Gobble Gobble Boom!
March 12, 2015
I haven’t seen a turkey on my place since I smacked that tom back in November (or December… I can’t remember). That’s pretty much normal… or at least it’s normal over the three years and change since I bought this place.
They show up around October, hang out until December or January, and then they disappear.
It always starts the same way. The sun comes out after a period of grey, cold, rainy days. The grass greens up. And way off in the distance, I’ll hear them, shock gobbling when my neighbor’s goats or peacocks sound off.
Every day or two, the gobbling gets a little closer.
Then, some morning right around the opener, I’ll hear cutts, yelps, and purrs.
I’ll race to the window, open now to enjoy the spring breezes, but I won’t hear it again until I give up and go back to what I was doing. Then I hear it again.
And, finally, maybe a day or so on either side of the opener, a big tom will be strutting in my barn pasture.
This will be my last turkey season at Hillside Manor. I plan to make it count.