Turkey Hunting Safety Tips

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Turkey Hunting
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New Yorker David Heskiel, a sales representative for New York City’s Riverside Abstract title company, provides his clients title insurance policies for owners, lenders, leaseholders, and others. He provides a great many other services as well, including various title searches and certificates, as well as due diligence, foreclosure, 1031 exchange, and a host of other services. When he is not attending to his clients’ needs, David Heskiel enjoys a broad range of recreational activities, including occasional in-season turkey hunting trips to Nebraska.

Although turkey hunting is considered one of the world’s safest outdoor sports, there are several common-sense safety tips that wise hunters follow to make it so. The first of these is the camouflage that hunters wear to avoid detection by the notoriously paranoid turkey. Since hunters most commonly identify a “gobbler” — a male turkey — by the red plumage on its head, as opposed to the blue feathers on a hen’s head, they should eliminate any trace of red from their own clothing, as well as blue or white, other common plumage colors, to avoid confusing other hunters.

Trying to stalk a wild turkey is an unwise and potentially dangerous strategy. Turkey hunters find a good place to settle and call turkeys with a gobbler call, hoping to attract other gobblers. Since any motion at all not only alerts suspicious turkeys, but might also signal other hunters, it’s best to find a calling position at least as wide as your shoulders and as high as your head, so that any movement you make won’t be visible from behind. Hunters in calling position who become aware of another hunter shouldn’t make any movements to alert the other hunter. Instead, call out in a loud, clear voice.

Once a turkey has been killed, it’s imperative to get it out of the area as quickly as possible. The best approach to this is to wrap the bird in a blaze orange vest or tape to carry it out of the hunting area, following the most open route possible.

The Impact of Hurricane Sandy

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Hurricane Sandy
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A real estate professional who represents the Riverside Abstract title agency, David Heskiel enjoys a broad range of pursuits outside the office, including fishing, hiking, and cooking. A quintessential New Yorker, David Heskiel spent time in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Sandy helping with search-and-rescue operations and later with food and shelter support for those displaced by the massive storm.

Hurricane Sandy, the most destructive hurricane of the 2012 season, began on October 19, 2012, as a tropical wave in the Caribbean Sea. It evolved to tropical storm status on October 22, and became the 18th named storm of the season. Maximum sustained winds of 74 mph were recorded on October 24, and Sandy officially became the season’s tenth hurricane. It roared over Jamaica, Cuba, and the Bahamas before taking aim at the United States on October 26.

Sandy picked up strength over the next few days and didn’t make landfall again until the evening of Tuesday, October 29, when it lumbered ashore near Atlantic City, New Jersey, and headed toward New York City, which was preparing for the onslaught. Sandy lost strength dramatically over the next couple of days and was reported as having dissipated completely by November 1, with remnants still affecting the lower Great Lakes.

Sandy’s impact was profound. It killed nearly 300 people, including at least 125 in the US. It produced record storm surges along the eastern seaboard and closed non-essential government and private offices and facilities, including public schools, for as many as five days. At Sandy’s height, between 7 and 8 million people were without power. It caused more than $60 billion in damage in the US, and more than $300 million in the Caribbean. Most severely hit was New York City, due to damage done to subway and roadway tunnels.