Silvestris, TurkeyCommander, GreyGhost-
Now we're getting somewhere. That's the longest post you've ever made on this forum Silvestris, and gives some rare glimps into your past and what you have to share. Aside from yet another dig, (>had you bothered to pay attention<) I will point out that thirty years ago turkey hunting was in it's infancy in my home state of Michigan. In 1979, less than 9,000 permits were issued statewide by lottery with only a 7% success rate. There were no turkeys in the southern half of the state where I live, The few we had were all "up north" where they were released. My father started going to Missouri to hunt turkeys in the late 1980s and I went for the first time in 1994.
Where those in the south have had the privilege of hunting turkeys their entire lives, the rest of the country, and most on this forum, are trying to catch up. Forgive them if they are just discovering notions that failed in your area thirty or forty years ago.
> There are those out there who can teach them if only they would listen. <
Of that I am certain. The exchange of old school information in this thread proves it. But one line barbs and snickers are not successful teaching methods. You southern gents have a lot to offer; the history lessons and accompanying humor are appreciated. But it has less to with listening and thin skins and is more about your tolerance for novices and willingness to share your heritage and knowledge.
I am a true student of the sport. I've met Col. Kelly and he was gracious enough to autograph my copy of "Tenth Legion". I have met and corresponded with Dr. Jim Casada, acknowledged to be the foremost historian on turkey hunting and it's related literature. I, and many others, are now looking forward to what you have to share sans the sarcasm.
"The joy of living is his, who has the heart to demand it." Teddy Roosevelt