Monday, April 14, 2014

Called in a Gobbler with my Iphone App

With heavy rain being forcast for tomarrow I figured I would take a walk today and check my trail cam. I was within yards of reaching my camera when I heard a gobbler.

I quietly made it to the trail cam (sorry to say no pictures) but the gobbler was not far away. I hunkered down and quickly googled an app on my iphone that had turkey sounds. Now I had seen this once before so I figured I would try it.

The Tom gobbled a couple more times so I tapped the app to do some yelping and surprising everytime I did a series of yelps the Tom would gobble. I could tell he was looking cause everytime he gobbled he was in a different location. I could tell he was circling around me.

I yelped and he gobbled a few more times than nothing. No more gobbling at all. Now I remember from the turkey hunting seminar I attended not to long ago that we were told if they stop gobbling to not think they gave up and for me to stay put. There is a good chance the found your location and are being cautious by sneaking in.

So I stayed put. I did not turn down my phone cause I was using it for calling and wouldn't you know it my wife called me from the car to tell me she had laundry to do. Knowing that the phone ringing was probably not a good thing I said ok I'm on my way.

I got up took a few steps and for the heck of it I turned to take one last look around and sure enough I caught the tom sneaking away. He must have been closer than I thought when my phone rang. 

I didn't get a picture of him but at least I got to see him and was able to catch his interest for a little bit with my iphone app. Plus it tells me that the area that I thought was good is good. I rearranged the trail cam so it is looking in a different direction so I'm still hoping for it to take pics.

I am even more excited about the upcoming season and I'm really looking forward to at the very least sitting with nature and just plain enjoying the solitude of the woods.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Bird of Prey show at the knowlton Hall

My son Tyler and I went to see some birds of prey. The show was put on by a local organization called Horizon Wings which is a non-profit wildlife rehabilition center that specializes in birds if prey.

Here is Dakota a Red Tailed Hawk that was hit by a car as it swooped down over interstate 84

Here is Stevie Ray who is a Black vulture who was not injured but was dropped off at the center and because it imprinted on humans it was kept there because it would not survive in the wild on it's own.

Here is Dante who is a Turkey Vulture who had broke a leg and wing. Both breaks healed but with nerve damage to the wing it can not fly anymore.

Last but not least here is Atka who is a young Bald Eagle. Thousand eagle came from Washington State after it was found on the side of a highway. The reason why it does not have a white head is because it's only 2 years old, they get their white head feathers when they are about 5 years old.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Eastern Wild Turkey

Lowdown: There’s a reason why the best turkey hunters in the nation come from the East: They cut their teeth hunting this son of a gun. Although it’s up for debate whether the Eastern or Osceola is more inherently difficult to hunt, there’s no denying this bird is tough due to the terrain he inhabits and sheer number of rednecks trying to turn him into turkey nuggets every day of the spring. And yet he keeps on; the biggest and baddest, day after day, year after year. Specimens from northern Missouri and Iowa routinely top 25 pounds.

Hunting Tips: Although there are indeed untouched populations of Eastern gobblers, some degree of hunting pressure is a near universal factor in hunting this subspecies due to the small size of the average property in the East. Intense scouting that reveals a “Plan A, B, C and D” bird will enhance your success at killing an Eastern more than anything else.

Home Range: Eastern wild turkeys outnumber all other subspecies combined, with an estimated 5.3 million of them living in every state east of Texas (and Texas as well), north into southern Canada and south into northern Florida. Transplanted populations can be found in California, Washington and Oregon.

Information from the NWTF