As all good hunting stories start, "It was a crisp cool morning"...well not really, it was damn cold!! Twenty three degrees to be exact ! However, the cold didn't chill 11-year old Abby Asker's enthusiasm to get out on her first hunt. Abby was bundled up and ready to go as her Dad, Mike and I scrambled to our turkey blind. It was a rush to beat the fast approaching day. The turkeys were fired up and gobbling up a storm from the moment we got out of the truck. Soon after settling in, a big tom flew in from his roost and strutted just out of range. He soon lost interest in my calls and strutted off into the sunrise. Next a Jake became enamored with our sweet hen calls and gobbled in for a closer look. That is all Abby needed. I could feel Abby's heart beating through her shoulder as I helped her mount her gun. I went back over with her to aim at the head and be smooth on the trigger. The safety clicked off...Kaboom!!! Abby collected a fine feast for the Asker family. I thought her face was going to crack from her well earned grin. After tagging up and a quick photo session it was off to school. Awesome way to start a day! - George Fischer, IDFG District Conservation Officer
When if ever is there going to be a Fall Turkey Hunt?
I've hunted the unit for the last three years and it appears that there are fewer turkeys each year. I know part of this is "being in the right place at the right time" but I'm starting to wonder if winter survival (or over-hunting) is becoming an issue. I know that the flocks around Blacks Creek Rd are pretty much gone. Another concern - out of 5 hunters and about 12 hunt-days, we saw a good number of hens, some toms (one harvested), but none of us saw any jakes. That leaves me questioning what next year will be like.
Are there no turkey records that IDFG maintains?
I drew in unit 71 for spring turkey may 1 to may 25, and I'm wondering if I can buy an extra turkey tag to shoot another turkey on the controlled hunt that I drew on. Also, when is the deadline for me to purchase my controlled turkey tag?