Trail Escapes Outdoor Adventures
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November 2012.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

OK, everything is out of the way, so let the trips begin. My wife and I just returned from a week in Las Vegas, the election is over and cooler weather is finally here. There are no more excuses not to go hunting (unless it’s to go fishing). All the major seasons are open and we’re hearing great things from our friends and clients. By the time the newsletter goes out, our first large group will be knee deep in ducks and deer in Arkansas on opening weekend. We’re returning to one of our favorite locations in Arkansas, the Stuttgart region. We are doing two groups back to back this year, since one weekend wasn’t enough. Thanks to all our clients who signed up for the trips. We had a waiting list of clients but unfortunately we ran out of spots. Since this combo of duck, deer and goose hunting has proven to be so popular, we hope to be able to get THREE weekends next season. To those who couldn’t make it this year, we hope to see you next year. (HINT: Sign up early.) We pride ourselves in having great hunting and fishing locations and they book up quickly.

We are trying to finish filling up our Alabama Rut Deer Hunt in January, so don’t wait too long as this also has a limited number of places available.  

We wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and please remember to be safe while you’re enjoying the blessings of the great outdoors.


Lodge of the Month 

The Florida wild turkey, also referred to as the Osceola, is found only on the peninsula of Florida. This particular subspecies was first described in 1890 by W.E.D. Scott who named it for the famous Seminole Chief, Osceola, who led his tribe against the Americans in a 20-year war beginning in 1835.


For a lot of turkey hunters trying to complete a “Grand Slam”, there are a few other definitions of the Osceola that we can’t print here. It can be tough to find a good, reputable guide to help you in your quest. However, it just so happens we have one of the best in Florida. (Ok, it wasn’t just chance, we did a lot of research!) 

The ranches on which you will hunt are located in Osceola County near Lake Kissimmee. The landscape is made up of cattle pastures with century old live oak hammocks and cypress swamps. These ranches are operated by fifth generation Florida cowmen and have no hunting pressure. 

A typical three day hunt is one on one, with guides who are very knowledgeable turkey hunters. They know the land and the turkeys in the area. The accommodations include clean comfortable cabins. The cabins have a/c, hot showers and satellite televisions. The cabins are in a large oak hammock in the shadows of 150 year old oak trees. They are located in the middle of a 7500 acre ranch eight miles from any paved road. All of your home cooked meals are prepared in an open air kitchen, while you discuss the day’s hunts by the campfire.

Blinds and the decoys are provided and your guide will call for you if you like. Once you get your bird, they will prepare your bird for transport home after your hunt. They will also be happy to hook you up with other guides in the area for activities such as airboat tours, fresh and saltwater fishing trips. 

Trail Escapes can put you on that Osceola turkey you need to round out that Grand Slam you’ve been working on. 

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