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I don't know how they do it, but gobblers across the land have some mysterious way of communicating their behavior plans. And there must be stiff penalties for deviating from the plan. I have talked with hunters from South Carolina to Arkansas and a pot full of locals and the news is the same – the birds are not gobbling normally. What gobbles we get are few and listless and if they gobble one day they are quiet as church mice the next. And they rarely gobble until sunrise and a gobble after 7:30 a.m. is headline news.
Crappie Time on the Big O
“I’m heading to the lake in the morning if you want to go,” advised Ken Murphy. It didn’t take but a minute to jump at the invite and take a bit of a break from knee rehab and low impact turkey hunting. “I was really catching the bass and caught a few crappie before I quit for the day,” he said. “I think we can get on them tomorrow and catch a bunch if you want to try them.”
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A Life Lived to Full Measure
Editor's Note: Readers will recall stories on this page about hunts and the people of Northwest Colorado. Here is a late report from there.
Wanda Alma Ramsey was born in southwestern Wyoming when Calvin Coolidge was president and before the years of the Great Depression. Before she was 20, a rugged cowboy from the infamous Brown's Hole in nearby northwest Colorado proposed marriage and they wed the year World War II ended and Wanda was 19. Boyd Walker, her new husband, wanted her to live in Brown's Hole and work cattle with him and the cowgirl life was to be her entire future on earth.
Barham’s Passion: ‘Spring Beckonings’
“Spring Beckonings: Gobblers call and we must go.” And so goes Otha Barham and his passionate pursuit of the wary wild gobblers as chronicled in his first turkey book. If you know anything about Otha Barham then you know about his passion for hunting and harvesting the wild turkey. For a couple months each year he is stricken with the turkey fever of which there is no cure, except for getting up hours before dawn and traversing half way around the country in search of a gobbler.
Treasured Outdoor Times
For thousands of years, a segment of our human kind have been awestruck by the sights, sounds and smells of the outdoor environment. I am one of those lucky ones. Other living creatures are all part of this splendor, but Homo sapiens alone can feel deep reverence and appreciation for its incredible beauty and find meaning in nature beyond the physical human life.
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