Trout stay in streams; turkey on the way | Sports

The weekend weather was not ideal for trout fishing.

Reduced pressure should result in more trout remaining in approved waters. With existing trout from initial stocking and in-season stocking, there should be little difficulty in finding ready-to-bite trout. As air and water temperatures increase, fishing should improve and become more enjoyable.

In addition to the approved trout waters, a number of other lakes, ponds and rivers may offer good angling at this time of year. The majority of private sports clubs have a fishing pond that can provide an option for members while limiting competition. These same clubs often hold a youth fishing day, where fish are stocked and prizes are offered to participants. It is often necessary to register in advance for such an event. It is important to support local organizations as they in turn provide opportunities for the community. Turkeys begin to separate from their winter flocks and as they disperse the risk of being hit on the road increases. It always saddens me to see road casualties in the spring, as this breeding stock had managed to survive the winter, only to be killed by a vehicle. Slowing down while driving helps with gas mileage, reduces the risk of injury and helps the motorist avoid hitting wildlife.

As the mornings get warmer, listening to turkeys at sunrise can help a hunter locate gobblers for the upcoming season. Depending on atmospheric conditions, not all mornings are the same for vocalizing, and it may take a few outings before you hear a gurgle. Once the turkeys are located, one can begin to devise a plan of attack and, if necessary, obtain permission to hunt private property.

The Youth Turkey Hunt is Friday, and Guiding participants should plan their day now. Getting young people to shoot shotguns should be done like baseball or other sports. Safe firearms handling and target acquisition are best learned at a young age. Shooting from hunting scenarios is better than shooting from a bench range, although accuracy may not be as good. Using targets of a turkey silhouette allows the performance of shotgun cartridges and the choke pattern to be examined. Practicing with economical low-brass cartridges reduces recoil and allows the young shooter to become confident in the shotgun. With the adrenaline of the hunt, the recoil of a magnum turkey load will hardly be noticed in smaller shooters.

Practicing holding the weapon in the firing position will develop muscle memory and allow the hunter to remain steady for longer periods of time. An adjustable shooting stick can be used to stabilize the shot but is not ideal when repositioning quickly on an incoming tom.

Jakes and gobblers are legal for spring hunters, and keep in mind that a bird in the hand is better than one in the bush. Wild turkey is an excellent table meal, and a hunter should have a sharp knife and a clean cutting board before hunting. Carving and cooling the turkey quickly is important for the wild game to taste delicious. Hunters who wish to acquire the second spring gobbler tag should purchase it as soon as it must be done before the season opens. With a month-long season, having the ability to harvest two toms allows for more time in the field. Exploring fields and forests in spring is an exciting adventure. Limiting yourself to a beacon can result in the loss of days away if successful early in the season.

Those who fill out their tags should consider taking another hunter under their wings to introduce them to the turkey forests. Over the years I have introduced a number of hunters to turkey hunting and cherish the memories of their first turkey almost as much as I do my own.

Sharon P. Juarez