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Odiousgambit's Hunting BlogApril 28th, 2013 at 7:36:57 am
Face has inspired me to post about my hunting.

Since I don't expect any comments [much] I think a weblog will be the way to go, it sort of says "no comments necessary" and also sticks around better.

Yesterday got another Tom for this spring. This may seem unremarkable to non-hunters, but there are plenty of dedicated hunters who seldom shoot turkeys. I can go for years without shooting one - although it might be rare to go a year without being on a hunt that *someone* got one. There would be some hunters who brag it's no big deal - and there are a few who kill a lot of turkeys - but for the most part "don't believe it." The longtime writer for the Washington Post who writes about hunting and fishing, at least for years, just had stories about going for turkeys and never getting one. Finally found his name, Angus Phillips - perhaps by now he has bagged one.

Not so much of a story this time. The lonely old fellow started gobbling at daybreak and was "ready to rock". Observing a bit of caution, he nevertheless bit for the calls he heard and came right up an old trail to within range. We got treated to some very nice displays - if you've never seen the puffing up and tail-spreading in the Tom's display, you've missed something. Especially under the circumstances. At times a guy wonders if the bird will hear his heart beating and take off!



First picture: My hunting buddies listen after calling. This was later when we wanted to see if one of them could get one as well. No such luck. Bragging rights definitely come with getting more than one. Now, If you don't feel a twinge of "wish I was there" looking at that picture, you just aren't an outdoorsman.



The lucky hunter with his bird. The idea is to fan the tail out and show the beard. Forgot the latter bit but it is a cell phone pic and they are a little deficient for detail anyway I think.



The plucked bird is not quite ready for the pot after about an hour of plucking this morning. Another plucking session before we give it to the cook.

BTW they don't open the season till the breeding is done and hens are on the nest. By this time the males are pretty much surplus and you could probably harvest them all and it wouldn't affect the population.

It remains to be seen how I handle this blog. I might get into some 'essay' type stuff or not.

Comments
Face
April 30th, 2013 at 6:13:23 pm
If we could get Nareed to not be so squeamish, we could between the three of us put on a purdy good show. You do the land, I’ll do the sea, and she could tell us all how to cook em up real good =) Too bad I think she’d dive headfirst into Windows 8 before touching one of my fish…

Good luck with blog. I’ll be sure to follow intently.

And I don’t mean to be “one of those guys” (I can’t help it), but remind the old timer that boom sticks don’t have drop safeties (gun against the tree). Even if you’re only a few hundred yards away from the truck, a turkey load to the ankle is sure to put a hitch in yer giddyup ; )
odiousgambit
May 1st, 2013 at 1:48:47 am
>she could tell us all how to cook em up real good

just for the record, you better get the right recipes for wild game. Huge blunder to use a normal recipe, the meat is too lean. For wild turkey, the best we've found involves braising [water in covered pan] and larding [salt pork pinned on top]. And we treat the LL Bean cookbook like the Bible. [still available at least on ebay]

>remind the old timer that boom sticks don’t have drop safeties (gun against the tree). Even if you’re only a few hundred yards away from the truck, a turkey load to the ankle is sure to put a hitch in yer giddyup ; )

I'm not slow to pounce on unsafe practices I see, but I let this one go and am guilty myself constantly. The right tree catches the endsight in the bark, which is not to say the practice is totally safe. Your assumption he didnt unload his gun is correct of course; opening the action on my pump would do, maybe you will have me doing that. BTW I do bark at people who lean guns against vehicles.

I keep an eye on the way other hunters mind where that muzzle is pointing, that's A#1 with me.
odiousgambit
May 1st, 2013 at 2:01:20 am
PS: the LL Bean cookbook relates how wild turkey tastes. Paraphrasing, " you already know. It tastes like turkey! but even *more* so." In other words, a somewhat more intense turkey flavor and not to worry, the best turkey you ever ate!
Face
May 1st, 2013 at 1:07:13 pm
LOL again, I don't mean to be the nitpicky heavy. I've also done the tree thing, also loaded, also with action closed. Just catch the rib and bead sight in a rough barked tree and you're good to take a leak or whatever you need. It's just that ever since becoming an SD carrier and having a child, I kind of went to the extreme concerning safety. Since some less practiced folks might be tuning in, I'd thought I'd bring it up.

Truth be told, any of the old timers I roll with would've given me a whack with their hat for telling them to do anything. "I been carrying this thing and piss-leaning since 1948, and..." blah-blah-tongue lashing-blah for the next 20 minutes lol.

And not to slight the father of gun safety Mr Jeff Cooper, but I've always disagreed with his "Golden Rule" of never putting finger to trigger until attaining target in sights. It's a very good one, but "Golden"? Not in my book. Guns go off without trigger manipulation. They're tools, they malfunction. My Golden Rule is never cover something you don't want dead / destroyed. Follow that one rule, and you'll never make a big mistake.

Props to no car leaning. Nothing ever leans properly against a car =)
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