Look what I got in the mail today! Shooting a Wild Turkey is a bucket-list item for me, and now I have the opportunity to make that a reality. It just so happens that my friend, Terry, has nearly a hundred turkeys running around on his land, and he has given me permission to hunt . More than that, Terry has ground-blinds set up all over his property with turkey decoys. He told me to bring a good book and a gun. He also said Evan, who will be 6, will be the perfect age to sit in the blind and listen and look for turkeys.
Minnesota has eight consecutive turkey seasons in the spring that are each 5 days long. The first season starts April 17th. To hunt in the first four seasons, you need to have your name drawn in the turkey license lottery. You can hunt the last four seasons by buying a tag over-the-counter as long as there are still permits available. As you can see, my name was drawn for season B, the second season, which is a Monday through Friday. I don’t work on Monday, and I may have to take an extra day off to get my bird. I might be pulling Evan out of school for a day so he can share in this adventure. I’m excited for this opportunity. If I see a big, strutting tom, though, I will have a huge dilemma as to whether I should reach for my Canon or my Benelli (12 gauge).
April is also going to be a memorable month because the Team has a huge birding adventure planned. It’s such a top-secret affair that only a handful of people know about it right now. In fact, even Evan has no clue it’s going to happen. For now I’ll just tell you that state lines will be crossed and that Evan and I will be missing some school. So be prepared for some great stories in just two months. I can’t wait to write them, and I really can’t wait to live them with Evan!