Outdoor Channel stars Lee and Tiffany Lakosky show how to hunt a turkey

Did your grocery store run out of turkeys? No problem! Outdoor Channel stars Lee and Tiffany Lakosky want to remind you that you can always hunt your own bird for the big Thanksgiving dinner. In fact, Lee said, thanks to the National Wild Turkey Federation reinvigorating the U.S. turkey population, there’s plentiful opportunity to bag your own. (Check the rules online for your state) “Turkeys have exploded everywhere,” Lee told FOXNews.com. “They’re all over, so abundant right now. It’s a great time to be a turkey hunter.” (Fun fact: there’s a huge population in Hawaii). The couple, who have their own Outdoor Channel show “Crush with Lee & Tiffany,” mostly bow hunt turkey, with Lee using a Mathews Halon 32 bow and Tiffany a women’s Mathews Avail. However, they have used a shotgun, too, wielding a Benelli 12-gauge. The Lakoskys have hunted turkey for about 14 years on their own farm in Iowa and also in Texas, Kansas, and Nebraska. They harvest 2 to 5 turkeys a year. Turkey hunting can be done in both spring and fall. Lee noted that hunting turkey is “more fun in the spring because that’s their mating season so they’re gobbling and strutting and really putting on a show and you can call to them. In the fall, they’re gobbling on the roost and just grouped up and…you gotta just see which way they’re going” to forage on the ground for food. But the early bird catches the turkeys — you must start before sunrise. Tiffany said, “They’re not easy to hunt. They’re pretty wily.”

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