Are you ready? Opening day of youth turkey season is just a few days away, followed the next weekend by regular season. Please find the time to take a child into the woods. The future of our beloved sport depends on it.
I read an interesting article the other day. I learned that within the next 20 years, the structure of hunting should collapse under its own weight. The money will dry up to pay for all the programs. We can take action now to change the course of things. Had it not been for women stepping up, and filling the void of men that have quit hunting, it would have already gone under.
Now is the time to make sure your equipment is ready for the upcoming season. Have you, like me, gained weight? Then do your hunting clothes still fit? Did you oil your shotgun after last season? Is it operating smooth, and the way it should? Are your boots ready for the rugged wear they will go through required of in our mountains?
Caution, caution, caution. A good pair of hunting boots may save your life. Do not run to a box store and buy any hunting boot. A good brand name boot, Rocky, Settler, or my favorite, Wolverine with Gore-Tex, could make the difference in coming from the mountains healthy or being brought out by a rescue squad.
I owe two children a hunt this year, and I will take them. I already took MaKayla Dugan, a 16 year old from Georgetown, wild boar hunting on February 20. She harvested a nice wild boar with a crossbow. I don’t have a clue as to which was the more excited, her or me. This was her third hunt with me, and she has gotten two wild boar and a nice wild turkey.
Work with your child to get them ready for what hunting is all about. Getting up early, spending time together, and take them out to let them get used to their equipment. Never take a child hunting and hand them a shotgun that they have not shot. Match the gun to the child, so they will not have any fear from recoil.
Have them use the turkey calls some, teach them the sounds turkeys make, and when to call, and when to just sit still.
Remember the three things it takes to make a good turkey hunter is patience, patience, and more patience. Show the child you are interested in getting him or her to get a turkey.
Our time of the year, is on us, and we couldn’t be happier.