Otha Barham of Meridian Mississippi is afflicted with a desease many of us know all too well. No, it is not Lyme desease. Although it does come from a bite, a bug, atleast a figurative kind of bug, not one of those disgusting little deer ticks that make hunter and animal alike both suffer.
The desease is one that affects the heart and soul of a “gobbler addict.” And yes, it does take one to really know one. It takes one to turn each page of the book he has so masterfully crafted and to enjoy the story as written and yet, many of the chapters strike parallel chords to my own years of turkey hunting memories, stirring the memories of hunts enjoyed with father and grandfather, who are both long gone on. Hunting stories that restoke the fires of my seasonal addiction to harvest another limit of long spurred, hard gobbling, old toms, not the stupid jakes, or the wild eyed two year old toms that gobble at every sound and come running to the call like they are in a race to die.
No, I dream of the gobbler who is “not sold”, the gobbler who is an old skeptic, made wise by the sting of lead from a desperate shooter two years ago. The old gobbler who ran to the call with his three brothers and his was the fate to survive while his brother lay in the field beating their wings in vain after the thunder clapped on a clear spring morning. This old gobbler who has learned to avoid the humans and will stay quiet most mornings, only gobbling when he is convinced he is talking to a real hen, one who is not loud and raucous, but just clucking, purring and patient for him to take his time closing the distance to where he can make a safe entrance and exit.
Otha Barham clearly understands the art of turkey hunting and turkey calling and he entertains the reader with 37 turkey hunting stories that weave across hunts and storiies of different hunters and times that sure brought memories, chuckles and almost a tear a couple of times. For reading in the spring woods, it is a great book to savor in between “fixes” of turkey gobbler addicition! I highly recommend you get this one! just contact Mr. Barham firstname.lastname@example.org The book title is Spring Beckoning, Gobblers call and we must go. IF you are a turkey hunting addict, you know what we mean.
Looking for a great family activity outdoors? look no further than the Alabama Wildlife Federation’s home in Millbrook! Enjoy nature at its best at the 10th Annual Alabama Flora and Fauna Arts Festival at Lanark in Millbrook, Alabama on Saturday, April 12, 2014. This artistic celebration of Alabama’s magnificent plants and wildlife will feature the original nature-themed works of Alabama artists in a variety of mediums and style, to include ready-to hang wildlife and floral paintings, wood, stone and metal sculpted items, fine prints, gourd art, photography and much more! The Alabama Flora and Fauna Arts Festival is a free admission event on Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 8 am to 6 pm.
Festival Day will also include plant presentations with guest speakers, vendors and the Lanark Annual Plant Sale; proceeds benefitting the Lanark Gardens. Master Gardeners from various counties will have information tables, and there will be activities for the children. Speakers include Jane Mobley, Advanced Master Gardener to speak on Butterfly Gardens and Dan Jones Professor Emeritus from UAB to speak on wildflowers.
After you have been all-inspired at the Festival, stay to hike the trails and enjoy beautiful flowers and nature’s splendor.
The Alabama Wildlife Federation, established by sportsmen in 1935, is the state’s oldest and largest citizens’ conservation organization. The mission of the AWF, a 501©3 non-profit group supported by membership dues and donations, is to promote conservation and wise use of Alabama’s wildlife and related natural resources as a basis for economic and social prosperity. To learn more about AWF, including membership details, programs and projects, call 1-800-822-WILD or visit www.alabamawildlife.org.
Until next week, great hunting wishes for that spring gobbler to come your way!