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Ive talked to 3 guys including myself that have noticed this year in our area the birds seem to be acting just as though it's the first week. Lots of gobbling. I don't remember it being like this in years past. There just not slowing down. Usually it's very quiet by now. In years past most areas I hunt when the birds hit the ground they shut up this late in the season, if you even heard any at all. We're hearing them well into the 9:00 hour. Weird year.
 

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And many on here claim they can barely buy a gobble all hear...


I've always liked the 3rd and 4th week...people complain about the green up, the heat, the bugs..lack of activity etc etc..


I've had some quiet hunts throughout the entire season...

Turkeys are turkeys...can kill em on the first day or the last or somewhere in between...just gotta be out there hunting...



Many claim this season to be the worst...(but I think that's aid every season lol). I had a fantastic quick season...5 hunts...3 hunts yielded 5 longbeards in range and 2 filled tags...

Some would say I was lucky...i don't know..it was turkey season so I put my boots on and went hunting...if I still had tags I'd still be huntin...
 

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And many on here claim they can barely buy a gobble all hear...


I've always liked the 3rd and 4th week...people complain about the green up, the heat, the bugs..lack of activity etc etc..


I've had some quiet hunts throughout the entire season...

Turkeys are turkeys...can kill em on the first day or the last or somewhere in between...just gotta be out there hunting...



Many claim this season to be the worst...(but I think that's aid every season lol). I had a fantastic quick season...5 hunts...3 hunts yielded 5 longbeards in range and 2 filled tags...

Some would say I was lucky...i don't know..it was turkey season so I put my boots on and went hunting...if I still had tags I'd still be huntin...
The only two things I complain about in the late season are the black gnats and poison ivy.
 

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first three weeks i couldnt buy a gobble. last night put one to bed that was talking, and he woke up at oh-dark-thirty this morning gobbling nonstop. saying turkeys are acting weird though, is repetitive. turkeys ARE weird. i've learned to expect the unexpected.
 

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first week was phenomenal for me as far as gobbling activity.2nd and 3rd week,i couldnt buy a gobble.This week,ive been hearing them everyday.got home from hunting this morning and had two sounding off till 11 o'clock in a field right by my housing development.As have been said,turkeys will be turkeys.
 

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Only one season 2 years ago did I really hunt a lot all the way through. I remember standing there on Memorial day and having a bird gobbling on the limb.......and two guys walk in behind me (they were really nice though) so the turkey were still active.

Personally I am not a late season turkey fan. Once it gets nice out and the green comes up I just don't enjoy it anymore. Having it get light so dang early it ruins my entire day getting up to hunt when you have to be out there. I personally "scout" my way into turkey season and that's my hunt time. If I do that for 2-3 weeks, manage to get a shot during the first two weeks and be done I have had my fill of turkeys and turkey hunting. Having heard literally thousands of gobbles in my life.......they all sound about the same. When I don't enjoy it anymore I am not doing, hence why I never buy a second tag. I guess I kinda look at filling the first one as a relief.
 

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I've always liked the 3rd and 4th week alot. Willing gobblers and virtually zero competition from other hunters is the reason. Usually, even if I've tagged out early (like this year), I'm still out every day just listening. This year has been very quiet compared to what I'm used to. I've heard about a dozen total gobbles in the last week and a half. I still think things will break loose here before the fat lady sings.
 

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I'm not hearing much this week. I wish I did, I kind of like the greening up. I can sleep in a bit, because I can listen for gobbles and get closer to the roost than trying to sneak close in open, leafless woods. They don't seem to be acting breedy though; I haven't seen a strutting gobbler in a week and a half. Need to lace some corn with Viagra or something!
 

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Saw 3 hens and 2 strutters in a field this AM. Could not pull either one my way. They followed the hens like they were on a leash.
 

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Missed 3 mornings all season, haven't been able to work a bird since day 2 of the season. I missed 2 mornings because of down pours, and one I was in ohio for a wedding that was a rain fest back home.

I put in more time than most both before and during season. And I am in the boat of Can't buy a gobble.

I had 10 birds scouted before season in different areas, called 2 of them in for others that harvested them, so its not like I cant call them in.

Definitely my worst season I've had. I thought that yesterday and today would be just like the first week of the season since it was the first near 60 degree mornings we had, and nothing.

Who knows. I have 3 more before work hunts left, and Saturday and Monday to hunt until 12. Can't hunt evenenings because of work and kids. All I can do is just keep putting the time in, and hope something happens I guess.
 

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Hunted a spot monday that was on fire! Three birds gobbling and one was hammering at everything. Went back today and it was ice cold, not a gobble.
 

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And many on here claim they can barely buy a gobble all hear...


