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Turkey hunting clinic covers sport from field to table

HUNTING — A full-meal deal is being offered this weekend in a two-part wild turkey hunting clinic with tips and techniques covering the entire process from turkey call to dinner bell.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is offering the clinic, which includes an option to go hunting the following weekend.  The clinic is limited to 25 participants.

The classroom portion of the clinic will deal with hunting, field dressing and preparing turkeys for the table. It will be held at WDFW’s Spokane Regional Office, 2315 N. Discovery Pl. in Spokane Valley on Saturday Nov. 14, from 8 a.m. to noon. 

In the afternoon, instructors will cover patterning shotguns along with a review of firearm choices and tactics for turkey hunting. The session will be held 1 p.m.-4 p.m. at the Spokane Gun Club, 19615 E. Sprague Ave. in Greenacres.

“This clinic is designed for beginning turkey hunters who would like to learn how to provide a wild turkey for Thanksgiving dinner,” said David Whipple, hunter education division manager.  “The fall turkey season presents a wonderful opportunity.”

Participants who complete the class will be invited to participate in a special hunt on Saturday, Nov. 21.

Participation in the hunt option requires a small game license and valid turkey transport tag.

To preregister, contact Kris Thorson at Kristopher.thorson@dfw.wa.gov or (360) 902-8410.

See information about wild turkey hunting in Washington in these publications:

Teen continues to be model of hunting consistency

HUNTING — Elizabeth Odell is a model of hunting consistency.

The young Spokane hunter bagged her first turkey (see photo at left) and deer in the spring and fall seasons when she was 9 years old.

Liz, now 17, was out Saturday to keep the string going with a nice gobbler (top photo).

Odell is from Spokane and hunts with her father, Jim, and proud grandpa, Dick, who submitted the photos.

Liz is looking toward fall and continuing her impressive string of deer hunting success. If she tags one this season, it will be eight in a row.


White turkey with black beard comes to hunter’s decoy

HUNTING — Here's another unusual report from the April 15 opening day of Washington's spring gobbler season. This one, along with several photos, is from long-time Spokane-area hunter Ivan Lines:

Hi Rich: Enjoyed  your turkey hunting story in the paper this morning.  I've experienced all of the same trials and tribulations.

I had an interesting hunt yesterday as well.  At about 6 a.m. I had a snow white male turkey come strutting into my decoys.  He and a normally colored tom were fighting over my hen decoy. 

No dark coloring on this bird except for a black 4-inch beard.  The eye was dark brown or black so I believe this bird was leucistic rather than an albino. 

I've seen pictures of birds with a lot of white on them but never one that was pure white.

The bird hadn't hit the dinner table, yet. No confirmation on whether the drumsticks were white, too.

Hunter-gatherer bags big day on spring gobbler opener

HUNTING — Opening-day reports are rolling in from Inland Northwest wild turkey hunters.

Family firsts, gobbler doubles and other memory-making hunts are already in the history books and the season runs until the end of May.

None so far is any better than the report from Spokane-are fly fishing guide G.L. Britton, who tells most of the story with the photo above:   Gobbler and morels — a true hunter-gatherer delight.

"I can't believe I noticed the morels while I was stumbling down a ridge towards distant gobbling at 7 a.m.!" he said.

The rest of Britton's story?

Then we drove home, and worked the trout over in Long Lake for an hour. Still home before noon!

Emergency rule OKs crossbows for turkey hunts

HUNTING —  For the first time, crossbows became legal to use for hunting wild turkeys this morning as Washington's spring gobbler season opened.

The change was allowed by an emergency rule vote of the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission announced on Tuesday.

The commission made the change at its meeting last week in Tumwater. Hunting regulation changes usually take a month or more before they go into effect.  However, to avoid confusion, the commission decided to enact the rule with the opening of the season rather than midway through the season.

 The regulation pertaining to legal weapons for turkey hunting has been changed to read:

"It is unlawful to hunt turkey with a weapon other than shotgun shooting #4 or smaller shot, bow and arrow, crossbow, or muzzle loading shotgun shooting #4 or smaller shot."

