Spring Cleaning: Hunting Style

Homeowners across this great country are tackling spring cleaning chores, both inside and out in the yard. The type of spring cleaning I'm talking about actually occurs in the woods, and if you're in pursuit of game (likely a tom turkey) this spring, maybe you should consider cleaning up the woods.

Shed Antlers
And you thought I wasn't going to mention antlers? Yes, I enjoy scouring the country for shed antlers in the spring, but it's much more than an addiction; it's an eye opener for the big game season ahead. Whenever I'm in pursuit of toms, I'm always inspecting the woods with shed antlers in mind. This also opens my eyes to past deer evidence, and that's a good thing. Why? Oftentimes I'm turkey hunting the same woods I'll be deer hunting in later.

I'm always on the hunt for new travel corridors, better pinch points, old rub lines and scrape sign left from the previous autumn. Finding a shed antler or two gives me the evidence a buck made it through the season, and I can set goals based on the evidence in hand.

Mushrooms Antlers are ornate, but morel mushrooms are simply delicious, and turkey time is an ideal time to pick a pocket full of these natural treats. The Holy Grail of mushrooms is the morel. They're found throughout turkey country and often thrive in moist lowlands, but any woodlot with moist soil could sprout a batch.

Before you get serious about mushroom hunting while pursuing gobblers, consider doing some research. All mushrooms are not created equal. While morels have great flavor and provide the perfect accompaniment to roast turkey, or a juicy sirloin, many others are poisonous. Purchase books or study up online to ensure your safety after picking a supply.

Native American Artifacts
Finally, spring showers occasionally uncover Indiana Jones' style treasure. Native American artifacts wash out of banks and gravel beds every spring. Taking a break near a likely spot could land you with a shiny new arrowhead or even a better prize.

Before you add a shovel and pick to your turkey gear remember that most archeological excavation on public lands is illegal without a permit. That leaves you with finding a part of America's history solely on private land. Even then you might need written permission, and without a doubt, verbal permission to look for an artifact of the past. Check all laws first and then begin your search.

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