With all the attention today being placed on earth friendly activities and greener products some might forget that hunting is about as green as you can get. Some might consider free range poultry as the ultimate in organic eating, while others may look upon hunting as the only alternative to the grain fed and antibiotic laden products found in meat markets and grocery stores alike.
Hunting not only offers a better, less toxic, higher quality commodity to be placed upon your table for the family to enjoy, it also offers the bonding that happens when family participates in the experience.
With the holidays and hunting season going hand in hand, it is natural to consider placing a turkey on the table that was personally harvested by someone in the family. The pride that accompanies the personal satisfaction of tracking down and successfully bagging the elusive turkey only adds to the pleasure and excitement of the day.
Locating a turkey can take some expertise to do. You just can not walk through a field or through the woods and find a turkey. The best thing to do when considering taking a turkey home for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner is to take the time to track a flock down long in advance so that when the time comes to harvest a bird you will know where to look.
Finding where turkey’s roost means that you will need to begin your search during early morning or early evening hours. Turkeys like to roost in trees high enough off the ground so that any marauding carnivores cannot reach them. They begin their night flight to safety as the sun is beginning to go lower in the sky, and stay until the sun begins its ascent in the morning. This is the time of day when they can be the easiest to spot since they are not hidden by high grass and weeds.
When you have located their roosting area you will then need to locate their usual route for beginning their day. Walking around the area and watching for droppings as well as the paths that lead in and out of the location will give you an idea of where to start.
Since turkeys are very wary birds it would be wise, if the time permits, to spend some time just observing their activities long enough to give you an idea which direction they might be most likely to take. Of course, all of this should be done prior to the day that you will actually be bagging your bird.
Positioning yourself at a distance of about 85 to 90 feet, and in a hidden spot so as not to rouse suspicion when the turkeys begin to stir and exit or enter their roosting area, you will need to remain as quiet as possible. Do not forget that turkeys are wary and will spook easily, and once they know that you are there it is unlikely that you will get a chance to take your best shot.
As you observe the turkeys, you will notice that they will begin their morning rituals of ruffling their feathers much like we will comb our hair to make us ready for the day. They will also gather together in their designated groups to begin foraging for any tasty tidbits that get their attention.
Once you have spotted the perfect turkey your next step would be to level your gun take aim and fire.
A hunting trip together with family offers the seasoned hunter the opportunity to educate the younger generation on the finer points of nature. The newer members of the hunting party will have the benefit of having their awareness of nature heightened and begin their journey of appreciation that will be sure to emerge.
It has been shown many times that hunting wild game is not only beneficial to wild life itself but it benefits the land owner as well. A good hunter will first cull the not so desirable members of a herd or flock as a method of reducing the effects of inbreeding that causes many health disorders in wild life. The land owner benefits by a suitable reduction of older wildlife that insures a healthier future for this crop.