It’s the season for special hunt permit applications

HUNTING — Hunters hoping to fulfill their dreams in the fall hunts had better be thinking ahead.  Special permit application deadlines are coming up.

Special license drawing deadlines by state include:


  • April 30 for moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat. 

Info: fishandgame.idaho.gov


  • March 31 for multiple-season permits
  • May 1 for bison, moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat.
  • June 1 for the elk B, deer B and antelope.

Info: fwp.mt.gov .


  • May 20  — Deer, elk, mountain goat, moose, bighorn sheep and turkey
  • July 15 for buying 2015 big-game raffle permit hunt tickets

Info: wdfw.wa.gov/hunting

Openings remain for mentored youth turkey hunts

HUNTING — This is amazing: A few openings for youth mentored turkey hunts in Idaho's Clearwater Region are not yet filled — and the Idaho youth-only wild turkey season is already open.

This is a great opportunity to have a kid age 10-15 go one-on-one with an experienced turkey hunter in a program sponsored by Idaho Fish and Game in the youth season that continues through Tuesday, April 14.

Here are details from the Lewiston office:

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game still has openings in their youth mentored hunt program to take youths aged 10-15 on mentored turkey hunts this year.  Youths must have a valid hunting license and turkey tag, but there are no other costs to participate.  IDFG will provide a shotgun, ammunition, and all other necessary equipment for the hunt. 

Department personnel will take youngsters out for a morning (or afternoon) hunt in pursuit of these wily birds.

Contact Bill Seybold, (208) 799-5010 with questions or to schedule a hunt.

One week from today: Gobble, Gobble!

HUNTING — A landowner who generously allows me to hunt wild turkeys on his property sent me the photo, above, on April 1, to whet my appetite for April 15.

That's one week from today.

I'll be ready — will you?

All of the rules for Idaho and Washington are in pamphlets at license dealers or online. Check them out before your hunt.

  • Washington's youth-only season for hunters under age 16 iwas last weekend, April 4-5.
  • Idaho's youth-only season for hunters age 10-14 starts today and runs April 8-14.
  • General spring gobbler seasons run April 15-May 25 in Idaho and April 15-May 31 in Washington.

Two spring gobbler tags are available to hunters in both states, and fall seasons also are set.

REMINDER:  Spring black bear hunting seasons have already opened or will be opening April 15 in many areas of Washington and Idaho.

Wild turkey for dinner: Youth gobbler season starts today

HUNTING — Washington's two-day youth-only wild turkey hunting season opens today, April 4, 2015, and licensed hunters under 16 years of age are rising to the occasion.

It's the first of several spring turkey seasons opening this month in the Inland Northwest.

Mckayla Gibbons bagged her first turkey on the opening morning. Her proud father, Jerrod, posted this prize photo minutes later.

The youth season is a great family experience. Focus is on the kids and making sure they have a fun, fascinating and safe introduction to the sport.

Spring gobbler hunting seasons coming up

HUNTING — Spring wild turkey hunting seasons are knocking on the door.

All of the rules for Idaho and Washington are in pamphlets at license dealers or online. Check them out before your hunt.

  • Washington's youth-only season for hunters under age 16 is April 4-5.
  • Idaho's youth-only season for hunters age 10-14 is April 8-14.
  • General spring gobbler seasons run April 15-May 25 in Idaho and April 15-May 31 in Washington.

Two spring gobbler tags are available to hunters in both states, and fall seasons also are set.

"Spring turkey hunting holds a special allure for many hunters," says Phil Cooper, Idaho Fish and Game Department spokesman in Coeur d'Alene. Calling a gobbling male turkey into range is an exciting challenge for all hunters, novice to experienced hunters alike.

"If the hunter moves or blinks at the wrong moment, the turkey can spook and be gone in a fraction of a second," he said.

Be mindful of safety when planning and executing a hunt.

