To all the anglers hittin' Minnesota's waters this weekend for the 2012 fishing opener, be safe and good luck. Catch the hell out of them, I want to see pictures!
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Tonight marked the start of my archery turkey journy. I ran out to a property quickly after work. A big nasty storm cell forced me to sit in the truck an extra half hour, but all was well. I'm hunkered down in small field surrounded by roost trees. 45 minutes into some light calling, boom, out of no where stood the gobbler. The closest he came was about 65 yards. He exited the field and flew up to roost about 100 yards from me. I slid out and learned a bunch about his lifestyle. Game on gobbler. Let it begin!
Sunday, May 6, 2012
This spring has to be one of the strangest I've seen, weather wise. We went from 80 degrees in March to 55 degrees and storm after storm in May. My late season archery turkey hunting is really going to be a tough deal.
The last couple of storms have produced a couple inches of rain. Each individual storm that is. We have gotten a ton of rain these last couple weeks. It was dry coming into spring, not no more. Problem is, it all comes in a half hour. One of these big storm cells produced large damaging hail.
The rivers are roaring, streams are crankin', and there is standing water everywhere. I know they say the turkey season started out with a much higher harvest then last year, but I'm really struggling on putting some birds together. They are saying this is the effect of the bad winter and wet spring we had the previous year. Well, this spring is really going to put the hurting on nesting and the young.
I'm just not seeing birds everywhere like I normally do. Getting permission from landowners seems to be increasingly difficult. I'm just all around struggling. I did manage to land a few places however. The archery season starts this week and I'm nervous and excited all rolled up into one emotional burrito.
I don't care if I have to canoe out there, it's going down. Persistence is key. I will keep you posted on my journey through the Minnesota Turkey Archery season. Thunder chickens beware...