Yep! That’s right! It’s turkey season again and H is ready for the kill. I believe H and Andrew enjoy turkey season much more than they do deer season. Me? I’m not much of a hunter of turkey or any other game. You can read about my first sad experience with turkey hunting here – HERE TURKEY, TURKEY, TURKEY…
What is it about hunting of any kind in the wee hours of the morning that makes it so exciting? It can’t be getting up in the dark and going out into the cold to sit on the hard ground for hours on end waiting for the kill. Or can it?
I’ve been invited along on this first day of the season while H is off for spring break, and Andrew is back at school. Even though I knew it would be an early morning wearing clothing that does not make a fashion statement, hard ground, briars, sitting still for waaaaay too long, and maybe no luck of seeing or hearing those turkeys. I said yes. It’s not a given you are going to have good luck.
When the alarm went off at 4:00am I struggled with my conscience. Maybe I could be sick as an excuse, but no, I had promised. Up I got and dressed to kill, (pun intended) off we went into the woods again, in the dark, preparing to hunt turkeys. Evidently, they get up at daybreak and start gobbling.
Now if I was a turkey, I think I would sleep late, especially if I lived on Eglin. You can only hunt turkeys on Eglin in the mornings, so the smart thing for those turkeys to do would be to sleep late, have brunch, and wonder around the rest of the day or whatever it is that turkeys do all day until bedtime.
I do believe those turkeys had come around to my way of thinking because we heard no gobbling, and saw no turkeys. We did see tracks though and evidently hen tracks and gobbler tracks are different. You learn something new everyday. They sure look about the same to me. I wonder if turkeys look at our tracks and say, “Look! It’s a human track!” Then they skedaddle right out of there into a hiding place.
On the drive out of the woods my head was nodding and eyes closing as H talked and pointed out this and that along the way. I was only comprehending a few words at a time of the conversation. He was giving me the grand tour as he decide to take a different route home to check out some other places we could hunt tomorrow. WAIT! Did he say TOMORROW? Did he say WE?