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|"It's puzzling why LA, MS, GA and SC do not have fall seasons. Those states have very high populations of turkeys. The VDGIF turkey biologist told me the average life of a wild turkey is between 2 and 2 1/2 years. Predators, etc., not hunters, are the reason. This being the case, it seems rather dumb not to let the turkey hunters in these states hunt in the fall. I agree that the fall hunters are fading away. In Virginia the fall harvest is declining and it is not the decline of the state flock. There is more money in deer hunting licenses so the game department caters to the deer hunters. We have one week of fall hunting that overlaps a week of deer muzzleloading. I have fought it for two reasons; it is going to get some turkey hunters killed and the muzzleloaders are blasting the hell out of turkeys and leaving them in the woods. I think it will take a couple deaths for the board of the VDGIF to change it. No hunter with a turkey dog, in his right mind, would hunt his dog that week, unless he was on very private property." Nov. 2009 Carson|
|"Mandy and Missy (one year old
sisters) with their first fall turkey harvested by Norma today. They
flushed a gang of turkeys and I called the Jake back and Norma bagged
it. Missy and Mandy got to pull feathers on this, their first
harvest. For just a year old, they are really doing good.
They range good, come back and are doing great in the blind. They are
hunting well together. Mandy is very fast; Missy can stay with her even
though her right rear leg is shorter due to her birth defect. She is an
unbelievable little dog who has no idea that she has a short rear leg.
When she runs, you cannot tell that she does. They are wonderful little
dogs and I think both are going to make good turkey dogs." Carson.
October 27, 2007
We took Missy and Mandy hunting Christmas Eve day 2007. They flushed a gang of turkeys mid morning. In spite of 35 MPH wind, I called back this 14 pound jake after three hours and bagged it. Because of the wind, it never made a call which we suspected would happen. Two sneaked in and I managed to see them before they saw us. Missy and Mandy pulled feathers and did themselves proud. For 14 months old, they're really doing great. For their first season, they had four turkeys harvested over them, two missed shots by hunters and two "no shots" by hunters. Not bad for two rookie turkey dogs. They are becoming good blind dogs and have laid as long as four hours in the blind with us. They're little jewels, we're blessed to have them.
has offered suggestions to stop the decline
in Virginia's fall turkey kill.
|"Norma and Mandy are pleased to announce the following addition to the household: Rivers Turn Melissa Belle - Missy. Sister of Rivers Turn Amanda Belle - Mandy. Date of Birth: October 7, 2007. Mother: Rivers Turn Naughty Girl Belle. Father: Holland Ridge's Jeb Stuart. Arrival date: January 12, 2007"|
They play; eat puppy ice cream and they rest. In times of uncertainity, they are love and comfort. 7/7/2008
hunt of 2007 in Botetourt County proves you don't always have
to kill something.
It's nice to just get out and enjoy the day the good Lord gave you. From Mark Taylor for the Roanoke Times
boykin spaniel Brandy was one of the best turkey dogs in Virginia until
she retired after the 2004 season. Brandy has been my constant
companion since she was eight weeks old, and is the most intelligent
dog I ever encountered. Now she's twelve years old, had hip surgery in
2005, and is retired. She'll have to use the wheels from now on, since
her hip joints were removed. This is a small price to pay since she is
no longer in pain. She was the first hunting dog we had as a house pet.
Now we'd never have it any other way.
|Brandywine of Edisto, born November
23, 1992 died September 21, 2006. We had to let her go today. She was a
constant companion and friend for almost 14 years. She leaves many
broken hearts and will be laid to rest today in a family cemetery in
Botetourt County, where she loved to hunt turkeys. If God has a place
in heaven for little dogs, Brandy has earned a spot there. Brandy was
featured in the National
Rifle Association's American Hunter magazine, in the October
2009 issue (p. 25). Click on picture to enlarge.
|Dog For Jesus
I wish someone had given Jesus a dog
As loyal and loving as mine
To sleep by His manger and gaze in His eyes
And adore Him for being divine.
As our Lord grew to manhood His faithful dog
Would have followed Him all through the day
While He preached to the crowds and made the sick well
And knelt in the garden to pray.
It is sad to remember that Christ went away
To face death alone and apart
no tender dog following close behind
To comfort its Master's Heart.
And when Jesus rose on that Easter morn
How happy He would have been
As His dog kissed His hands and barked its delight
For The One who died for all men.
Well, the Lord has a dog now, I just sent Him mine
the old pal so dear to me
And I smile through my tears on this first day alone
Knowing they're in eternity.
Also published 1/7/11 by Mark Taylor in the Roanoke TimesA Memorable Hunt to Forget by J. Carson Quarles
The Boykin Spaniel Society July 2010
Mark Taylor says using a specially trained dog is the best way to hunt turkeys in the fall.
Turkey Hunting with Boykin Spaniels | Training Boykin Spaniel pups | Boykin Spaniels get their turkeys
J. Carson Quarles (540) 563-2659 7323 LaMarre Circle, Roanoke VA 24019
Four term board chairman of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.
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