Groundhog day gobblers

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Spring turkey season gets underway April 23 and I plan to do things different this year. Not because my former methods for taking toms haven’t been successful; on the contrary, I have been fortunate enough to fill a tag each April for the past several. I’m simply seeking a different experience, while hoping for a similar outcome.For the past several springs I have pitched a ground blind in pretty much the same spot, planted the same decoys and enjoyed similar success in the first couple days of the season. Purring in the pre-dawn and yelping as the morning progresses, I lead any gobblers within earshot to believe there may be a lonesome hen in the vicinity. Sooner or later — and lately it’s been the latter around mid-morning — a gobbler waddles over and starts strutting his stuff within range of a magnum shell out of a box of a dozen turkey loads I purchased a decade ago. I still have a brace of shells from that box, and my hope is that I can shake the Groundhog Day routine this season and force myself to push the envelope a bit and try a different tactic — if not a different woodlot — to put other turkey hunting skills to the test.I realize that’s easy to say as I write this in late March, before the gobbler hunting bug has bitten and the temptation of a chilly April morning spent inside a blind calls to me. But I think I have learned all there is about hunting then, there and that way, and I hope I have the gumption to get out and try something new to fool those gobblers later this month. I’ll let you know how that goes. Spring turkey hunting seasons openOhio’s spring turkey hunting seasons begin with the youth season April 21 and 22 statewide followed by the South Zone turkey hunting season opening April 23 through May 20 in 83 Ohio counties. That is followed by the Northeast Zone season from April 30 to May 27 in Ashtabula, Lake, Trumbull, Geauga and Cuyahoga counties. Hunting hours are one-half hour before sunrise through noon daily until May 6 in the South Zone and through May 13 in the Northeast Zone, after which hunting times are extended until sunset. Bearded birds only may be taken and turkeys must be checked in by 11:30 p.m. the day they are killed. Visit or refer to the Ohio Hunting & Trapping Regulations 2017-2018 booklet for more details on spring gobbler hunting in Ohio and the various check-in processes.last_img

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