Wood County turkey hunt


This past March and early April seasons that I have ever witnessed for reliably patterning turkey movements.

days speed-walking forests and northern Juneau County and regularly came to the same conclusion: - lar turkey activity.

Two days before Wisconsin’s Youth Turkey Hunt, I was driving that recently had manure spread on it. I stopped and asked the landowner for permission to bring two kids hunting and was given the green light.

Friday, April 5

High 38, Low 26

Jeffrey Van Meter is in the sixth grade at Necedah Middle School and has been a classmate of my daughter, Selina’s, since kindergarten. This past winter I hunted with Jeffrey in KAMO’s annual “Joe” deer hunt and he shot two deer with one shot and won a brand new 243 as well.

Today, Jeffrey, Selina and myself would be putting a blind had discovered the day before.

There were 43 turkeys scratching snow and eating whatever the heck turkeys eat when manure has that it is undigested corn).

The kids and I had an important revelation this afternoon when we tried putting out our stakes for the turkey decoys that we would be using the following morning. The ground was frozen. Jeffrey had an idea that we could use rocks instead of stakes and so that is what we did.

one heck of an incentive to get out of bed at 4:00 the next morning.

Saturday, April 6

High 37, Low 29

Guess what? It snowed again last night and today it was windy, damp, and cold! First, after the 35-mile drive from my house, the trek to the blind and placing the decoys, we just sat down and their roosts, and landed literally 10 yards out of shotgun range.

It was really cool to watch these birds. It was obvious that they had just woke up and for a full 10 minutes every one of them stood right where it had landed.

the 41 hens and two huge toms had no desire for our decoys when they began feeding away from our setup.

Next, I get a text that fellow - doors) member Brian Osbourne, who was guiding his daughter, McKayla, and longtime KAMO Kid, Jamie Bistodeau, was done and both girls had just shot their toms.

Folks, this was a big day for the three of us! We spent 13 hours in the blind. Most of the day there times bearded hens and single jakes came darn near in range.

Selina and Jeffrey used food, books, close calls with turkey, hot cocoa and a lot of joking around as ways to pass the day away. Close to dark we headed back to the truck and I spotted an old set of bear tracks in the snow. A short distance later we came across tracks made by a black bear that very same day.

Sunday, April 7

High 44, Low 31

Today, it was just Selina and myself, and I am proud to say we have a blast hunting together. On Friday night she told me that she didn’t care if she got her turkey this weekend because then she could hunt the regular season.

If you have followed this 12-year-old in this column the last two years, you are aware that while hunting, if it can go wrong, it will.

Today we upped her weekend total to 19 hours in the blind. Our mood was excellent, we laugh, eat, read and for the most part, watch for turkey.

Late this morning, Selina’s tom was coming into range. As usual, she was super cool and when I asked her if she was nervous, she said no as she held up the 12-gauge just seconds away from pulling the trigger.

Just like that, the gobbler and the hens he was with looked up, spotted a free-roaming springer spaniel, and ran into the woods. On April 17, we will try again!


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