by David R. Kelly •
If you know anything about the Kelly boys, you know they may be prone to chase an Osceola turkey or two during the Spring.
In fact, my brothers Michael and John and my Dad Jim have already kicked the season off in the South Zone in the state of Florida, which is property below State Road 70. If you are interested in more information on hunting dates and zones and regulations check out www.myfwc.com and click on the hunting tab.
Part of Florida is home to a turkey called the Osceola, many have affectionately nicknamed this bird the thunder chicken, or swamp bird, or some other crafty name. A mature male bird is called a Tom and is prized throughout all the nation as one of the most elusive turkeys to kill.
I have only ever hunted turkeys in Florida so the Osceola turkey is all I know. Each year, I’m reminded each hunting season that I don’t know everything about turkey hunting, although over my 30 years of hunting this bird, I have learned a few tricks to the trade, so to speak.