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Turkeys can be hard to get

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By Shelton Young

Found everything. Got the coffee fixed and the thermos full. Some snacks in the pack and camo’d up. And, it was only 5:30 a.m.
A short drive to a friend’s farm, the blind set up and still dead silent in the dark, and it was 6 a.m.
Then it happened. A gobble! Birds flying down and more gobbles, it’s 7 a.m. After a few calls it sounds like the bird(s) are heading my way. A movement, a red head, my bird on the way!
Another gobble, now a strut and fan. I feel “fairly” confident at 50 yards, O.K. 40 yards. Bird looked to be 70 yards out. Also looks to be hung up. Birds looking right at me. Don’t move, don’t call, don’t even blink. There’s something he doesn’t like, it’s me!
One more look and he drops out of his strut. Now he’s gone.
What did I do wrong? Nothing, well something!
But what?
Guess I’ll never know! Guess that’s why we call it hunting and not shootin’. And, guess that’s why we’ll keep getting’ up morning after morning, day after day, year after year!
All this sleep deprivation, all this expense, all this time, just to shoot a wild turkey or two each year. Around 3 to 5 pounds of good meat on a bird. Runs less than $50 a pound if you count everything.
Don’t know how much they are in a grocery, but I’m thinking around $1.25 a pound. To some this alone would make it stupid to hunt the bird. To others the time spent would be a waste, especially if that time could’ve been sleep time.
So cut to the chase: Why do I hunt? Cause I want to, cause I can and cause I like it! Course that’s pretty much the logic I use for any outdoor activity!

John and I got to fish the Springfield Reservoir in preparation for our Mid-KY Bass Anglers tournament. We tore’em up on? darn forgot already. Guess some memory loss is to be expected, as one gets older. All I can remember is we caught? there it goes again!
Oh well!

Coming up on Saturday, prior to the derby, is a tournament hosted by William Rector, (270) 789-9505. It’s a fundraiser to help kids with cancer and is actually his second such event.
The entry fee is $50 per boat with an “optional” $10 per boat big bass pot. Of the entry fees, half will go to payouts and half to the kids.
Launch will be from Ramp One on Green River at 7 a.m. Weigh-in will be at 3 p.m.
This gives you time to fish and still make your derby party, so come on out!

Then on Sunday, May 6, the Mid-KY Bass Anglers will be fishing the Springfield Reservoir. We’ll launch at 7 a.m. and have a 1 p.m. weigh-in.

On May 12 there’s a bass tournament on Dale Hollow to raise money to send kids to 4-H camp. This tournament is sponsored by the Cumberland County Extension Office, (270) 433-7700, and launches from the Dale Hollow State Park Ramp at 6 a.m., or safe light. Weigh-in is at 3 p.m. All times are CST.
Half of the $50 per boat entry fee goes to the camp scholarship fund and half to payouts. *Payout will be based on the number of boats entered.

May 20 will have the Mid-KY Bass Anglers on Willisburg Lake again. Launch at 7 a.m. with a 1 p.m. weigh-in!

Then, again this year, the Woodlawn Baptist Church will host a FREE bass tournament on Fagan Branch. A free entry fee with a $150/$75/$25 payout, and maybe a sack lunch?also free! Unheard of!
Come out to Fagan Branch on Saturday, May 26 and take part in a FREE bass tournament, with good Christian fellowship and no sermon?well, maybe a very short message.
I was there last year and loved it. Why don’t ya give it a try?

Guess that’s it for now. Get out, enjoy what Mother Nature has to offer, stay safe and I’ll see ya next week!