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March 23, 2013

Turkey Day

Turkey season opens in Georgia today, but unfortunately I won't be able to get down there until mid-April.

Season's probably starting in lots of other Southern states, too, but it won't open here in MA until late April. My master plan of getting down to GA for an early hunt was foiled by work. Stupid work!

As a youngster in Georgia in the 1970s, it was almost impossible to believe there was a time when the state wasn't just covered up with deer. But my dad always talked about the first time he saw one when they were being reintroduced to the state after being all but eradicated.

I got to see this phenomenon for myself with the wild turkey, though. I'll never forget the first one I saw ... it flew across a road in front of the car, and I didn't quite believe my eyes. Fast forward a few years, and I could barely go hunting without seeing some from the stand or on the way to and from the woods.

Thanks to the efforts of the National Wild Turkey Federation and hunters across the country, the restoration of the wild turkey has been an amazing success story, and, honestly, there's nothing I'd rather hunt these days.

If you're lucky enough to get out to the woods today and go after 'em, best of luck.


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