September 21, 2020

Sunday Reads

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Today I am attempting a new format that I hope will make your Sunday reading a bit more enticing and will help you better understand what the stories are about. Sometimes the titles don’t say enough. Let me know how you like this format.

Wild About Wild Turkeys by Chris Niskanen – St. Paul Pioneer Press

Thirty-five years ago, few Minnesotans knew the thrill of a wild-turkey gobble.

In 1971, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources made its first successful transplant of wild turkeys from Missouri. Today, hunters are going nutty for the birds. Nearly 32,000 hunters will chase wild turkeys in Minnesota this fall, and each hunter has his or own tale about falling in love with turkey hunting.

Some are novices; some are pros. All say their sport borders on obsession.

Here are some of their stories.

Pittman: Best Turkey Hunting Yet to Come by David Rainer – Mobile Register

Pittman and I have been brothers in the turkey woods for a long time. How long? Let’s just say I’ve heard him yelp a time or two.

And he still offers one of the best seminars around. One reason is he looks so much like a dadgum turkey.

There Are More Moose On The Loose in Vermont by Dennis Jensen – Rutland Herald

With an ever-growing population of moose, especially in the Northeast Kingdom, biologists with the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department are recommending 1,115 hunting permits be issued this year, 70 more than were allocated in 2005.

It is the largest number of permits issued since the department held its first hunt in 1993. That year, just 30 permits were issued to hunters.

Into The Wild With Ted Nugent, The Oprah of Hunting by Finn-Olaf Jones – Chicago Tribune

The fox prowled the edge of a line of trees, seeking a wild turkey or some other snack before sunset. Then the hunter became the hunted.

A military green Polaris ATV jerked to a sudden stop on the other side of the field. In one swift motion the driver reached behind the front seats, swung out a Browning bolt-action rifle and peered through the scope. At 275 yards it was literally a long shot. But this, after all, was the same man who in 1970 advised Jimi Hendrix to stop doing drugs.

Tom Remington

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