As another turkey season draws to a close, we can’t help but reflect on the memories — good and bad.
It was a great season for me in Kentucky, bagging a monster longbeard on opening morning at 10:06 and then repeating myself on April 21 at 6:05 pm. Although some of the good memories include taking some youth hunting and hearing many good hunting stories, some of the bad memories still linger.
The worst memory is having a gobbler in the tree above you while hunting with a young child, and seeing the ole turkey sail the other way upon fly down. I also feel bad that I didn’t get to hunt with all the young people who had wanted to hunt with me. Nor did I get to hunt with my friend, Terry Adams Sr.
It has been a year of mixed emotions, but all in all it beats sitting in front of some video game, or on the computer. When this edition of Struttin’ Time hits the press, the season will still have a few days to go (it ends May 4), giving you time to bag your late gobbler.
Some advice from your old friend here: Hunt all day long in the closing days. Any gobbler you get to answer your call between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. will probably come on in. There is a reason for that. Most, if not all, of the hens are on the nest full time by then, and they will leave the old gobbler after hanging with him for a short period of time, from fly down until about 9 am.
The old gobbler looks around, no girlfriends. But wait, he hears a yep, or a purr, and although nature has the hen coming to him, he goes looking for her. When you see the red, throw the lead.
One more thing: Forget the old four- or five-year-old “big boy.” He that comes to your calls this late in the season is more than likely going to be a two-year-old bird. There’s nothing wrong with that, as long as you leave any jake for us to hunt next season.