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The One Thing Every Hunter Needs

There are buzzwords that twirl around the turkey hunting orbit. Hunters fixate on them like stars in the sky. Words like accuracy. Reliability. Power. The One Thing Every Hunter Needs

While the Winchester shotgun and Long Beard XR turkey loads delivers on all the buzzwords, there is one element that heavily rests on the hunter’s shoulders.


You can plan and prepare.

You can sight in the SX4.

You can stock up on the right gear.

You can have a beautiful box of Long Beard XR ammunition at your side.

But if you are unable to adapt to changing conditions or shifting plans? You’ll have less gobbler meat on your table and fewer feather fans hanging on your wall.

When you walk into the field or timber looking for strutters, it’s important to adapt to how the toms are reacting to your tactics. The birds have their own hierarchy. They play by their rules, driven by instinct. Those instincts can help you, or hurt…if you are able to shift gears and adapt.

A full-sized tom decoy that brought in a big bird looking for a fight might work on one hunt, but that same decoy might not work on another. Smaller turkeys can feel intimidated by the tom and keep their distance from the decoy…and you. If smaller toms are staying away, replace the tom with a hen decoy. Suddenly, the hunt can shift with the new developments, the birds come closer, and boom: you and Winchester can get the job done.

If you don’t notice how the birds are responding and keep with your plan simply because it’s your original plan, you are missing out on a chance to create your own opportunity. Take stock of your surroundings. Change. Adapt and read the moments so you can seize them.

Winchester will take care of the rest.

Watch the related Winchester Life episode.

Chris Keefer
Chris Keefer
Chris loves to chase big game in Alaska with brother Casey and spends a ton of time doing just that. When not there or in the planning stages of the next hunt, he enjoys a sunny day round of golf back home in his native Michigan.

As co-host of Winchester Life, he feels it his responsibility to help you find your own definition of the outdoors. He takes this responsibility very seriously and will take the rest of his working life fulfilling this quest. He can go from adventurous woodsman to sharp-dressed dinner guest in no time at all.
Casey Keefer
Casey Keefer
Casey lives off of the adrenaline and the solitude he finds in the most remote corners of the world. Essentially, this charges his batteries. For him, it’s not about the end game, it’s about the journey. He considers it his duty to “pass it on,” so that hopefully you can experience the same in your very own way – wherever that may be, chasing whatever you may chase. Casey is co-host of Winchester Life. He and brother Chris find themselves pursuing big game a large amount of time in Alaska.