This past Saturday morning a buddy of mine picked me up and we went scouting for turkeys on public Game Management Land. When he picked me up he said that he suggested I bring one of my pistols – which I responded by simply lifting my sweatshirt and showed him my holstered XD. I asked him if there was a particular reason why – and he replied that there are “A LOT of hogs in the area.”
Once we arrived to our destination we entered the woods in total darkness and spent the next 4 hours hiking down different paths as well as venturing off into the thick stuff every-so-often.
Being out in nature is not something that I am able to do often enough. I absolutely love it and really helps in reducing stress and putting things in life in perspective. When you take the tie to take a look around at what God has provided us – it is absolutely beautiful.
I was pretty impressed as their was little evidence of man besides the logging road we walked down. Like many of you already know – hunters tend to love the land they hunt and take care of it.
My buddy blew his calls several times hoping to hear some gobblers. Nothing was heard. Most likely the males and females are still moving together. Once they separate – then the gobbling will begin. The forest was certainly not quite though. Birds were chirping up a storm and I could hear a rooster from a nearby farm.
Tracks were everywhere. As you can see from the picture above – turkeys were present – just not heard. These tracks were VERY fresh and we probably just missed seeing. Very close by was also a set of what is likely coyote tracks. Deer and coyote tracks were everywhere.
Like is most areas of the country – deer hunting is HUGE in Southeast. I have never seen so many tracks in all my life. We recently had a long torrential downpour – so all tracks were made within the past couple days.
Evidence of wild pig presence can be seen in the picture above. These animals are a serious threat to many farms from South Carolina to Texas and beyond. They populate at an unbelievable rate – and can be dangerous. Those tusks are no joke.
My buddy offered to take me back out on a hunting trip in a few weeks and I am seriously thinking about it. Could use some turkey in my freezer.