“The final day of turkey season is impossible to accept,” hunter Mark Strand said recently. No truer words have been spoken.
Although I know the next season will arrive, I just can’t let go of the fact it will be September before I can go after a longbeard again. And then they won’t be the same that I chased in the spring. And forget the trophy, they are in full molt, which means no fan.
During the spring hunt you are drawn into the notion that spring lasts forever. When the big boys gobble and your world shakes with excitement as you are calling him in, you are in a nation of two — just the gobbler and you.
There are a hundred other things I could be doing right now, but I am getting my broadheads and archery equipment ready for opening day in September. Am I addicted or what?
During the hot weeks of summer we will discuss in Struttin’ Time ways that will make your fall hunt almost as enjoyable as your spring. Meanwhile there are some things I need to mention. Number one, for the first time since we have been able to apply for an elk tag in the Commonwealth I chose not to do so. Nor did several of my friends with whom I spoke. I talked about it a few months ago, in Struttin Time, and said I wasn’t going to apply. I was true to my word. Until the Commonwealth fixes a broken system on the drawings I will not be sending them any more money. I refuse to be drawn into a make-believe world, like my friend Sanford Collins, thinking I would get a tag this year. He went to his grave believing he would get one and never did.
Next I must mention the recent Joe Pack story. Of many tributes I have written in Struttin’ Time about friends who have crossed the “Silent River,” never before have I received such positive response as from that story. Many people contacted me, reinforcing the fact that Joe was a World Class person who will be missed badly.
See you at the Jenkins Kids Day event on June 4 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. My friend “Pap” Raymond Brown will be there to answer your questions about the wildlife display. See you then.