Case: This spring, let the mockingbirds sing and let a few turkeys walk

Staff file photo by Robin Rudd / A northern mockingbird perches with its lunch on a fence in East Brainerd.

"Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird." - Atticus Finch in "To Kill a Mockingbird"

I often hear from many of you out there who tell me that even though you are not hunters, you still read my somewhat meager offerings in this time slot. I am forever grateful for this. More than a little mystified, but grateful.

Those of you who are hunters already know we are on the cusp of that grand rite of spring: turkey season. Some of the Southern states have already started, and others will soon. Frankly, I have felt that if I see one more post on Facebook talking about "I can't wait" until the season comes, in I might explode.