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The Master Public Land Turkey Hunter Day 4: Why to Teach Young Turkey Hunters

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Editor’s Note: Mike Pentecost, the founder and owner of Woodhaven Custom Calls, Inc., in Heflin, Alabama, has been hunting turkeys for more than 40 years – spending most of his hunting life on public lands. He had a burning desire to build the best possible turkey calls when he started his business in his grandparents’ basement in the 1980s. His passion led to the development of his well-known calls – the Red Wasp and the Cherry Classic Crystal (all made in the USA). His company always has given superior customer service. As Pentecost explains, “I want to always have the faith and the courage to continue following the Lord and doing my best.”

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Mike Pentecost will be 61 at the end of May, 2023. I asked him how-many turkey hunts he goes on each year. He explained, “I’m not as mad at turkeys as I once was. I told the boys I hunt with that, ‘When you’re a young turkey hunter, you want to find and kill gobblers. However, to accomplish that may require 1- 3 years. After you’ve taken a gobbler, next you’ll want to take several toms. Then you’ll get really mad at turkeys because you haven’t been able to take all the turkeys you want to take. When you arrive at the highest level of turkey hunting, your goal is to make the gobbler look stupid and make him do something he’s not supposed to do. Once I can make a turkey do something that he knows he’s not supposed to do, then that’s the biggest reward I can have – whether I squeeze the trigger, or someone else with me does.”

Mike Pentecost rifle turkey hunting with another hunter

Today Pentecost is teaching his sons and other people how to hunt on public lands. On the opening of Youth Weekend in Alabama, he took four youngsters for their hunts on public lands.

“I like taking young people and new people to introduce them to the sport of turkey hunting and teach them how to hunt turkeys on public lands. Today, if I can call a turkey within gun range, I don’t care who pulls the trigger. When I went to Mexico a few years ago and took a Gould’s turkey, I looked at my hunting partners and announced, “Boys, that’s it. I don’t need to kill another turkey. I’ve already taken all the turkeys I need to take. I just want to call them in for other people and let those folks enjoy the thrill of hearing a wild turkey, seeing a wild turkey, having the opportunity to take the turkey, and lastly downing that bird to take him home for supper.”

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Tomorrow: How to Hunt a Lunchtime Gobbler

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Expert Guidebooks on Turkey Hunting: Best Sellers

Turkey Hunting Tactics
This turkey hunting audiobook has entertaining chapters like: “How to Miss a Turkey”, “Hunting with a Guide”, and “The Turkey and the New York Lady”.

You’ll learn about all the subspecies of turkey across North America, how to use a turkey call, how to scout before turkey season, how to find a turkey to hunt, and what hunting gear you’ll need to put the odds in your favor to take a wily gobbler.


How to Hunt Turkeys with World Champion Preston Pittman
You easily can take a turkey if you don’t make any mistakes, but you have to know what the deadly sins of turkey hunting are to keep you from making those mistakes. If you understand how to hunt a turkey, you’re far more likely to take a gobbler than if you just know how to call a turkey.

Of course, calling is important, and if you want to learn to call a turkey, Preston Pittman will teach you how to call turkeys with box calls, friction calls, diaphragm calls, and other turkey sounds.

You’ll also learn why Preston Pittman once put turkey manure all over his body to kill a tough tom.

When you have turkeys that strut and drum in the middle of a field, when you know there’s no way to get close enough to get a shot, Pittman will show you some weird tactics that have worked for him to help you hunt tough ole toms.

But the main thing you’ll learn in this book is how to become the turkey.

Using what he’s learned while hunting wild turkeys, he’s also become a master woodsman who can take most game, regardless of where he hunts. To learn more secrets about how to be a turkey hunter from one of the world champions of the sport, this turkey-hunting book with Preston Pittman is a must.


The Turkey Hunting Guides’ Bible
The quickest way to learn how to turkey hunt successfully is to either hunt with a turkey hunter with years of experience or a turkey-hunting guide. These two types of turkey hunters have solved most of the problems turkey hunters ever will face. 

Just as one size of shoes won’t fit every person, one style of turkey hunting doesn’t fit each hunter.  Each turkey-hunting guide interviewed for this book has his own style of calling, hunting, and outsmarting turkeys.  

While listening to this book, make a list of the new information you’ve learned, take that list with you during turkey season, and try some of the new tactics. Then you’ll become a more versatile turkey hunter and prove the wisdom from The Turkey Hunting Guides’ Bible.   


Outdoor Life’s Complete Turkey Hunting (2nd Edition)
This Audible book will help you learn how to call turkeys with two of the nation’s best, longtime and well-known turkey callers, Rob Keck, formerly with the National Wild Turkey Federation, and Lovett Williams, a wildlife biologist who recorded wild turkeys giving the calls that you’ll learn how to make on various types of turkey callers.


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