Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Turkey killing time (for the lucky few)

Reports from the the second day of Ohio's spring wild turkey hunting season have not been much better than for Monday's opener.

A stop at Mentor's Gander Mountain store revealed that thus far only 15 birds have been checked in there for the first two days of the season. Add just five more for the special youth-only hunt, April 18 and 19.

Among those successful today at killing a gobbler was Bob Haynik of Painesville Township.

While hunting in Lake County, Haynik shot a 20-pound gobbler that sported a 9 1/2 inch beard with spurs measuring 1 inch and 1 1/4 inch, respectively.

Haynik took his bird at a little more than 45 yards and just five minutes before the day's hunting was to close.

This turkey also was with a companion of about the same size, Haynik said.

But Haynik said the birds today were mostly silent; a point also brought home by the landowner on whose property I intend to hunt Thursday and Friday.

Wish me success.

- Jeffrey L. Frischkorn

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