Ed Tanczos, Sr.
Ed Tanczos, Sr.
Hometown: Bath, Pa.
Family: Ed and his wife, Mary, have four children, 12 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Home Chapter: Walking Purchase Chapter, Northampton City, Pa.
Title: Chapter President
NWTF Member Since: 1999
Notable Facts: Ed has been married to his wife, Mary, for 51 years, and has 54 years of turkey hunting experience. In addition to turkey hunting, Ed enjoys elk, mule deer and caribou hunting. He is also a private pilot.
NWTF: How was your turkey season this spring, Ed?
Ed Tanczos: Good! There was a lot of of action early in the season here in Pennsylvania. I remember calling in some long beards in Tioga City, but I have to admit I missed due to not completely closing the pump action on my 835! But overall, I had a fun time this season, as usual.
NWTF: You've got a lot of turkey hunting experience under your belt. What's your favorite thing about it?
ET: It's hard to pick just one thing. I've been doing this for a long time, and it gets more exciting every year, especially when I get to share the experiences with family, NWTF members and potential NWTF members.
NWTF: What do you think is the biggest mistake turkey hunters make?
ET: That's an easy one— the biggest mistake hunters make is having a lack of patience.
I feel that these days, more turkeys actually do come in to a hunter, but most are silent. The hunter ends up being spotted by the bird, never knowing they were just a few minutes from success if they had only hung in there and stayed still!
NWTF: We hear that you've been a big supporter of habitat projects in your area and do a lot of volunteering. It's got to be pretty satisfying to see habitat improvements come to fruition.
ET: It sure is. I really enjoy seeing turkeys bring their broods to openings we created to feed on insects, not to mention the songbirds and many other species of wildlife that use these areas.
Here in Pennsylvania, the winters in the northern half of the state are harsh, with freezing rain, ice and snow. Any cleared area, no matter how small, provides grasses and other nutrients that otherwise wouldn't be there if the NWTF volunteers and their partners had not prepared it.
In fact, just taking a lawn rake and tossing some grass seed out along paths and trails at any time of the year provides some food and seeds for turkeys, grouse and deer. Hinge cutting brushy trees along paths provides browsing for several years as well as cover for wildlife. The kids all enjoy this type of outing during the off seasons, and so long as there are some hot dogs and smores to go with it, everyone wins!
NWTF: Ed, what drives you to donate so much of your time to the NWTF?
ET: (laughs) It's Dick Kirby's (founder of Quaker Boy Calls) fault! He put out a tape more than 20 years ago called "The Gobbler of Letchworth Hollow." It was an instructional tape on hunting turkeys, and my wife Mary had to endure listening to it in the car with me every time we traveled to our camp in Tioga County!
Then, just when I considered other pursuits, I found out about the NWTF and got involved. I knew I was doing what I was born to do— working to get others to appreciate and enjoy the preservation and pursuit of the wild turkey!
NWTF: Why should someone join the NWTF?
ET: Potential NWTF members need to know that it's time to join ranks in order to preserve our way of life in the great outdoors. With our excellent JAKES, Women in the Outdoors and Wheelin' Sportsmen NWTF programs, it's easy for everyone to find their niche and be a part of this great organization.
I want to thank the NWTF for the opportunity to be involved, and I will continue to spread the word!