Had a big one strutting all around in front of the decoys this morning between 65 and 80 yards. Gobbled his head off. His hen came right by me.
He wouldn't come any closer. He was there from Fly down til 724. Then just went back into the hollow.
Spot 1 was a bust...someone beat me there despite it being within walking distance of the house.
Ran to my next option. Got there just as it was gray light.
Threw my decoys out and sat down. Didn't hear anything but after a wet night I figured they'd be coming to the field.
I barely sit down and a fisher charges the decoys. Winds me or doesn't think they are edible and runs off.
I give a few yelps and a bird hammers to the north...I think lol. Few minutes pass and give another couple yelps. Yep that's a gobble and pretty sure he's to the north. First gobbles of the season!
Time for the silent treatment.
He gobbles a few more times. Then I think a different bird gobbled to the South.
After a while I call again. Short gobble to the South.
3 birds appear...from the East out of property I can't touch. Lol. 2 hens and a gobbler. Now his gobble sounds a lot better. I give him a few yelps. He starts breaking from the hens. He closes some distance then starts pointing back towards the hens. I cutt at him and he fires a couple off and he stands there. He starts the turkey trot and here he comes.
Get the gun up and hammer back on the flintlock....he trotted by within 15yds. As I'm about to dump him I see the little nubby bushy beard. Look at the legs and bumps.
I decided to let him walk.
Came back to the first farm....other guy was long gone. I've never hunted here but there's been a group in the back of the field every evening. Setup and one gobbled a good ways off on his own. Gunna give it a while and see what happens. I am on the property line and can't go after him.
Me and my buddy got in early where the birds were roosted yesterday morning. Dead silence. Around 7 a mouthy hen wanted to talk so we did. She pulled two unidentifiable boys to here. They came in silent from our right but were on the other side of a little rise in the terrain and we could only catch glimpses of their heads as they made their way toward her. So they get a pass. Buddy had to call it a day around 10. I went back in behind the house and had one go off around 11:15. Got set up and he closed the distance. Safety was off and I thought for sure he was on his death walk. He was close enough that I could "feel" his gobble but never laid eyes on him. He just wouldn't crest the bench I was on. He continued making a racket and parralled that bench until quitting time. Great day in the turkey woods. I'm on my own the rest of the week so I'm gonna just work the birds behind the house. I'm thinking tomorrow and Thursday they're really gonna be fired up with this warm-up coming.
Got one this morning, had 4 long beards come marching in to my decoys around 8: 30 and as they pranced around. I had my 20 ga. Mossberg with a Pro Diamond Scope checking out their beards, all had nice ones, so I picked out the one with the longest and let him have it, After he fell and was flopping, the other 3 jumped on him for a second and then continued fanning out and walking around my inflatables before they decided leave. Ended up with a 20lb, 10.5 beard and 1 1/4 inch spurs. Couldn`t be happier.....
I would post some pics but can never figure how you guys do it.... Perhaps I`ll figure it someday...
I hunted today from 10:15 AM til quitting time, was able to sneak out a couple hours. First trip out, wasn't able to get out opening morning.
At 11 I struck one up across the hollow. At one point I thought there was one on my side also, but I wasn't sure. I'm never great at pinpointing them until they sound off a couple times. He would gobble once when I would really cutt hard, but he wasn't too worked up. It took me 3 goobles before I felt I had him somewhat pinpointed. This hollow is pretty wide open so my only play was to try to circle way around him, even though I jogged half the way it was 11:50 before I got setup within 200 yards of where I thought he was. Again I didn't think the terrain I could get much closer. Nothing doing the last ten minutes.
Hoping to go after him before work tomorrow. Otherwise this Saturday may be my last hurrah until the end of the month, the work calendar for this season is just awful and I have a couple fishing trips planned. Story of my mostly unsuccessful spring turkey career.
I never went out till 10am. Had a bird answer me, sounded like it was in a different time zone. It s was persistent, and would double gobble every time I called. It eventuallly worked its way down a steep creek valley, and up my side. An hour and 45 minutes late it was closing in. Saw it come out of multiflora rose and into the open woods. I took the shot and watched it fly away. Shot 2 minutes before quitting time. Oh well, there’s always tomorrow....or the day after that.
Great morning with a bad end. Birds were gobbling at 5:30am when I got out of my truck. Got setup and worked a bird to within 25 yards. I rushed the shot because I had a hen behind me getting nervous. you can read all about it here and see a few vids (including the miss).
Wound up with the day off to attend a funeral, and had a few hours to burn before the services, so I walked in blind on an extended family member's farm in Tioga County. Only one distant bird gobbling on the roost, and my attempts to pick a fight with a hen roosted somewhere below me were unsuccessful. I decided to relocate, and as I rose to leave, I spotted a silhouetted strutter and a jake on the neighbor's pasture behind me. They couldn't care less what sweet nothings I said to them, so I let them walk off, then hustled to get in front of them as best I could within the property lines. They finally gobbled a few times as I got into position, and better still, another bird fired off on the other side of me, putting me almost directly between them. Alas, before I could make a call from the new setup, a group of another neighbor's dogs came running up the pasture edge and started barking at me, and that was that. Never heard another peep from the gobblers, and I had to start walking by 8:30. Oh well.... I got to enjoy an unplanned morning in the woods, so I can't complain too loud. Next time out will be Saturday in 5A... After four 4-hour truck rides in the last five days, I'll be happy to hunt a little closer to home.
Good morning to hunt this morning in 2G ! A buddy and I went to where we had heard and saw a bird before but nothing at first light so we headed to another spot and there was a truck there with 2 guy just getting out so we opted to the 3rd spot and I owl hooted and we heard 4 birds gobble and I said come on I know exactly where he's at ! We got all set up with 2 decoys as he was hammering about 80 - 100 yds away. was set up at 6 and shot him at 6:28. 9" beard with 7/8" spurs !
Birds were talking from the roost up to 10:30. Shot a coyote sneaking in to my decoys with the TSS 9 shot. I rolled him pretty good and he got away. I know these loads are great pattering but I am think I am going back to Hevi Shot 5,s. At least that is one coyote that will probably not be dining on fawns.