-By Rich Miller
South Carolina is divided into two separate zones as far as hunting goes. The lower part of the state has a completely different set of rules than where I live in the upper part of the state. One of the rules is that the lower part of the state’s turkey season opens fifteen days earlier than the Northern Zone. Opening day for the Low Country was Sunday the 15th. I had a store promotion to work and I was not able to make it for the opener this year; it proved to be a good thing with the way the weather turned out.
I am glad I didn’t drive three and a half hours to have my hunt rained out. This time of year I am at some kind of promotion just about every weekend and the Low Country season opener always sneaks up on me. I am trying to get everything ready to head down this coming weekend to hunt for a few days. I have several new products in my arsenal this year that I can’t wait to try out. Knight and Hale has a new box call for this year called the Hammerhead. It is a waterproof-box call that doesn’t require any chalk much like the Wet Willie. The difference is that the Hammerhead has some new sound baffles in the center of the box that help it produce some really great turkey sounds. All of these characteristics are going to make it deadly in the turkey woods. We also have a new Fire-N-Ice turkey diaphragm call that really sounds great. Chris Parrish has outdone himself again and made a two and a half reed diaphragm that is easy blowing as well as consistent. This is a very versatile call that is capable of producing every call in the wild turkey’s vocabulary.
The main thing that I can’t wait to use is the new Peep’n Tom and Pretty Penny turkey decoy setup. This decoy was derived out of Carry-Lite’s Pretty Boy decoy. Peep’n Tom has some of same characteristics of the Pretty Boy, but they have made it more user friendly keeping the hunter in mind. Believe it or not, the paint job on the Peep’n Tom is more realistic than ever. The Peep’n Tom is also a little smaller and more flexible for easy transporting in the woods. This decoy set has no memory either, so when you leave these decoys folded up in your turkey vest for an extended amount of time and get ready to use them, they will go back to their original shape and be ready to hunt with. The main change in this decoy setup is that the hen and gobbler both come with two heads. The Peep’n Tom has a jake head and a mature gobbler head that can be used separately or at the same time in what we call the Medusa set up. When used in this way the decoy will look like two different gobblers strutting at the same time. The hen comes with two heads also, one is for a feeding setup and the other is for a submissive position to be used with Peep’n Tom.
Hopefully with the help of these new products this coming weekend will be a success.