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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 05-17-2019, 04:24 AM Thread Starter
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May 17th

Heading out hunting for the first time in 8 days to hunt with my uncle. He came back from Ohio to hunt here 2 days. I'm hoping the Turkey gods are good to us. Good luck and be safe.
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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 05-17-2019, 08:02 AM
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Quiet in 4B this morning. Good luck to those out all day!
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Another quiet day in 4B. Heck even my neighbors domesticated turkeys stopped gobbling 2 weeks ago.

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post #4 of 19 (permalink) Old 05-17-2019, 08:55 AM
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I've been hearing good gobbling all season. I had a guy shoot one about 100yds in front of me this morning. I heard a couple pellets land below me. That made me jump a bit!
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Probably the best morning of the season for me even though the weather wasn't great.

Actually had great gobbling on the roost which I haven't heard the last 2 seasons.

They were all a long ways off....but I knew I had 15-20 minutes to get close. I made a run for it.

Long story short...I knew 1 was closer than the rest but I didn't hear him during my morning Sprint. I stopped to listen and he was 30yds away on a limb lol.

Still had several gobbling. Started working them and had a good feeling they were going to charge right in. Another sudden down pour and silence.

Long story short, after a long wet miserable sit I gave in. I knew the other trail wasnt far. 30-40yds and that was where the last gobble was. I figured he saw me or didn't see the hen and he left...I couldn't see the trail...when I setup the closet hottest bird was 100yds below me and 100yds from the trail (it angles)

I knew better... should have been able to shoot the trail....

I knew better...I should have sat tight.



Yep...I get to the trail and stand there. I look left (down the hill) and there's 3 gobblers standing there looking at me 35yds away lol. They didn't spook bad...looked at me a few seconds and walked into the woods.... basically where I was setup lol.


Been so long since I've had actual action my mind was in rookie mode....aside from jakes, those are the first birds I've actually worked the last 2 years.

I have 8 more days of the season off. Hopefully this morning is a sign of things to come and the hunting gets good here.


I'm not really confident the flintlock will fire because the one downpour caught me off guard and I know it got wet so I'm back home....dry everything out and reload the flintlock for tomorrow.
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Probably the best morning of the season for me even though the weather wasn't great.

Actually had great gobbling on the roost which I haven't heard the last 2 seasons.

They were all a long ways off....but I knew I had 15-20 minutes to get close. I made a run for it.

Long story short...I knew 1 was closer than the rest but I didn't hear him during my morning Sprint. I stopped to listen and he was 30yds away on a limb lol.

Still had several gobbling. Started working them and had a good feeling they were going to charge right in. Another sudden down pour and silence.

Long story short, after a long wet miserable sit I gave in. I knew the other trail wasnt far. 30-40yds and that was where the last gobble was. I figured he saw me or didn't see the hen and he left...I couldn't see the trail...when I setup the closet hottest bird was 100yds below me and 100yds from the trail (it angles)

I knew better... should have been able to shoot the trail....

I knew better...I should have sat tight.



Yep...I get to the trail and stand there. I look left (down the hill) and there's 3 gobblers standing there looking at me 35yds away lol. They didn't spook bad...looked at me a few seconds and walked into the woods.... basically where I was setup lol.


Been so long since I've had actual action my mind was in rookie mode....aside from jakes, those are the first birds I've actually worked the last 2 years.

I have 8 more days of the season off. Hopefully this morning is a sign of things to come and the hunting gets good here.


I'm not really confident the flintlock will fire because the one downpour caught me off guard and I know it got wet so I'm back home....dry everything out and reload the flintlock for tomorrow.

Sounds promising, good luck!

Better then my chances...…..Wife and I are in Durham, N.C. for my nieces wedding.

I'll be back out next week trying for #2.

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Glad to hear that things may turn around and that someone had a good day.
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Since not hearing a single gobble since the first day i decided when i came home this morning to listen to gobblers on youtube so i dont forget what they sound like lol. Been very frustrating since the opener.

4B
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mauser06 -

Been there, buddy. Patience is the first thing to go after a long layoff from action, yet the most critical part of working birds. I’ve made that same decision to stand or move a few minutes too soon and watched the very birds that work in takeoff due to my lack of patience. The good news: you tend to fix the issue pretty quickly.
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Keep at it Mauser, patience will pay off.

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