You have to admire the little wild canines. In spite of being shot, trapped and poisoned, there are more of them than ever.
My first real experience with coyotes came on an archery hunt to Colorado back in the seventies. Packs of coyotes were running deer twenty-four hours a day. Their yipping and howling became so constant that we began to tune them out.
In the last issue of Turkey Tracks we reported on the recent Department of Natural Resources decision to dispose of surplus state owned property that “does not meet their mission”. Their bureaucracy has established “project boundaries”. Any property outside of these so called boundaries are fair game to be disposed of. We have objected to their disposal of many parcels.
I am going to take editorial privilege in writing the following article. One very ruffled feather deserves another. This really doesn’t have to do with Wild Turkeys but it has a lot to do with the natural resources that we leave for following generations.
The fall was cooler and wetter than normal, but extreme cold and snow has held off except for a short stint in early December, which helped an excellent, but still late crop of poults in Area J put some fat on those skinny little bones to help them make it through the winter.
Several years ago we were the only conservation organization to appeal the set aside of 173,000 acres of Old Growth forest on the nearly 1 million acre Huron-Manistee National Forest, that was projected to double in size by 2035. Our appeal was rejected (of course) by the Forest Service, with the Sierra Club and The Nature Conservency opposing us. For us the appeal was mandatory because of the adverse effect it will have on many wildlife species found on the forests.
Chapter founder and long time president, Robby Robbins was recently honored by our chapter. A plaque and a blanket were given to him, honoring him for his many years of dedication both to our Wild Turkeys and to our chapter. The blanket was handmade by Mary May. Sewed on were the series of MWTHA patches.