If you're using a decoy, here are tips from the National Wild Turkey Federation:

  • Decoys should be set 20 yards in front of a hunter in an area with a clear sight line of 100 yards.
  • Sit down with your back to a tree wider than your shoulders. 
  • Should another hunter come into view, call out to the hunter in a clear voice to let them know you are there. 
  • Do not use a turkey call to alert the hunter to your presence, and do not wave your hands.  Your hand motions, in line with a decoy, could give the other hunter the illusion that the decoy is a moving turkey.

"When you decide to move to another location, look around carefully to see that no other hunters are approaching before you move," Cooper says. "You might even see a silent turkey approaching that you had not known was in the area."

"Never make turkey calls as you walk.  Your movement, combined with the turkey sounds you are making, could be all it takes to allow another hunter to create the image of a turkey in their mind."

Scoot-n-shoot turkey hunting raises issues of ethics, safety

HUNTING — Promotion of a controversial turkey hunting technique that involves hiding or sneaking behind a fanned out gobbler decoy has caught my attention this season.

As you can see in the video above by Mojo Outdoors, this "scoot-n-shoot" method, also known as "fanning," poses major issues with hunter safety as well as ethics.

In today's Outdoors column I write about on these tactics, featuring the viewpoint of five experts in the field, from the International Hunter Education Association to the National Wild Turkey Federation.

Check out the video first and then the reactions from the experts. Then let me know what YOU think.

Should the state enact a rule that prohibits a hunter from being closer than 5 or 10 feet from a turkey decoy while in the act of hunting?

  • To show how the basics of hunter education are deteriorating behind this mentality, the photo with this post shows TV crews and men who call themselves turkey hunting experts setting up an outdoors show filming featuring Miss Kansas shooting from behind a gobbler decoy.

On the fresh sheet tonight: wild turkey

HUNTING — Here's a hunting quarry you can gobble up twice in the same day.

By the way, I feel sorry for all of you who filled  your spring gobbler tag on opening day.  That left you less to look forward to!

Spring gobbler seasons open in region

HUNTING — It's 5:49 a.m.: Washington's spring gobbler general hunting season just opened.

I hear turkeys talking out here in the woods, but I don't see them.


Wild turkeys didn’t come naturally to Idaho

WILDLIFE — Wild turkeys are found across Idaho, and there’s even an open hunting season on them right now in the Panhandle Region and portions of the Clearwater.

But wild turkeys are not native to the state.

Merriam's strain turkeys were introduced by the Idaho Fish & Game Department in 1961, a move that was a common part of wildlife management in the state at the time. The Fish & Game photo above shows the first turkey release in '61.

S-R reporter Betsy Russell has more on her Eye on Boise blog.

The Idaho Fish and Game Department is celebrating its 75th anniversary with daily web posts about its history in wildlife management.

Wild turkey late hunting season opens Nov. 20

HUNTING — Washington's late fall turkey hunting season opens Wednesday, Nov. 20, in East Side GMUs 105-154 and 162-186.

A wildlife biologist I know said he has given up the spring gobbler hunts in favor of filling his tags in the fall.  He's trading the thrill of calling in the gobblers during their mating season, but gaining quality for the table, he said.

"In the spring turkeys are skinny and tough from the winter and all the effort they put into mating," he said.  "In late fall they're in the fattest and best condition of the year."

Of course, with Washington's generous tag allocations, a hunter can have it both ways.

Read all the Washington wild turkey hunting regulations.

  • Idaho is even MORE generous with its fall turkey tags, and the Panhandle season runs Sept. 15-Dec. 15 without a break.  Check out the Idaho regs.

Teen a young model of hunting consistency

HUNTING — Elizabeth Odell is a model of hunting consistency.

The young Spokane hunter bagged her first turkey (see photo at left) and deer in the spring and fall seasons when she was 9 years old.

Liz, now 15, was out last weekend to keep the string going with a nice gobbler (top photo).

Odell is from Spokane and hunts with her father, Jim, and proud grandpa, Dick, who submitted the photos.


Spring gobbler season underway

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.

Some turkeys survive opening day; some don’t

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.

