Turkey Season Prelude – This is going to be Awesome
Opening weekend for turkey season is one of my most anticipated days of the year. I cherish the early morning sunrises as the long-beards sit up in the crook of trees showing off for the ladies. When you’re watching down a 200-year-old logging road as a fully strutted thunder chicken is barreling down on you, you’ll understand what it’s like to have your heart in your chest. There’s just something different about a sunrise in late March and early April that sets the season apart from other seasons. Trees are starting to turn green and all the flowers are starting to bloom, you have all the fresh scents of new grass swarming you and it’s openly welcomed. I’ve had many experiences where I’ve been able to truly see God in the images of early morning turkey hunts.
The unique difference to me in my deer and turkey hunting love is that you can “call” to turkeys and you can get responses. Gobblers, adult male turkeys, literally will “gobble” back at you. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBTmgXYaWgY) This is a way of communicating, whether for showing off or knowing where other birds are, they tend to talk early in the mornings. Coming from a hunters’ point of view, once you get a gobbler rocking in the mornings, there is almost no other adrenaline rush that can compare.
I have another unique animal that I will be targeting this year. I’ve had a few buddies and myself hunt this same turkey for the last 3 years and haven’t been able to harvest him yet. Could this be the year? Last year we closed the deal on several birds, I will write the stories of those over time. Got a buddy his first bird, finally closed the deal on another special bird we had named “Cripple.” Belly crawled over 300 yards for the second biggest turkey of my life. We also did something that not many others can claim, scored a double in one hunt. Those stories will forever be engrained in my memories and they all happened in the same season!!
I’ve got one week to prepare all my gear, buy my shells and licenses, get my video camera working and learn how to video hunts and start thinking of where we want to sit on day 1 of opening season. This will be probably my most frustrating turkey season with learning to record and trying out our new products. I’m ready for it, I’m ready for this challenge and looking forward to bringing people along.
I’m going to do what I can to get a live feed going Friday night (3/30) of the preparation and talk a little about strategy and what to expect on a morning hunt. Really looking forward to bringing people along on my hunts as well as sharing my stories and experiences through the camera lens.
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