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Welcome to the Front Porch. Here you will find talk about what is going on with WKO and any success we've had. We use only recent photos and references from our hunts. This gives our clients an up-to-date, honest report. Check back daily, because like the seasons it will change.




TODAY's News from the Porch:

Update: 5.19.16 - Another great year in the midwest was wrapped up with multiple birds being taken in Nebraska and Kansas. Temps were on the cool side most of the trip and there was a bought or two with higher than normal winds and some rain on Monday, but an abundance of birds, bumper crop of jakes led to all day action. There was a couple misses in the mix, but a lot of birds were put on their backs. Great time.

Those wanting to turkey hunt with us in 2017, our availability in Kentucky will be limited next spring as we will have a couple group hunts setup out of state that will impact some of our days open in Kentucky. If interested in hunting the midwest hit us up with an email for details.

Up next, we'll be getting in a few bowfishing trips and if thing will ever dry up, we hope to get in some ground work. Our frost seeding done back in February has paid off nicely with the wet spring. It's simply hard to beat being able to get clover seen on the dirt and having the thawing nature of late winter/early spring do the work and you simply just come in and maintain. As good as clover is, and we love it, we also like our fall plot blends we plant come late summer.

5.11.16 - It's been a minute since we've updated the spring season. Season closed out Mother's Day which is often the case here in Kentucky and usually means we do not have any hunters in hunting. We finished the second half of season going 3 of 4 and ending 6 of 10 in Kentucky. Not the numbers we hoped for, but we did have 2 misses in there. At the same time we also had a couple 1 bird hunters that really did not see a good opportunity at a bird in 2 days of hunting either. Not necessarily what we like to report, but it's how the hunting went. We'd have one day of great gobbling and close calls and a lot of confidence heading into the next day and not hear a gobble during the part of season when hens should have been sitting and gobblers lonely. Unlike any season we've seen in the past, right up until the last day we had gobblers roosting with hens on several properties and would fly down together and stay henned up most of the day with little to no gobbling. Very odd for our birds late in the season here. We had our days of wind here and there and some rain, but nothing that just altogether ruined a hunt. We did have a cancellation due to heavy rain in the forecast. Up next will be our midwest trip. Check back next week for results and how to get in on Rios and Merriams in 2017.

What to expect during your hunt ---> HOW OUR HUNTS TAKE PLACE.

4.22.16 - Through the first 7 days of the season we are 2 for 3 and 3 for 6 overall dating back to youth weekend. Opening weekend proved a bit tough with toms following hens from the time their feet hit the ground throughout most of the day. Roost gobble was good, and there was decent gobbling here and there into mid morning but it fell off pretty quick after 9 or so. Sunday was mostly a carbon copy of Saturday with birds following hens away and staying just out of range. As birds would gobble here and there we'd move setups and play the game, but birds just were not willing to work. Unfortunately the opening 2 day hunt was a bust.

Our next hunter was a no show, but the 2 hunters that followed both had success. It took working a few birds one morning before one finally made a mistake and bit the dust. It was a bird we knew was using an area mid to late morning so we slipped in and got setup with a hen decoy, combined with some soft clucks and purrs and the boy come in to check things out. A double beard bird sporting 11 3/4" and 4 3/4" beards. A little light in the pants at 18lbs and 3/4" spurs. From the size have to guess a 2year old walking around with a Man's beard, but man what a rope.

That kill was followed up a few hours later with a flurry of action as we got into birds at another location with a steady stream of gobbling and strutting action by 5 different birds that brought in a lot of loud mouth hens. A couple of the birds made off with dates safely, another was bullied away and one of the two that stuck around wasn't so lucky and took a load of #5's. A nice bird at 20lbs, 10 1/4" beard and 7/8" spurs.

Today was a down day, but we're back at it tomorrow when a couple Kentucky boys roll in. We'll check in one day next week here on the porch with how the hunting has been and provide an update on any success.

4.15.16 - This week has been a bit off in the turkey woods. Monday morning the birds were hammering at day break during the rain and after storms had moved through. Tuesday we were not on any of the farms at daybreak to listen, but did see birds during mid day strutting around on a few farms and some birds alone in the afternoon. Wednesday and Thursday mornings birds were dead silent on the limb on 3 different farms. Dead silent. And we're talking about farms where it's not uncommon to have a dozen or more birds rocking each day. Then we get to this morning and listening going on at two different farms. One farm yielded only 3 birds when the norm has been 8-10 and the other farm yielded gobbles out of 4 birds that we've come to expect from that spot.

If your a turkey hunter you know every day can be a different day in the turkey woods. One day you can hear gobbles all day long. The next you can't buy one. When it comes to turkey hunting I often think about ABC's Wide World of Sports quote from the 70's "The Thrill of Victory, The Agony of Defeat". Instead of the human drama and sports part of it, it's the human drama of interaction with a 20lb bird that stands over 3ft tall with sharp eyes and hearing that rarely let's much anything escape them. Those that do not hunt never understand the fever. Even those that do hunt but do not turkey hunt, have a hard time understanding it. Some long time deer hunters never develop an interest in turkey hunting. Not I. Since I was bit by the bug in the early 80's spring never gets here soon enough. Before you know it your chasing spring from the south ; Florida-Georgia-Alabama, to the north; Tennesee-Kentucky-Indiana-Illinois; then turning west towards Kansas-Nebraska-South Dakota.

Weather for the opener looks nice. Maybe the nicest opening 3-5 days we've seen in a few years. Updates will be here and there over the next few weeks. If you call or email, it may take us a few days to reply.

If you are in the market for a great sounding, and good looking, custom turkey call give Dave Hawksford consideration. You can find him online at http://www.morningsunturkeycalls.com/.

What to expect during your hunt ---> HOW OUR HUNTS TAKE PLACE.

4.8.16 - It's been a steady week of gobbling. There has been some mornings where gobbles trickle into the mid morning and an occassional bird firing off mid day, but not too many lonely birds right now. Many toms strutting and following hens about throughout the day.

I will be tackling LBL with my young son and some friends this weekend on a Youth drawn hunt. Freezing temps at night and wind during the day will make tough hunting on public land even tougher. We're always up for a challenge and look forward to this hunt each Spring.


We are not a big fan of texting while on stand, but this was sent from one of our hunters during one of our early November hunts.

"This guy is laying 15 yards in front of me as I type this! (Half rack young 8 point buck - 5 point now) Also have a beautiful 110 class 8 point and a hot doe laying 30 yards to my right right now! lol. All 3 have been here for an hour. I passed on a 20 yard broadside shot on the bigger buck. Trying to be patient the first morning. 😊Just 2 more points and I would have taken that shot. Watched the big buck make a scrape, rub trees and snort-wheeze. How cool is that!!! I also had a 4 point at 40 yards to my left at 6:15 this morning. Fun stuff Bill."





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