The 2011 Kansas Spring Turkey Season is just a few days away (Archery Only -April 1 & Shotgun -April 13). For me, the season starts after the Annual Kansas Governor's One-Shot Turkey Hunt (April 14-16, 2011). This year, I have the good fortune of guiding Mr.Chandler Nusz of Augusta, KS. Chandler won the national NWTF JAKE youth essay contest, which affords him the opportunity to participate in the hunt. He is the second winner from Kansas since the inception of the NWTF JAKE essay competition.
The warmer temperatures and longer daylight hours have the birds leaving their winter roosts and spreading out. Over the past two weeks, the winter roost at one of our fields has gone from 60-70 birds to 25. Typically, we will retain about 15-20 in this field for the spring season.