I've always liked the 3rd and 4th week...people complain about the green up, the heat, the bugs..lack of activity etc etc..


I've had some quiet hunts throughout the entire season...

Turkeys are turkeys...can kill em on the first day or the last or somewhere in between...just gotta be out there hunting...



Many claim this season to be the worst...(but I think that's aid every season lol). I had a fantastic quick season...5 hunts...3 hunts yielded 5 longbeards in range and 2 filled tags...

Some would say I was lucky...i don't know..it was turkey season so I put my boots on and went hunting...if I still had tags I'd still be huntin...
LOL I just did my steps conversion on my phone I put 126.75 miles in so far in May on the days I hunted. That would nearly be like me walking from my house to the PA/Ohio Border, and no turkey waiting for me at the end to shoot. Just wild man. Im trying not to complain too much but I have been at it hard. LOL every day, I would even settle for a bird to come in to 60 yards and hang up, at this point.


LOL you know its bad when even the people you typically take as liars, or exaggerators are having a bad season
 

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Been after the long beards for many years in VA, but new in PA and finding my way regarding locations. Headed to GL 141 on Friday and curious if anyone had any advice. Not necessarily asking for hot spots, but what might be a part of 141 that is tougher to get to and therefore, maybe less hunted. Also wondering if, like in VA, many people have stopped hunting as the season draws to a close. Thanks for any feedback.
 

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Lol Mike...pretty crazy to think about...i put on maybe...5 miles lol.


Glad I filled my tags...lots of changes at home...i feel like I'd been on the struggle bus too...

Hopefully by next season I have a house up north...don't have a lot of ground scouted but I have knowledge of lots of land that'll give me a bit of a start..
 

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Just imagine how many longbeards you walked right past in that 126 miles
No lie, I actually read something a while back that GPS monitored turkeys and many of them actually stayed put and hid as opposed to flushing from hunters nearby.

I know how frustrating that is to put in so much effort and seemingly nothing will work. You're a better hunter for it, and if you shoot one in the next six days it's going to feel like winning the super bowl. Good luck.
 

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Thanks guys. Some years its just like that I guess, and I was spoiled last year by tagging out by the first Thursday of the season. If I could just sit when they aren't gobbling I think I would be more successful but if I wanted to do that I would just deer hunt. I live and breath for the gobble, and calling them in responding to my calls. Killing the bird is not my favorite part of turkey hunting but the excitement of having a bird totally focused on your calling, and seeking you.
 

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Look at it this way Mike, you've only been hunting turkeys for three years and you've killed three birds and brought in birds for a few other folks. Most turkey hunters, me included, would have liked to have started like that.

Some might even say you haven't paid your dues yet
....not me, but some, lol.

Wait 30 years from now and look back at all the tough years. Those will be the ones that taught you something. Half the fun is being out there and learning
. The season's not over yet!!!
 

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Between my trip home from upstate on Sunday, and banging around York and Adams counties the days since, I've seen more strutting gobblers with hens than I have the entire four weeks prior. Maybe the best is yet the come between now and the end...
 

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Look at it this way Mike, you've only been hunting turkeys for three years and you've killed three birds and brought in birds for a few other folks. Most turkey hunters, me included, would have liked to have started like that.

Some might even say you haven't paid your dues yet
....not me, but some, lol.

Wait 30 years from now and look back at all the tough years. Those will be the ones that taught you something. Half the fun is being out there and learning
. The season's not over yet!!!
LOL Lee was the first to mention that, and that I haven't paid my dues. LOL just stinks to come out of the gates swinging and getting knock outs like Tyson, then nothing LOL. Maybe I just called in the 2 dumbest birds on the mountain.

LOL no doubt I am pouting, and borderline whining, but I said it just after my buddy got his gobbler to complete his triple trophy, " My season is complete, and I don't care if I shoot one myself"....FAMOUS LAST WORDS!!

The thought crossed my mind about shooting a jake if one came in today. LOL I just think I was very fortunate and spoiled my first few years, and this is new to me and I don't like it.


I don't want to come across as ungreatful or anything and I feel pretty happy with my start in the turkey hunting game, but this season was a huge dose of Humble Pie if I ever had one.

With the way the season had started I figured I could be tagged out by the end of the first week.....WRONG....DEAD WRONG
 

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Oh by the way those tougher to get to spots in SG141 are getting hunted just as much as the easy spots. Last Friday I was in VERY deep and had encounters with 2 ATV's both of which had 2 occupants who were hunting. I understand some guys have a Handicap ATV pass but that is for them not so they can take their buddy in with them to hunt with him. If he's not handicap he needs to get there the same way I did. I was not a very happy hunter after busting my butt to get into where I was.
 
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