Ramblings



Mississippi’s Shut Mouth Turkeys
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by John Higley, MARCH 28, 2018



As some readers of my articles know, I travel on occasion to hunt wild turkeys in faraway places, and last week I did just that.  The occasion was a media hunt on which I was invited by Mike Jones of the Mississippi Development Authority.  He extended the invitation because my buddy Preston Pittman of Pittman’s Game Calls (look for his...
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Incident At Shasta Lake
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by John Higley, FEBRUARY 9, 2018

Shasta Lake

In case you haven’t noticed, the weather lately has been way too good to keep us inside for any length of time.  That being the case, my friend Russ Herrick and I headed for Jones Valley and the shores of Shasta Lake the other day.  Our goal was to do a little bank fishing for trout which, I heard from...
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Chasing the Turkey Slams
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by John Higley, JANUARY 15, 2018



I’ve been writing about turkey hunting since 1971. That’s when the first spring turkey season was held in California.  It was around that time that turkey hunting started to grow in importance throughout the country.  Thanks to game department conservation efforts, turkeys were introduced to new areas and the population increased across historic range.  With the opening of regulated hunting...
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The Sacramento River’s Late Fall Salmon
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by John Higley, DECEMBER 7, 2017

Sacramento River - Lower

Last Monday, thanks to my pal Mike Bogue, a chap who has been guiding full time on the Sacramento River for 26 years, I got the chance to ride along in his 23-foot North River Scout, powered by a 250 horse Yamaha outboard on a salmon fishing expedition.  We launched at the Ball’s Ferry ramp at around 6:30 a.m. and tried to...
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Fall Turkey Season Coming Up
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by John Higley, NOVEMBER 6, 2017



Okay guys, the annual fall turkey season is almost upon us.  It begins on November 11 and will run until December 10.  The limit is one turkey of either sex per day--two per season.  After an unproductive deer season, at least for me, I am looking forward to hunting turkeys because I know where a few of them are, and that’s the first...
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Making the Most of Your Deer Tag
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by John Higley, SEPTEMBER 29, 2017



For a long time I’ve been thinking about the so called good-old-days with regard to deer hunting in this state. I started hunting deer in the dark ages of the 1950s when the entire state was open to anyone with a tag and there were lots more deer to hunt. Really. Since the 1970s herds have diminished a lot, and...
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