Turkey hunters enjoy success

Buck Taylor

BALDWIN — Turkey hunting season ended recently with basically favorable results reported by participants.

This includes Big Rapids’ Buck Taylor, who said he bagged his turkey locally the first day of the second season on April 30.

The turkey weighed 24 pounds with a 9 1/2-inch beard. It was hanging around with another turkey.

“I worked it,” Taylor said. “I knew where they were.”

Taylor has been hunting turkeys 26 years.

He’s also an avid deer hunter and indicated deer survived winter weather just fine.

Bill Walker of Canadian Lakes said he didn’t have success turkey hunting.

Reed City’s Jim Maturen, president of the Pere Marquette chapter of the Michigan Wild Turkey Hunters Federation, said he had success during the third season in May, but it wasn’t easy.

“After the first week of April, I started scouting,” he said. “I love to be out there right after daylight. My son had the first season so I went out there with him. I scouted the second season. I had the third season and I hunted 20 days before I finally got a gobbler (on May 29). I was out there for an awful long time.

“I’ve got a lot of places where I have permission to hunt. There are farms that traditionally have turkeys and there aren’t none. I’m having a hard time, not that we’re completely out of turkeys but where I’m at in Osceola, Lake and Wexford counties, I think the population is way down.”

As far as Maturen is concerned, “we’re not out of turkeys, but we certainly don’t have the numbers, at least that I’m finding.”

 

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Posted by John Raffel

John is a sports reporter with the Pioneer as well as the Herald Review and The Lake County Star. He also coordinates the weekly Pioneer sports outdoors page. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at jraffel@pioneergroup.com.

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