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Get Ready

Our Winter issue has always reflected a “get ready” theme, with articles about great destinations near and far, plus our annual state-by-state hunting guide to fuel your dreams about the coming season.

Of course, to a turkey hunter, winter is as much a time of reflection on seasons past as it is an agonizing wait. As such, two articles in this issue are particularly relevant.

The first is Gary Clancy’s essay, “Pete,” on Page 10. I’ve known Clancy for 20 years, and we have worked together on countless deer hunting articles for several magazines, but this is the first turkey article he’s ever sent me. I hope he will write some more.

Just read it. And that’s all I have to say about that.

The second reflective essay, “The Perfect Turkey Gun?” on Page 34, comes from Ed Jackson, whose writing is based on five decades of turkey hunting experience. Jackson is a meticulous record-keeper, a fact he detailed a few years back in his article, “The Notebook.”

This time, Jackson’s focus is on the turkey guns that have come and gone over the years, and all the reasons why or why they didn’t earn a place in his gun cabinet.

Jackson’s story reminds me how often I change turkey guns myself for one reason or another. I have a couple favorites, but after reading his story, I have the urge to go retro. I’ve decided my grandfather’s American Arms side-by-side hammer gun deserves better than to rest above the fireplace.

This no-frills, working man’s gun, which Grandpa told me he bought “for a few bucks” as a teenager, was probably manufactured about 1900.

Grandpa used the 12 gauge to put food — mostly rabbits, ducks and pheasants — on his family’s table for many years. But he never hunted turkeys. I hope the old shotgun is capable of making a few more memories. Guess I’ll find out this spring.

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One of Turkey & Turkey Hunting’s most prominent photographers, Tes Randle Jolly, has continued her award-winning ways, capturing the Professional Outdoor Media Association’s inaugural Pinnacle Award for “Loverboy Lives,” published in the Spring 2007 issue.

POMA’s Pinnacle Awards honor media members for exceptional journalistic achievement in traditional outdoor sports-focused writing, photography/illustration and broadcasting.

The 2008 winners were announced by Mossy Oak public relations director, Tack Robinson, in August at POMA’s third annual business conference in Sioux Falls, S.D. Mossy Oak is the title partner of the awards.

The Professional Outdoor Media Association is a group of individual communicators and corporate partners who believe in, defend, support and promote the heritage of hunting, fishing, shooting and traditional outdoor sports through writing, photography and other means. By doing so, members hope to educate the general public about these sports and encourage more participation in them.

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Lastly, a reminder: If you haven’t been to www.turkeyandturkeyhunting.com since we redesigned it a few months ago, please check it out. There’s lots of new content, an active message board, opportunities to win prizes in our just-introduced staff blog and much more.

The latest addition to the message board is a state-by-state section so you can report and compare notes about hunting conditions and related news from your region. Join the discussion and continue making T&TH the source for all things turkey.

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