Spring Time Is The Busy Time!

Well now that I've been able to sit down and take a small breather from all of the shed hunting and turkey traveling that I've been doing around the country, let's get caught up ladies and gentlemen. Spring time for me, each year, brings a ton of things to put on a guys plate that is a bowhunter. Shed hunting, pulling stands, turkey hunting, food plots and the list goes on and on. In this blog I'm going to give you a little insight on my spring so far this year. The highs and the lows will be documented.

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Shed Season 2017

This year going into the shed season I was very excited mainly because I had a ton of feed out all winter and because I had a few giants that I really wanted to figure out and find sheds off of. Usually every year I walk somewhere between 250-300 miles looking for these precious pieces of brown gold. This year was no different, I hit the 278 mile mark and found 54 sheds in total. 11 were matches and I found 2 dead heads as well. My best day out was in March and i found 8 sheds that day. 7 in the same field!

 

Anybody who knows me knows I'm a shed addict. I absolutely love hunting them and love collecting them. Towards the end of the season I was able to grab my best set of the year off of a beautiful 5x5 that will likely be on the top of my list this year. Can't wait to see what he turns into. All in all I had a great shed season, quite possibly my best one yet!

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Kansas Turkey trip 2017

Each year I travel to a few states and turkey hunt. I love getting out and hunting turkeys each spring with my bow mainly because it's a fun challenge and it breaks up the time between deer season ending and it beginning. There's nothing better than a big ol Tom in full strut gobbling his face off. Well, maybe a bugling bull elk, but that's for another day and another blog. Turkey hunting in other states is always a fun experience and Kansas has been one of my all time favorite places to go to. Lots of birds, otc tags and lots of public ground are what draws me to this state each year. 

Usually I punch both tags, but this year the man upstairs had a little bit of a different ball game planned for me.

My buddy Ryan and I had anticipated this trip for months. Although the weather forecast wasn't great, we were still eager to get out there and give her hell! We succeeded in trying and trying some more, but that was basically it. Hardly any gobbling, terrible weather, henned up birds and sore rear ends were the only thing we found/left Kansas with. Oh and a speeding ticket on the way home. Thanks again to that local trooper! Atta boy. Not like I needed that $147.00 anyways. We proceeded to race back for home where our Ohio season was just about to start the next day. Hopefully luck would change for me there in the Buckeye state.

Ohio Turkey

Just getting back from Kansas we were hoping to leave our bad luck there and quite excited about our season which was about to kick off. Usually the first week and the last weeks here in Ohio are on fire and lots of birds hit the ground. As luck would have it, our bad mojo from Kansas continued on. Little gobbling off the roost and extremely henned up birds lead to a very slow start for my Ohio season. But I stayed after it and continued to push through it hoping each day would bring me a big old paint brush beard and limb hanger spurs.

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Finally, on May 7th I connected at 11am on a beautiful full strut bird with my Mathews in my hand. It worked out perfectly and the curse of this year had finally been lifted. He read the script perfect walking right down an old log road and then going past me so I could draw undetected and shoot him as he was walking away. It was a chip shot at a mere 18 yards and I couldn't have been happier to punch that first tag of the year.

Montana bear adventure

So this spring I decided to add another out west adventure to my plate. As many of you know I've fallen in love with the west and chasing all sorts of animals out there on our public lands with my bow in hand and a heavy pack on my back. A good friend of mine, Brian Barney who writes for Eastman's Bowhunting Journal and runs the Eastmans Elevated podcast, asked me if I'd like to join him for a spring black bear hunt in his home state of Montana this spring. I jumped at the chance and cannot wait to get out there and start pounding the mountains!

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This will be a spot and stalk hunt with our bows on public land. Most of the time we'll be walking and glassing trying to find good grassy strips and meadows where these bear will be feeding. A lot of ground will definitely be covered as these bears seem to move around quite often and can cover ground fast. Its going to be an epic adventure to say the least. Beautiful country along with some fantastic hunting awaits and i cannot wait to get out there and get after it. With a little luck you're all going to see me behind a big ol bear with a badass blog entry to follow detailing the trip. Wish me luck, I'll probably need it!!! But either way I'm still gonna SEND ITTTT!

What's new for us here at WCB

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Here at The Working Class Bowhunter we've got some fantastic new episodes that will be coming out in the following months. The whole gang is working very hard to bring you, the listeners, the best shows, audio and guests that we can. I think you'll really like our upcoming episodes and guests. Also for the blog we have some great storylines and some awesome topics we're going to be writing about as well. Make sure you guys leave your thoughts and opinions on the blogs main page. We appreciate the feedback.

