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Calling In The Herd Bull – with Joel Turner

If you haven’t taken Joel Turner’s ShotIQ shooting course, you may be unknowingly limiting your own potential. He’s helped countless people become both proficient shooters, and more lethal hunters in high pressure situations. Joe Rogan, Donnie Vincent, Nate Simmons are a few of his clients just to name a few. As a speaker at the 2021 Western Hunting Summit, he taught lessons on a variety of subjects – one of which featured his unique elk calling philosophy. As an experienced hunter who has targeted, called in, and harvested many herd bulls, his tactics focus around herd bull interactions. Here are a few tips from Joel’s presentation that may help you call in the herd bull during your next encounter.

Failure is a Prerequisite for Success

It’s no secret that both social media and larger mainstream media sources play major roles in influencing behavior. That’s how so many people have made careers out of being “influencers” after all. Well what comes along with this influence are some negative...

Early Spring Garden Prep: What Can You Be Doing Now?

Early Spring Garden Prep: What Can You Be Doing Now?

If you are like me, your mind thinks about gardening all year long. I do my best to continue growing in different ways throughout the entire year, but nothing quite compares to the feeling that I get when the weather breaks in the early spring and I can envision my...

Wintertime Chicken Keeping 101

Wintertime Chicken Keeping 101

Depending on what part of the country you live in, the winter months can be a tricky time for managing the health and well-being of farm animals, especially chickens. Here in western Pennsylvania where I live, our winters are typically in the moderate range, with...

The Bear Necessities: Spring Bear 2021

Are you excited for spring bear season in 2021? Spring bear hunting has become one of the most anticipated hunts of the year for me. A few short years ago, there was nothing to hunt in the spring time for me except for spring gobblers. Now don’t get me wrong, we LOVE...

Are the Days of Great “Over-the-Counter” Tags Over?

Are the Days of Great “Over-the-Counter” Tags Over?

Big game tag sales have increased across the country in 2020 at an unprecedented and unanticipated rate. Idaho sold out of elk tags at a record pace for the second year in a row. Eastern whitetail hunting and deer camp tradition saw a strong resurgence and there was...

Becoming a DIY Hunter: Planning Your First Hunt

Becoming a DIY Hunter: Planning Your First Hunt

If you weren’t able to attend the Western Hunting Summit the weekend of June 29th in Bozeman, Montana, you missed a conglomeration of wisdom and information from some of the best hunters in the west. Led by Ryan and Hillary Lampers of Hunt, Harvest, Health, a number...

Our First Garden: The Good Thymes and Bad

Our First Garden: The Good Thymes and Bad

Okay, I get it. This has to be one of the cheesiest titles ever, but being cheesy is kinda my thing.Anyways… Time to get serious. The art of gardening should not be made light of - it is truly an art, after all. Although starting a garden is totally attainable for...

Needle in a Haystack: Finding a Mountain Bear

Needle in a Haystack: Finding a Mountain Bear

We knew we had a slim chance of seeing that bear again. Nick had caught a glimpse of him at more than 800 yards on the adjacent side of the basin in a patch of young pines just below the snow line. Like most of the bears we’d seen on this trip, he was moving quickly...

Chickens: Why We Should ALL Be Eggcited

Chickens: Why We Should ALL Be Eggcited

To date, raising chickens has been one of the most amazing and unpredictable endeavors that I have chosen to pursue. To understand an ornery and interesting creature as the chicken is extremely eye-opening and initiates a perceptual shift in what most of people view...

The Cost of Being Industrious

The Cost of Being Industrious

I don’t think that I can truly say that I have ever felt bored in my entire life. Whenever I have been presented with any amount of free time, I have always filled it with something else on my to-do list. For as long as I can remember, I have dedicated this free time...

An Angry Pennsylvania Whitetail

An Angry Pennsylvania Whitetail

In our world of archery hunting whitetails, it’s not often that we get to share the final moments when one of us decides to let an arrow fly. Yes, we plan and strategize together, hang tree stands together, cut trails & plant food plots together, check trail...

Wyoming Pronghorn Hunt: It’s the Little Things

Wyoming Pronghorn Hunt: It’s the Little Things

The funny thing about this trip to Wyoming was that it had been one that was a long time coming for Joe and I. Several years had gone by that had given me plenty of time to envision how a trip like this would be with him. We would discuss on plenty occasions what it...

Risk for Reward

Risk for Reward

If you are a whitetail hunter, you know that there are a list of strategies that are religiously followed in an effort to harvest this species. Some of these strategies include factors such as temperature, time of year, wind direction, scent control, bedding areas,...

Man’s Search for Meaning: Building a Slice of Heaven

Viktor E. Frankl, the Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist, stated in Man’s Search for Meaning:  “What man actually needs is not a tensionless state but rather a striving and struggling for a worthwhile goal, a freely chosen task. What he needs is not a...

I love you, Dad

I love you, Dad

““And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul.”” — Unknown I remember sitting on the garage floor as a 6-year-old with my family’s old yellow lab, watching as my dad butchered his wildgame kills. His knife strokes were so beautifully...