As turkey hunting season draws near, hunters are getting ready for what is expected to be a big turnout. And the turkeys are already showing off, despite a somewhat slow arrival of spring.
"They are strutting and gobbling already," Tom Glines of Coon Rapids, senior regional director for the National Wild Turkey Federation, told the Star Tribune. "They're doing their thing, rain or shine.''
Glines added that a turkey's reproductive activities are determined by the amount of daylight, not the temperatures, so hunters shouldn't worry about the colder weather affecting their chances of bagging a tom.
Hunters looking to get their hands on a permit should know that the Department of Natural Resources began selling permits over the counter for the 2011 to 2012 season. Before the changes, there was a limited supply of permits, but now anyone can obtain one. Last year, 42,817 permits were issued and the DNR anticipates that this season, nearly 45,000 hunters will purchase a permit.
Those heading off to the woods know that the weather and conditions can be hard on equipment, especially a vehicle. Hunters are encouraged to equip their truck or car with Husky Liners® custom fit floor mats.