Editor’s note: This story was written in conjunction with Kenny Long.
We have a love/hate relationship with our turkey shotguns — if they knock over a big gobbler on an improbable shot, we love them and take the credit. But if the gobbler runs off after what should have been an easy kill, it’s always the gun’s fault.
When I went to work for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in 1976 as a game biologist in the Florida Parishes, I quickly discovered a new species of bird to hunt — the eastern wild turkey.
A 59-year-old Chatham man was cited for turkey violations after agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries conducting surveillance allegedly watched him hunt over a baited area.
The smoky haze billowing from the Atchafalaya River’s surface was the only motion on an otherwise still morning in early April.
No waves or rogue currents. No wind to nudge the trees and strands of Spanish moss from their branches.
Louisiana’s spring gobbler season began on March 25 in all three areas, and the youth and physically challenged hunt weekend was March 18-19.
Hunting in Area A will extend to April 23. Area B will wrap up on April 16 and Area C on April 9.
Years ago, my dad took me on a trip to look for hunting land in the mountains of West Virginia, and on one piece of property, the landowner pulled out an old cigar box to convince us how good the hunting was on the property.