Regular readers know I am obsessed with hunting waterfowl in the winter months. It drives much of my year and when we aren’t hunting we are prepping for the next season. Still, there are plenty of other game species to hunt in Kentucky and one of my favorites is the spring turkey season. It’s a beautiful time to be out. The temperatures are usually pretty comfortable, I don’t have to carry much gear and I always see lots of wildlife. This year I had a coyote come within 20 feet of me and I saw my first red fox in a long time. There were also turkeys, but never where I wanted them to be. They would appear on the other side of the field and completely ignore me or hang up in the woods and refuse to reveal themselves. It was a frustrating season but as always I learned a lot and enjoyed the time outdoors. The dogwoods and the redbuds were in bloom and my favorite memory will be the two arrowheads I found while walking back to my truck one morning. Knowing that humans have been hunting this very spot for perhaps thousands of years and I am just the latest in that long line is a special feeling.
If you have never heard wild turkeys gobbling in the woods you are missing out. It is one of the most unique things you will experience and always causes my heart to skip a beat. Below is a video I shot on my last day of the season. I was out before dawn in Shelby County, KY on a farm that I have permission to hunt. There were four mature toms gobbling on the roost about 20 yards from where I was sitting. They are crafty though and never made an appearance. It was still pretty awesome.