Michael Waddell volunteered to share his insight and turkey hunting wisdom with us, including how to hunt henned-up toms.
He hails from the land of sweet tea, shindigs and sweet potato pie—otherwise known as the Deep South. Hang out with him for any amount of time and you’ll likely hear redneck jokes, references to country music and reminisces of a place he’ll refer to as “Booger Bottom,” Georgia. You’ll also find out rather quickly Michael Waddell is extremely passionate about turkey hunting (and all that goes with it).
Waddell needs little introduction. As a teenager he entered his first turkey calling content and the rest is history. Today, his accomplishments are well known throughout the hunting community and his name speaks for itself.
Joining Team Realtree in 1994, Waddell’s work ethic, likable personality and sense of humor moved him from behind the camera to in front of it. He was producer of “All-Stars of Spring” and host of “Realtree Road Trips” before launching his signature “Bone Collector” TV show.
With his experience comes proficiency, and Waddell is known for his expert turkey calling abilities. Whether he’s using a mouth diaphragm, box call, slate or glass, Michael is a master at seducing longbeards and has the footage to prove it.
Recently, Game & Fish had the opportunity to spend time with Waddell in hunting camp. After a successful hunt Michael volunteered to share his insight and turkey hunting wisdom with us. Included in Waddell’s trove of tips was how he hunts henned-up toms.
There’s not a more frustrating element of turkey hunting then when you’re competing with a gobbler who’s already found love. Sweet talk as you may, he’ll strut just out of range and leave you wondering what you did or are doing wrong. It happens to the best of turkey hunters, even to the likes of Waddell.
Michael was kind enough to share his top tricks for dealing with a henned-up tom. Hopefully you can use these tactics to your advantage and outsmart Mr. ‘henned-up’ Tom.