I’ve gotten word that Calhoun residents are busy
picking the wonderful morel mushrooms. Ramps and mushrooms seem to be a
yearly ritual for the lovers of spring. I’m not sure which one I prefer,
but I try to eat some of each every spring.
Not only do I like morels, but so do turkeys.
Turkey season opened on Monday. Each year I hear people complain that
the season opens too late. Quotes like, “They peaked gobbling two weeks
ago,” are common. Our turkey season is set by biologists for biological
Reason number one is that they want turkeys to be
able to do some mating before they are killed. If turkeys are taken out
of the population before they help in reproduction, soon you will not
have enough turkeys for a season. It is the same reason we don’t have
our firearm season for deer in late October.
Reason number two is that about the third week of
the season is some of the best hunting. Many hens have gone on the nest.
Gobblers need to be more active to find a mate. Therefore, they are very
susceptible to a hunter’s call. Less available hens equal more wandering
Fishing is still going well. I recently floated the
hidden gem of West Virginia. Its one of the few places in the state
where one can catch smallmouth, walleye, and trout on the same float. It
was a great time. Decent fishing with brief moments of turbulent
whitewater. I’m not giving away the location--or at least not yet.
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.)