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Struttin’ Time

Hunting the Eastern wild turkey

Well, last week we talked some about locating Longbeards in the fall. We left off in the kitchen. Keep in mind “I am not an expert”. I am just a pretty good turkey hunter, who has been there and done that.

There is no doubt that the Eastern wild turkey is the toughest of all the subspecies a bowhunter can pursue, especially where they’ve had a bit of pressure. The big Eastern birds seem more suspicious of intrusion and less tolerant of disturbance than any of the others.

Once you have located their fall food source, you need to devise a plan to get between where the turkey is and where he wants to go. Remember, he has no clock or timetable, he is just hanging around. Although he can be found traveling almost to the minute in the same area he was in yesterday, this is not a given.

The number one rule when turkey hunting — when you think you have them figured out, you learn you don’t.

Quietly move into their feeding area and locate a good spot to set up. This is a good time of year to use a blind. It conceals your movement, and lets you sit the long hours while fall turkey hunting. Not enough good can be said about hunting this time of year from blinds. Do not attempt to set your blind the day of your hunt. You will need a chair, and a good level spot, which may make it hard to set up in the dark. The blind will give you the advantage you need to draw your bow.

Next week we will talk about the calls of fall.

Please allow me a minute of personal time here to thank my extended Fleming-Neon High School family, Class of ’65, for the wonderful reunion we had on July 16. There are now 11 of our class that have finished this journey we call life, the last being Danny Rose just a few short weeks ago. I expect before our next reunion in five years more of us will join that growing list, and one day soon my name must be added. That is a debt we all pay. What a treat it was to be with everyone again. I love ya’ll.

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