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Turkey hunts slowed by snow

May 4, 2013
By GARRY BRANDENBURG , Times-Republican

Hunting WILD TURKEY is hardly easy. Many times all the factors do not fall into place no matter what the hunter does to put him or herself in the right place at the right time. Such is one of the standard definitions of hunting ... no guarantees. At other times, the hunt can seem easy when one stealthily sits down by a big oak tree at zero-dark thirty in the morning while listening to still-roosted tom turkeys gobbling from the tree tops. When he flies down at first light, one soft call from the hunter can entice the gobbler to take a closer look. When old tom sticks his head out from behind a tree to look for the source of the invisible phantom turkey, the hunter's shotgun is already up and pointed in the right direction. From that point on, a sight trigger pressure makes the shotgun bark loudly as the load of shot is on its way to the bird. Result: one more tom turkey down. Within the hour, this bird will be cleaned and packed for the home freezer. Its final destination will be a backyard grill or a nice warm oven to prepare it for a future family feast.



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