Congrats to all involved in the youth hunt. Let's start with Period A and follow the season with Hunting reports, conditions, pics of birds killed. Good luck to everyone!
2017 Bird Reports
Finally got it done on this bruiser this morning...put them to bed last night and drew up a game plan to slip in and put put my home made strutting Tom decoy...at flydown he saw the deke immediately and was not happy...worked his way from 150 yards to 25 gobbling... strutting..and running at the deke...at 25 yards the mxb320 slipped a bolt right through his neck....largest bird I ever shot at 28lbs...11" beard and,1.3" spurs.
Late report...I had a permit for last week and it was a strange season for me. I hunted Thursday through Sunday from daylight until early afternoon each day. At first light the birds would not gobble. 3 out of the 4 days I hunted I didn't hear a gobble until almost 7AM. Don't know if they were that henned up or what? Seriously, not a gobble from the limb within a mile. Weird. Did get a bird Sunday morning...just set up in a pasture they like to strut in and called every 15 minutes. He came in silent and never strutted. 22.5# with 10.5" beard and 7/8" spurs.
Lots of gobbling all day yesterday. Finally got three Tom's to come at about two in afternoon. My son and I tried to double he got his and mine jump out of the way. 22.6 lbs 10 & 1/4 beard. On the plus side besides the proud moment of watching your son get his Tom, found 15 big morels. This morning the turkeys were coming on other side of ditch line all of the sudden they start making all kinds of noise then quite. Then coyote comes around the corner a couple of dying rabbit calls stops looks at hen decoy crouches down comes straight to it a load of number six longbeards and one less turkey killer.?? But now the farm is silent may have to change farms.
Ive had a blast taking friends and family out this year 4-4 as of now, with a young new hunter taking his first bird and first ever hunting kill!!!!! This week the wife and i will be trying to tag out. Birds are active and have been coming at my tom decoy hard!! id say this past week has been the peak of it. Good luck to all.
Been after this Tom for four afternoons. He finally made his mistake by coming within 15 feet of me. He always showed himself between 2:30 and 3:30 in the afternoon and was always in the same area walking. Every time I thought I had him pegged he would come out in a different spot. Had him pegged today. I looked over my shoulder and there he was standing. He knew something was not right and started to walk away and then he stuck his head up about 20 to 25 feet away and the game was over. He weighed 27 pounds, has a 11 1/2 inch beard with 1 3/8 inch spurs.