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The Land of 1,000 Gobbles -- Central Kentucky Turkeys Have Hillsides Ringing; Get Some!

Note: A version of this article also appeared in the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star (Ken's outdoors column) SALVISA, Ky.—The sound of hillsides thundering with mature, wild turkey toms gobbling on their roosts is part of the addictive nature of turkey hunting. It’s one component of a seemingly natural opiate concoction that makes grown men and women relish sleep deprivation and curse early morning rain on the rooftops. Trent Marsh, a northern Indiana hunter, stalked a central Kentucky ridge line with me one mid-April morning, the opening day of the Bluegrass State’s spring gobbler season for 2019. We “worked,” as turkey hunters like to say, a pair of gobblers who were as “henned up”—another

Mommie Ree’s Bird Pie - A Friend's Old Family Recipe Gets some Spicing Up

This recipe is designed for doves or quail. You could probably try it, too, with “four and twenty blackbirds,” but we don’t encourage it. We first heard about the dish after a quail hunt in Louisiana. Christina Cooper, manager of marketing and Public Relations for the St. Tammany Tourist and Convention Commission, shared that she had an old family recipe, passed down from her grandmother, Mommie Ree Van Norman. Her dad saved it for her and sent it with a note wryly remarking that her grandmother “wasn’t much on seasoning.” We gave Cooper’s recipe a try. Her dad was spot on. It was bland, but made a good starting point for some creative doctoring. Here’s our adaptation.The biscuits were incre

Virginia's Newest Wildlife Management Areas are Shining Examples of How/Where to Buy

The Board of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries dedicated its newest wildlife management area last month, naming it after its recently retired Executive Director Bob Duncan. Duncan retired April 1 after a 41-year career with the department, the last 11 of which were spent leading the state agency that oversees and manages wildlife and inland fisheries. The Robert W. Duncan WMA is 1,346.61 acres and located in the southern end of Caroline County near the small community of Frog Level, on the border with King William County. It was purchased for $3,260,000. Partnerships with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, multiple families (including the Hopkins family, founders of the p