All of Area J saw more than 2 feet of snow on the level for more than five months last winter, accompanied by weeks of temperatures that never rose above 10 degrees, with more than a few nights of 25 below.
For many years I can be found in the woods before first light during April and May. I just love to witness the sight and sounds as darkness fades to first light. Each morning I walk at least one half to one mile. By the end of May, for an old guy, I am in pretty good shape.
A very sincere THANK YOU to our members who once again were responsible for another very successful Wild Turkey Hunters Rendezvous this past March. It take a cooperative effort by all involved. Another THANK YOU for those of you who attended and contributed to our organization.
How do you measure success in the turkey woods of Michigan? For some; it’s the view down the top of the 12 gauge locked on to the brilliant red head of a Boss Gobbler at 25 yards. Others, just as happy to put a tender young Tom on the table.
This past winter (2013-2014) was one of the most severe in many years. Temperatures remained below freezing for several months, with deep snow depth and high winds. It was truly a very brutal winter especially on those species of wildlife that did not migrate or hibernate.
Several MWTHA chapters were purchasing and distributing shelled corn to thousands of Wild Turkeys. We did our best to get the word out that there was support available for turkey flocks, realizing at the same time that any turkeys that could not find a food source would not survive.
EDITORS NOTE: The following article was written by John Gunnell of Rockford and has been recently published in The North Woods Call. The letter was sent to those people listed in the article. It is appearing in Michigan Turkey Tracks with his permission.
Reading about the observing the results of ethical work being done by thousands of Michigan outdoor users outside the DNR is heartening. Unfortunately well intentioned efforts from within today’s department are compromised before the fact due to its tainted reputation of condoning laws and practices that cast suspicion on even rudimentary matters.