By Will Maines
THE FIRST LEG of the odyssey has been completed — unsuccessfully, I might add.
As the second of six Wisconsin turkey seasons opened last Wednesday, I was prepared to show off my expert turkey calling while bringing in a big-boss gobbler for turkey hunting neophyte Dirty Doug McDrew.
As things turned out, all I accomplished for my effort in Clark County was luring one porcupine and one squirrel which, combined with the fisher I called in a couple weeks ago while scouting for birds up here, might say a lot about my calling abilities. We headed for Thorp on Thursday afternoon, hoping to get in an hour or so of early evening hunting, but a cold, pouring rain which pelted the car’s windshield from Wausau on west put a damper on that plan.
Instead, we went over maps with my Birkebeiner skiing buddy, Mitch Eichman, on whose farm and two other properties we fully intended to find a gobbler for Doug.