Posted by: Chuck Schroeder | January 17, 2012

2016 Learn-to-Hunt Turkey Workshop

The 2016 Learn-to-Hunt Turkey workshop is once again being hosted by Daniel Boone Conservation League.

March 26: LTH Educational Seminar from 10 – 3 in the main hall at Boone. Please arrive 15 minutes early to sign in. There are two groups of people attending. The first is a group of hunters and their mentors who plan to participate in a special DNR-sponsored LTH event.

Additionally, anyone may attend this free seminar on an educational basis as preparation for the youth/regular turkey hunting seasons — it is one of the most comprehensive seminars available! Please RSVP if you plan to attend.

You do not need to be a DBCL member to mentor or participate in this free program. DBCL members, your mentoring time counts toward work hours.

The actual LTH hunting days are April 2 & 3 ONLY, and hunting times are arranged between hunters and mentors – within legal hours, of course:) It is typical just to take a student out in the mornings … some of us older folks need naps in the afternoon.

Mentors, the DNR requires that all mentors have 5 years of turkey hunting experience and undergo a background check. I must submit this information by February 26, 2016. If you plan be a mentor, please e-mail me your legal name, 9 digit DNR# and phone number. We often need extra mentors for students who don’t have family or friends to take them, so please sign up!!!

You can be a student if you are 10 years or older and have less than two years of turkey hunting experience. You do NOT need hunter safety because you will hunt within arm’s reach of a mentor. By participating in this program, you will receive a turkey tag valid ONLY for April 2 & 3 hunt dates and within the restrictions of this DNR program. Get official details here, the DNR LTH brochure here (and the full DNR site here).

Student hunters, please email me three items by March 18, 2015. The workshop will be limited to the first 30 students who apply:

1. Your legal name, date of birth, 9 digit DNR#, street address and phone number.

2. Your mentor’s name and e-mail. If you do not have a mentor, we will try to find one for you. Mentors provided on a first come, first served basis.

3. The name, address and phone number of the landowner on whose property you plan to hunt. You may also hunt on public land, including the Loew Lake, Jackson Marsh and Allenton Wildlife Units.

Here is the 2016 Workshop Agenda.

Note that the event requires a live shotgun patterning exercise. We’ll have eye and ear protection and targets, but you must supply a shotgun and ammo. Please leave your guns in the car when you arrive (or put it this way: unless you’re getting dropped off, please don’t bring your gun into the clubhouse).

If you’re new to the sport, here’s my two cents on shotguns, chokes and shells for turkey hunting: Shotguns for Turkeys2

We also have a limited number of “So you want to be a turkey hunter” instructional DVDs –courtesy of Hunter Specialties — that are available for loan. I will mail you the DVD, and please return it to me when you attend the seminar.

E-mail at or call me at 414-467-3287 with questions and to RSVP for the event.

Emily Gaskell bags her first bird, a fine jake, with mentor Gary Tess. Both are Daniel Boone members.

Posted by: Chuck Schroeder | November 1, 2011

Bearded Hen

Bearded Hen by ChuckOutdoors
Bearded Hen, a photo by ChuckOutdoors on Flickr.

I was sorely tempted to take this Rio hen for a mount but hadn’t shot a tom yet, so she got to live another day. Taken through the shoot-through mesh of a Double-Bull blind.

Posted by: Chuck Schroeder | October 27, 2011

40-yard Performance from a 20-Gauge Turkey Gun

Choose the right shot & choke eliminates the need to beat your shoulder up with magnum loads. A must view if you work with smaller-framed hunters!

Posted by: Chuck Schroeder | October 27, 2011

Hunter How-to: Clean a Wild Turkey in 3 Minutes

I can now breast a bird in the rain without getting when. I literally shot this movie in the 10 minutes between taking a roast out of the oven and letting it cool before slicing (FYI, this makes for a moister bird, roast, loin, chop or whatever. Cutting right after removing from the oven/grill is a cardinal sin).

