Jeff’s early season turkey update

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Here’s a problem you don’t hear about very often. We went over to Texas to turkey hunt a few days before they closed the border and they’ve had a great hatch of turkeys over there two years in a row. There were literally jakes everywhere. I bet I called up 250 jakes while we were there, acting a fool and strutting around. But we don’t shoot jakes.

In the meantime, the old gobblers were locked up with anywhere from a dozen to 30 hens and they last thing they wanted to do was respond to a turkey call. So after three days, we saw the writing on the wall and came home. I hate to admit it, but for the first time in 45 days, I’ve gone this long without shooting a turkey.  I can’t believe there were so many turkeys and that was a problem, not a good thing.

The good news is  that bodes really well for the next few years.

Here locally, we’ve had a lot of people having success in Morehouse and Union parishes.I’m not that worried about my streak ending. In fact, I’m going here in the morning and I’ll get you a report from that hunt. There are a lot of good turkey spots underwater with all the backwater from the river and Bayou Bartholomew, but folks are killing some birds. They are killing some up in south Arkansas, too, so it’s been a pretty good start to the season.

I want to remind folks that the store is open and so come on in and get what you need. Practice social distancing and respect yourself and others. It’s the right thing to do. And if you need something by mail, we can ship to you as well. Thanks for your business.

Here are a few of the area turkeys that we’ve seen so far this season from other hunters:

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