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Turkey video made in local area

Wednesday, April 10, 2002

GLENCOE -- As spring turkey season arrived in northern Arkansas last week, so did a famous sportsman, Alex Rutledge from Birch Tree, Mo.Rutledge was in the area filming a turkey hunt in the Glencoe area for next year's volume seven Cutt-N-Strutt turkey video and hunted with local hunters Ray and Seth Martin. Filming for the hunters was Viola, A0rk. native Danny Barker who once was Rutledge's teacher at Liberty High School.Rutledge has over 30 years of hunting experience and is well versed in calling many different types of wildlife such as deer, turkey and predators. He has accumulated many titles competing in turkey calling contests over the years, including the 1987 national amateur turkey calling championship in Yellville, Ark. That same year he was named the Missouri State Turkey calling champion and a year later went on to win the grand national gobbling championship.He is also a two-time South Central Missouri Ozark calling champion, Southeast gobbling champion and the Southwest Open turkey calling champion.He is not only known for turkey calling but is also an accomplished whitetail deer hunter. "I harvest mature bucks with a bow and have many on video," Rutledge said. He hones these skills each year by guiding fall archery deer hunts and spring turkey hunts near his familie's home in southern Missouri.The hunter has appeared on the Outdoor Channel, TNN, ESPN and many other outdoor television shows. He has appeared in several hunting videos and television commercials for Hunter's Specialties. He also has been featured in numerous outdoor magazine articles and has been a guest on various radio stations nationwide.As a Hunter's Specialities Pro Staff member, Rutledge assists the company in designing and field testing many of their products. He also travels the country conducting seminars on deer and turkey hunting."Turkeys are on the incline in northern Arkansas, because most land is private land, hunters can't hunt without getting permission from the landowner," he said.Rutledge and Barker hunted with the Martins two mornings and although they didn't make that trophy turkey shoot for the camera they enjoyed their visit to Glencoe. "I would recommend that all the area turkey hunters stop by the Glencoe Junction Store (owned by Mike and Debbie Martin and operated by Seth). The food is exceptional and the visiting is good."

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