I continue to look forward to warmer weather, the longbeards gobbling, and getting to take a certain young man hunting.
His name is Jessie Quillen, and he is the grandson of my friend, Maxine Bates Quillen, and the son of Jack Quillen of Isom. I think he is seven years old, and he has asked me to turkey hunt with him this year. The pleasure will be all mine.
I get several requests a year to take someone hunting, and as much as I would like to take them all, I can’t. That is why I hope you follow our trips across this great country, by going with me in your mind by reading Struttin’ Time.
This past week I attended the 27th annual West Virginia Hunting and Fishing Show. It is held each year in January at the Charleston Civic Center. This is my 15th year going.
While there, I squeezed in a reservation for a turkey hunt to Franklin County, Indiana, just west of Cincinnati, to hunt with Bushy Creek Outfitters, a group of fine people from Leslie County. I think we should have a great time. It will be April 24 through the 27th.
I was asked this week, “Just how much longer can you keep up the pace that you go?” I don’t know, but as long as the “Great Spirit” allows, I will go.
I saw my call maker Gene Blackshire, of Gene’s Turkey Calls, and realized I had better buy up several calls as his health is failing him fast. I looked, and there I was on his video screen with some of the turkey calls he made me and some of the turkeys I had killed with them.
Remember, my advice to you is never hunt off the store shelf, and get yourself a good call maker and stick with him. It will be well worth the effort.
I’ll leave you with this thought: “Live every day like it will be your last; it could very well be.”