Brooding for Bear And Talkin’ Turkey
April is just around the bend and thoughts have been burning toward Spring Hunts these days… and all the hunting magazines help fan the flame with big Toms and Bruins gracing their covers. As I poured over the latest tips and techniques in the Outdoor Life I realized I’d better get my equipment out and go over the things I felt needed tweaked or fixed from last year. So often I get all my archery tackle ready but forget about the decoys and hunting blinds, and find myself fighting some defects that have occurred from the last time they were used.
I’m still trying to figure out a good system for the windows on the blind. Velcro really drives me crazy! No matter how hard you try to quietly RRRIIIPPPP velcro, it is what it is!
I have never trusted the shoot through screens so we usually have to do some adjusting to the windows and the noise this creates makes me more than cringe. I’m thinking this might be the year to be more trusting and try shooting through the screens. I would love to hear from anyone who has had experience with shooting through the “shoot through” screens on their hunting blind…
My dad’s 2013 Turkey
Last year was the first year I tried hunting with decoys I had doctored up with the wing and tail feathers from turkey shot the previous year. I feel it did make the decoys more effective, but there were problems with the method I used to attach the wings and tail, so I’m thinking these will need some overhauling also… again if anyone has a neat trick for attaching wing and tail feathers let me know!
My regrets over last spring bear season were that I never got out once for a hunt, and really would like to remedy that this Spring. I usually put in for a draw unit and if I don’t draw the tag, I don’t go bear hunting… but this past elk hunting season I saw more bear than I’ve ever seen in previous years, and during my spring turkey hunt I had a mama bear with one little cub come within 30 yards of my blind… this got me pumped up to get a bear tag this spring. This year I think I’ll just hunt a general bear unit.
Mama bear swam across the river leaving baby on my side bawling! Mama and baby carried on for 40 minutes before baby finally crossed the river to mama!… very nerve racking as all I had was a flimsy blind and a bow if mama decided I was a threat…
Mama and two cubs we saw while elk hunting in September
Our son Todd had a great spot and stalk hunt last year in a general bear unit, taking a awesome boar that was much bigger than your typical Idaho black bear
Bring on the Spring hunts!… and good luck to y’all in the 2014 hunting season!