Well, my opening day of turkey season just got delayed by a week.
There comes a time in everyone’s life that we must be Mommy or Daddy, even if it means giving up a few days of our life. So is the case here. Nema (my baby girl) wants us to fly to Chicago to watch the Cubs play the Mets on Sept. 4, the day, you guessed it, turkey season reopens. So I will be at the “world’s largest beer party” when the season comes in.
Keep in mind what we have talked about in Struttin Time’ for the past week or so, and we will try to put you on a nice Longbeard this fall. Remember I am no expert, but I get the job done usually.
Let’s talk about how to hunt turkeys, and when I say turkeys, I don’t mean hens or jakes, I’m talking about Longbeards. Do you remember how in the spring you would stand outside your house before daylight and listen to see if you could hear any gobbling?
Well, I’ve got some news for you, they gobble all year round, not as much mind you but they do gobble. This is step one in locating your turkey for a fall hunt. Stop and listen. You may not hear anything today or tomorrow, but keep listening.
Where did you see the big boys last in the spring? They haven’t gone far as they live mostly in a 600-acre area. When you are almost certain you have gotten them located, next is how to get into their kitchen. If you don’t bust them into the next county, they will be eating at the same place, almost at the same time daily. They love acorns, beechnuts, and insects. Do not put out corn, it is against the law in the Commonwealth.
When you find where you hear them at first light, wait until midday to go and find where they are eating. You don’t need to put any pressure on the turkeys, or they will be harder to locate. After you find their kitchen then you are halfway home.
Next week we will talk about setting up.
Let me close today with our Back to School Bash to be held at the Whitesburg Riverside Park on July 23 from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m. Everything is free, so come out and enjoy the day with the family.