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I'm set up along a field that a bird had been traveling through regularly. Nine times out of ten, this doesn't work for me. Hopefully today is the exception. There's other options on this farm if this setup falls through.

Good luck, fellas!
 

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Good luck!!!


Going back to sleep....


Being tagged out early is bitter sweet...not complaining one bit...i need sleep...

Will be on the patterning board with the flintlock later...gunna see what I can get it to do..i remember when a 40yd turkey gun was something to talk about...I'm gunna see if I can't get a 40yd flintlock!!
 

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Fianlly got it done this morning around 6:20. A friend and I doubled up this morning. I shot a nice 2yo 20 lb. 9" beard, 1" spurs at 11 steps. He shot a jake right after my shot. Good end to a grueling two weeks.
 

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Same old same old. Got well within 75 yards of one roosted and gobbling regularly, he responded to some soft tree yelps, gobbled on his own for a bit, I did a flydown and made a few yelps, he responded, he flew down later and shut up. I stuck around for about 45 minutes of silence before I had to leave to work, and he never showed. It seems to be the script.
 

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I got it done this morning at 7:30. After a long season of passing on jakes and jakes and more jakes, I got a longbeard to come in, ironically I believe it was the jakes that helped seal the deal for me bringing him in. 2 yo 3/4" spurs 10 1/8" beard
 

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Birds were hammering for 15 minutes this morning and then just all shut down.

I did see a baby barred own on the ground, took a picture and got dive bombed by momma owl. Not fun at all!!
 

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I thought they'd be on fire this morning as well, but I didn't hear or see a single bird all morning. I was on the same property as I was yesterday... it's like somebody flipped the switch off.

Taking a quick brunch break, have a truck repair to tend to, then I think I'm going to go exploring this afternoon.
 

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Drove from Erie to Pittsburgh and back already today. Left here at 6 and figured I'd see a bunch of birds. Nope. One small flock in a field outside of Pittsburgh was there on the way down and back and that was all.
 

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I made a rookie mistake this morning. Had a bird gobble on the roost as I was slipping into the area I wanted to be in. I never said a word till I heard him leave the limb. He hit the ground and gobbled. I hit him with three yelps and a few clucks. I guessed him at about 100 yards at this point. Not a minute later, he was in my lap to the right. I couldn't move, gun in lap yet. He proceeded to gobble several times as he walked away. I had to wait a while for him to get away from me, but then got the gun up and hit him with a few yelps again. He responded but kept going the other direction. I hate this turkey hunting some days. lol
 

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cadcamky said:
Turkeyman said:
PA season ended with a 2YO. He was the first of three coming in. As I pulled the trigger I said,"This one's for you Don."
How do you know he was 2?? Congrats!
The spurs usually tell the story. A 2 year old has more than jake nubbins -- usually from 5/8" to 1", and not real sharp. A 3 year old has sharp spurs, probably 1 1/8" long or more. After that, it's hard to know for sure.

Steve.
 

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Everyday Hunter said:
cadcamky said:
Turkeyman said:
PA season ended with a 2YO. He was the first of three coming in. As I pulled the trigger I said,"This one's for you Don."
How do you know he was 2?? Congrats!
The spurs usually tell the story. A 2 year old has more than jake nubbins -- usually from 5/8" to 1", and not real sharp. A 3 year old has sharp spurs, probably 1 1/8" long or more. After that, it's hard to know for sure.

Steve.
Your guessing. Once upon a time I shot a banded turkey in pa. The study was from Penn state college The bird had a 8" beard and 1" Spurs. He was 7-1/2 years old, he was banded as a jake and traveled 14 miles. I was a lot like yourself in the guessing game.
 
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