What a great turkey hunting trip last week in Georgia with the Realtree camo gang. The highlight for me was a 22 pound gobbler with a 12 1/2 inch beard and 1 3/4 inch spurs. What a toad! There is a video of the hunt on our Simmons’ Sporting Goods Facebook Page! Check it out. We’ll also add it to this page soon. That’s what turkey hunting is all about. No matter how many times I’ve been, something like this still gets me excited. How about you? The Louisiana season is starting up this weekend. Get your gear ready and go toad hunting!
Here’s how our first hunt went: I was hunting with Realtree over near Columbus, Ga., with cameraman Phillip Culpepper. We had a big one out in the field strutting, gobbling and coming right towards us. He got to about 70 yards away and then just stopped, raised his head and walked off. I wondered what the heck was going on when I looked up and saw six more long beards coming across the field. Two of them saw him and rolled right in to us. I killed the biggest one. It was the first turkey they’ve taken over there this year. Two other hunters did take one later that morning.
That afternoon, the wind kicked up and we didn’t see anything. The next morning I got to hunt with three-time world champion Eddie Salter, but the weather was changing and there just wasn’t anything going on. It was still fun. I came home that afternoon, but I’m looking forward to getting out to Texas with the kids and doing some hunting later this week.
Back home, the season starts in Louisiana Saturday. The water has a lot of folks messed up, but if you aren’t flooded out, it should be good. The season is starting a bit later than usual and folks that are out scouting are hearing some birds. This season things are going to be 2-3 days behind normal because of all the cold weather. The water will have them concentrated, which may make them harder to find at first, but when you do, it should be a good thing.
Be safe out there!