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Experiencing the Outdoors;
Low Gobbler Kill This Spring
by Cory Boothe


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Calhoun County’s spring turkey kill was a dismal 96 birds. It was the lowest kill in many years. According to DNR, the last five years in Calhoun are as follows: 150, 141, 129, 120 and 96.

Overall, hunters in West Virginia killed 9,216 spring gobblers--the lowest kill since 1990. We can remember last year’s deer season as being dismal as well. I believe that a major reason is less participation in outdoor activities.

Summer fishing is in full swing. One way to enjoy an evening is topwater fishing for bass. Buzzbaits, hula poppers, jitterbugs, etc., create violent strikes by opportunistic bass. The commotion created by the rotating blades of a buzzbait is more than a hungry bass can refuse. The best time of day for these baits seem to be the hour before dark.

With fresh cut fields, it is a great time to groundhog hunt. It is a wonderful way to sharpen your skills for the upcoming deer season. Groundhog can be used for catfish bait or saved for trapping season.

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