- The Washington Times - Sunday, May 15, 2005

THE WASHINGTON TIMES

A successful turkey hunter like Bob Troup leaves little to chance. He scouts the woods he plans to hunt in weeks and months ahead of time, looking for sweeping scratches made by the large feet of the birds as they forcefully brush aside leaves and woodland debris that hide nuts, worms, beetles and insects.

Troup, who respects the turkey’s extremely sharp eyesight, enters the hunting area fully camouflaged, including camo hat, gloves and a face net. Even his shotgun, a 12-gauge, 3-inch-chamber Remington 870 pump gun, is camouflaged. He uses one load of No. 6 Remington HeviShot, and if a second shot is needed, follows up with shells containing No. 5 or No. 4 shot.

To imitate a gobbler-attracting hen, he uses a Quaker Boy diaphragm call, the Screamin’ Green model, available in most sporting goods stores. I bought mine in a Dick’s Sporting Goods outlet.

Because it’s impossible to point a shotgun in one direction for long periods without shaking or giving away the location, Troup’s shotgun barrel has an attachment known as the Lazy Leg, a telescoping shotgun rest that folds down and stands on the ground.

All Troup does is hold the shotgun’s rear; the front is secured by the lightweight stand that, by hunt’s end, is pushed back together and folded flush against the barrel. The all-metal, lightweight Lazy Leg is new, costs approximately $29 and should be available in fine hunting departments. If not, check out lazyleg.com or call 423/949-5299.

Gene Mueller

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