Hunting Update – April 7, 2009

This past Sunday (4/5) was probably the closest I’ve come to filling my first tag this hunting. As I was driving to my spot of choice that afternoon, I happened to glance down a side road and saw two bags of coal (turkeys hunting) in the road from pro hunters club.

I quickly pulled over and snuck back to the intersection and peeked around the weeds. Sure enough – two toms strutting in the road, and they didn’t see me. I ran back to the truck and got my gear.

I tried to sneak up on them through the woods, but they moved off after I got about 75 yards away. I went to the part of the woods they crossed into, set up and started to call. They were silent and although I stayed there a good while, they did not come back to check out the calling for hunting.

Turns out that these two turkeys (along with some jakes and hens) are part of a group that goes between our club and an adjacent club, and a few guys in our club have tried to call them in but they are playing hard-to-get.

Later that same day I decided to sit right off a dirt road on another part of the club and watch for strutting and feeding. Sure enough, a couple of hens and a few jakes came out and did their thing, and I could have easily killed a jake, but I let them walk. It was encouraging to see turkeys that day, and it renewed my spirits for hunt.

Our Initative Introduction

“It’s not the police we’ve got to watch, it’s the antis with their video cameras.”

Graham Bridgeman – Chairman, Eggesford Hunt.
Horse and Hound, 10/02/2005, page 13.

On February 18, hunting and coursing with dogs became illegal in England and Wales. It was a massive step forwards to the creation of a more humane and decent society.

However, across England and Wales, there have been reports of hunts continuing hunting activities. Some say they are hunting an artificial scent, going ‘drag hunting’ as we have long urged them to. But others may continue to hunt wild animals, either openly and blatantly, or secretly, blaming “accidents” for the cruel chase and death of our wildlife.

This website explains how you can help to make sure that the hunting ban is obeyed across our countryside.