Spring Turkey Hunt Can’t Be Missed!
Those three words make me smile ear to ear! Everything looks so different in the early spring. With the snow finally gone revealing the earth below, you can really see every contour of the ground. Without the raspberries, nettle and other thick vegetation hiding the forest floor, it’s like a whole new playground to explore.
Spring turkey hunt season is on my mind. We had turkeys moving through our property all winter. We’d see the highway of turkey tracks, the scratching in the beech and maple leaves, and a group of turkeys in our neighbor’s corn field looking for any kernels left from the fall harvest. So now I’m wondering; where are they? With the snow gone and the thick layer of leaves everywhere I’m having a harder time finding the turkey evidence.
Did you know that anyone who wants to hunt a turkey in Michigan can?
The spring turkey hunt story in Michigan is truly amazing – our state has made huge strides in wildlife management. Like most states across the nation, there was a time when today’s common animals were either gone completely, or very hard to find. Wild turkeys were once a rarity in Michigan. As you can imagine, the late 1800’s were a different time than the time we live in now. Grocery stores weren’t on the corner, families were clearing land for settlements and hunting regulations were unheard of. Now, everything has changed. Most importantly in the arena of regulations and funding. The Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act (aka the Pittman-Roberson Act of 1937) was enacted. A national coalition of conservationists, backed by the sporting arms and ammunition industry, persuaded Congress to direct an excise tax on those items to a special fund for wildlife restoration. With a lot of hard work and dedication in the 1950s, the turkey population was reestablished.
If you’ve ever thought about giving turkey hunting a try, this is your year! Turkey hunting provides good healthy local protein that you can harvest yourself in a very interactive hunt. You can use a call to sound like a turkey and get one to answer you back! How fun is that?
So when you are crawling on your belly, trying to sneak up on some gobbling toms remember: Only a few decades ago, turkeys were hard to find and only a few people got to hunt them! Today, everyone has a chance!
~ Gobble, Gobble
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