Springtime hunting and fishing

By Roger Williams

When I load my gear for my first spring gobbler hunt of the year, I plan to take a fishing rod or two along.

After listening for the loud reverberations of a robust gobbler talking to his hens at daylight, I will slip through the underbrush and attempt to ambush him when he flys down.

My decoy and calling location will be situated so that he will be curious enough to come see if the yelping hen is a willing companion.

If I am lucky, he will come in strutting and less alert than normal. I might see his blue-red head bobbing along as he approaches. Sticking his long neck out and gobbling as he nears, he may offer a target for my shotgun.

Since I can only hunt until noon, I wll be on the way back home early, unless I stop by the trout stream or river.

Trout stocking has begun, and I will probably wet my line in a nearby trout stream or stocked pond. If I can catch my limit within a reasonable amount of time, I will then go to the river.

Stripers, hybrids and walleyes should fill the New River, bank-to-bank, at this time of year.

If the weather cooperates, I will toss a few lures into the water from the riverbank below the rapids in Delton before heading back to Dublin.

There are so many activities, just around the corner, for the outdoor enthusiasts, it will be hard to decide which sport to choose.

I prefer to leave my options open by taking nearly all the gear I own with me when I go.

I hope you have a great spring.

 

Roger Williams can be emailed at raltonwilliams@comcast.net.

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