Area turkey hunter ready for first two seasons


BALDWIN — Bill Shinn is among the area turkey hunters counting down the days before the season begins.

Shinn was working at the Pere Marquette Chapter of the Michigan Wild Turkey Hunters Association 34th annual Rendezvous recently at Baldwin High School.

Area K includes Lake, Mecosta and Osceola counties and will have its first season April 20-26 with 4,000 issued licenses and the second season April 27 to May 3 with 4,500 licenses. That will be followed by the 0234 hunt May 4-31 with no quotas.

Shinn, an Idlewild resident, said he has a license for the second hunt while his wife Kathy has one for the first hunt.

“I call for her,” Shinn said. “She’s shot seven turkeys in the last 12 years.”

He’s not quite sure what to make of this season’s prospects.

“There’s some turkeys,” he said. “You see them, then you don’t see them for awhile. The biggest problem last year was the weather. We had the second hunt last year, both of us, and the weather was so bad, windy and raining every day. The weather was bad. It was better in May.”

Shinn is a better month for hunting than May, as far as Shinn is concerned.

“I guess I don’t want to hunt and call shy birds, birds that have been talked to (for awhile),” Shinn said.

But he shares the thoughts of other hunting experts that the turkey population was probably better able to endure this winter than last year.

“Lot of acorns this winter,” Shinn said.

Greg Nichols Sr., of Baldwin, has a permit for first season.

“That’s my favorite season,” Nichols said. “I just love turkeys I think they took a pretty good hit (from the winter). But they’re tough. When you get two years in a row, then it starts hurting them.”