Posted by: Chuck Schroeder | January 5, 2011

The Turkey Rap, Acting Out a Turkey Hunt

Rap Hunt [mouse over for hotlink]

These two videos are absolutely hilarious whether you’re a hunter or not. The “dead bird” thrashing is priceless.

Posted by: Chuck Schroeder | December 29, 2010

End of the 2010 Turkey Season

I burned the second of my fall turkey tags on Sunday, taking a young hen in my first attempt and videoing a hunt. Let’s just say there’s room for improvement. I was only using the Kodak Zi8, which is great for quick video work, but doesn’t have the optics for the good zoom images that make a hunt exciting.

I did, however, make a video on how to breast out a turkey in three minutes. I hope you enjoy it.

I took a nice tom earlier in the year, making a 200 sneak along a tree line that normally fails 99 times out of a 100. This time, I closed the gap without getting busted. Here’s a short video proving the tom was a limb hanger.

Posted by: Chuck Schroeder | October 31, 2010

MrCritterKiller YouTube Channel Launched

There was already a ChuckOutdoors on YouTube, so I was forced to go with something a little more inventive: MrCritterKiller.

I would like to emphasize that despite the seemingly bloodthirsty name, the channel contents will retain all the good sportsmanship and good outdoor advice of ChuckOutdoors.

Posted by: Chuck Schroeder | October 31, 2010

Commence Shooting Practice…in Earnest

Normally by this time, I’d have a few score rounds down range from deer rifle(s). Work, however, has been nasty…and the dogs know it’s pheasant season…and if don’t get a round or two of clays in, I won’t stay on top of my pheasant game.

With deer season three weekends away, I at least know the venerable Model 70 .270 and the T/C Encore .50 caliber muzzleloader are dead on at 100 yards (the longest possible shot from my tree stand is 116 yards, so I like to be anywhere from dead on to one inch high).

The T/C 7mm barrel, on the other hand, is most vexing. I’m not saying it doesn’t group well, but the blackpowder rifle holds better groups! If another ammo change doesn’t produce better results, I may send the barrel back to T/C.

At this point, my biggest effort should be running through boxes of shells from the sitting, standing and kneeling positions from the Model 70 (and maybe the .223 bolt action just for grins).

Posted by: Chuck Schroeder | October 31, 2010

A Year of 39.grrrrr

Summer sporting clays league goal: 40. Actual average: 39.33. Fall game series league goal: 40. Actual average: 39.grrrr. All I had to do was shoot a 41 on the final round (with previous rounds of 44 and 46, I was feeling good). I shot…a 39!

Still, the game series was a lot of fun.

Posted by: Chuck Schroeder | September 3, 2010

September Is Here!

A few of the trees are quitting already and the kids are back in school. Dove and early goose season already opened, and turkey and bow deer start on Sept. 18. While I love shooting the O/U for clays and skeet, it’s not my hunting gun. On Saturday, I pulled out the Benelli Super Black Eagle 2 (SBE2), screwed in the Rhino .660 turkey choke, grabbed a handful of Nitro Ammunition 4x5x7 shells and headed for the patterning range. Nitro tweaked its load last year, so even though I haven’t changed my “Easy Hit” front sight in years, a little testing was in order.

At 25 yards, the pattern stays reasonably centered with a hold point on the wattles. At 45 yards, the pattern noticeably drops, as well as trends slightly right. There’s still sufficient pellets in the kill zone, but anything less than a dead-on hold on the head would be foolish. This load seems to drop more than the previous load, so the range time proved valuable.

On Wednesday, I shot skeet with the SBE2 and noticed the HUGE difference that just 3/4″ in stock length can make. The SBE2 is shorter, and that’s a good thing: when I’ve got a cold weather jacket and the game vest on, I can still shoulder the gun cleanly. I broke 22 the first round, which is good for me. Just for grins, I swapped out the skeet choke for modified choke on the second round. I noticed that I started to second guess my lead on a few birds, which was stupid. Focus on the bird, and let your subconscious brain take care of the lead. On the plus side, I could smoke birds across the field.

Next week starts the sporting clays “game series,” and I’ll post an update after a few rounds.

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