Double up on fun — hunt turkeys AND go fishing

It’s spring, and that means two things for outdoors enthusiasts; open water fishing and turkey season. And both of those things will help you keep your social distance from other people.

It’s time to get out of the house and away from town. Get far, far away from anything that even remotely reminds you of this coronavirus fiasco.

Grab the shotgun and your fishing gear and get out to the hills for some long overdue outdoors activity.

The first thing you need to know is that you don’t need to draw a limited quota turkey license anymore. For some reason, there are still limited quota tags available for some of the areas, but the general license works in all turkey hunting areas. If you don’t have a turkey license yet, go get one. There are still some stores open that are selling licenses, and as far as I’m concerned, that definitely qualifies as an essential service.

During the spring, only male turkeys, or those with visible beards, are legal birds. Make sure you’re drawing a bead on a male before you trip the trigger.

You’ll also need to have a valid hunter education card if you were born on or after Jan. 1, 1965. No matter when you were born, you’ll need this year’s Wyoming conservation stamp. And if you plan to hunt on private land, get written permission from the landowner before you plan your hunt.

But don’t limit your trip to a turkey hunt. If you have time, stay out a little longer and dip a line in the water. If you’re a fly fisher, make sure your vest is full of wet flies. You’ll want nymphs and midges that sink to the bottom of the waterway, because that’s where the trout are feeding right now. Bead head prince nymphs are good bets on most of the waters in the state. A good woolly worm will never treat you wrong, either.

So get your gear rounded up and escape this coronavirus madness for a few days.