Re-posted from March, 2006
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.