We tag-teamed to kill a pair of talkative and bold jake gobblers. The pair came strutting in to our set-up just 19 minutes after the season started.
Working from a pop-up fabric blind, we watched the two birds make their approach. Taking the lead with the landowner's permission, I got away with firing two rounds before my jake began its death flop on the forest floor.
The commotion from the gunfire coupled with the body dance of my bird intrigued the companion jake which wasted little time in strolling up to its fallen comrade. That sort of curiosity doesn't just kill cats it also can doom foolish year-old gobblers.
Before you could say "wow," the landowner and I were writing out our handmade tags and attaching them to our respective Thanksgiving Day dinners.
It also appears that we were not alone in our success, either. It was excellent season opener for all but a handful of counties Lake, Lorain, and Highland counties were among the handful of Ohio counties that posted declines from their resective 2012 opening day kills.
In any event, this is the complete county-by-county opening day harvest as provided by the Ohio Division of Wildlife: