True Turkey Hunters

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We all look forward to spring time turkey seaon. Now that it is in we will take time off from work or doing house chores and take ourselves out into the woods and enjoy what Mother nature has offerd us so dearly. Staying in touch with the great outdoors is what keeps me going on a daily bases. Without the outdoors I think I would be in trouble all the time with family and friends. Knowing that the fact of being outdoors is just number one on list of to do things.

So what make spring time turkey season so special? Why do most hunters get ready as soon as their deer season ends? It's life and it's how we deal with it. As Tom Kelley once wrote in his book the Tenth Legion he could not have put it in better words. I use these words on a daily bases when spring turkey season opens here where I live in Alabama.

Quote from the Tenth Legion:

"The very first turkey that I killed come to me years ago. My heart beat out of control I was nervous as could be and I couldn't understand why the turkey couldn't hear me. The last turkey that come to me last spring had the same effect on me as the first one did. The very last turkey that ever comes to me and dosen't have that effect is the day I quit."

So I look foreward each spring to spend time in the turkey woods with my son just like many others do. We take things the wrong way many times as life gose on and there are times that we do not fix them and then there are times that we do fix them. The fact that you call a turkey and miss him is just part of the puzzel of life in a true turkey hunter's eyes. A true turkey hunter dosen't get upset when they miss or dont see one. A true turkey hunter will keep his head held high and smile and laugh with his family and friends andd just say one thing.

"It was a miss this momning but I am proud I had the chance to shoot just one shot."

It is the dew on the cool spring morning ground and the sweat from the heat of the day that keeps us coming back when we get whipped over by a wild turkey. The thought of knowing that a long beard is near and him still being there or near by the next morning will keep you coming back for more and more. I tell people that fish for fun in the spring or those who play golf in the spring that if they want to continue these things then do not pick up on turkey hunting.

We as turkey hunters get ready for the season well before it actually comes in and we get ready in style and with pride. It's not the kill of the trophy but the time and effort that we put into it that leads us to another day of it. It is not like deer hunting or elk by no means but it dose take more patience than most. Different parts of the world have lands that we say are the hardest to hunt turkey. Here in southern region  we deal with mosquitoes the size of a golf ball and the snakes in the swamps will run you crazy enough for you to say I am not coming back here for nothing. In the end you turn right back around and come back mostly the next morning for more.

The turkey gobbles you go after him when you should stay still. You bump them off the roost but yet you come back three hours after day break and look to see if they have returned to the same location. Usually this is when all the hard work pays off.

As a turkey hunter we dont set on stands as if we are waiting on a dog to come through to push him like a deer running with his toung hanging out. We don't meet up at people's houses to drink coffee mixed in with whiskey to wake us up from the drinking of the night before. We go into the woods with or without light and nine times out of ten we are there an hour before the first rays of light show. We set up side a tree and freeze and by the time it warms up enough and you have harvested you bird you then get all hot and sweaty from walking out. It is these things that keep us coming back for more.


Ca_Vermonster's picture

I agree with Numb, you are

I agree with Numb, you are very passionate about turkeys.  I have yet to shoot one, but I can say that I love the anticipation of the season each spring.  going out and scouting, hearing them gobbling back at you pre-dawn, it all makes for a fun time.

Maybe it's the fact that it occurs in the spring, which for most people is their hunting downtime, or whaterver.  It's just darn fun!

numbnutz's picture

That was a very well thought

That was a very well thought out story, Thanks for sharing, I can see you very passtionate about your turkey hunting. I'm thinking about getting out this spring and have a go at them, i found some private property close to hime that has some birds on and have permission to hunt with my bow. hopefully i can bag my first gobbler.

GooseHunter Jr's picture

That is a great story...and

That is a great story...and that is one great picture of a an old Tom!

Deer Slayer's picture

Thanks for the story. It

Thanks for the story. It sounds like you have the dedication for turkey hunting like my dad and I have for deer hunting. We enjoy it just not like deer season. Getting those gobblers to call back and hearing them get closer and closer is pretty cool though.

Rem2arms's picture

Jabe; I hear what you're


I hear what you're saying about not going because it interferes, Yes, It did the same for me for many years in the fall season, I said I'd rather get a deer, ( bigger Game) then I went with a fella who showed me things about it and man what a thrill I had, guess what, HOOKED The next year was when my story of my first was made. Try it once or twice, you may be plesently supprised,lol

groovy mike's picture

It is addictive!

Shannon – you are right about telling folks who golf or fish to stay away from turkey hunting if they want to keep their other hobbies.  I was HOOKED the very first time I heard gobblers calling back.  Your quotation about how the first turkey and the last should be the same is true.  It’s the same way with me for deer hunting too.  I think the reason that we spend so many hours of tedium to hunt is for those few minutes (or sometimes just a few seconds) of adrenaline when game shows up.  Man what a rush!

ManOfTheFall's picture

That was a very well written

That was a very well written story. Very nice picture of a gobbler there. I like your dedication to the sport of turkey hunting. I usually turkey hunt every year but don't have the love for it like I do deer hunting. I like doing it but haven't yet found that inner love for it. Maybe it will come maybe it won't. I do love hearing those gobbles get closer and closer though. That is pretty cool.

Rem2arms's picture

Great thought's Shannon and

Great thought's Shannon and well said!! The excitment of sitting at the base of a tree and withough warning as the first light slivers show and in a tree only yards away a tom gobbles and the hair on the back of your neck stands straight up. WHERE did he come from !!!!! Yup, keeps us coming back for sure. ;) 

jaybe's picture

I have never hunted turkeys

I have never hunted turkeys and said that I never would. Nothing against them except that the season is the same time as the Steelhead run. But I can imagine that it's a lot like deer hunting, except that turkeys talk a lot more - sometimes. I have also heard that this can sometimes be a hunter's downfall when he expects the bird to gobble and it comes in silently.

I have some friends who hunt them and think it's the greatest. One guy I know always makes theirs into what he calls "turkey nuggets" by cutting all the meat into 1" cubes. They roll them in some sort of seasoned flour and deep fry them. He says thay are delicious!

Thanks for the story, Shannon. That's a great picture of the gobbler.