible 2016 season at 91 percent success, our November hunts fell to 60 percent this year. The reality was that I was very humbled, having gone into the season believing we were going to have an even better year than last after seeing a mild winter. Without question, the antler growth was down going off of trail camera photos of particular bucks that we had on camera from the previous year. With an early freeze-up, having the coldest first week of November that I can remember, we were able to access pretty much all old hunting grounds, yet we struggled to turn up shooter class bucks for all clients.
Despite all of this, the bucks taken were very solid as can be seen by these photos of the better bucks. From top, and left to right, are Matt Kerzner, Pete Diego, Dan Becker, Kelly Rupp, Chuck Fornari, Gary Lijewski, John Rampolla; and Cesar Nieves with a wolf. Following those are a few trail camera photos including Dan Becker's and Kelly Rupp's bucks.