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6 Wednesday, April 6, 2016 THE JOURNAL MARK FIKE offmuch but we forged ahead to two out of the truck and fast walked to feet in the leaves even though they more spots. At the last spot we saw a a hillside trail above where the tur- were damp! Amazingly, two more I had the honor of accompanying lone turkey in a small field but as we key had sounded off. The late Buddy gobblers appeared following the first my daughter and niece in the turkey called, we received not the first reply. Fines was a great turkey hunter and one. They all began moving right and woods on youth day this year. Turkeys can be so rude sometimes, he once told me that calling a bird ended up in front of my daughter but The night before our hunt the or perhaps they are smart. We did uphill is much easier than trying slightly out of range. I could see the weather did not look promising at all. see a deer and a few minutes later a to get one to come downhill. I had lead bird fan out and wheel around. In fact, as I sat looking at the most up lone jennie, or hen, was spotted high thought long and hard about that For whatever reason they walked to date weather report I could find tailing it for the opposite end of the and realized that I had indeed never off. I was stunned, q-hen some very around 10 p.m., I decided that sleep- property. It was probably the bird we shot a bird coming downhill but had loud noise was made by the adjoin- ing in would a good probability and had seen in the field, taken many, many woodland birds as ing landowner. The noise continued a later start was also likely. However, At that point the rain was com- they climbed uphill. So, we set up on and I figured the hunt was over. In after rolling around all night and ing down steadily, so I made the ex- the hillside peering down to the end fact, I went to my daughter and said thinking about what I could do to ecutive decision to run back to the of the logging trail at the bottom. I as much. She admonished me to try deliver a phenomenal experience for house, or as it is now called, turkey positioned my daughter to cover the calling again, When I did, the birds the young huntresses, I decided to camp. Stuff is scattered all over the right flank and directed my neice to a gobbled back, leaving me precious quit fighting the bed around 5 a.m. place and until the season is over, large tree along the overgrown road. little time to scurry back to my spot and take another look at the weather there will be no time between two I propped up behind her about ten and plop down. to see how bad things were going jobs, getting the garden in, other feet. Once we were sitting tight, I let Within a minute the The Stooges, to be. The rain looked like it might chores, and turkey ~eason to even out a soft yelp. With no answer corn- as we called them, ambled on by hold off long enough to squeeze a think about picking much up. My ing back I yelped much louder and us just out of range again but gob- quick morning hunt in so I rallied neice was wise enough to eat break- followed it with a lousy gobble. The bling back to my calls and ignoring the troops and started throwing my fast before our hunt, so my daughter old boy fired right back at me, but he the noise coming from the adjoin- gear into a pile. After unsuccessfully and I whipped up some fresh eggs, was further away than I wanted to ing landowner. However, they kept searching for the pair of hearing aids deer sausage and shoveled it down. hear. We gave it a few minutes and I walking. The copper color on the I have that actually do hear turkey My next order of business was to hit the call again loudly. The immedi- tail feathers was reflecting the warm gobbles, I gave up and told my two check out the National Wild Turkey ate reply was much closer. My mask spring sunlight. The tan edges of the young ladies they would serve as my Federation Virginia Chapter's web- concealed my grin. We had a chance! outer feathers slid through the trees ears. Then we stepped into the then site and get the details on the youth Glancing at my daughter to the as the three bright heads eased off drizzly dawn morning. A few calls day contest. Youth that took a pic- right and then encouraging my neice away from us, gobbling back to my were made at the house without any ture in the field holding a sign that to my front, I called again. The reply calls each time. No amount of calling takers so we piled into the truck as read "#rise and fly" were entered in came back even closer. The com- or "putting" could stop them. It was the rain began to beat down a bit a drawing for a youth shotgun. The munication continued with