ROD GUN gobbler photo

The outdoor editor's trail camera recently captured this image of an Allegany County gobbler making its rounds as it looked for female companions.

Not every spring gobbler hunter has a hunting camp where he or she can get with others to share the day’s experience or maybe even swap a fib or two, so we set up a virtual camp for you. #CTNgobblers will get you to our virtual gobbler hunting camp during the spring seasons.

BACKGROUND:

It worked so nicely a year ago that we thought, "Shoot. Let's just do it again."

We are talking, of course, about #CTNgobblers. That's the hashtag that will get you to our virtual gobbler hunting camp during the spring seasons.

Not every spring gobbler hunter has a hunting camp where he or she can get with others to share the day’s experience or maybe even swap a fib or two, so we set up a virtual camp for you.

In this amazing electronic world in which we now live, work and play allows us to do that.

Sure, I know there are those hunters who want nothing to do with a laptop computer or smartphone when they are out doing their thing, and I understand that.

However, there are plenty of others who tote the smartphone or get on the desktop computer at the end of the day’s hunt.

So, for the second consecutive year, our camp will be called #CTNgobblers

Just use that hashtag when you post on your Twitter account and it will be added to our virtual hunting camp updates.

Other hunters will be able to see your post saying something such as, “Hunted Garrett County this morning. Lot of gobbling but no shots #CTNgobblers

ROD GUN gobblers

The photo-window to capture gobblers on infrared is small, just a brief time after morning fly-down or a brief time during evening fly-up, but the outdoor editor's trail camera got this photo.

Or maybe you’ll post a photo of yourself in Grant County, West Virginia, with a longboard slung over your shoulder and add #CTNgobblers to share it with the rest of us.

You may remember that during recent Maryland bear hunting seasons we made “camps” where everybody could talk and read about what was going on. You can see that here

The spring gobbler seasons in West Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania are approaching rapidly:

• West Virginia — April 16 through May 12

• Maryland — April 18 through May 23

• Pennsylvania — April 28 through May 31

I will be afield in West Virginia on April 16-17 and then in Maryland on April 18 and will be Tweeting and, I hope, squeezing a shotgun trigger. I'll also be out and about the first two weeks of May as well as squeezing in a hunt or two at other times. 

There are already a few new posts at #CTNgobblers so we are underway.

If you are so inclined, join in. The more the merrier.

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If we get posts from somewhere in Almost Maryland, Almost Heaven or Pennsyltucky on most days of the seasons we can get a regional feel for whether the birds are gobbling and what kind of success is being enjoyed.

As any veteran spring gobbler hunter knows, the circumstances of the season change dramatically from the opener when foliage is usually sparse to the final days when the woods are very green.

In addition, there is usually a little more hen movement early in the season, but less later on because most of them are sitting on eggs in a nest.

These sorts of hunting season dynamics can be documented at #CTNgobblers. We can, in essence, write this year’s playbook for the hunt.

I’m looking forward to it. Hope you will jump on board.

Mike Sawyers is a staff writer and the outdoor editor at Cumberland Times-News. Call/text him at 304-639-4277, email msawyers@times-news.com and follow him on Twitter.

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