By Ron Eakes, Certified Wildlife Biologist, Retired
It’s almost that time of year again when hunter’s thoughts turn to love. Probably not the type of love you are thinking about, but to the love of spring turkey hunting. There’s nothing quite like the hair-raising thrill of a tom’s gobble booming through woods or the heart-pounding suspense of a drumming gobbler coming to your call. This love affair begins in most Alabama counties on March 15. For most who participate in this annual rite of spring, turkey hunting is special. It is also special in several ways from the standpoint of safety.
You may be familiar with the standard firearms safety and safe hunting practices associated with any type of hunting: handle your gun with care; always keep the muzzle of your gun pointed in a safe direction; never shoot at a sound or movement; and always positively identify your target before pulling the trigger. Some additional defensive tactics should always be used when spring turkey hunting.