With turkey season in our rear view you would think our season is over. Wrong!
Now we as hunters owe it to ourselves to clean up our mess and start getting ready for next season. Clean your guns, wash your clothes, store them in a plastic container, and just as important, gather all your trail cameras, chalk or sand your calls, and remove any hunting blinds you have in the mountains.
Some have questioned me, thinking season will open again in September. True, but until October it will be archery season only, followed by gun season again for a few days.
Keep in mind that what works for spring turkey season is not what you should use for the fall. Colors will have changed in the mountains, the longbeards are no longer interested in finding a girlfriend (although they will still gobble), and their patterns have changed. They are more into hanging with the guys, and eating.
Please do us all a favor this fall by not killing hens and jakes, although they are legal. A dead hen can’t raise a family, and a dead jake can never grow into a trophy longbeard. In the coming weeks we will talk about getting your longbeard this fall.
On a sad note, one of our “Band of Brothers,” Donnie Mullins of Craft Colley, has crossed the Silent River. The Band of Brothers included Renfro Baker, Tim Baker, Robbie Baker, Jonathan Baker, Brandon Mason, Donnie Mullins, Willis Cody, Edmond Combs and of course myself. Renfro, and now Donnie, are waiting on the rest of us to join them once again on the other side.
During the 90’s, when you saw one of us you saw the whole group. My heart goes out to Donnie’s family, and I ask that the Great Spirit give all of us comfort.
Kids Day is June 2 at Jenkins. It starts at 10 a.m. and runs until 2 p.m. Raymond (Pap) Brown and myself will have the Struttin’ Time Wildlife Exhibit set up. Come out and join us for a day of fun.