Can’t Stop The Flop


Macy Enterline’s spring turkey.

Macy Enterline and Chad Hoehn

   Spring is an exciting time for turkey hunters. From April 27 to May 31 hunters will be headed to to woods to harvest a spring bearded turkey. Anyone who is 16 and under gets a chance to hunt a day before the rest. Youth day is on April 20, a week before the regular season starts.

   Spring turkey can be like christmas morning for some hunters. In the early morning, before the sun rises, hunters will begin getting ready. Making sure they have everything for the day, including shells, turkey calls, lots of camo, decoys and most importantly a shotgun.

   The weather is an important part because with good conditions, hunting can be really fun. Junior Derek Waltz likes the weather to be freezing at 32 degrees, while Mr. Snair likes the weather to be rainy. You can get the chance to harvest a spring turkey in any weather as long as you know where they are or if you can call one in.

   Wild turkeys are social birds and live in flocks. Turkeys love to scratch the ground, so looking for patches of the woods that have been freshly scratched is a good way to see if any turkeys are around. If you really want to know where the turkeys are, you can go into the woods towards dusk and try to listen to them flying into the trees to roost.

   Wild turkeys are omnivorous and typically look on the ground for acorns, nuts, seeds, berries, fruits, grasses, roots, insects, and small reptiles. Turkeys often feed in pastures and favor fresh disked fields to look for seed on the ground.

   Turkeys are known for their eyesight. They can spot movement from far away. It is important to make sure all bright colors are hidden and that you blend in to the scenery. Although they have good eyes, their noses are not the best. No need to worry about trying to hide your sent because they won’t be able to smell you.

   If you plan to head into the woods this season, hunt safe, have an amazing experience, and keep your ears open for the infamous turkey mating call.   

   “Getting the chance to listen to the turkeys gobble off the roost is the best part about it,” junior Chance Hoehn commented about spring turkey season.