So I’m just going to say it. Turkeys are by far my favorite animal to hunt. I know this may rustle some people’s feathers, but before you shed an antler hear me out. Okay, that’s the last of the
animal puns. Before I say why I feel this way let me explain my history with hunting. I was raised on deer hunting as soon I was of age to hunt. I never hunted turkeys.
Deer hunting has its social aspects. From deer drives to bonding while processing a recent harvest. But when it comes to the hunt your alone and when it comes to sharing hunting spots,
most don’t. In 2013 I was introduced to turkey hunting with a roadtrip with my brother Eric and a buddy. It was 2 days of chasing turkeys. I didn’t harvest a bird that year but I was hooked.
I have been aggressively turkey hunting every year since and I’ve noticed something. People are much more social during turkey season. I have never been invited on so many hunts then
during Turkey season. I have had some of my best times leaning against tree with no feeling in my leg with a good friend. Nothing beats calling in a turkey and having it come in on a string fired up.
The joy of calling in a bird for a friend is just as enjoyable as harvesting your own bird. Also there is so many less haters. Rarely to people say “let him go to let him grow” to a hunter who just shot a Jake. Nor do they say, “hey, that was my bird you shot, I’ve been passing him for years”. People are just overall more pleasant. Now don’t get me wrong I still love deer hunting but for the month of May here in NY it doesn’t get much better for me.
My 2018 turkey season sealed the deal for me. It was my first year tagging out and I didn’t do it alone. I’m counting down the days till I can watch the sun rise from the forest floor, listening to
the spring woods come alive.
-Brian Kirby, Kirby Brothers Outdoors & Take Aim TV