the bird as if they had no clue we were up the harder, picture had to be posted on Face- getting so close I just knew he was hill or perhaps they were just show- We did some running and gun- book. I also peered intently at the nearly within range, ing off and could care less. On one ning in search of a loudmouthed weather page and Dopplar to deter- "Flick your safety off and prop up hand, we thought they were rather and foolish Tom. For those of you mine when the rain would let up. the gun;' I hissed at my neice. She dumb, but on the other hand they not stricken with the turkey hunting Two hours later the rain did let had never taken a gobbler and I knew did live to gobble another day! virus, that means we ran from one up, and my spirits rose with it. We any movement would blow the deal. While we never closed the deal on place to another trying to find a bird began round number two. The first A few more calls ramped up the any birds on youth day, we did have that would answer our lovesick calls, place we stopped to call, we again excitement. I just knew that one of fun. Seeing those threelarge gobblers The first stop produced nothing but got zero replies. However, just as I the girls was going to put a bird in slip by us twice was exciting. Watch- damp clothes. The second stop made was going to step into the truck, I let the fridge! Then, 55 yards out, I saw a ing their bright red heads stretch for some stretched out legs from loose a few loud yelps on the mouth bright red head and neck straining to out as they gobbled and fanned us, walking quite a bit and clothes that call and a thunderous reply echoed look our way. He gobbled and moved ratcheted up the heart pounding were beginning to get wet. My new back from where we had just come to the right. Hoping he would move pulse in our throats too. My eyes mouth call was broke in quite well from. Three pair of eyes grew big and uphill and come to one of the girls caught the sway of three large, po- at that point. The rain did not slack we frantically pulled our gear back I gave a soft cluck. I could hear his nytails or beards, hanging from the Michaela Fike holds up her NWTF Youth Photo by Mark Fike Day contest effort. #RiseandFly. chest ofthe Toms. The birds were big was pleased that we at least got to and certainly not Jakes or immature see three mature birds. I hope hunt- birds. While I was a bit disappointed ers that took a youth out had a hunt that I could not coax the old boys as least as good as ours. The girls are in range for the girls to get a shot, I purhped up and were already plan- knew that they had a great time and I ning the next trip! MARK AND KAYLEENA FIKE Rappahannock River--Kerfs Tack- le in Spotsylvania (540-898-1011) re- Fishing continues to be quite good ported that the shad are being caught despite the up and down weather, in,town again. Try their small shad Gobblers were in the woods and spoons with a bit of colored hair on fields and many youth were out last them as dressing. Nice sized striper weekend to try to bag their bird. (CATCH AND RELEASE ONLY) While reports are trickling in at my are still being caught on cut shad, deadline the excitement is surely in bucktails, sassy shads and large min- the air. nows. Some of the nicest white perch Ken's has heard about or seen have ing minnows on the warmer days in the shallows under 6 feet in depth, crappie, bass and bream bite to really been caught in town as well. Catfish but slower on the cool days. Sun- Spinnerbaits with a gold blade and ramp up over the next few weeks. are in the mix taking whatever bait fish were biting well on nightcrawl- scale pattern in the best. 'Ihe uplake Calendar they can steal, ers and bass were also on the prowl North Anna section is very produc- April 9th-May lst--Spring gob- Potomac River--The bass report hitting minnows, small spinnerbaits tive now. Striper are all over the lake bler season. V2 hour before sunrise to is that the fish are being caught on a and jerkbaits. Look for crappie to be but key spots include Stubbs Bridge, noon. 1 gobbler per day. falling tide near the emerging weed- spawning in the weeds. Bass will be the mouth of Christopher Run, and April 16th--Youth fishing day at line. Ring perch are in the growing next followed by bream. Dike 3. Hit the striper early and late. the trout pond. Old Cossey Pond in weeds and can be caught on small Lake Anna anglers checking into Mott's Run reported that the crap- Fredericksburg will be stocked by minnows or tiny spoons or grubs on Fish Tales are finding crappie in the pie bite is picking up around the VDGIF and the event is hosted by jigs. 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