TIM­ING AND COM­MON SENSE

Modern Pioneer - - Bushcraft -

When go­ing af­ter tur­tles, try to wait un­til the sec­ond week of July be­fore you be­gin. Even though tur­tles are mov­ing from May through Septem­ber, they won’t lay their eggs un­til July. Give tur­tles enough time to lay their eggs to en­sure a healthy tur­tle pop­u­la­tion for years to come.

If you catch a small tur­tle, you can prac­tice catch and re­lease. Sim­ply cut the cord above the leader and free the tur­tle. The hook will even­tu­ally dis­solve, and the tur­tle will be fine. Don’t at­tempt to un­hook a tur­tle. A leader is much cheaper than doc­tor bills when a tur­tle grabs a fin­ger or two. Trust me, I’m writ­ing from ex­pe­ri­ence.

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