4 Things To NOT Do On Turkey Season Opening Day

4 Things To NOT Do On Turkey Season Opening Day

Today was the first day of turkey season here in New Hampshire, and I hunted before work. I was not successful, but I am still hopeful. I heard at least two gobblers and I'm happy with the site that I'll be able to hunt. A good friend of ours who lives near where I work has some great land. Lots of pines, grass, a big field, and a brook - I feel good about my chances that at some point a turkey will walk my way!

Like any shooting sport, I always analyze how things went after I'm done. Today, I made a few mistakes that I'm going to try not to repeat tomorrow. Live and learn! I like this quote from Josh Honeycutt at Bowhunting.com

A good turkey hunter is smart. But a great turkey hunter has true wisdom. It’s not easy to obtain, especially without spending a great number of years in the turkey woods. Wisdom is something that is earned, not given. And the only way to earn it is by getting out there, making mistakes, and doing things different ways.
— Josh Honeycutt

I also like this quote, attributed to The Duke (and oft repeated by my dad):

From Quotesgram: http://quotesgram.com/john-wayne-quotes-about-life/#4FS0hFkiWn

From Quotesgram: http://quotesgram.com/john-wayne-quotes-about-life/#4FS0hFkiWn

So, in my efforts to become a better, wiser, less stupid turkey hunter, here are the four things I will try NOT to do on future days of turkey season:

  1. Try to figure out how to set up a borrowed blind. Short story: I did eventually figure it out… After sitting in it half-collapsed while two different gobblers were sounding off, out of sight, in front of and behind me! Wish I'd gotten a picture. Imagine the Charlie Brown Christmas Tree of ground blinds and you're getting close.

  2. Forget the decoy in the blind when placing stakes. When I got the decoy and came back to the place I thought I'd put the stake, I couldn’t find it! I kept searching, and then it hit me. (Pun intended.)

  3. Over-call. I’ve read this before, heard it on podcasts, and discussed it with coworkers. But I still got over-excited and called back too much to the gobblers lurking across the stream from me. At some point, it's no longer believable to the turkeys. Next time I will practice more patience!

  4. Eat something new the day before. This one's a classic, and it's the reason I ended my hunt this morning when I did. I knew this principle from shooting matches – never do anything new or unusual the day before a match, especially as it relates to food. Yet somehow yesterday when I made a healthy lunch that included apples and peanut butter as a snack, I totally forgot that sage advice. This morning I had a rumbly tummy and that did not help me at all with that whole patience thing.

Despite the fact that I messed up this morning, I know that I'll learn and improve over time. I will be back at it tomorrow, and the day after that, and the day after that... Unless, of course, I get a bird. 

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