Deluxe Turkey Hunting and Fishing at Honey Lake Plantation
In a letter written to his daughter Sally on January 26, 1784, Benjamin Franklin expressed displeasure with the Bald Eagle being chosen as the symbol of the United States of America. Franklin wrote that “the turkey is in comparison a much more respectable bird, and a true original Native of America. He is besides, though a little vain and silly, a bird of courage.” The wild turkey is a wily adversary, and it is perhaps for that reason that sportsmen find turkey hunting to be among the pinnacles of pursuit.
A turkey hunter is easy to spot. Within a week after Opening Day you’ll notice dark patches under his eyes from awakening at o-dark-thirty to get into the woods. He’ll sneak into position with the stealth of a child raiding the cookie jar at midnight, and will sit motionless for hours on end. Long the hunter is in position, the male turkeys, also known as gobblers, fly down from their tree limb roosts. The adults will select their mate-du-jour from a harem, and the circle of life will continue.
The turkey hunter uses a wide-variety of box calls, slates, and mouth calls to imitate the sounds made by a hen. He’ll also scratch the leaves and pine straw from the ground to imitate a feeding bird. And if he convinces the wary, skittish, and doubtful gobbler that he’s the real deal he’ll harvest a bird for Thanksgiving Day dinner. If not, he’ll wake up early the following morning and try again.
Honey Lake Plantation in North Florida has an abundance of Eastern wild turkeys on their 4865 acre plantation. To deliver an unparalleled hunting experience, the number of hunts available to the public are limited. Guide services are offered at the plantation and depending on time and schedule, a turkey-hunting guest may have a surprise for his guide: Honey Lake Plantation owner/founder/entrepreneur Bob Williamson. Williamson, you see, is an avid turkey hunter and outstanding caller who spends nearly every day of the season in the woods. And it is a tremendous benefit as he studies and patterns the birds’ activities throughout the year.
After a morning’s hunt, many turkey hunters will take a brief nap. Their reason for a short rest period is because they’re eager to spend the afternoon fishing for trophy bass and bream on Honey Lake Plantation’s five lakes. The fishing during turkey season is outstanding, with hot-and-heavy action coming in the form of largemouth bass, a strain of hard-hitting/hard-fighting tiger bass, and enormous bream. On a trip to Honey Lake Plantation, Chuck Wechsler, the editor of Sporting Classics magazine caught a fish-per-cast for an afternoon. That might have been one of the contributing reasons to his naming Honey Lake Plantation as the recent recipient of the coveted Hunting Lodge of the Year award.
Sporting Classics’ Chuck Wechsler and Brian Raley present Bob Williamson with the 2012 Hunting Lodge of the Year Award of Excellence.
Throughout history, hunting and fishing trips were synonymous with roughing it. Honey Lake Plantation represents a new trend where sportsmen can enjoy the highest-quality of outdoor experiences along with comfortable guest suites with private baths, high-cotton count linens, down pillow tops, and stunning views. Gourmet meals are prepared daily by the plantation’s executive chef, with a tremendous amount of vegetables, produce, eggs, and herbs being grown or harvested from the plantation’s Victory Garden.
Honey Lake Plantation offers full spa treatments which range from a variety of massage therapies, body treatments, a state-of-the-art exercise room, pool, and whirlpool. Honey Lake Plantation is where tradition meets elegance. And after one visit, guests find a reason to come back.
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