Man the weather has been crazy !
… Only a few weeks ago
local ponds still had ice .Now all snow any ice has melted
and the Weather Man reports record high's !
Geese flying in from everywhere … and Tundra swans as well .My wife and I drove into town
to meet my daughter for lunch last Saturday , and change out her winter tires … On the way home we decided to drive North and scout some farms I hunt for turkeys .
( with a busy schedule , I wasn't sure when I would get chance again ? )We saw many small groups …
all were spooky and running away by the time I got the camera on them , but I was able to identify some long beards ( potential opening day targets ! )I jack rabbit
breaks cover as I drive back the lane on one farm .I catch a small group
crossing the East field … couple “ nice size toms “ there .On another farm
I spot four other “ potentials “ at the South line fence .Further East ,
I get a quick picture of this cool looking “ thin beard “And at the last farm North
, I get a quick picture of two mature toms sprinting thru the stubble .We head back home
and take a slow walk around a local swamp pond … Lots of turtles out in the sun , and we bump two nest geese that are already working on their first hatch .Just before I pull into our farm
I spot one lone tom leading three hens on my neighbors property .Man I'm looking forward to opening day ! …
PS : Here are a couple pictures Rob H. sent me from up around his mom's place near Bancroft ... how would you like to see these in your back yard !