Today is Thursday, August 17, 2017

Just might be a plan

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This may be the last gobbler I killed with the shoulder bruiser.

Happens every year and I write about it every year. Some years I even go. Turkey season. That's what I'm talking about. It will happen this year. In fact, it will open April 2 and run through May 15. That's plenty long enough for me.

I'm worried about R.D. "The Reflector" Denny, though. He is running for office and he may have to cut his hunting short to campaign. So I'll vote for him and then, if I have to, I may even hunt for him.

This year, a couple options have me thinking I might actually go. First is "The Judge".

See, David Earl Durham got to talking while we were fishing. He kept pointing out places he had seen or killed a turkey. Best I can figure, he has killed well over 1,250 gobblers within a couple hundred yards of his house on the banks of Old Chickory.

But his talking, kinda got me to thinking. It would be easy to do as we use to.

That is, stick a shotgun or two in the boat and go fishing. Or we could stick six or eight rods in the boat and go turkey hunting.

It really is an effective way to hunt. You just ease along the bank, casting and every so often you call or make a loud noise.

If one answers and is on Corps land, you go try and kill him. Since between us, we pretty well know where all the Corps land is, we are golden.

I no longer have the shoulder bruising, 12-gauge, three-inch magnum but I do have my venerable Remington 870, 20-guage and it will flat kill a turkey bird out to about 35-40 yards. The Judge, has a closet full of various shotguns and we both have plenty of fishing equipment. So that is one possibility.

On tap is another option. My good friend and fellow outdoor writer, Wade Bourne, the host of Ducks Unlimited television, allows as how this spring, for sure, we are going on a spring fishing/maybe turkey hunting trip.

Wade is about as good with turkeys as Bo Pitman or Eddie Salter. I have hunted with all of them and Wade is professional class.

He is also a pretty good fisherman and makes a great partner in the woods or in the boat.

One of our tentative plans is the same as with The Judge-cast and call, maybe on Center Hill.

As plan B, we might try to kill a bird on some property to which I have access.

Anyway, before it comes about, there is plenty of time to solidify a plan.

The limit for us around here is one bearded bird per day, not to exceed four in the year. Neither, The Judge, Wade or I, make a contest out of it and feel as though we have to limit out. We just go for the enjoyment of getting out in the spring. I reckon I could sit on my patio and limit out. Lots of turkeys around the house. But not much fun in that.

Of course, there is one problem. The way the weather has been acting as of late, it will probably snow for the first two weeks of the season. And, turkeys have a way of vanishing.

It is all Al Gore's fault. He should never have invented global warming.

And, I'll tell him so, next time I see him. Maybe The Reflector will run into him on the campaign trail.

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