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The Third annual WCB archery shoot was over the weekend and it turned out great! A lot of fun was had by all and we appreciate everyone who came and supported us. Last, but certainly not least we now have a store with hats and shirts available to the public. Go check these out and support the best damn podcast out there! As always we want to thank each and every single one of you for listening each week and reading the blogs! Chase your dreams and go SHOOT YOUR BOW. Thats a wrap for me, hopefully the next time you see me I'm behind a huge color phased bear!

 

 

 

Top 5 States For DIY Turkeys

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"Chalk, chalk, chalk, chalk" I softly made the soft, sweet sounds of a hopefully good looking hen. Grabbing my hat to mimic this gorgeous female flying down I had high hopes this bearded ninja would give up his location soon. Sure enough, halfway through performing my fly down like a conductor orchestrating his symphony, the ridge above me erupted! Not only was my bearded friend here again this morning, but he had a few buddies with him.

Slowly I put my slate call away and popped a mouth call in. They were honestly to close for comfort and once they hit the ground it was going to be game on, so I had to be ready. With an arrow nocked I kneeled motionless behind a familiar old oak tree right along a powerline cut. The previous two mornings this crafty, old boy had worked his way to this cut and then strutted up and down all while gobbling more times than I could count back and forth past this oak. Today was day number three and I was ready for action.

I'll never forget that morning. It was my third day in Kansas on my first "DIY" public land turkey hunt and I couldn't have been more excited. The scouting had been done weeks before on Google earth and even though it was public ground and anything could happen, I had a solid game plan that I believed would work. Boy was I excited to hear those birds create thunder all over that ridge that morning and I just knew they'd walk past that oak. About an hour later they did just that and I zipped an Easton FMJ shaft with a Rage on the end of it right through that old Tom's boiler room at nine steps. What an adrenaline rush!!!!

Turkey hunting is a hunt like no other in my opinion. It involves strategic planning, calling, moving around, sitting still, knowing when to practice the art of patience and when to utilize the game of "going all in and going for it". Not only do you get to watch these birds in their natural habitat while hunting them, BUT you get to hear all of the awesome sounds that go along with it. The yelps, putts, purs, cackles, gobbling and my personal favorite-spitting and drumming, are breathtaking to hear and really symbolize spring for me. 

For this blog I've put together a list of my top 5 affordable DIY turkey hunting states. All of these states have easy to obtain tags, lots of public ground and won't break the bank hunting. I think anyone who has turkey hunted their home state has always dreamed of chasing these bearded, bad boys somewhere else. Well here's your chance!!! Pick a state, start looking at some maps of public ground or calling farmers to gain some private ground and get to planning because your out of state DIY turkey hunting adventure awaits! Goodluck and shoot straight!

1- Missouri

With a harvest usually around 58,000 birds this state is known for producing high numbers of Eastern birds year in and year out in the harvest statistics category. The population here is estimated around 600,000 birds with lots of public and easy accessible private land that can be accessed by simply knocking on doors. A non resident tag will run you roughly $190 and the season goes from April 17-May 7th. Youth is April 8-9. Two bearded birds may be killed, but only one the first week. Spring 2016 harvest was 48,354 birds being harvested.

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2-Oklahoma

With mild winters and sandy soils the sooner state produces some monster roped birds. Lots of public ground makes this a great state to hunt. Hunting pressure usually is not a huge concern because of the vast amount of territory the state offers. Rios and Easterns can be found here with more Rios being across the state. A tag here will run you $10 and a 5 day license with it costs $175. There can be three birds taken depending on what county you're in and the seasons run from April 6- May 6 and April 17- May 6th for the Southeastern part of the state. Two of the best regions of the state are the central and western parts. These are much easier to hunt and access because the more south you go, the more mountainous terrain you'll encounter. 

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3-Kansas

This is probably my all time favorite out of state turkey hunting destination. High numbers of birds with tons of public ground and it holds Easterns, Merriam's and Rios. This certainly makes this a must go to state for turkey hunters. A great thing about Kansas is that it has a very long season and affordable over the counter tags. Youth and disabled is April1-11. Archery is April 3-11 and the regular statewide is April 12-May 31. A non resident tag costs $32.50 each and the permit to go with it is $62.50. the spring 2016 harvest was 30,298 birds. In my past experiences here, the public ground is great, but gaining access to private is very easy as well. Many grain farmers here have no problem giving you permission to come and hunt the many birds that roam their farms. 

