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LOL You know its a rough season when the daily thread isn't made until 10:40 am

Went out this morning. Not a peep as the norm for this year. Had trains blowing horns, crows going nuts, and not a bird shocked gobbled. All I saw for the morning was a dead coyote.

I feel like its the 4th quarter, im down by 20, Im the QB and I just dislocated my shoulder. Ill be giving her heck until the end buy MAN what a rough season.
 

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Heard three. Had one 85 yards in a tree gobbled about 15 times. Heard a hen yelping on the other side of him. I called to her the other 2 gobbled and they were on the other side of her. They all went that way towards the neighbors field. Heard one gobble after that
 

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The boss is dead. After 12 days of hunting him I signed his death certificate this morning at 7:35am.
 

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Thought I was going to fill my tag this morning but didn't happen. The birds were hammering away this morning and there was 3-4 of them. Finally one is getting closer sounds about 75 yards below me. A few minutes go by and I see a pop up over the hill but wouldn't come in any further. Hung up there for about 5 minutes. Had a decoy out but wasn't interested. About 30-45 minutes go by and there is one about 75 yards above me know. He gobbled about 10 times up there but wouldn't come in either. Starting to get really frustrated with this bird.
 

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Had 2 gobble maybe 150 times on the roost and 0 times on the ground. Only heard hens after that. Hung around until 8:00 then off to work.
 

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bowhntnonly said:
Thought I was going to fill my tag this morning but didn't happen. The birds were hammering away this morning and there was 3-4 of them. Finally one is getting closer sounds about 75 yards below me. A few minutes go by and I see a pop up over the hill but wouldn't come in any further. Hung up there for about 5 minutes. Had a decoy out but wasn't interested. About 30-45 minutes go by and there is one about 75 yards above me know. He gobbled about 10 times up there but wouldn't come in either. Starting to get really frustrated with this bird.
If you're hunting him in the woods, ditch that decoy. If you're hunting him in a field, go hunt him in the woods.
 

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Went out this morning and not a peep ! I did see 2 different hens ! Yesterday I took a ride while it was raining and saw 3 different groups of hens 2 groups of 3 hens and a group of 4 hens but no sight of a gobbler !!
 

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Again, I didn't hear any gobblers sound off from the roost this morning. I set up a little differently today, right about the place where I called my the season's first harvest from, and at about 7:40 I heard a gobble behind me. I looked into the field and a gobbler was walking across to the other side where I've killed several. So I thought if that's where he wants to be killed, I'll oblige.

So I headed over there through the woods at the bottom end of the field. I was trying to keep track of him, but lost him. I thought he was moving pretty steadily, and he had a good head start, so he must have reached the other side.

Just about then, I saw him running from the edge of the field into the woods in front of me, about 40 yards away. He struggled to get airborne, and as he cleared the treetops he turned to his left and sailed away. I figured he had to come land somewhere below where I had been set up, and it seems to be a favored place this season, so I headed back there. From 8:30 to noon I saw there calling every 15-30 minutes, but got no response and saw nothing. Before I left I set up a trail camera.

One thing I've learned this season is that gobblers are much easier to hunt when they gobble!


I'll be back there tomorrow. He shouldn't be far away and if I get the right break I'll pay him back for all the frustration of this season. Looks like I'll have Tuesday and Wednesday to get it done. The forecast for the rest of the week is thunderbumpers.

Steve.
 

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After a fun, but long and particularly frustrating season, I filled my second tag at 11:30 this morning. Story and pics to come shortly.
 

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DrakesOnly said:
bowhntnonly said:
Thought I was going to fill my tag this morning but didn't happen. The birds were hammering away this morning and there was 3-4 of them. Finally one is getting closer sounds about 75 yards below me. A few minutes go by and I see a pop up over the hill but wouldn't come in any further. Hung up there for about 5 minutes. Had a decoy out but wasn't interested. About 30-45 minutes go by and there is one about 75 yards above me know. He gobbled about 10 times up there but wouldn't come in either. Starting to get really frustrated with this bird.
If you're hunting him in the woods, ditch that decoy. If you're hunting him in a field, go hunt him in the woods.
I was hunting right outside of the woods . The turkeys roost right inside the woods. Next day I go I am going to try and slip in the woods early and won't be using a decoy. It was the second morning in the past few days he was in the same spot gobbling. Might be where he is getting with the hens. He will gobble a few times and then silence, this is after he is on the ground.
 
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