Last week, I wrote about my river smallmouth fishing goals for the year. This week, my mind has turned to what I would like to accomplish this spring in the turkey woods.
1. Call in a gobbler for my son Mark. I have taken Mark turkey hunting a number of times, but I have rarely put him in a position to kill a bird. This year I want to.
2. Learn how to use a wingbone call. I have gone turkey hunting every spring for the past 10 years-plus with my mentor Larry Proffitt of Elizabethton, Tennessee. With his trumpet calls, Larry has called in a number of birds for me. I've witnessed first hand how effective this call can be.
3. Learn how to make better and more consistent gobbler yelps. I can do this in a satisfactory manner with many slate pot and pegs. But I need to be more consistent with my efforts. And I also need to learn how to make this sound with something other than a slate.
4. Learn how to more effectively use a pileated woodpecker call. This is an offbeat locator call that has more potential than many people realize. On several occasions, I have had hens respond to this call but never a gobbler.
5. Learn how to make better purrs with a box call. Mine are just too loud. It's strange that I can make much better purrs with a diaphragm than a box.
Month after next, I hope to be hunting in Tennessee for that state's opening day. I can hardly wait.