I truly love the spring woods . Though I'll admit , it seemed ODD the first few seasons . I had never spent much time inside the woods at that time of year . Usually I was fishing . Now the spring woods seems like the only place I can be content,,,in the spring of course.
But ,,,,,,,,,,,there's always a big but in there somewhere [:D],,,,,But , I have , like countless others , been drawn to the FALL woods since childhood . The smell of the woods being so much different than spring . The sneaking up on squirrels . The unexpected flush of a Woodcock or grouse . And then , I got around to hunting fall turkeys . After a few seasons of chasing turkeys it seemed like I had wasted so much of my life just sitting in a tree waiting on a deer to come by . Oh , I enjoyed those years of slinging arrows, but for me NOW it just hasn't got the same appeal as the turkey hunt . Plus , Ohio now has lengthened the gun season for fall turkey which allows me to slow way down and take in the woods . The sounds , smells , sign and the occasional sightings of things not usually seen due to moving too fast . Being in a hurry about hunting can really mess things up .
As the progression of days pass comes cooler weather . The beginning of season may be shirt sleeves only . And sitting on the ground during a sleet and snow squall is not uncommon by seasons end .
Hearing a lone gobbler walking in the deep , freshly fallen leaves ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,sounded like a man walking . The single , hollow and coarse cluck of a mature gobbler is what I want to hear . To hear them fight is great ,,,to see it too is grand . To watch him come LOOKIN' with head held high is the way I want to see him .