Here’s a secret. Calhoun County is one of the best
counties in the state to go turkey hunting. Calhoun has little pressure
from out-of-county hunters. We have plenty of birds and good land for
Spring turkey season starts on Apr. 27 and runs
until May 23. Turkey hunters need to be out of the field by 1 p.m. each
day. The season limit is two gobblers. Any size beard is legal. A young
gobbler is called a jake and his beard may be a few inches long. Your
dominant gobblers will have beards of over 10 inches.
Most people “call” turkeys. Their are mouth, slate,
box, and other friction calls. Another fruitful method is setting up on
an old tom’s strut zone. These are places where a gobbler likes to strut
his stuff, hoping to catch the attention of a young hen. Open flats
adjacent to fields are often strut zones.
Be careful this turkey season. It is a good idea to
have a piece of blaze orange on while walking in the woods. I usually
have a cap that I can completely hide once I set up on a bird. Always
identify your target. Remember, no turkey is worth your own life.
As a side note, the big bass are biting. Below is a
picture of a nice smallmouth from the Greenbrier River. It was released
to swim another day.
Note: Cory is the son of Ronzel and Karen Boothe of Russett. He is a
1996 graduate of Calhoun County High School and is a teacher at Meadow
Bridge Elementary, Fayette County. He resides near Summersville.)