TRR photo by Hunter Hill
This nice-sized Jake was a great harvest for the spring turkey season.

Not so talkative turkeys

Here in the Pennsylvania woods there are few pastimes more anticipated than hunting season. During this time of year, there is but one primary hunting season to be enjoyed: spring turkey. With the end of May came the end of 2019’s spring gobbler season, and like many other hunters, I found myself blessed with some wild poultry for the freezer.

TRR photos by Scott Rando

Northern watersnakes are commonly seen around lakes and ponds as they bask in the sun and hunt for frogs, toads and smaller fish. This species has a brighter pattern when young, which gets dark when older. This individual was close to a yard long.

Snakes alive

Warmer days came with the month of May—so has something else.

TRR photo by Hunter Hill
Scarcely the size of a golf ball, this woodcock fledgling is nearly impossible to spot in the forest litter.

Wild woodcocks

In the woods, you often take things for granted. We will see deer almost every day out here, turkeys, songbirds, et cetera; but it is important to refrain from the callous demeanor of overlooking these things that make living out here so special.

TRR photos by Sandy Long

Ticks like this American dog tick move relatively slowly, and if not embedded, can be easily removed. They cannot jump up from the ground or leap down from a higher perch, but instead gain access to potential hosts by crawling up grasses and shrubbery to wait patiently for an animal or human to brush past. 

Tick travails

I embrace the belief that every life form exists for a reason, even if I’m unable to discern what that is. When it comes to ticks, however (and probably also mosquitos), it is challenging to uphold this belief.

TRR photo by Tony Bonavist
Quill Gordon, tied by Tony 

A history of fly fishing

Depending on what one tends to believe, the literature indicates that Marcus Valerius Martialis (41 to 104 A.D.) or Claudius Aelianus (170 to 230 A.D.), both who lived in or around Rome, were the first to reference the use of artificial lures as baits for trout.

TRR photos by Scott Rando
Fawns begin to appear this time of year. It takes several hours after they are born for them to be able to walk. If you find them alone and lying down, as this one is, leave it be. The mother might be nearby waiting for you to leave so she can attend to her fawn.

Babes in the woods

With spring in full bloom, fields and forests are alive with life. Plants are flowering and bees, butterflies and other pollinators are gathering nectar. Birds have started their breeding, and, in many locales, courtship calls fill the air; this is a good time to listen and learn bird calls.



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