Dream of spring mornings with this turkey hunting video from Texas.
The world of turkey hunting is often dominated by the Eastern wild turkey, a staple in American hunting culture and turkey hunting tradition. It was in that subspecies that the modern phenomenon of turkey population rebounds were built.
But not too far from some of those native ranges live their close cousins — the Rio Grande wild turkey. Despite enduring quietly in the background, this smaller subspecies can be hunted in 16 of the lower 48 states. They can even be found in Mexico.
This is a story of Chance Yarbrough, a Texan who has found a love for turkey hunting as an adult. Although late to turkey, Chance has pursued many other big game and small game over the course of his lifetime. As time has gone on he has found himself introducing others to this spring pursuit and in this turkey hunting video he calls in a bird for a first time spring turkey hunter.
All of it takes place later in the Texas turkey season as birds grow more wary of hunters and less inclined to perform the breeding rituals that draw gobbles across the morning landscape.
A.J. DeRosa founded Project Upland in 2014 as an excuse to go hunting more often (and it worked). A New England native, he grew up hunting and has spent over 30 years in pursuit of big and small game species across three continents. He started collecting guns on his 18th birthday and eventually found his passion for side-by-side shotguns, inspiring him to travel the world to meet the people and places from which they come. Looking to turn his passion into inspiration for others, AJ was first published in 2004 and went on to write his first book The Urban Deer Complex in 2014. He soon discovered a love for filmmaking, particularly the challenge of capturing ruffed grouse with a camera, which led to the award-winning Project Upland film series. AJ's love for all things wild has caused him to advocate on the federal and state levels to promote and expand conservation policy, habitat funding, and upland game bird awareness. He currently serves as the Strafford County New Hampshire Fish & Game Commissioner in order to give back to his community and to further the mission of the agency. When those hunting excuses are in play, you can find him wandering behind his Wirehaired Pointing Griffon in the mountains of New England and anywhere else the birds take them.