I love the various opening days of the fall hunting seasons and try never to miss them in Virginia and West Virginia. So it was with great anticipation that I headed out this morning to pursue turkeys in Franklin County. Indeed, I went to the same farm where I have killed turkeys on four of the last five openers.
Today, however, I never saw or heard a turkey respond to my calls. I arrived early, hoping to scatter birds off the roost, then proceeded to wend my way through woodlot after woodlot, field after field, and every other form of habitat I came across - and failed to locate a flock.
I then drove to two Botetourt County farms where I have permission to hunt and struck out there, too. We have had a tremendous acorn crop and the turkeys apparently are not traveling very much because food is so easy to find. Still, I should have come across something. Perhaps the hatch was not a good one this fall. Or maybe my game plan for the day was flawed.