Perhaps you have noticed the huge orange outdoors show presentations that advertise Joanie Haidle and me as the "Femme Fatales" of turkey hunting. This is a bit of hyperbole.
Neither Joanie nor I think of ourselves in such terms; we are simply two female hunters who between us have nearly a century of turkey hunting experience which we intend to share with you at the seminars we are going to do at the outdoor show.
Actually, there is a third member of our feminine hunting gang, Teresa Patterson of Duncansville, who also has many years of experience and will be sharing in the seminars with Joanie and me. Patterson is the co-host of "Wired Outdoors," an outdoor television show with plenty of turkey hunting experience and success.
Because she thought she would not be able to participate in the seminars when it was all in the planning stage, she was not included in the advertising. But the three of us are set to talk with you about some things we have learned in the last few years about hunting today's difficult gobblers.
The seminars will be held at the Convention Center and the times are Friday from 7 -8 p.m. in rooms 205-206. Saturday runs from 5-6 p.m. in the same rooms.
We are going to show some great film from a hunt we had last spring season.
We'll also share with you some lessons we learned from that and similar hunts. For the last three years, Joanie and I have been chasing a particular big old boss gobbler.
We have had chances to bag him while we were hunting together, and while hunting separately, and the whole thing is a hoot. Teresa Patterson commented that this bird obviously has nine lives. Well, I can tell you that bird only has a couple lives left after the chances and misses we have had at him for three years now.
But there is much we have learned about hunting these big old birds that we face these days.
Joanie Haidle is, of course, the expert turkey caller who produces and makes her own line of turkey calls and you will be impressed with them, I promise you. She'll be doing a calling demonstration and will have a booth at the show where you can talk to her in a one-on-one format.
We will have the one-man chair bind there, which we all use, and you will see exactly what the advantages are to using one of these blinds in turkey hunting.
I'm doing an article for the next issue of the "Allegheny Adventure" magazine about the three outdoor women who roam the mountains of the local Alleghenies. We are three women who all developed an independent interest in hunting and all things outdoors and then were drawn together by our mutual interests.
We are good buddies because we can hunt with one another or without one another.
For the last two spring gobbler seasons, even though we hunted together during the course of both seasons, we each bagged an adult gobbler while hunting on our own. We have lots to share and we are all excited about the prospect of talking with local folks about the whole wonderful world of turkey hunting.
Both Joanie and I are personally acquainted with Alex Rutledge, the star of this year's outdoor show. He is quite a turkey hunter himself and will have plenty to share about it.
This is definitely the year you can learn plenty about spring gobbler hunting and get a couple of the best calls on the market. I personally guarantee it.