Alabama’s spring turkey season officially starts on Friday the 15th of March, but this weekend is a special “youth only” season so the youngsters can get a jump on us oldsters and I think that is absolutely great! I plan to be in the woods at daylight in the morning with my granddaughter trying to sweet talk an old Dallas county Tom into taking a ride in my Ford truck.
My granddaughter is as excited as any young guy would be to get out to the spring woods and chase a gobbler with her “pop-pop”.. I have been talking with her about it since deer season and she is confident that if that turkey comes in that she can shoot him with her 20 gauge. She has a nice old Winchester model 37 and I have bought her some #4 turkey loads that I hope we get to use one of in the morning! Last spring, she and I hunted on the Youth weekend and although we walked several miles trying to find a gobbler who would answer my calls, it was too cold and too windy to expect a response so we were not too disappointed when that was the outcome.
This past deer season she made a great shot on her second buck in as many tries, dropping a nice 8 pointer at over 250 yards so she is brimming with confidence in her ability to shoot a turkey at 20 to 30 yards. I sure hope we get the chance and she has the aim she has displayed in the past two deer seasons.
I know today is Friday and it might be a bit late for some of you to plan a hunting trip. But, if you can dig out your camo clothes, boots, shotgun and ammo, A TURKEY CALLER that is easy to use such as a push button style call, then you and your youth hunting partner can have a great experience hunting the most fascinating creature in the spring woods, the wild turkey gobbler! Other items that you will find useful to make the hunt more pleasant, a good mosquito spray, head net, some bottled water and pocket snacks. Take several breaks and use those as teaching opportunities to show the young hunter some of the special features of the spring woods, buds, blooms, tree types, identify birds by sounds and sight as many as possible. Use an OWL call to mimic the calls of an old Bard owl and the ever present crows can be fooled to coming right to your setup if you can make some angry crow calls that make them just have to come see what the “fuss” is all about!
Don’t forget to be in compliance by having a Mandatory Turkey Harvest record form on you and fill it out immediately BEFORE the bird is moved. If you don’t, you are breaking the law! Don’t do that! Here is the link to print you a form so do it and take it with you plus a pen or pencil!! http://www.eregulations.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/2012-2013-Harvest-Record.pdf
For us hopeless “turkey addicts” this is the absolute best time of the entire year and I am ready for next Friday to get an opportunity to start using my Harvest record form to start my March Madness markdown! (of long spurred, bushy bearded gobblers)
Throw some gear together and take a youngster turkey hunting this weekend! Both of you will be glad you did, even if you don’t bag a bird. a walk in the Alabama Spring woods is great! A walk back to the truck with a “long beard” is even sweeter! Remember to hunt safely and if you are toting a bird out of the woods slung over your shoulder, put on a blaze orange cap so another hunter won’t shoot, thinking he sees a moon-walking tom!
YOUTH HUNTING WEEKEND IS A GREAT EVENT ! THANKS “ALDCNR”
Next Week, Spring Turkey Season starts on Friday!! You know where I will be..