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Today was the 11th day I've tried to kill him. It was the 11th day he won the battle. I'm beginning to believe he just has my number. Everything you can imagine I've done. Calling, silence, repositioning on him, setting up where he roosts morning and night, setting up where he travels after flying down. Hes always one step ahead of me. Everything. I'm losing hope. Any thoughts from anyone who has been in this situation before? I really want to kill this bird, I love the challenge, but it's beginning to take its toll on me.
 

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I know how it feels man. I have been on birds for numerous days but they always beat me. I guess its just not my time yet, lol.
 

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Wrong place, right time! Their brains are only the size of a pea - he's not out thinking you, just moving where you aren't so far. If you love the challenge, you have it. When you kill him, the challenge is over.......keep at it - I like to hear your reports.
 

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Today was the 11th day I've tried to kill him. It was the 11th day he won the battle. I'm beginning to believe he just has my number. Everything you can imagine I've done. Calling, silence, repositioning on him, setting up where he roosts morning and night, setting up where he travels after flying down. Hes always one step ahead of me. Everything. I'm losing hope. Any thoughts from anyone who has been in this situation before? I really want to kill this bird, I love the challenge, but it's beginning to take its toll on me.
Reminds me of a bird I was trying to get about 15 years ago. Day after day I tried and failed, and then settled for a jake. The next day my dad went there and killed him.

Steve.
 

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He is just being a turkey, can not say I have spend 11 days chasing one bird. Way to stay after him, I would have found another bird. But when one does get under your skin, and then you kill him it is game over. This spring I hunted a bird 4 days. And after I killed him I was kind of sad that it was over. I should have let him walk. But other hunters would done what I did.

If he whips you again, just smile and walk away. Don't let it get to you...
 

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He is just being a turkey, can not say I have spend 11 days chasing one bird. Way to stay after him, I would have found another bird. But when one does get under your skin, and then you kill him it is game over. This spring I hunted a bird 4 days. And after I killed him I was kind of sad that it was over. I should have let him walk. But other hunters would done what I did.

If he whips you again, just smile and walk away. Don't let it get to you...
I have thought about going after other birds. Plenty around. I just drove down the country store and there's one out in the freshly turned up field with a few hens. I'm tempted. It sounds retarted but I almost feel a connection with this stupid bird I'm hunting. As if this little bugger almost knows its a game. I have a spot on the wall for him but he sure doesn't want to get there any time soon. I guess it's showing my maturity as a hunter. It's been 16 straight years putting a tag on one and now I really don't care if I do this year unless it's him.
 

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I hunted a bird last season like that....clear to last morning...i put my tag on him. Had him within range once prior..

The one time I had him in range was the only other day he cooperated...

I knew his strut zones...i knew his primary roost...but like you said I'd try one thing and he'd do another....



I wanted him because I saw the hooks he carried...so I stuck with him nearly daily...i alternated hunts between him and another flock I had eyes on...killed one of them too...the evening prior to to the last day lol..

Letting a bird get under your skin and sticking with him is tough....and I've ate my tag doing it once..but its a great feeling to put a tag on him...


Really you have 2 options...stick with him and hope he slips up and cooperates...or go find another bird...
 

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If he roosts in the same spot every night, use the green out to your advantage and get as close as you can to the tree. Get right under it if you can. You have to go in extra early and take your time sneaking into position but try to be right where he wants to fly down.

Have you tried him in the afternoon? The bird I was after this year was doing the same thing, always just out of range or heading the other way so on the first day we could hunt in the afternoon, I slipped in, located him with his hens, and actually called to the hens and they led him right to me.

Good luck! Keep us updated!
 

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mauser06 said:
Letting a bird get under your skin and sticking with him is tough....and I've ate my tag doing it once..but its a great feeling to put a tag on him...
Everyone of those son-of-a-guns gets under my skin
 

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It once took me 18 straight days of hunting to kill a particular bird and I was up on Sunday scouting too. Nothing beats that feeling, go get him.
 

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I've been hunting the same Sneaky bird for the past 5 seasons now and can't get him. Others have tried also, same results. He's a legend around here
 

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I saw a Will Primos video where he said he hunted a bird for 5 days. He said he walked in slow like a turkey just scratching around. The gobbler flew right down to him. Makes for a good story but he didn't explain how to walk like a turkey other than saying that a turkey has two feet and we have two feet. Keep after him...you got a week plus.
 

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Fall gobbler, I'd agree! Lol. I don't like to loose to a bird with a pea brain...lol.

Sometimes I'm "smart enough" to go find another one..or can't get back after him..or can't find him again..



Rugered, that's kinds funny..the last bird I killed I heard walking behind me...i was 100% certain it was a person...i knew for sure it wasn't gunna be a deer...it was raining and those 2 feet made a LOT of noise..i knew it was gunna be a hunter...i was pleasantly surprised and shocked to see a longbeard lol....so much so my flintlock was resting on a log in front of me..he caught me way off guard...
 

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Don,t discount them because of the size of their brain.Look at your local migrating birds that fly across country and come back and return to the same spot to nest every year.
 
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