Original Post Date: 5/3/2013
Views: 3668 as of 09/2023
While not the greatest turkey season I've had, the 2013 season was successful and enjoyable. I guess when you start pushing 75 yrs old, even getting out there has to be considered a plus, but I feel I've still got a few good years left and am not ready to lower my standards yet. I drew the second and fourth periods this year. Period two was a bust. Weasel Mark and I were up on Jessop's ridge about 3 hours when the rain started. Rain was predicted for the next 4 days and we figured we better pull the blind and get out of there before it started pouring. We made it back to the house about 15 minutes before the thunderstorms hit. We did see one nice Tom with a hen early in the morning, but I could not get him to leave her and come to the decoys. Period four was a little better. Mark couldn't make it so I made my way up to the ridge about 5:00 am. Around 6:30 I had 3 nice Toms and 6 hens come out about 200 yds down the ridge. Once again I couldn't get the Toms to leave the hens. After about an hour they disappeared back into the woods. About 8:00 I called a nice jake the length of the ridge and into the decoys. After sizing him up carefully and taking into account the rain which was forecast for the next three days, I applied the "bird in the hand" theory and took him. This was the 33rd turkey I've taken off Jessop's Ridge over a period of 25 years and I've been truly blessed to have such a great location to hunt. Jerry and Jeanette Jessop have been such gracious hosts and we have shared many great memories and laughs together. As I grow older I've learned to greatly appreciate the opportunity to continue these hunts. My goal is to make it for five more seasons, God willing and the 4-wheeler doesn't break down.