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The 7 Best Days of the Strut, 2021

Wouldn’t it be great to know which days spring turkeys will gobble, strut, and come to your calls? Well, we’ve got you covered. Using a secret algorithm, our hunting editor picks the 7 best days of the 2021 turkey season. Guaranteed.

Have you ever stepped out to start your truck in the predawn of an April morning and been stricken with that they’re-gonna-gobble-today feeling? Me too. So with that in mind, I’ve looked ahead to choose the seven best days to hunt turkeys this spring—days they are gonna gobble and strut and walk right in to your setup. You can sleep in or work or do something really awful like play golf any time. But on these seven sacred days, you’d better have your butt against an oak tree while yelping at a turkey, because the hunting is not going to get any better.

How do I know these days will be the best? Because I’ve developed an algorithm rivaling Facebook’s in complexity. I started by leaning on my own near three decades of turkey hunting experience across the country. Then I called up a bunch of fellow gobbler-chasing maniacs for their regional input. And finally, like any good algorithm, I made a good bit of it up as I went along. Still, I’ll make you a guarantee: If you hunt on one of these seven days and don’t kill a turkey, I’ll give you your money back.

Let’s dig in to the best turkey season days written by Will Brantley.

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May 7, 2022

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