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Experiencing the Outdoors;
Spring Turkey Season
by Cory Boothe


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 Turkey season has been good to me. I got to go out the first Friday by taking a personal day from my job as a teacher. The mountains of Nicholas County were cool and brisk with temperatures in the low 30s. We are a few weeks behind Calhoun and do not have as much greenery as Calhoun residents.

An old tom shattered the morning silence with a gobble before 6:00. I rushed up the mountain, telling myself I needed to get in position before he flew down to begin his quest of searching for a hen. I was also forced to remember how out of shape I am by the huffing and puffing I was doing.

Fortunately, the tom was near an old logging road, so I could quietly sneak into position. This tom was on fire, with frequent double gobbles and not a nearby hen to be heard. I gave my most seductive imitation of a very quiet hen and, almost instantly, I heard the gobbler fly down from the roost. I waited a few minutes as he continued to break the morning stillness with frequent gobbles.

After another series of yelps, he rounded the slight bend and was in shooting distance. The morning silence erupted with my gunshot, effectively ending my hunt by around 6:30. This was my quickest hunt ever. I was very fortunate, as they usually don’t end that way for me.

My tom had a beard of 9 and 1/2 inches with nice spurs and heavy weight. He will make a wonderful addition to the dinner table. Now, I just need to find some morels to use as a side dish.

I wish everybody luck while hunting. Please be safe and hunt ethically.

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Editor’s 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.)

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