• Assume every sound you hear is caused by another person until every sense positively tells you otherwise.
• Never treat hunting as a competitive sport, this only leads to poor judgment.
• Set up to call in fairly open areas with your back against a tree that is wider than your shoulders.
• Respect all property and the rights of others.
• Listen for changes in the woods. Bluejays and chipmunks make a lot of noise when an intruder enters their area. Songbirds will stop singing. The intruder could be another person.
• If you would encounter another hunter in the woods, do not wave, use a turkey call or stand-up. Instead verbally call out or whistle to alert them of your presence.
• Never, ever shoot at sound or movement. Ever!
• Respect the rights of non-hunters just as they should respect the rights of us who do hunt.
Although not a safety concern, always give thanks to the landowner if you are hunting private property.
Remember, our wild turkey season coincides with the same time Hoosier woodlots are filled with those searching for springs short-lived delicacy — wild morels. And who can blame them! By keeping safety measures in mind our Hoosier state will remain one of the safest in the nation.
A strong contingent of Kokomo Bass Anglers took part in their first club tournament of the season. It was held on Lake Manitou. Mike Bailey ran away from the field after weighing in a limit of five largemouth bass dropping the scales at 7 pounds, 1 ounce. Bringing up second was Scott Vollmer with three fish weighing 4 pounds, 15 ounces. A 2-pound, 3-ounce fish also gave him the tourney’s big bass trophy. Third was Cory Lorts with three bass totaling 4 pounds, 1 ounce.
John Martino is the Tribune’s outdoors columnist. He may be reached by email at email@example.com.