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I killed this one hunting with Judge Durham on the banks of Old Hickory.

I may go this year. I have a place with a lot of them, a spot that does not require a lot of walking.
A spot I can set up a ground blind or two and probably kill one. The season opens this Saturday, April 1, and runs through May 14.
I may go try and call a gobbler in.
I don't know what happened to my desire to hunt turkeys.
For a while, I went often and yes, I was pretty successful at it. I have killed several gobblers.
I never had it infect me as it has some. I don't think I ever knew anyone as eat up with killing a turkey as the late Carrol Whitener.
What a good guy he was and dang good turkey hunter, too.
I have killed turkeys in the swamps, the hills and hollers of Missouri, wooded ridges of Iowa and all around here.
As far as I know, I am the first person to ever kill one on film with an in-line, muzzleloading shotgun.
I have killed them with compound and crossbow. But somewhere along the line, I lost interest in turkey hunting.
Maybe it was because they spent so much time walking around my backyard. I have seen as many as 118 in my yard at one time.
Don't see so many, now. Usually a dozen or less and the same four longbeards.
See them at just about every boat ramp, heck, they are everywhere. If you don't believe me, just take a drive out Hartman Drive or Blair Lane or Palmer Road.
Could also be because I don't like to eat turkey, never have and funny thing, many years ago, I had my first endorsement agreement with Austin Nichols.
They are the folks that make Wild Turkey Bourbon. I made up a recipe for wild turkey and dressing, using some of their product. They read it and wanted to use it. We struck a deal.
Probably, the best two turkey hunters I ever hunted with were Eddie Salter and Bo Pitman.
Seems like they had a system that involved sitting real still and not making a sound. They called sparingly.
See, they knew the secret of good game calling no matter what the game is.
They knew when to shut up. They knew something else, too.
They knew it was a lot easier to call something to where it wants to go than to make it go where it doesn't want to.
I'm not much on calling. I can yelp and putt and purr and things like that. But I don't do much of it.
Maybe a little just to start, let them know where I am.
And I don't own a decoy. Guess I should. I shoot a 20-gauge, Remington 870...or a crossbow.
I might go.
Limit here is one bearded bird per day, not to exceed four for the season.
I'm sure, was I to kill one, somebody would want it.
It wouldn't go to waste. Good weather come opening day and my back and legs feel good.
I may go. I'll let you know.
Y'all be sure and hunt safe.
Lots of folks get shot during turkey season. And don't let a bobcat sneak up on you.

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