Time, especially during hunting season, is precious. You've got work duties, family events and the wild turkey you're after could care less.
To really do it right, to hunt well and with meaning, some devotion to the effort is needed.
If I just had one more day I could kill that bird . . .
Routinely my better half and I share plans, trade dates, accommodate for each other. And that's tough considering I hunt a handful to a half-dozen spring turkey states and plenty each fall.
Get with a calendar. Check out season dates. Share your plans with everybody else concerned. Balance is what you're after, and keeping everybody happy.
Gift idea: To the significant others of turkey hunters, consider making unique handmade slips of paper saying something like: "One free day of turkey hunting whenever you want." I stole this idea from my daughter's elementary school teacher way back when (she's a college sophomore now). I've some "Good for one day of fishing with daddy" slips yet to be cashed in. There's no expiration date . . . Kind of unusual. Inexpensive. And fun on Christmas morning.
I guarantee some of you reading this have a favorite knife clipped to your front jeans pocket. You have one stashed in your truck. You have others around the house or where you store your hunting and fishing stuff.
And I'm guessing you need just one more. Me, too. It's funny how during the season not one of those knives will be with you in camp, forgotten at home in the vast collection of others.
Maybe we're just forgetful. Or maybe we store gear too well.
Either way, one more cool hunting knife in the red-and-white stocking above the woodstove won't hurt.
Here are two favorites I've carried this year in both spring and fall turkey camps:
Gift idea: Why not buy two? Nobody in my circle ever complains about having too many knives.
A Custom Turkey Call
The old Lynch box you've been killing gobblers with over the past several decades is full of memories, I know that. I've a collection of my own from back in the day. You've earned yourself a custom turkey call and should put it on your wish list.
Yes, many inexpensive calls will kill turkeys, spring and fall. But if you haven't run a custom box call from some of our country's great callmakers, your life as a turkey hunter isn't quite complete. There's quite a difference in quality. You may even sound better in the turkey woods.
Steve Hickoff is Realtree.com's editorial director and turkey hunting editor. He’s been beaten by more birds than he can remember. Still he kills enough to eat well, and fool with beards, spurs and fans until the next season. Pennsylvania born and raised, Maine is his home base now. A full-time outdoor communicator with a couple university writing degrees, he chases spring gobblers and fall flocks around the country.