Thursday, April 19, 2012

Spring Turkey - LaGrange, TX

I have heard from fellow hunters that Turkey hunting can be a frustrating endeavor. I have heard that Turkey's are elusive, fickle, and unbelievably shy around humans. So, over Easter weekend when I heard the distinct gobble of some turkeys while family and friends were playing horseshoes, I was resigned to think there is no way we will actually see them. However the gobbles kept getting closer and closer until they were in plain view. 3 of them strutting around as if they could care less if we were there. They looped in around us not getting closer than about 25 yards. When they had made it all the way around behind us along a tree line, I captured this photo. This male made his way through a patch of wildflowers and into the trees and was gone. I made a fellow co-worker who likes to hunt extremely jealous at this encounter. Also should note the LadyBird Wildflower Center opened up their photo contest for 2012. they added a new category "wildlife in native landscapes" This photo has been entered :) They do have an overall viewers choice award so if you like this photo feel free to visit and vote. Lots of great photos out there so the quickest way to find this one is to sort by most recent.

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