As I started a trip that would eventually take me to Low Country South Carolina, I was ready for something new.
Turkey season, of course, was on my mind. But before the hunt, I was treated to a tour of the National Wild Turkey Federation headquarters and the Winchester Museum in Edgefield, S.C.
If you've never been there, you need to go. The museum features unbelievable taxidermy, great animated and video programs on the history of turkeys and turkey hunting, and historic displays of calls, including collections from Neil Cost and M.L. Lynch. It also has the world's largest turkey call and a retired U.S. Forest Service helicopter.
If you're a turkey nut, the NWTF's Winchester Museum is a must. After touring it, I was ready to hit the woods. Trouble was, it would have to wait until the next day.