These are a couple more photos of turkeys from our New Mexico hunt (see more below). We were allowed two turkeys apiece during the 3-day season. We had a blast.
The 2015 turkey season is winding down. Make the most of your last opportunities. Be safe.
We just got back from Mescalero, New Mexico and had an awesome turkey hunt. Six of us went and we all got two turkeys, which is the limit. We were hunting on an Apache Indian Reservation and there is only a three day season. We were fortunate enough to hunt all three days.
It’s in the mountains and is really beautiful, but the air is pretty thin so it was hard on us old men. It was at a 7,000 foot altitude. We did our best to call them down to us, but sometimes we had to go up to them. They were still henned up and hard to call away for the most part, but we stayed with it and finally called enough away for some good hunting.
The last evening we worked a group of eight big gobblers with about 20 hens for two hours. Hunter was trying to fill his last tag. It didn’t look good, but then with about 15 minutes left before we had to leave, one broke away and he got him. It made a good end to a great hunt.
One of the best things up there was the weather — it was 36 at daylight and only got up into the high 50’s and low 60’s during the day.
That was a pleasant break from the muggy conditions around here where the mosquitoes will just about pick you up and throw you out of the woods!
We got the following information from John Hanks, Private Land Biologist Supervisor for the North Mississippi Alluvial Valley area with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. It gives an overview summary of what’s been going on in our area of north Louisiana from field reports:
“The first weeks of the season were fair to good. Last week the reports were not as good but, we did have some bad weather days. Mornings that are hot and muggy even if there is no wind are usually not good gobbling mornings. Hens should be starting to nest this week. That should have gobblers responding more to calls. However, the weather man has rain predicted for the next several days and we will just have to see if he is right or not.”
Things are getting right for taking gobblers when the weather cooperates. One thing’s for sure: You gotta go to get one. Be safe out there.
Turkey seasons are in the stretch run now in Louisiana and neighboring states.
Turkey hunters have reported pretty good success so far after a slow start. Mississippi hunters got off to a slow start because of cold weather, but the turkeys are gobbling and getting away from the hens a bit now. We have heard of lots of good hunts over there.
As I mentioned earlier, Texas has had some excellent turkey hunting, which is not anything unusual. There are also lots of good birds being taken in Louisiana as well. Rising waters are flooding thousands of acres of bottomland and affecting turkey movements in some areas. Turkey season in Area C closes Sunday, but Area A is open through April 26 and Area B through April 19. Those are the two largest hours in the state. Always check regulations in the official pamphlet before going!
From now to the end of April is the time to get after them. The hens are on the nests a bit and the gobblers should be easier to kill. You won’t know unless you try.
And whatever you do, be safe out there.
We spent a little time out in Sonoma, Texas last week and had some really good hunts. Five of us went and in three days, we killed 14 longbeards. The limit in Texas is four apiece.
The turkeys were henned up a little bit, but conditions were right and we were able to call up the turkeys. I got two and was able to call up 10 more that were either killed or shot at. It’s not as much fun to call them up for somebody else, but it’s close. I have been fortunate enough to have hunted and called for a long time, so I enjoy helping other hunters get their birds.
Hunter and I will probably go back on one more trip before the season ends. He didn’t get to go this time and he loves it as much as I do.
One of my friends brought along his son and I was able to call up a turkey for him. That gobbler strutted and gobbled across a 100 yard field and came right within 20 steps of us. He got so excited he shot two feet over the turkeys head! It was so funny, but he was not happy. We were able to call up another one later and he got him!