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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-10-2019, 09:33 PM Thread Starter
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My 2019 season

The first week was very eventful with killing a coyote and 3 close calls with longbeards before work at 35, 45, 55 yards. Also passed up a bearded hen at 15 yards. I was carrying my flinter and 25 yards was my max. A little frustrating but still fun to be into them all week.

Week 2 started out on May 6th with me waking up late and my flintlock stuff in disarray so I grabbed the 870. I walked right in on 4 gobblers in the tree and thought that I was setup real good but they did the Turkey thing and did not follow the script. At 650 I moved up to the edge of the steep hill and called once more before heading off to work.
A bird answered right below me on a adjacent gasline. I moved towards the gas line and setup. I called once more and he was right there in plain sight. He started putting and circling me wide. He came into an opening i was guessing that was right at 50 yards. He hit the dirt at the shot and bird #1 was down. I stepped it off after the shot and to my surprise it was 56 steps. I felt a little guilty for taking the shot but it worked out. Not my type of shot to take.
He was a 2 year old I'm guessing with 3/4 spurs and 8.5 inch whispy beard20190506_070235_1557537392043.jpg

The next day I made it out was may 8th and I took the flintlock. I headed to a spot that I have not hunted this year yet and just got to a popular roost spot by 520 and stood there and listened.

A bird gobbles downhill from me around 80 yards out and I set up. The way the hill rolls I thought there was a decent chance he would pitch down right on top of me. He continued to gobble till he flew down at 605. He went slightly to my right and I called for the first time when he hit the ground. He stood in that spot 80 yards from me in wide open woods for about 20 mins gobbling his noggin off. When he got behind a tree I clucked ever so slightly and scratched the leaves a little bit. He perked up, broke strut and did the walk every turkey hunter likes to see. I pulled the hammer back and he walked into 25 yards at 630.
First turkey with my new gun and I couldn't be happier about it. Turned out to be a really good bird too.
9 inch beard
1 5/16 spur and the other 1 1/420190508_064205_1557538290126.jpg
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-11-2019, 10:31 AM
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Great job and fantastic hooks on that gobbler.
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-12-2019, 01:16 AM
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Great birds, congrats!

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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-12-2019, 07:22 AM
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Thats a great season right there. I always tell folks try a different weapon, like a muzzleloader or bow. It adds a whole new dimension to the hunt.

Congrats and thanks for sharing.

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Nice work your second bird is a stud no doubt..

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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-12-2019, 08:36 AM
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Nice work and great hooks on that second bird. Yea the sideways pic thing is annoying. It's an iPhone thing.

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Wy to go.How about some info on your smoke pole and load.
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-12-2019, 09:51 PM Thread Starter
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The gun was built by skip eckhart in emporium. It is a 62 cal smooth bore with a natural cherry stock.
I was shooting 80 grains of 2f, 3 overshot cards, 1 1/8 0z of #6 hard lead shot, equal amount of corn muffin mix distributed evenly through my shot and 1 over shot card.
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