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4-Nebraska

It's no secret that the cornhusker state is home to some big bearded and heavy weighted birds. Over the counter tags with one of the longest seasons in the country make this state a must hunt. You can harvest up to three birds in the spring and a non resident tag will cost you around $110.00 which isn't really that bad at all. Merriam's can be found in the west, with hybrids( a mix of Easterns, Rios and Merriam's) can be found in much of the rest of the state. A good public piece to start would be the Nebraska National Forest in the western part of the state. Seasons are, Archery-March 25-May 31. Shotgun- April 16-May 31. Youth archery-The March 25-May31. Youth shotgun-April9-May 31.

Scott, Tyler and Steve Purol put the hurt on DIY public ground turkeys. #AlphaBreedTV

Scott, Tyler and Steve Purol put the hurt on DIY public ground turkeys. #AlphaBreedTV

5-Ohio

Last, but certainly not least for any reason is my home state of Ohio. Ohio has a great amount of birds with an estimated population of over 200,000. The 2016 harvest was over 17,500 birds and all of the tags are over the counter. A non resident will have $125.00 in a hunting license and $24.00 for each tag up to two per hunter depending on the county. A great thing about Ohio is that after the second week birds may be hunted all day giving hunters a full day to chase those Tom's around. The south zone opens up April 24- May 21 and the northeast zone runs from May 1st-28th. There are lots of good public places to hunt, but the Southeastern part of the state is about as pretty of a place to spend a morning as any. The Wayne National Forest holds a ton of birds and so does the Grand River Wildlife Area in Ashtabula county.

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I hope you all have a great spring and get to spend some time chasing around a few longbeards. Please tag us in your field photos if you're successful in harvesting a bird or just get some awesome hunting photos. We'd love to see them! Good luck, shoot straight and remember to have a good time sitting in the spring filled woods because that's what turkey hunting is all about.

 

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Photo: Tyler Purol of Alpha Breed TV

Photo: Tyler Purol of Alpha Breed TV

What is The Camo Collar?

Welcome my friends and fellow bowhunters to THE Camo Collar blog presented by THE Working Class Bowhunter!

As some of you know my name is Clint Casper and I'm an arrow slinging, deer chasing, turkey tracking, mule deer glassing, elk bugling, shed antler addicted, freelance outdoor writing, good old boy from a small town in Carrollton, Ohio. Growing up, my dreams were to have huge adventures with my bow in hand, which led me to having an absolutely obsessive (ask my fiance) addiction to bowhunting. As long as I can remember I've been reading hunting magazines and books stating "Someday I'll be in these magazines." I recall saying this to myself thousands of times while reading the adventures of other bowhunters, which is what lit my fire for becoming a freelance outdoor writer. This dream of mine, I have been chasing down now for almost ten years and have had just as many ups as I have had downs, but I wouldn't trade where they have led me for the world.

I was lucky enough to meet the Working Class Bowhunter gang at the Archery Trade Association show a few years back and we all seemed to hit it off right away. We soon were talking about past adventures, upcoming hunts, future ex girlfriends like Eva Shockey and Miranda Lambert (who still just won't let it go), favorite bow companies, arrows, Dancing with the Stars (Eric is a huge fan) and of course one of my personal favorites - BEER. I felt at home with this bunch of hooligans and quickly wanted to get on a podcast with them as soon as I could. A few podcast episodes later with these three and it was no surprise that I needed to join forces with them. So I pitched this idea of starting a blog to them and luckily for me they loved the idea and so The Camo Collar was born!!! I literally cannot thank Stephen, Eric and Curt enough for allowing me to not only be on their podcasts, but to be a part of this awesome and, may I say, quite handsome (mainly Stephen) group of guys. I honestly can't thank them enough because to me, writing a blog for them is all a part of living out my dream of being a freelance outdoor writer. I'm blessed to have this opportunity and to hunt down my dreams with a bow in hand and then write about these adventures for the world to see.

The Working Class Bowhunter guys in the "Buckatorium Studio".

These blogs are going to be informative, entertaining, straight forward and above all FUN. We're going to shoot for at least one blog a week which will cover lots of different topics that I want all of YOU to comment on. The point for us and this blog is to bring hunters together on various topics, to entertain, to inform and above all to just have a place where YOU all can laugh and get enjoyment from during your day.

We all want to thank each and every one of you for listening to the podcasts and those of you who will be reading these blogs each week. In closing, I'm going to ask these questions and hopefully I get some awesome feedback.

  • What are your hunting dreams and what drives YOU to chase them? 
  • I want to know what motivates you to wake up on a cold morning at 4am to head to a treestand?
  • Why you would throw a pack on your back and walk up a mountain in the pitch black just to maybe see, or hear a bull elk bugle in the cold, frosty morning air? 

I can't wait to read some of these responses and as always I'm going to leave you with this-always chase your dreams and GO SHOOT YOUR BOW

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