If you haven't noticed, it appears Spring is with us. Here in North Georgia we're already feeling the effects of fresh spring pollen. Those of us who love the out-of-doors know that spring brings a whole new opportunity to enjoy one or more of our greatest pastimes. Whether fishing, hunting, camping, or hiking, spring is the breath of fresh air we all look forward to after long winter nights.
Personally, I'm looking forward to this year's turkey season. Seems it's just around the corner and time to get out the gear to make sure everything is working properly. Here is my list of to do's to prepare for the season;
1. Check all my calls to make sure they are in good condition. Make sure I have all the necessities to keep my calls in great working order; chalk, fine grit sandpaper, lighter, and unscented oil.
2. I'll get out the shotgun, re-clean the barrel and action, check the sights and my ammo supply. Never hurts to get out and send a couple shots down range to ensure you remember how your gun patterns.
3. Pull out the camo and make sure everything fits; check that I have the appropriate gloves and head nets, and that my boots are still waterproof and not cracked.
4. Check to make sure I can find all the necessary gear to re-stock my vest; load the flashlight with fresh batteries, and get out the pruning shears, brush saw and the ever important bug spray.
5. Find my turkey seat, portable blind and check my decoys to make sure I have the stakes handy and the decoys are in good order.
6. Begin my scouting. Not too early to begin to get an idea where the birds are handing out, feeding and roosting. Check for likely set up locations and get up early and in the woods to determine when the gobbling begins.
7. Double check to make sure your license is still valid and has not expired. Would not be a fun season to have everything ready only to discover at the last minute you do not have a valid license.
Well, I'm ready to go. Turkey season is just around the corner and I'm already excited. I hope you find this time of year exciting for your outdoor endeavors, whether turkey hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, or just getting out to enjoy the new birth that spring brings to us.
Enjoy the outdoors.