Hey Hunters, Dakota Dan here, and I'm pumped because turkey season is upon us. However, every year you read about guys getting themselves into trouble turkey hunting, so I decided to throw out a few things to keep in mind this year while donning the camo toting the decoys into the woods.
Other than snow geese, turkey hunting is really one of the only chances you have to hunt in the spring, especially in the Midwest. So every year, thousands of hunters travel to new states in pursuit of the mighty Tom. Usually a state that has new terrain, and new regulations. Unfortunately for those hunters who fail to read the regulations, it often results in being cited. For example, in some states it's illegal to stalk a turkey, and you must have in your possession a turkey call whenever afield with your permit and weapon, as calling is the only method allowed. Other states offer spring turkey seasons, but break them up into two time periods, one of which is usually archery only. So don't drive 10 hours to another state with just your 12 gauge!!! I could go on and on about the slight, yet important differences in turkey hunting from state to state but I'll move on.
Safety! Safety! Safety!
Every spring I read a story about one hunting partner shooting another during the spring season. It's tragic and can easily be avoided through communicating with your hunting group. Don't be afraid to use technology when it's available. Many cell phones offer an app where you can track another cell phone on a gps type map setting, and there are other stand alone devices that do the same type of thing much like the dog tracking collars.
Having said all that, there is really only one thing that you really have to keep in mind, and that is that no matter how long Big Tommy's beard is it's not worth taking a shot unless you are 100% certain that it's safe. Besides, the stories about the one that got away are sometimes just as good as the story about the one on the wall!
Have fun, be safe, and when you get done, post your pictures on our Face Book page and BRAG!