Fish, wildlife recreation fills the calendar

If you fish, hunt, dig clams or enjoy watching birds, keep your eye on the calendar this month:

April 9-14 - A six-day morning razor clam dig is tentatively scheduled on various Washington ocean beaches.

April 15 - Washington's general spring turkey hunt opens for hunters of all ages and runs through May 31.

April 24-30 - The month’s second morning razor clam dig is tentatively scheduled on various ocean beaches.

April 26-28 - The Grays Harbor Shorebird Festival, based in Hoquiam, celebrates shorebirds.

April 27 - Hundreds of lakes, including West Medical and Williams in Spokane County, open to trout fishing across the state for the biggest "opening day" of the year.

See The S-R's special 2013 Fishing Section coming Thursday.

Saturday is hunters’ last shot at wild turkeys

HUNTING — Late wild turkey hunting sesaons will close Saturday (Dec. 15) evening in designagted areas of Eastern Washington and North Idaho.

Washington late fall turkey season has been open since Nov. 20 in Game Management Units 105-142, 149-154 and 162-186. The limit is one turkey of either sex.

North Idaho's fall general season also will close Saturday evening in Game Management Units 1, 2 (except Farragut State Park and Farragut WMA) 3, 4, 4A, 5 and 6.

However, Idaho's fall general season will continue through Dec. 31 in units 8, 8A, 10A, 11, 11A, 13, 14, 15, 16, and 18. This hunt is open on private lands only. Hunters must have permission from the landowner.

Giving thanks for wild turkeys

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.

Talking wild turkey: snoods, wattles and the difference between white and dark meat

WILDLIFE WATCHING — The wild turkey is nothing like the fat, flightless Butterball you might be roasting today for Thanksgiving dinner.

Thank God.

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.

Teen girl dons camo for turkey, dress for date


HUNTING — Alyssa Donelan, a sophomore at Central Valley High School, had a busy Saturday — with more than one date.

She donned camouflage clothing and left home at 5 a.m. to go turkey hunting with her father, Jim. When the turkeys stood them up in the morning, Alyssa move on to a remarkable transition.

She was out of her camouflage and into the hair dresser by 1 p.m.

By 5 p.m. she'd transformed from Rambo to ravishing just in time for the arrival of Sawyer Starnes, a senior, who picked her up for the CV homecoming dance.

The day was dubbed a success, but Alyssa still has an unfilled turkey tag, and an ego that needs a little buffing.

While Alyssa and five girlfriends slept in after a post-dance sleepover at her house, her dad and brother left home at 5 a.m. on Sunday. The boys returned with a turkey about 10:30 a.m., just as Alyssa and the other girls were waking up.


Video: Local bowhunter shares turkey hunt

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.

After years of gobbler seasons, they can still get better

HUNTING — At least 8 gobblers raising hell in every direction from my stand from 5:15 a.m. to 6:25 a.m. this morning, opening day of the spring wild turkey season. 

Then the woods virtually went silents — except for the damned flicker that kept coming by to drum on a nearby bird box and establish its territory.

At 7:25, my calls were answered in one of the best two minutes of turkey hunting in my career.

Shot this boy strutting with my decoy as at least three hens were within 15 feet of me. Had to wait a bit longer as a hen walked in at 10 feet and stopped with its head directly in line with the bead on my shotgun and the gobbler.

Could have bagged a second gobbler, but … naw.

Awesome morning of turkey hunting, just when I was thinking it was getting old.

The night before the hunt: Gobble, gobble

HUNTING — This is where I have permission to hunt for the spring gobbler season. Tomorrow morning, half an hour before sunrise: Game on!

Jake break: some turkeys safe from Sunday season opener

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. 

Time to apply for Idaho spring turkey, bear hunts

HUNTING — Idaho's application period for spring turkey controlled hunts starts today and runs to March 1.

The application period for spring black bear ends Feb. 15.

Spring turkey and spring black bear seasons start April 15 – some controlled hunts open later.

Leftover tags for spring turkey and bear controlled hunts go on sale April 1.

See details on the Idaho Fish and Game Department website.

