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Mia Anstine

Mia Anstine is an outfitter, guide, hunter, mentor, firearms and archery instructor. Among other publications, she is a staff writer for Beretta USA, Western Whitetail Magazine and guest at several other publications. As a public speaker she teaches and inspires others to get involved in outdoor activities. She takes pride in guiding ladies and children for their first hunts. She’s hunted red stag, bull tahr, elk, mule deer, black bear, turkey, game birds, waterfowl, predators, varmints, hogs, carp and has more on her bucket list. To learn more about Mia, visit her website at www.MiaAnstine.com.
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Hunting Turkey Like Elk: End of Season Tactics

Posted by Mia Anstine on Jun 5, 2018 8:27:27 AM

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Turkey hunting becomes a real challenge late in the season. After all that hunting pressure on the turkeys, they can become scarce. You’ve tried your calls. You’ve moved your blind from location A to B to C, to D — and finally, all the way to Z and have yet to bag a big bearded bird. The clock is ticking and days are dwindling. Now it’s time to put your real hunting skills to the test. It’s time to learn to stalk a turkey, just as you would an elk.

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Topics: Hunting - Turkey

Tools You Need to Call a Wild Turkey

Posted by Mia Anstine on May 31, 2018 7:45:35 AM

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You need tools to make sounds to entice a wild turkey into shooting range. There are a variety, and if you ask veteran turkey hunters, they’ll give you their opinion as to which is best. While insight from the experienced hunter is important, you’re going to need to demo, practice, and decide for yourself.

Pot calls, mouth reeds, box calls, and others need to be staples in your hunting vest. "What the heck are those," you ask? Allow me to explain a few of them.

How to Hunt Turkey Series

Part 1: Why You Need to Hunt Turkeys

Part 2: How to Locate Wild Turkeys

Part 3: The Gear You Need for Your Turkey Hunt

Part 4: Learn the Art of Talking Turkey

Part 5: Tools You Need to Call a Wild Turkey

Part 6: Hunting Turkey Like Elk: End of Season Tactics

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Topics: Hunting - Turkey

Learn the Art of Calling a Turkey

Posted by Mia Anstine on Apr 11, 2018 12:57:21 PM

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The art of talking turkey is essential to becoming an independent hunter. While many people will go with friends who know how to call, you can learn and do it yourself. You may have been hunting on your own for years, but talking turkey is a skill that separates the serious hunters from the beginners. When you learn to speak turkey, you'll be proud to proclaim, “Look! I’ve learned to talk!”

How to Hunt Turkey Series

Part 1: Why You Need to Hunt Turkeys

Part 2: How to Locate Wild Turkeys

Part 3: The Gear You Need for Your Turkey Hunt

Part 4: Learn the Art of Talking Turkey

Part 5: Tools You Need to Call a Wild Turkey

Part 6: Hunting Turkey Like Elk: End of Season Tactics

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Topics: Hunting - Turkey

The Gear You Need for Your Turkey Hunt

Posted by Mia Anstine on Mar 29, 2018 4:28:37 PM

 

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Your hunting license, Beretta turkey shotgun, and ammunition are at the very top of the ‘Must Have for Turkey Hunting’ list. However, there is a long list of other items you need and can use to help make the hunt more productive.

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Topics: Hunting - Turkey

How To Locate Wild Turkeys

Posted by Mia Anstine on Mar 27, 2018 1:59:43 PM

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Getting outdoors to turkey hunt is good for the soul. Bagging a bird for dinner is even better. If you want to fill your tag, the very first thing you need to do is find the right hunting locations.

How to Hunt Turkey Series

Part 1: Why You Need to Hunt Turkeys

Part 2: How to Locate Wild Turkeys

Part 3: The Gear You Need for Your Turkey Hunt

Part 4: Learn the Art of Talking Turkey

Part 5: Tools You Need to Call a Wild Turkey

Part 6: Hunting Turkey Like Elk: End of Season Tactics

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Topics: Hunting - Turkey

Why You Need to Hunt Turkeys

Posted by Mia Anstine on Feb 28, 2018 9:39:41 AM

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There’s an excitement in the air as friends, clients, and guides prepare for the turkey hunting season. We look forward to the morning chill, sometimes with a bit of frost, fog, and dew. Heck, some places even contend with snow. We prepare our gear, purchase new layers, hats, gloves, devices, and such to keep us warm. Some may think it’s pure insanity to go out in these conditions. Turkey hunters are a die-hard breed of which you should be a part.

How to Hunt Turkey Series

Part 1: Why You Need to Hunt Turkeys

Part 2: How to Locate Wild Turkeys

Part 3: The Gear You Need for Your Turkey Hunt

Part 4: Learn the Art of Talking Turkey

Part 5: Tools You Need to Call a Wild Turkey

Part 6: Hunting Turkey Like Elk: End of Season Tactics

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Topics: Hunting - Turkey

Dogs, Mountain Lions, and Delicious Stuffing - A Field to Fork Story

Posted by Mia Anstine on Jan 4, 2018 10:21:58 AM

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Stuffing seems to be the most loved ingredient that we enjoy on our Thanksgiving and Christmas menus. This year I had rave reviews on my stuffing, and it could've been due to the secret field-to-fork ingredient. Dare I tell the story of how I made the "best stuffing ever?" What's the secret ingredient that is derived from a challenging hunt? Read on, and I'll share the story of how well-trained dogs, a beautiful mountain environment, and a challenging hunt lead to delicious eats on the table.  

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Topics: Hunting

How to Hit the Bird When You're Cross-Eye Dominant

Posted by Mia Anstine on Oct 25, 2017 8:21:55 AM

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We all have our excuses about why we miss flying birds when we’re shooting our shotguns, but cross-eye dominance doesn’t have to be one of them.

As a child, and even into young adulthood, I had a strong right-eye, which matched my right-handedness. Unbeknownst to me, my eyes changed as I aged. Now my left eye will take over as the strong one if the right one is fatigued. The issue doesn’t bother me at all as I look through the scope atop my Sako Hunter rifle. When I need both eyes open, to point at and hit a bird is when I’ve encountered difficulty.

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Topics: Clay Shooting, Hunting - Upland, Hunting - Duck

How to Choose the Right Holster: Pros and Cons of a Holster

Posted by Mia Anstine on Oct 2, 2017 2:59:49 PM

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The forever-asked question in the concealed carry market is, “Which holster should I purchase?” I’ve been asked the question numerous times, and my answer is never brief. Heck, there’s a lot that goes into choosing a holster to safely hide a firearm on your body. This list of criteria gets even longer when it’s a woman who wants to know which holster is going to be best.

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Topics: Concealed Carry, Self Defense

Field Safety with Hunting Partners

Posted by Mia Anstine on Sep 5, 2017 10:02:57 AM

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Being outdoors, hunting, is a great way to spend time with family and friends. Most people come to hunting by way of a family mentor. They spend time in the outdoors with their parents or grandparents. Ideally, they’ll enroll in a hunter’s safety course. They get their certification and then head out to the field with their trusted gun to become an official member of the hunting community.

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Topics: Hunting, Hunting - Upland