It's Turkey Time!
Turkey season is upon us, friends! And this year, I'll be chasing turkeys HWP - "Hunting While Pregnant".
Spring turkey season kicks off in New Hampshire on May 3. That's a lot later than some parts of the country (aka the south) where opening day already came and went!
For all you turkey hunters in the south... Best of luck bagging those birds as your seasons open! Up here in New Hampshire we still have snow on the ground and a little less than a month to go before our spring gobbler season! 🏹🦃🌨️ #turkeyseason #turkeyhunting #springgobbler #stillsnow #bowhunting #isitspringyet #newhampshireoutdoors #huntNH #mossyoak #bowtech
Wild turkey is one of my favorite things to hunt and eat. And to be honest turkey is the only wild game I've successfully harvested, despite my efforts in hunting deer and bear. If you want to read more about previous turkey hunts, check out these posts:
- Let's Talk Turkey - an overview of what a lady (or gent) needs to get started turkey hunting
- Play-by-Play of my spring 2016 turkey season (where I saw only one hen! #sadface)
- 4 Things to NOT Do on Opening Day of Turkey Season
- How My House Ruined My Hunting Season
And my personal favorite, How to Prepare Wild Turkey, aka my recipe for bacon-wrapped turkey meatloaf. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.
Plans for 2017 Turkey Season
This year I plan to hit the turkey woods with my built-in hunting buddy Ginger Baby, who will be between 6 and 7.5 months gestational age in April and May. To cut down on noise exposure for my little bun in the oven, I've purchased an archery-only hunting license and turkey tags rather than a firearms tag, which would allow the use of a shotgun. I've gotten my previous seasons' turkeys using a 12 gauge pump action Remington 870 shotgun, so this year will be different! Bowhunting turkeys is a challenge. But I want to give it a whirl.
I've also made some modifications to my hunting bow, which I'm hoping to share in a future post. Basically, I want to make it easy on my eyes, which are changing slightly while pregnant (I'm getting a little bit worse vision out of my dominant eye) so I've switched out the rear peep to be more adjustable. #littlebowpeep
Know what I upgraded on my bow today? The peep! I'm going to try out something that works really well in smallbore rifle and was recommended if taking the same bow indoor and outdoor: an adjustable rear aperture. The new peep I installed is from Specialty Archery and it comes threaded to accept apertures ranging in diameter from 1/32" up to 1/8" (and bigger if I took the insert out). This should help with focusing on the front sight and dealing with different lighting conditions so I don't have to make major changes to my bow setup when I move outside from shooting indoors all winter. Hopefully the principles of rifle shooting/sight picture and compound bow shooting/sight picture are similar enough that this is going to be a successful experiment! And bonus, now my peep is color coordinated with my cams. 💁🏹🎯 Anybody have any comments or questions? Let me know below! #aperture #peepsight #archery #compoundbow #experiment #engineeringIRL #DIY #specialtyarchery #bohning #bowtech #upgrade #sightalignment #sightpicture #sightalignment #pointsforfashion #outdoorseasonprep #bowhunting #bowseasonprep
I'm going to be using fixed-blade Muzzy broadheads on my hunting arrows. The fixed-blades are something I picked up during deer season and I'm hoping to use them on some gobblers. I also added a Thermacell mosquito repellant device to my hunting pack. I haven't used one before but I don't want to be spraying too much DEET around Ginger Baby, so I'm hopeful it works as well as I've been told it will. The final thing I've changed is my camo - I purchased some inexpensive elastic waistband camouflage sweatpants and they are gloriously comfortable and quiet. I will probably have to layer underneath them to hunt in New Hampshire, but they should do just fine in the Ozarks, where I'm starting my turkey chasing adventures.
First up I will be in southwestern Missouri with some fabulous female friends from the firearms industry. We're planning to do some "running and gunning" (or in my case, walking and string-stalking) of gobblers. This is different than how lots of folks hunt turkeys using a call and sometimes decoy birds to bring the tom turkey toward your stationary position. In the Ozarks, we'll be calling as we walk, listening for signs of the turkeys' locations and then trying to sneak up on them.
I'll finish out my turkey hunting season in New Hampshire, though I won't have many available weekends to hunt based on my schedule with teaching and graduating from grad school. My goal is to get out in the woods whenever I can in the mornings, like I did last year. By the end of turkey season here in New Hampshire I will be T-minus 1.5 months from my due date. Wish me luck, with both the gobblers and the baby!