Monthly Archives: April 2020

Pushing the envelope on “the streak”

Well, Jeff has still not killed a turkey. The season is about to close in Louisiana and I’ve been trying a little close to home here in Morehouse, but I haven’t had any luck. I had one that answered me 10-15 times the other morning, but he had so many hens with him he wouldn’t leave them.

I got him up about 75-80 yards away, but never got my eyes on him. Some folks are killing some good ones in Morehouse and Union and up in south Arkansas. We are starting to get more birds back, but the season is just so screwy this year. I may try to go again this week, or I may have to put my hopes on going back to Texas. We had several good trips cancelled because of the virus and so it’s been a tough year hunting wise.

I am going to do everything I can to keep the streak alive. I’ve gotten at least one gobbler every year for 45 years.

If they continue to open up Texas, weve got three more weeks out there and I feel good about scratching one up. The hens should be on the nest out there soon and leave the gobblers, so it looks like that may be my best shot.

I want to remind folks that we are open at Simmons. We’ve been open and folks are practicing social distancing. It’s important to look out for each other but you can come in and shop. We are an essential business. We’ve been open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., but we are going to add an hour and start opening at 9 a.m. this coming Friday.

Stay safe out there. If there is something we can help you with, let us know.

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Jeff’s early season turkey update

Here’s a problem you don’t hear about very often. We went over to Texas to turkey hunt a few days before they closed the border and they’ve had a great hatch of turkeys over there two years in a row. There were literally jakes everywhere. I bet I called up 250 jakes while we were there, acting a fool and strutting around. But we don’t shoot jakes.

In the meantime, the old gobblers were locked up with anywhere from a dozen to 30 hens and they last thing they wanted to do was respond to a turkey call. So after three days, we saw the writing on the wall and came home. I hate to admit it, but for the first time in 45 days, I’ve gone this long without shooting a turkey.  I can’t believe there were so many turkeys and that was a problem, not a good thing.

The good news is  that bodes really well for the next few years.

Here locally, we’ve had a lot of people having success in Morehouse and Union parishes.I’m not that worried about my streak ending. In fact, I’m going here in the morning and I’ll get you a report from that hunt. There are a lot of good turkey spots underwater with all the backwater from the river and Bayou Bartholomew, but folks are killing some birds. They are killing some up in south Arkansas, too, so it’s been a pretty good start to the season.

I want to remind folks that the store is open and so come on in and get what you need. Practice social distancing and respect yourself and others. It’s the right thing to do. And if you need something by mail, we can ship to you as well. Thanks for your business.

Here are a few of the area turkeys that we’ve seen so far this season from other hunters:

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Social distancing; turkey attracting

Louisiana’s turkey season opens statewide Saturday, April 4 in all parishes open for turkey. You can see a map of the various areas and dates on a map in a previous Turkey Report here. Because of the turmoil going on in the world and the concern over the spreading COVID Virus, turkey hunting won’t be the same this year. People have a lot on their minds.  Turkey hunting 2020 will definitely be different. But turkey hunting is one good way to socially distance yourself in the woods away from people if you can travel safely to and from the woods. If you go, just make sure you take precautions and don’t put yourself or other hunters in harm’s way by taking any chances of spreading the virus.

And while you are working to distance yourself socially, you’ll obviously be wanting to attract the turkeys just a little bit closer for a good shot. Make sure you have all your gear in top shape for the hunt. If you have been planning out of state hunts, make sure you check on any restrictions that may apply because of the current situation.

But if you go, be safe and good luck. And we’ll do our best to keep you up to date on any developments here on the annual Simmons’ Sporting Goods Turkey report. Stay tuned.

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