Thursday, March 14, 2013

March Madness and Wild Turkey Season

Tom Anderson, Curt Hall and Jeff Dennis
The elusive wild turkey gobbler
Each spring elements of the natural world heed the call to mate and thus continue to live wild. The male turkey puts on a display that is part vocalization and part puffing of feathers. This display can have an effect on sportsman, creating a spike of desire to be outdoors, like a Geiger counter arm swinging towards meltdown. This madness involves chasing big game by using both mental powers and woodsmanship to fool forlorn gobblers. With the February of 2013 being one of the wettest on record, it’s a safe bet that rivers and swamps will be full of water on the March 15 opening day of turkey season. This is good news for those who know from past experience where turkeys like to roost over these flooded haunts. Meaning that when the turkeys fly down in the morning, a hunter positioned on high ground near the roost will be executing a full court press. For some, turkey season is the ultimate pursuit here in the Lowcountry where we must balance the blessings of both woods and waters. Turkey hunting can become a life long passion and on the final day of the 2012 season I was fortunate to be in the turkey woods with Curt Hall. This gent is 90-years old and still on the hunt for wild turkeys, often with his son Chip Hall at Plantation Services. May we all have such fortune when it comes to hunting and longevity!

To view more of my feature article on March Madness for turkeys click Charleston Mercury.

To view past blog entries about turkey hunting click here.

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