Idaho seasons about to open for turkeys and other birds

HUNTING — Fall wild turkey hunting seasons open Thursday (Sept. 15) in Idaho and Sept. 24 in select Eastern Washington units.

Other hunts will follow soon.

Read on for the long list of details for Idaho hunts, including the youth waterfowl season (Sept. 24-25) and the youth pheasant hunt, wich starts Oct. 1.

Fall turkey hunters typically find less competition in the field because of other hunting seasons that open in the fall, and they are more likely to bag a bird, Idaho Fish and Game officials say.  Check out their webpage.

Idaho's turkey season is open:

  • September 15 through December 15: General fall hunt in game management units 1, 2 (except Farragut State Park and Farragut Wildlife Management Area) 3, 4, 4A, 5 and 6.
  • September 15 through October 31: General fall hunt in game management units 73, 74, 75, 77 and 78.
  • September 15 through October 9: General fall hunt in game management units 8, 8A, 10, 10A, 11, 11A, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 16A, 17, 18, 19 , 20, 22, 23, 24, 31, 32 (except that portion in Payette County), and 32A. Units 33 and 39 are closed to fall hunting.
  • November 21 through December 31: General fall hunt in game management units 8, 8A, 10A, 11, 11A, 13, 14, 15, 16 and 18. This hunt is open on private lands only.

The daily bag limit is one turkey of either sex per day in the fall. No more than three turkeys may be taken per year, except in Units 1, 2, 3 and 5, where up to five turkeys may be taken in a single day during the fall season. Turkey hunters will need a general or an extra tag. General tags not used in the spring general or controlled hunts are valid for the fall hunt. Special unit tags are valid only for the fall season in Units 1, 2, 3 or 5.

Turkey tags are available at all license vendors for $19.75. An extra turkey tag costs $12.25, and the special unit tag costs $5.

For more information see the turkey rules book or the Fish and Game Web site at: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/hunt/rules/?getPage=67.


Youth Waterfowl Seasons Open Soon

The Idaho waterfowl youth hunt opens September 24 and 25, and the regular 107-day season opens October 1 in northern and eastern Idaho, and October 15 in southwestern Idaho.

Daily duck bag limits are seven birds in the aggregate – no more than two female mallards, two redheads, three scaup, two pintails, one canvasback – with a possession limit of 14 birds after the first day and no more than four female mallards, four redheads, four pintails, six scaup and two canvasbacks.

Daily limits for Wilson’s snipe are eight; with a possession limit of 16 after the first day; and the daily limit for coots are 25 with a possession limit of 25 after the first day.

Daily bag limits for dark geese – Canada, greater white-front – are four per day. Daily limits for light geese – snow, blue, Ross’s – are 10 per day.

Seasons are:

  • Area 1: All of the state not included in Area 2.
  • For ducks and dark geese from October 1 to January 13, with a shorter scaup season from October 22 to January 13.
  • For snow and Ross’s geese from October 1 to January 13, 2012.
  • Area 2: All or parts of Ada, Boise, Canyon, Cassia, Elmore, Gem, Gooding, Jerome, Lincoln, Minidoka, Owyhee, Payette, Twin Falls and Washington counties.
  • For ducks and dark geese from October 15 to January 27, 2012, with a shorter scaup season from November 5 to January 27, 2012.
  • For snow and Ross’s geese from November 6 to January 27, 2012; and reopen from February 18 to March 10, 2012.
  • Area 3: For light geese only – includes that portion of the Upper Snake Region within Bingham County in Game Management Unit 63 south of Highway 20 and west of the west bank of the Snake River, and that portion of the Southeast Region within Bingham and Power counties in units 68 and 68A west of the west bank of the Snake River and American Falls Reservoir bluff.
  • For snow and Ross’s geese from October 23 to January 13, 2012; and reopens from February 18 to March 10, 2012.

Parts of Area 2 closed during the spring light goose season areFort Boise and Payette River WMAs and that portion of the Roswell Marsh Wildlife Habitat Area south of state Highway 18, and the Snake River Islands Unit of the Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge in the Southwest Region.

