It’s been a great 2022 turkey hunting season

May 31st was the last day of the 2022 spring turkey season. Each year becomes more production for me as work and weather permit.

Turkey hunting as much as you can comes at a cost if you miss out on the excellent spring fishing and mushroom picking, but if you’re lucky you can try mixing up all the best spring activities for a weekend. end or at least over the weeks.

I am blessed in so many ways with spring turkey hunting. I am fortunate to have permission on a number of properties in various locations across the state. Over time, I learned the hard way to take a diverse approach. That doesn’t mean I want to rule over multiple properties; it is rather the opposite that I hope other landowners give permission to others so that many people have the chance to hunt.

I have two daughters, the second of whom is likely to be ready for her first hunt in 2023. Children in Minnesota can hunt all spring season at all times, which means that if you go with them, you will spend a lot of time. the season in the woods and the edges of the fields, marveling at the experience and pursuit of the hunt as an accomplice as much as a hunter.

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I’m especially lucky to have some great turkey hunting friends. They share hunting tips with me and become a regular part of my Bluetooth truck rides to work, breaking down hunts, bird activity and all the good and bad things we did on our spring hunts. .

Honestly, the spring turkey hunt has become an all-consuming activity. Landowners are contacted well before the season, blinds go down, plans are drawn, trail cameras go up, work schedules are navigated, and much sleep is lost for late nights, forcing birds to sleep on perches to rise early and crawl below under cover of darkness.

The 49-day season begins with sub-freezing mornings and barely a leaf in the woods and ends with tall growth of vegetation and shrubs, thick tree foliage, and mosquitoes and ticks crawling everywhere. The decisions to be made are the hunters alone and there are many ways to go about each hunt. You never know where the day will take you. Some boring mornings turn exciting in the blink of an eye! Some exciting hunts die down just as quickly.

Every hunt is a game of chess; If each set of decisions made is the correct one in the correct order, you can find and lure or intercept a Spring Tom Turkey. Make a mistake, and you’ll have nothing to show for your time but another lesson and the unequaled but countless experiences that serve to teach hunters the ways of the woods.

I probably remember missed opportunities as fondly as successful hunts because the teachings prevented similar failures, or reinforced a lesson if you were unlucky enough to make the same mistake twice. 316 days must still pass before the spring season comes again, which gives the hunter plenty of time to practice shouting, discover new properties, enjoy the taste of hunting with meat of drumstick thigh or brisket pieces, and reminisce about those mornings with thundering gulps and serenaded strutters.

— That’s the opinion of outdoor columnist Scott Mackenthun, an outdoor enthusiast who has been writing about hunting and fishing since 2005. You can follow him on Instagram @scottmackenthun and on Twitter @ScottyMack31.

Sharon P. Juarez