My new turkey dog Vic has been on a steady drumbeat of training for the upcoming fall season in WI.
There are some lessons he needed to learn early on such as-
There are no underground turkeys
and no turkey hides inside hollow logs.
But there are turkeys to be found by listening to and hanging around your master in the fields and woods.
Prior to the spring season Vic was introduced to some strutting gobblers the first one startled him into a barking retreat between my legs but as soon as the gobbler alarmed putted and flew Vic charged back barking all the way until a couple dozen unseen turkeys took to flight. He then stopped and stared.
The next flock of turkeys I pointed out to him and ran with Vic in hot pursuit flushing the turkeys while barking at em. Vic then got the idea of what we were doing, the next day he sniffed out some hidden gobblers, stalked then charged to flush and barked at them. It was a fine break that I hope happens frequently this fall.
Vic will be turning 6 months mid June with a lot more training required of course. Learning to sit quietly at my side and not bark at my turkey calls. Get use to gunfire up close and personal (been introducing loud noises suddenly)
Anyone else training up a turkey dog?
Let's start talking fall turkey--it is never too early to start obsessing about the next season.