Northern Osceola County sportsman remains very active
TUSTIN -- Marshall Wickens is an active northern Osceola County sportsman, who has been trying to make the best of any outdoor activities which might come his way.
"As of (April 23) I couldn't put my boat in the water, but I guess I can today," Wickens said of the April 24 decision from the governor's office to allow motorized boating. "I thought that (not allowing motor boats) was really unnecessary. It was not helpful and very punitive toward sportsmen."
It's currently turkey hunting season, and Wickens loves the sport.
He hunts during the May season but hasn't gotten a chance to scout in the area. But he was planning hunting there once the season starts earlier this month.
"The folks I had talked to weren't sure they were going to be able to get out because of the travel restrictions." he said. "We didn't know when that was going to be lifted. I'm not seeing as many turkeys near my home in northern Osceola County as I used to."
Wickens acknowledged to able to be out and hunt and fish is something hunters and anglers appreciate even more.
"Hunters and fishermen have been chomping at the bit waiting for the chance," Wickens said. "I fish bass and walleye a little bit."
Trout, walleye and pike season opened the last weekend in April.
Wickens, a family doctor in Reed City, admitted times were rather unusual currently for sportsmen.
"The COVID 19 business is not going away anytime soon," he said. "We're still going to have some restrictions either legal or just being restricted by good sense for some time yet. I do this for a living. I practice medicine."
Wickens indicated wildlife most likely came out of the winter in very good shape.
"The deer should have done real well this winter," he said. "I expect turkeys probably did OK, too."