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  • How should I hunt? The drought and hot weather has caused the corn and other vegetation to stop growing. If the feeding areas aren't there, where next?
    Answer:

    H.S. Pro Staff:

    Drought conditions require a hunter to look harder. The deer have to be eating something so it's a matter of finding their food source.
    If you have your own hunting ground you may want to look at planting a food plot. If you get any rain in the next month you can plant wheat, oats or clover. That might keep the deer on your property. Otherwise, if they can't find food they will leave to find it.

  • What is a better to use as laundry detergent and cover spray--fresh earth or the standard? Should I store my clothes during the off season just like during the season? How long could you use the scent wafers before they go bad? Do the pros use fresh earth
    Answer:

    Rick White's reply:

    First off, I tell people if you have both, when you run out of one, use the other. They both work very well. A person that smokes or perhaps sits around a fire at camp might want to use the Fresh Earth.
    If you have room to store your clothes in the off season in the bags, that would be good. However, you do not need to as long as you rewash before season again. And as always, use Scent-A-Way Spray.
    I use Fresh Earth Wafers all the time. Depending on how often you use them will determine how long the wafers will last. You will always get a whole season out of them. We get calls telling us they have lasted for several years. I would buy new ones every year just to be safe.

  • If a gobbler is out of range, struttin', and not coming to your call, what do you do?
    Answer:

    H.S. Pro Staff:

    Wait him out. If you called to him too aggressively when he could see your location there is a good chance that he is not coming any farther. Let him walk off and try him from a different angle with some softer calling, and try to keep him guessing on your location, or even switch to a different sounding call. Best of luck.

  • How do you call a "call shy" turkey?
    Answer:

    H.S. Pro Staff:

    In calling to any wild turkey, you should always start calling softly to take his temperature to see what he likes. Call shy turkeys doesn't necessarily mean he will not respond to a call at all. Some are just harder to coax within gun range than others. Good luck.

  • What do you do when a gobbler will shock-gobble but shuts up at yelping?
    Answer:

    Rick White's reply:

    I would start by using a different call than you have been using. Change things up a bit. You could also fire him up by calling aggressively and then quit calling and wait. Or you could try and get around in front of him and wait him out not doing any calling at all. Good luck and hunt safe.

  • I was turkey hunting recently, and I located two gobblers. I tried calling them in, but all they would do is gobble, but they wouldn't come in any further. In fact, they walked by just out of range. Do you have any tips for calling in an Eastern Turkey?
    Answer:

    Rick White's reply:

    Try and get him fired up with some aggressive calling and then quit calling. That will bring them in lots of times. If you weren't using decoys you might want to try them. You could also try calling and then get up and move closer without spooking the birds and wait them out. Good luck.

  • I hunt an area where bucks feed on corn in the early season and when the corn is cut the deer go to the forest. Where should I set up?
    Answer:

    Rick White's reply:

    One of the reasons you see deer feeding on corn while it is still standing is that they can also hide in the corn. They don't have to travel far as they will also bed in standing corn. Once the corn is picked they will tend to stay out of the open and will often feed on acorns or other foods that may be in the woods. I would hunt were the deer are. If you don't see them in the fields, hunt the timber. At some point you should start to see them out in the fields. Have stands in both places. Good luck.

  • I have watched several deer hunting videos and have seen the "deer highways" that the hunters always seem to find. We hunt hardwoods, with no agricultural fields, and can't seem to locate trails. How can you find a trail or pattern the deer?
    Answer:

    Rick White's reply:

    There should be trails somewhere. Sometimes it can be hard to locate major trails in thick or big timbers. If you can locate feeding areas or water sources you should be able to find sign there. Try and hunt those areas. Early in the season you can usually pattern deer around food sources. In the timber it might be an oak ridge. If you get snow in your area you can find those trails late in the season.

  • When hunting the Eastern turkey in the Midwest do you change your style of calling? For example: Will you change up the pitch and length of a yelp in Texas when hunting Rio's then you would if hunting Eastern's in Indiana?
    Answer:

    Rick White's reply:

    You can use the same techniques for both turkey sub species. The one thing I do when I'm in Texas is call a little faster with a higher pitch call, which by the way can work in the Midwest as well. However I tend to slow my calling down a use more rasp. Reproduce whatever the sound that the hens are making. I hope this is of some help. Good luck to you out in the turkey woods this spring.

  • When is the best time to scout? Would I have a better chance killing a big buck in the woods or in a planted field?
    Answer:

    H.S. Pro Staff:

    It really depends on many variables. In all honesty, more mature bucks are more often taken in cover but not always. If the food source that is being used early in the season by big bucks is a field, you may have a chance. More often than not the older, more wise deer tend to show up in fields well after shooting light.
    If you can, find areas where deer are leaving the food source and heading to areas to bed for morning hunts. Also find where deer are staging to get to the fields or food source for evening hunts, or just good travel routes, your chances are probably greater hunting more mature deer in cover, meaning the woods. Best of luck.

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