April 4, 2012


It is hard to imagine that the Kentucky spring youth turkey weekend opens in only 3 days and the statewide spring turkey season is less than 2 weeks away now.  It doesn’t seem like we really had a winter season at all this year and spring really appears to have arrived early with all of the dogwood and red bud trees already in bloom. 


We also find ourselves in the middle of the 2012 banquet season.  If you have not had the chance to attend one of the local NWTF banquets yet this year I would highly encourage you to seek a few of them out and try and attend.  The banquets are a great time of fellowship with other outdoorsmen and women where there are plenty of games to play and prizes to win.  The banquet package this year is truly one of the nicest that I have seen in some time.  Not only do we have the traditional framed artwork and sculptures available, but this year there is decorative metal art, a copper turkey weather vane, as well as a 5 foot tall “tavern” sign and a beautiful rocking chair included in the banquet package.  Not to mention a great selection of very nice firearms such as the Remington 1911 .45 caliber gun of the year and the Henry Golden Boy lever action rifle depicting the Merriam’s turkey on the stock.  The banquet package is really something this year.    


The other sure sign that spring is upon us is early mornings filled with the sounds of turkeys gobbling and the sightings of toms strutting in the fields with hens.  I want to take this time to wish all of you turkey hunters in Kentucky a safe and successful spring turkey season.  If you have the opportunity, take a child out with you and show them all that our creator has provided for us.  There is absolutely nothing better than seeing the excitement in a young hunter’s face when he or she hears that first gobble or sees their first wild turkey!  I can’t wait until Saturday morning and my hope is that the young hunter I am taking afield will have an experience that will last a lifetime. 


Don’t forget that after your hunt is through you can submit your trophy pictures to us to be posted on the state website.  You can send those pictures via email to Marlene Lanham, our Kentucky State Chapter webmaster at marlene.lanham@yahoo.com and she will get those posted for all of our members to enjoy. 

I hope each of you bags the gobbler of your dreams this spring.  Remember to positively identify your target before squeezing the trigger and have a great season out there chasing those big old eastern gobblers.