Backyard Turkey’s

I’ve been trying to come up with an idea for a blog, and I’ll be darned if the idea didn’t walk right into my backyard.

A flock of 12 or so turkeys were working their way down a row of planted pines, heading straight for my backyard.  I quickly grabbed my camera, opened my sliding door, and started snapping pictures.  A turkeys eye sight is phenomenal, and I think they spotted me, as they turned back toward the woods.

I ran and got my turkey box call, and snuck behind the lattice work of our back porch.  A few calls later I captured this “Jake” strutting his stuff.  There were three or four Jake’s in this group, but no “long-beards.”  We’ve lived here 18 years, and that’s the first time I have ever seen turkeys so close to the house.

Turkey season opens next week and it looks like the birds are ready to cooperate.  Those with first season hunts should do real well this year.  I have a third period hunt, and I’m hoping the birds aren’t to spooked by then.

My son and his fiancee also got to see the turkeys, and it was a good experience for them.  Always nice to have nature walk through your backyard, especially when your trying to come up with a subject for a blog.  My heartfelt thank you to a bunch of turkeys that don’t even realize that they are now famous.

Mike

One Response to “Backyard Turkey’s”

  1. Arthur says:

    Pretty cool, Mike. I actually saw a whole flock walk right through the city limits of Mason a few years ago. It was crazy.

    I’ll be chasing after them in the late season. I definitely hope they’re not too spooked by then.