Matt Williams The Athens Review

Athens — Texas turkey hunters are on the brink of another spring hunting season. Depending on where you hunt, there may or may not be much to gobble about over the next couple of months.

Spring turkey season is set to coincide with the birds' breeding season. Turkeys are social birds. When looking for a mate, gobblers attract hens by gobbling.

Spring turkey hunters attempt to reverse the process by using a hen call to tap into the turkey's line of communication. The goal is to fool a lovesick Tom into thinking you are something that you are not by simulating the sounds of a girl turkey that is playing hard to get.

A gobbler that falls for the trick will often come barreling in with its colorful plumage ruffled -- strutting, spitting and gobbling in a haughty display of self importance intended to impress hen turkeys and discourage other gobblers.


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