With the local spring turkey season opening up last week in Grayson, Fannin, and Lamar counties—by the way, the Eastern turkey regulation package season runs from April 22 through May 14 this year—there was a report or two of a local longbeard being taken. There was also a report or two of local toms being “henned up” and refusing to leave their hens…In North Texas, longtime Clay County turkey hunter Doug Rodgers indicates that the turkeys are scarce and tight-lipped as the Texas North Zone season continues for Rio Grandes through May 15…In southern Oklahoma near Waurika, North Texas Outfitters head guide Dakota Stowers indicates that the birds are gobbling and a number of good longbeards have fallen during the first couple of weeks of the 2022 Oklahoma spring turkey season. That includes a couple of birds with beard length measuring more than 10-inches and one sporting sharp 1 3/8-inch spurs. Stowers indicates that one hunter in camp took an Oklahoma Rio Grande, a trophy longbeard that capped a career turkey grand slam… Last fall, many hunters across the country were scratching their heads and wondering what happened to the rut in their local woods. And as it turns out, according to Dr. James Kroll— the Dr. Deer personality on North American Whitetail TV, a NAW magazine columnist, and professor emeritus from Stephen F. Austin State University, –there were actually some valid reasons for such thoughts. If you’d like to read his column, “What Happened to the 2021 Rut?”, visit NAW’s website at https://www.northamericanwhitetail.com/editorial/ what-happened-to-2021-rut/459469.