We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
April is the beginning of trout season around here, but it is also turkey season.
Non-hunters may not know that April is Spring Turkey season in many states in the US. Last April, early morning, Gwynnie and I were warming up our fly casting on a pond when a proud acquaintance stopped by with his heavy gobbler in one tired hand and his shotgun in the other. Surf 'n Turf?
If you have never eaten a wild turkey, you have never eaten turkey. The farm-raised birds are as bland as cardboard. Our past piece on the Wild Turkey here.
At Maggie's Farm, we are grateful for the work of organizations like the National Wild turkey Federation, plus all of the non-profit and governmental agencies which have restored the magnificent wild turkey around the US. We even saw some in Maine last fall.
Turkey hunting has more in common with deer-hunting than bird-hunting. In other words - boring... until the last moment - if the bird shows up. It's like they say about Obstetrics: 99% pure boredom, 1% terror. But in this case, 1% thrills.
Some folks get a kick out of turkey-calling, but I think it's for the birds. Decoys are fine.
Image from the NWTF website. Those are males, displaying for a hen's attention.
Here in Washington State, we are lucky in having Merriam and Rio Grande turkeys mainly on the dry side of the state, and Eastern turkeys on the rainy Pacific side. Our season has been extended for the first time from April 15 through the end of May. I've bought three tags, perennial optimist that I am. I'm having choke work done on a gun that is still in the hands of the smith, who is taking forever. And the clock ticks...
It was in a letter to his daughter that Franklin claimed the eagle to be cowardly and lazy. In contrast, "the turkey is in comparison a much more respectable bird, and withal a true original native of America" and a "bird of courage, and would not hesitate to attack a grenadier of the British guards, who should presume to invade his farmyard with a red coat on."