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April is prime turkey season in North Alabama

If you are an avid deer hunter, chances are good that you are familiar with “The Jackie Bushman Show.” Bushman, CEO and founder of Buckmasters, is asking for help from the deer-hunting public.

Taping for the third season of “The Jackie Bushman Show” is scheduled to begin soon. A part of the show deals with answering questions from viewers. For the most part, Bushman and his celebrity guests are the outdoorsmen who will be answering your questions. They are asking for your input by sending the questions to the show.

The following is a guest list for shows.

  • Bow experts Dan Massimillo, Dale Larson and Fred Eichler.

  • Real Tree’s Bill Jordan, David Blanton and Michael Waddell.

  • Tink’s Terry Rohn.

  • Whitewater’s Scott Schultz.

  • Scent-Lok’s Lee and Tiffany Lakosky.

  • Outdoors expert Jim Shockey.

  • Buckmasters American Deer Foundation’s David Sullivan.

  • Comedian Jeff Foxworthy.

    Send your questions along with name and address to ddye@buckmasters.com. If your question is used, you will receive a gift.

    Turkey-hunting tips

    For many, April is prime time to begin some serious bass fishing. For others, though, it means turkey hunting.

    I don’t dare write the turkey season dates because the days you can hunt change with your location in Alabama. But April is known as turkey-hunting time in North Alabama.

    During the past few weeks, I’ve been asked at least a dozen times about the proper way to pattern your shotgun before hunting.

    The following is what the National Wild Turkey Federation has to say about turkey hunting and dialing in your shotgun.

    Every year, more than 3 million hunters flock to the hardwoods, bottom lands, rolling hills, pine forests and other locales in pursuit of the wild turkey. And, every year, some of them walk out of the hunt with a hollow feeling of disgust because they missed their bird.

    You can turn the tables in your favor with a little time pattering your shotgun before you hit the woods this spring.

    Here’s what you can do — initial pattern tests should be on a 30-inch target. Sheets of butcher paper or craft paper work great.

    Draw a 2-inch circle in the middle and color it in with a marker, then draw a 10-inch circle centered on that. Pace off 40 yards or use a laser range finder to mark your distance.

    Use a shooting brace/bench to reduce human error and shoot a single round at each target.

    Shoot a few different types of ammo through different choke tubes, record the information and then compare
    the results. Pick the round that gives you the densest pattern.

    Big bass

    Recently, the Bassmaster Elite Series circuit paid a visit to Lake Port, Calif., (Clear Lake) for the Golden State Shootout bass tournament.

    The pros knew they were going to see some big largemouth bass, as North Alabama’s Tim Horton can attest.

    Horton did not make the final 12 cut of the tournament but he did earn $1,000 for catching the big bass of the day, a giant that weighed in at 12 pounds, 1 ounce.

    Oklahoma’s Jeff Reynolds caught the biggest bass of the tournament at 12 pounds, 11 ounces.

    Steve Kennedy of Auburn won the tournament with a four-day total of 122 pounds, 14 ounces. Kennedy also brought in the biggest bag (five-bass limit) to the scales. It weighed 40 pounds, 7 ounces. To bring in a bag that averages 8 pounds per bass is something rarely seen.

    For his efforts, Kennedy won $110,000 in cash and prizes.

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  • Paul Stackhouse
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