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Early Season is for the Birds

Man, woman and child! It is finally here! This early season on turkeys is just a hoot. A lot of fun but it will tax you. One day they can be gobbling like mad, walking about like a lost puppy, the next day they are back in large groups acting like they don’t know you from tree bark. Welcome to the early season!
The advantage we archers have is that we have the best chance of being in the field when “it” happens. The “it” I am referring to is when the large flocks of turkeys begin to break up as dominance is established, males start implementing a pecking order and the females are…well…”ready.”
This break up period can be the absolute best time to be in the woods. At some point, toms will literally come running to your call. Perhaps this weekend was that magic time for many youth who were hunting the youth season. I sure hope so!

Keep at it and don’t give up. That one day, one hour, one minute they do come running to the call makes all those early mornings worth while…not to mention a front row seat in nature’s grand theatre! Enjoy the hunt!


About jeff rawlinson

Jeff is the Education Manager in the Communications Division with Game and Parks where he has worked for the last 15 years. He oversees the Hunter Education, Boater Education, Hunter Outreach and Shooting Range Development for the Commission and is a devout hunter, angler, wildlife viewer, naturalist, father and husband. He holds a BS and MS from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. He has been a Hunter Education Instructor for over 20 years, NRA firearms instructor and range officer, National Archery in the Schools Program Archery Instructor Specialist and member of the National NASP Board, sits on the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Hunter Recruitment and Retention Committee and Education Committee. Jeff is an avid handgun hunter, loves to chase turkeys in the spring, squirrel hunting enthusiast and philosopher of the outdoors. He is an avid shooter and loves to spend outdoor time with family and friends. He has a passion for exciting others about the outdoors. A history buff, Jeff is a strong supporter of our North American Model of Conservation and tries to spread the message of its importance and relevance every chance he gets.

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