What started as a simple idea on Facebook has turned into something bigger than Hank Parker Jr. ever imagined - requesting our fan to send in hunting questions. The first week this opened up all the messages nearly shut down the entire operation. Seriously, Jr. thought it would be a fun, entertaining way for "Hank Parker Flesh & Blood Outdoors" TV fans to come back to the website every week to find out the answers to hunting questions.
Getting your question to the Parkers is easy. Simply send an e-mail to [email protected]. Include your full name, the city and state where you live and the question you want answered. That's it. So, what are you waiting for? Send in your question today.
Sheena Wesson, Red Bluff, CA
Q: How do you know if you are calling too much or not enough when turkey hunting?
A: Great question: Over calling turkeys is a common mistake, because it is easy to do and let's face it most of us make that mistake more than we would like to admit. After I get a turkey to respond I like to wait and see if he will gobble on his own again. If he doesn't after waiting 5 to 10 minutes I check up on him with another call.
If he responds and is closer I usually try to wait him out. If he is constantly gobbling and you keep calling, this will only delay him coming in. Turkeys can be fickle and I try to read the turkey and evaluate each situation.
Mark S., Milano, TX
Q: I saw the Parkers hunting with a longbow. Can you tell me more about it?
A: Mark, the bow you are asking about is a Penobscot. The Penobscot Indians are the original designers of the bow. A guy named Randy Rifenburg made the bow. You can find out more about him at RattlinRandy.com. Hope you have a great turkey season.
Jordan Evans, Marshall, MO
Q: What is the best time to start calling in the morning while turkey hunting to do a fly down call?
A: I absolutely never use a fly down call. Some hunters do and have success. I just prefer to wait until they hit the ground. The reason is that the bird may wait in the tree for his hen to show up before he flies down. If you will wait until they hit the ground you decrease the amount of time he spends in the tree.
Joe Cornell, Rochester, PA
Q: Do you think using a crossbow belongs in archery season?
A: Yes! I love traditional archery and enjoy hunting that way but that's my way. If it's ethical I say hammer down. I hope more people hunt, period. It is a really cool way to introduce younger people to early-season hunting.
Kevin Kerns, Bayport, N.Y.
Q: What is the best caliber for varmint hunting in heavily wooded forests?
A: I have no idea! Haha! I use a .22 mag. Good luck smoke'n those varmits.
Daniel Welch Turbeville, S.C.
Q: Do you think over a few weeks or days do toms get used to your calls?
A: YES! I think they get weary of calling in general. When I hunt public land I call less. When you shot your gobbler don't jump up and recover him. It is best to wait until everything settles down. The worst turkey in the woods is one that has an education from witnessing a drive by!
Bobby Dillon Kernersville, N.C.
Q: How come the only animals that would eat 3-Day Harvest I put out last year crows? The deer looked at it and kept on walking. Did I just get a bad bucket?
A: Hate you had a bad experience, 3-Day Harvest is an incredible product. It may have something to do with the amount of deer or hunting pressure in your area, etc. If you contact C'mere Deer ([email protected]) we will be happy to help you figure out what went wrong.
Richard Lovingood Hertford, N.C.
Q: How do you preserve you diaphragm mouth calls from season to season?
A: I keep them in the refrigerator that seems to help. But I do like new calls each year.
Robert Farmer Jr. Leesburg, VA
Q: Was Fess Parker, the one who played Dan Boone, your kin?
A: He is my real dad! Hahaha. Just kidding. No relation.
Q: What muzzleloader brand do you use?
A: We shoot the Ultimate Firearms Muzzleloader. It is awesome! Check them out at http://ultimatefirearms.com/.
Clint Howell Gaffney, S.C.
Q: Where is the best place to be to catch a tom during an unusually hot spring afternoon?
A: Eddie salter says they like to loaf that time of day. He is the man when it comes to turkey hunting. I like to hit bottoms and wooded areas near fields. This is a great time to cover a lot of area trying to strike one up.
Dickie Geiser Von Ormy, Texas
Q: Why is it ok to poach an egg but illegal for deer? I'm not stupid, just kidding. Love your shows.
A: Thanks, Dickie! We love you! Haha!