Posts tagged: turkeys
HUNTING — What are you doing on the fourth day of the spring gobbler hunting season in Washington and Idaho?
Montana outdoor photographer Jaime Johnson bagged this tom with his Canon.
HUNTING — The first day of the spring gobbler hunting season is drawing to a close.
“I almost got my turkey today,” said George Orr in a voicemail message just before the end of legal shooting hours.
“It ran right in front of me as I drove down Sunset Hill. That would be a hell of a way to start the turkey season, almost running over one.”
Well, let's hope George shoots straighter than he drives, should he get the chance.
The season runs through May 25 in Idaho and through May 31 in Washington.
WILDLIFE — Wild turkeys adapted vigorously to introduction efforts throughout Idaho and much of Washington in the 1980s. They're interesting, fun to hunt and delicious. They're also fun to watch, as you can see in this short video from Idaho Fish and Game.
WILDLIFE WATCHING — The wild turkey is nothing like the fat, flightless Butterball you might be roasting today for Thanksgiving dinner.
The wild turkey is a fascinating survivor and a challenging quarry for hunters. It can run like the wind and fly with shocking power and speed.
While it's delicious on the dinner table, it's a lean machine that must be prepared accordingly.
Get details about wild turkeys, including defininitions of snoods, wattles and the reason a turkey has white and dark meat on the eNature blog.
HUNTING — Steve Solberg of Spokane was grousing in good humor on April 15 that he'd passed given his brother, Jeff, first shot at an opening day gobber then ended up coming home empty-handed himself.
“Seeing your brother finally bag a nice gobbler on opening day after 3 unsuccessful YEARS of hunting – priceless,” he said.
“Passing up on an easy shot to let your brother score – stupid?
“Maybe, but it was just great being in the woods again. My bird is still out there.
“My time will come.”
Indeed! This week, Solberg's patience paide off with a bruiser tom.
“I was rewarded,” he said in an email with the photo above. “This was my biggest bird ever.”
The bird weighted more than 22 pounds, beard was 9 inches. But look at those spurs: 1-1/4 inches.
“Life is good!” Solberg said, noting that he has a placed pegged to take a kid this weekend.
HUNTING — Taking a wild turkey gobbler can be difficult for a hunter with a shotgun, but think about the chances of spooking an incoming tom when you have to draw a bow.
Spokane-area hunter Chad Berry shows how it's done in a short, sweet video.
The spring gobbler season opened Sunday.
HUNTING — This is where I have permission to hunt for the spring gobbler season. Tomorrow morning, half an hour before sunrise: Game on!
HUNTING — These wild turkeys feel free to trot through the Ponderosa neighborhood in Spokane Valley even though Washington's general turkey hunting season opens Sunday.
The front-runners are clearly jakes, as indicated by the short “beards” protruding from their breasts.
This little neighborhood parade (photo by Bob Bartlett) illustrates why non-hunters look at you like you're a nut when you get all loaded up with hundreds of dollars worth of equipment to go after a spring gobbler.
Here are best wishes for a happy Thanksgiving in the form of a short story you'll find heartwarming, or perhaps a bit of a heartburn. It was passed on to me from a reader.
A game warden was driving down the road when he came upon a young boy carrying a wild turkey under his arm. He stopped and asked the boy, 'Where did you get that turkey?'
The boy replied, 'What turkey?'
The game warden said, 'That turkey you're carrying under your arm.'
The boy looks down and said, 'Well, lookee here, a turkey done roosted under my arm!'
The game warden said, 'Now look, you know turkey season is closed, so whatever you do to that turkey, I'm going to do to you.
If you break his leg, I'm gonna break your leg. If you break his wing, I'll break your arm. Whatever you do to him, I'll do to you. So, what are you gonna do with him?'
The little boy said, 'I guess I'll just kiss his butt and let him go!'
HUNTING — One could hear shots fired within minutes of after Washington's wild turkey hunting season opened this morning at 5:31 a.m.
One down, one to go for spring gobbler hunting on the East Side of the state.
It was beautiful out there.
HUNTING — Here are a few hunting basics to ponder before the spring wild turkey gobbler season opens Friday in Idaho and Washington.
The tips are from Mossy Oak pro staff member Mike Cockerham, who offers advice on scouting,
advance work and the preparation it takes to bag a spring gobbler:
Yes, this doesn't give you much chance to apply all the information before the season opens tomorrow, but many hunters believe the best time to lure in big gobblers isn't opening day, when they're firmly attached to hens, but rather later in the season when they're lonesome and looking again for love.
Read on for the Q & A.
WILDLIFE — “He is a bird of bad moral character; he does not get his living honestly. You may have seen him perched in some dead tree where, too lazy to fish for himself, he watches the labor of the fishing hawk and, when that diligent bird has at length taken a fish and is bearing it to his nest for his young ones, the bald eagle pursues him and takes the fish. With all this injustice, he is never in good case.”
—Benjamin Franklin in 1782, explaining why he wished “the (bald) eagle had not been chosen as the representative of this country.” Franklin had proposed the wild turkey for the national symbol.
HUNTING — Washington's youth wild turkey hunting season is history, and the general spring gobbler seasons don't open until April 15.
But Idaho youths under the age of 16 get their special turn at the toms starting Friday and running through April 14.
All youth hunters must have a valid hunting license and follow season rules, which can be found online on the Idaho Fish and Game website.
Turkey hunting requires special attention to safety in the field. Check out these tips.
HUNTING — Washington's youth turkey season runs Saturday-Sunday, giving kids mentored by adults a two-week headstart on the general season.
It's prime time for a hunting trip to be all about the kid, and all about safety.
Read on for 10 important safety tips from the National Wild Turkey Federation.
HUNTING — Kids under the age of 16 get the first shot at spring wild turkey hunting for gobblers.
The general spring gobbler season opens April 15 in both states.
Get more information here.
WILDLIFE WATCHING — I'm a little late getting into the office today, distracted by a wild turkey crossing in front of the S-R building and heading west on Riverside Ave., across Monroe Street — traffic kindly giving it the right of way in a Spokane-friendly way.
It's a hen, gently yelping occasionally, seemly looking for love in all the wrong places. It continued out Riverside when I realized it seemed to be checking out the Bloomsday course.
Last day to register for Bloomsday without a late fee is April 12.
First day of the spring wild turkey hunting season is Saturday for kids and April 15 for everybody else.
HUNTING — “I got a good 7-year-old bird,” the camo-clad hunter proudly said when the wildlife biologist asked if he'd had any luck. When Joel Glover asked how the hunter knew the age of the bird, the Alabama biologist got a look of disdain as the hunter picked up the gobbler and thrust its legs forward so he could examine a nice set of spurs. “Sharp as a tack,” he said.
Read on For Glover's explanation of aging wild turkey toms — and why hunters often are just blowing smoke when they brag about the age of their gobbler:
WILDLIFE WATCHING — The recent cold snap hasn't caused wild turkeys to forget it's time to start posturing for the breeding season.
This photo was snapped this morning by a reader who lives in the foothills of Mount Spokane.
“The rest of the group (hens and young jakes) had already come through,” he said. “There must have been 30 or 35 of them. They have been hanging around on and off for a number of weeks.
“But this is the first day the toms have been together doing their thing.”