Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Turkey Hunting in the News

© By Othmar Vohringer

Mankato Free Press

Turkey hunting perfect excuse to enjoy spring

As in Minnesota, spring remains a work in progress in northeast Nebraska.
Oh, by virtue of being 250 miles to the southwest of Mankato, there already is a bit more greenery on the steep hillsides that fall away to the Missouri River flatland.

But otherwise, the terrain remains mainly a study in browns as spring continues to arrive all too slowly.

Usually by the last half of April, a foray into the Nebraska turkey woods is accompanied by the heady fragrance of plum blossoms; alas, such pleasantries this year are still a week away.

But that meteorological spring is on the slow track matters very little to the turkeys.

Here and in Minnesota, the birds are engaged in their biological spring flings, and there is more to it than nice weather; it is the lengthening period of daylight that stirs the ardor of a gobbler.
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Heartland News

Some Public Lands are Closed to Turkey Hunting

Spring turkey hunting season begins Monday, but Missouri Department of Conservation land will be closed to hunting for most of this season, because of high water.

According to Conservation Department District Supervisor Trent Lane, this is the first time in his 18 years with the department he can remember such drastic action.

"We have a law that says you can't pursue or take wildlife around flooded waters," Lane said. "This is for the safety of the hunters and the animals."
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All Headline News

Dad's Hunting Mistake Kills 8-Year-Old Son

What was meant to be a father-son bonding experience turned into a disaster Saturday, as 8-year-old Hunter Klaseus was shot and killed by his father, who mistook him for a turkey.

Anthony Klaseus had told his son to stay put while he hunted a game bird. However, his son's curiosity overcame the request, and he snuck up on his father the wrong way. Mistaking him for the prey he hunted, and failing the properly identify his target, he shot his son in the chest with a 12-gauge shotgun.

The child was pronounced dead at the scene. It was the first turkey hunting fatality in the 30 years it has been considered a state season.

"That's just the important thing: Everybody needs to be able to identify what they're shooting at," Sibley County Chief Sheriff's Deputy Pat Nienaber told the Pioneer Press.He was one of the first to arrive at the shooting scene.

The difficulty with turkey hunting is that turkeys, unlike other game, can see colors - therefore the orange parkas that are common wardrobe for most hunters actually hinder the turkey hunting effort. Camouflage is preferred, which young Hunter was wearing when he was shot.
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