It's been more than a decade since Dru Jacobs of Yukon shot his first turkey with his 4-year-old daughter sitting in his lap. He jokingly says that, to this day, she thinks she shot the turkey.
Mackenzie, now 15, did kill her first turkey when she was 8 and has shot many more since. Jacobs' 10-year-old son, Carson, is excited about getting to shoot his first turkey with his crossbow this season.
Oklahoma's spring turkey season opens Friday in most of the state. All signs point to a good opening weekend with the birds seemingly ahead of their usual schedule.
“Birds are cranked up real good, and hens are starting to lay eggs,” said Rod Smith, southwest region's wildlife supervisor for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.
Fewer toms than usual may be “henned up” and, thus, more susceptible to calling earlier this year than in past hunting seasons, he said.
“But that is always highly variable,” Smith said.
The Jacobs family always looks forward to turkey season. They are members of the Oklahoma City Sportsman's Country Club, which offers more than 60,000 acres of hunting leases around the state
The Jacobses have harvested turkeys on many of the club's hunting leases. Dru Jacobs thinks the spring turkey season is a great opportunity to get people interested in hunting who have never been before, particularly children.
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