Much to my family's relief, Virginia's Spring Gobbler season will open this coming Saturday, April 11. I say they will be relieved because I have been going crazy for turkey season since deer season essentially ended for me in January. I am compulsive when it comes to hunting, and practicing turkey calling in the house is one manifestation of this compulsion. I'll just say that my family does not appreciate the beauty of yelping, purring, and clucking as much as I do.
This will be my fourth spring turkey hunting, and I get more addicted to the sport each year. After two years of calling in birds, and having something go wrong at the last second every time one got close enough to shoot, I managed to bag my first spring bird during the opening week of the season last year.
I was lucky enough to be able to take a week off from school and spend the mornings chasing gobblers all around the farm I hunt in Northern Virginia. I don't think I will be lucky enough to hunt for a whole week this year, but at least I will get to hunt opening day. My friend who owns the farm said he saw some birds last weekend, so hopefully I'll get to at least hear some birds gobbling!
Hopefully I'll have some more turkey stories to post by next weekend, but for now I need to get back to schoolwork and applying for jobs. In the meantime, check out my cousin Matt's blog at BrightIdeaBlog.com and read some of his information on turkey hunting. (By the way, I need to give a big shout out to Matt for introducing me to blogging.)