Turkey season in New Jersey is over. I honestly can say that it has been my worst season ever in New Jersey. I hardly even heard turkeys, much less saw them. At least I can be thankful for the fact that I saw and heard turkeys on my trip to Florida/Kansas/Nebraska. But here in NJ it just plain sucked.
I guess I’ll be having tag soup for the next few weeks. The only turkeys I’ve seen in the past few days have been roadkill.
The other day a thought crossed my mind for a split second that maybe I shouldn’t have spent the money to buy my NJ turkey tags this year. But, if I hadn’t bought them I would have been wondering if I was passing up a chance at killing a turkey or two.
I weighed the options before the season started:
- Buy the tag, get up every morning at 4:30 for two weeks and hunt til noon, spend money on gas for my truck, lose a lot of sleep, and maybe not even get a turkey
- Save my money and don’t spend the money on tags, or gas money, sleep in every morning, not get a turkey, but think about it every single day and wish I would have got a tag so that I would at least have put forth the effort.
I went with option number one.
The money, lack of sleep, frustration, and all the time spent in the woods??? It was more than worth it. It’s not the first season that’s ended with a barren freezer and empty tags, and most likely won’t be the last.
I’m counting down the days until I can spend money, hours in the woods, and lose sleep during deer season. It’s what I live for.