In Area 1, Fremont and Teton counties are closed to light goose hunting.

Additional details will be available in a printed brochure and on the Fish and Game website within about a week.

Hunters must have a valid Idaho hunting license, a federal migratory game bird harvest information program validation and a federal migratory bird (duck) stamp, except youths 15 and under do not need the duck stamp.

Nontoxic shot is required for all waterfowl hunting in Idaho. For details see the 2011-2012 Waterfowl seasons online at: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/hunt/rules/?getPage=66; the printed brochure will be available within abouta week at license vendors and Fish and Game offices.


Youth Pheasant Hunt Opens October 1

A youth pheasant season opens statewide Saturday, October 1, and runs through October 7 for all licensed hunters 15 years old or younger.

The week-long hunt opens a half hour before sunrise in Area 1, 2 and 3, except on the C.J. Strike, Fort Boise, Montour and Payette River wildlife management areas, where shooting hours begin at 10 a.m. Shooting hours continue statewide through a half hour after sunset.

The regular season opens October 8 in Area 1 and October 15 in Areas 2 and 3.

Youth hunters must be accompanied by a licensed hunter 18 years or older – one adult may accompany more than one youth.

The daily bag limit is three cocks, and the possession limit is six after the first day, except on wildlife management areas where pheasants are stocked, in which case the daily limit is two cocks and four in possession.

Hunters 17 and older need a WMA pheasant permit to hunt on Idaho Fish and Game wildlife management areas where pheasants are stocked. Pheasants will be stocked on the Payette, Montour, Fort Boise, Niagara and Market Lake wildlife management areas before the youth hunt weekend.

All upland game hunters are required to wear hunter orange during the pheasant season when hunting on wildlife management areas where pheasants are stocked. And all hunters must have a valid 2011 Idaho hunting license.

Details are available in the current Upland Game, Furbearer and Turkey rules brochure, available at license vendors and online at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/hunt/rules/?getPage=67.


Sage-Grouse Season Opens October 1

The Idaho restricted seven-day; one-bird per day season for 2011 opens Saturday, October 1.

Sage-grouse season:

  • Seven day season, one-bird daily limit, and two in possession after opening day, statewide in sage-grouse range within Area 2.
  • Area 2 includes:
  • Butte, Camas, Cassia, Clark, Fremont, Gooding, Jefferson, Jerome, Lemhi, Lincoln, Madison, Minidoka, Power and Teton counties.
  • Bannock County west of Interstate 15.
  • Bingham County west of Interstate 15.
  • Blaine County, except within the Salmon River drainage.
  • Bonneville County west of Interstate 15 and north of U.S. Highway 26.
  • Custer County, exceptwithin the Salmon River drainage upstream from and including Valley Creek.
  • Elmore County south and east of U.S. Highway 20 and north of Interstate 84.
  • Oneida County west of Interstate 15.
  • Owyhee County west of the Bruneau River.
  • Twin Falls County east of U.S. Highway 93.
  • Closed:
  • All areas not included in Area 2.

Details are available in a brochure available in print at license vendors and on the Fish and Game website: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/docs/rules/uplandSage.pdf.

Any person hunting sage- or sharp-tailed grouse must have in their possession a valid hunting license with a sage- sharp-tailed grouse permit validation at $4.75.

The sharp-tail grouse season also opens October 1 and runs through October 31. Check the Upland Game, Furbearer and Turkey Seasons and Rules brochure for 2011-2012 for season and limit details.

Hunt for most wanted turkey ends with shot to head

HUNTING — After much scouting and several disappointing close calls, my spring wild turkey hunting season ended this morning at 6:10 a.m.

A head shot.

No photos will be posted.  I don't want to take the chance of offending anyone or inciting violence against hunters. 

It was unarmed, but I'm proud of a job well done. I feel no need to high-five, cheer or pump my fists.

The celebration will be quiet and respectful, enhanced with a garlic lime sauce.

No DNA testing is required. It had a long beard. 

If you need more proof, ask my wife, or show up for dinner to see for yourself. Bring a bottle of wine.