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Steve Griffin: Forget the ice, bring on the turkeys

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Sunday, I stood on slushy, lake-edge ice, bluegill fishing. (The water was shallow; if the ice gave way, I’d be wet only up to my waist.)

Sandhill cranes croaked on my left; a red-winged blackbird sang to my right.

Then, Monday, the DNR announced that spring wild turkey hunting permits had been drawn, and those unsuccessful or who didn’t apply could map plans for over-the-counter license purchases.

Forget the ice. The birds and the DNR proved it to me: We’re spring-bound, and it will be turkey hunting season before we know it. I once mourned the departure of ice. I’m now game for green-up, muddy boots and the turkey woods.

Al Stewart, a now-retired DNR wildlife biologist who oversaw turkey programs through much of his 50-year association with the department, was a regular contact when I’d be researching turkeys and turkey hunting.

Of all the updates and tips he gave me, the one piece of advice that made me laugh and still guides my hunt is this: It’s much easier to be where a turkey wants to be than to try to call him to where you want him to be.

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