Missouri’s spring turkey season starts for the grown ups on Monday, April 16th, and I couldn’t be more excited. If you’ve been keepin’ up with my friend Karen Lee over at the NWTF, you’ll see she’s already bagged a bird AND she’s been eating some scrumptous food. I’m so jealous! On my way home from work tonight I did see three big gobblers in a field. Unfortunately, those birds weren’t on the place I’m hunting Monday morning.
The prep work started a couple of nights ago when Jim and I got the ground blind out and set up for a friend of ours that’s going to be hunting with us Monday morning. Then, we went to another side of the property where I will be hunting, by myself, and made a nice little spot under a pine tree. Did I mention I’ll be hunting by myself? I’ll also be walking to the woods by myself.
A couple of days ago, I gathered all my gear at the house:
- My SHE Safari Hunting clothes and Cat Skins base layers – I do NOT like to be cold and with the weather we’ve been having in Mid-Missouri, there’s no telling what the weather is going to be like opening morning.
- Multi-purpose pack (I’m 100% opposed to fanny pack – sorry if you have one) but this handy multi-pouch allows me to store anything I would need for the hunt.
- Hands free video glass – I would imagine my recording time will start when I leave the house because I’ll be walking to my spot in the dark, by myself. I’m not afraid of the dark but it’s going to be a little creepy – just sayin’.
- Decoys – I bought a B-Mobile and a She-Mobile a couple of years ago and just now took them out of the package. They are a little deformed but hopefully being out for a few days will help.
- My new butt warmer! Did you see above where I don’t like being cold? I really don’t like it when my butt’s cold! Who does?
Tonight, Jim and I sprayed our clothes down with Permethrin — this isi some serious stuff. I used to use a ThermaCell to try and keep the mosquitoes off, but it only works for mosquitoes. Permethrin repels and kills mosquitoes, chiggers and ticks.
I hate ticks. Not only are they disease infested bugs, but once I woke up and had 6 of them crawling all over me in the middle of the night. It freaked me out! Our clothes are completely saturated with it, so I don’t think I’ll have to worry about any pests this year.
I can’t wait until Monday! I’m hoping there are some birds on the back side of this lake. That’s where I will be sitting in four days. I’ll be sure to post pics when/if I get a big one!
They’ve been gobblin’ a little bit in the morning, so let’s hope they are just as prepared as I am!