The upcoming 2005 Spring Turkey hunting season is right around the corner and Missouri has one of the largest turkey populations in the country. In Missouri April 9-10 is Youth Season and April 18 thru May 8 is regular season. Those who live in Kansas City midtown can get there permits in the convenient location of the Discovery Center Urban Conservation Campus, 4750 Troost Kansas City , Missouri 64110.
In Kansas, the season starts for the youth and disabled, April 8-10 and regular April 13 thru May 31, 2005. As I get my self prepared for this new season, I start to reminisce about one of my favorite past spring turkey hunts which took place a couple of years ago. My crew and I were invited to a private hunting ranch located near by and I was given the opportunity to come and harvest the turkey of my choice.
I sat and talked to the owner and he explained to me that he had a nice variety of turkeys on his ranch known as Eastern and a couple of Rios. These birds have a very distinct appearance. We first picked out our spot were he had sighted a couple of hens. This is the place where we decided to set out a few turkey decoys. I next started calling with my turkey call, which has the sound of a turkey in heat to draw out the males. The morning was a little slow but we continued to sit and hear a few gobbled back we even saw a couple of deer frolicking around.
It wasn’t long before we noticed a group of hens, so we started calling to them and they were responded back. Nearby there was a tom strutting around the field chasing the hens, but the hens played the young jake off. He was just a young bird feeling his oats, but it wasn’t long before the big toms came strutting in. It stared out being only a couple of hens and now there were about 9 turkeys in front of us feeding. These birds were still 65 yards away, but we were very excited to see that many. Soon we saw a particular hen coming our way and following her was this huge Tom with a unique golden sheen. That woman was about to get him in big trouble because this was the Tom I wanted to harvest. As they came in closer towards us I got myself prepared and that was all she wrote. When I brought him back in, I could see he was a cross between an Eastern and a Rio, a hybrid bird of some sort. We got back and the rancher was very proud and so was I. This tom was all golden and weight almost 25 lbs a trophy in anyone’s books that’s the way we do it, Urban American Style!