spring '98 was not my first time to turkey hunt ,,,but it was when i became determined to learn how to work the bird and kill him . the first time i drove through the public hunting area i got a close up look at a flock of no less than 100 birds . that first season i worked a bunch of birds without firing a shot. some mornings there were so many toms gobbling that it was hard to decide which way to go,,,didn't matter anyway ,,,i messed up all attempts to seal the deal.
each year since then it seems there are less birds gobbling. i've been told by several hunters that the DIV. OF WILD. has gone in there and trapped a lot of birds for transplanting,,,i am not sure if this is true. one thing i am sure of is there are a lot more coyotes in that area now verses ten years ago , and they no doubt are taking some birds .
haven't seen a flock of that size since but there are still a great number of birds in the 4250 acre area. they are still workable and shootable . i think that patience is vital , whether you hunt private or public. i think we can fill a tag whether the numbers of turkeys are very high , average , or very low. seems that if we get 2 - 3 days without a lot of gobbling , most hunters pull out and HUNT for some new place to HUNT .
i like turkey hunting , but i don't particularly like the FLASH HUNT. I don't want it to get easy,,,i like a challenge . i appreciate it when a gobbler keeps me humble , and after hunting several days without working a bird , when i do strike a bird and work on him and squeeze the trigger,,,,,well the taste is oh so sweet!
'' old school turkey tactics ''