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The rituals of spring

March 30, 2011 - Travis Hunt
Today, global warming is once again in full force in the Ohio Valley. This fine March morning is barely above freezing. However, we all know that as the days move forward the Fahrenheit in the thermometers will begin to slowly rise. This rise is the kickoff for the rituals of spring. For me and my gang, at HuntHavens Ranch, this means planting and turkey hunting.

This spring I am planting pear trees, both natural and giant hybrid. I have recently discovered the giant quince pear tree. As one that has planted many apple trees and seen most of them not survive, I have been frustrated in my attempt to feed both animals and people. However, the giant quince pear tree boasts the ability to thrive in those wet places on your land. HuntHavens Ranch has many wet spots since our water table is low, so I am hopeful these will thrive. This spring my giant quince pear trees will be shipped directly to the ranch from Morse Nursery in Battlecreek, MI. After all if you grow it they will come.

One blast from a thunder chicken will cause your adrenaline to flow through you winter weary veins. The gobble is unlike any other sound you will “feel” in the wild. Feel is the key word. If you have ever been within a few yards of a gobbling Tom you will know that the gobble radiates concussion waves. You can feel these waves and they will not leave your psyche for some time. Of course to bring the turkey home you need the right equipment. For me that means my Browning. This spring I will top my Browning Silver Hunter with the new Trijicon Trijidot. The Trijidot is about $75 and is a sighting device that will fit over top of the bead on the end of your barrel. I look forward to testing it this spring. I have come to expect great things from Trijicon and I trust that they will not disappoint.

Greetings from the woods of Ohio, let me know what you think.


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