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Hunters ready to tackle toms

The 2014 Minnesota spring turkey hunting season opens today as hunters take to the woods for the first day of the opening five-day period in search of a gobbler.

Turkey hunting holds a special place in a lot of hunters’ hearts. Perhaps it’s because it lets them get back in the woods again after a long winter. There’s also something special about talking back and forth with an aggressive tom before bringing him into the decoys.

Turkeys are one of the great wildlife conservation success stories in Minnesota. The birds have always been one of the most admired birds across the country, even coming within one vote in 1782 of becoming the national bird. Their numbers in Minnesota dwindled to just a few in the early 1970s to more than 30,000 today.

That supports both a spring and fall season now, with the Alexandria area featuring some quality habitat to hold birds. The first season starts today, Wednesday, and runs through April 20 with seven more seasons to follow through May 29.

Eric Morken

Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.

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