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2018 Turkey Reports
From 5/29/18. Went out bright and early do to having 3 toms and a hen in the field the day before I was hunting. Toms were gobbling their heads off at 8:30 in the morning and exited with the hen. Well, got set up and only saw one hen and two deer, no toms. Packed up about 8:30 do to loss of blood from the skeeters. Decided to give it one last shot on this last day of the season and went out about 3:30 to the same field I hunted in the morning. Looked down the line fence and low and behold 4 toms strutting on the opposite side of the line fence which has about 150 foot wide small woods. Went to check to see if they were still there and they were gone. I knew that they went into the woods as that is what they did the day before. Quietly and quickly went to the tree I sat by in the morning and waited for an hour, nothing. Decided to sneak through the woods to see if they were out there in the other field. There they were about 300 yards away down the line fence and feeding my way. Got set up behind an old stump with a little brush in front of it for cover. I was thinking all the time "two tags to fill and maybe can get 2 of them to line up for a 2 for one shot". First tom came about 18 yards away and the other 3 were right behind him still coming. Finally all 4 were within 20 yards of me and 2 were lined up for a 2 for one shot but I had to moved just a few inches and when I did I broke a small twig on the ground, they started to run and I decided one is better than none. About 19 pounds, 10" beard and 3/4 inch spurs.
It was 94 degrees out when I went out and these birds were in the full sun just feeding and strutting. Birds do the craziest things.
Had tags for time period 3, 5, and 2 for 6. This was the only bird shot.
always a sad day but I wont be missing the 3am wake up call, that much.
zon 3 Waupaca co:
yesterday AM was brutal dropped my thermacell by atv so the skeeters got their fill, was hot and still no gobbles and seen one hen that was it, didn't hunt in PM.
this AM awesome lighting show to watch and the coolish breeze kept skeeters at bay and me semi cool until the rain came and got soaked, there was a break in the weather for a bit and I thought I heard a choppy gobble and I did out in front of me and closing get gun up and tom pops over slope in the hill gobblin and cluckin he looked at my hen deke and gobbled at her at aprox 50yds before wandering back below the rise and x to another field I decided to pack up and go set up down the hill and try um again, rain came again and then stopped and cleared up some, goooobllllalalee!! he's back! got um to come again within 40-5oyds but he was behind a hedge row just on the other side of me, I thought he would come out and eventually same thing wandered back up the hill in the other direction wet and exceeding my limit of sitting on hard ground for 7hrs I called it a day and a season. happy with the bird I got last weekend but would to have had a crack at another. still as always was a fun and learning experience spring.
I hear ya... But even the width of his tail fan showed he was a few sizes smaller than the average 2-3 year old Wi bird.
Wednesday I had 10 Jakes in one group enter the field I was in and neither the decoys, 3 hen and a Jake, or calling from soft putts, loud yelps to fighting purrs could get ANY of them to come investigate! I'm thinking couple dominate toms may have beat up on them or lots of hunting pressure..... Very odd for this time of the season.......
The other morning a Tom and 4 hens game out on a field that had corn last year. He was in strut when I first saw him and he stayed that way for a least 2 hours while the hens feed. Then another Tom came out with 6 hens. he first Tom went over and chased that Tom off. Now he had 10 hens and was in strut for another hour. Only a theory but if they do that for a few weeks they are gonna lose wieght fast
What's with light weight birds? I'm not complaining mind you, not for the last season, but I killed a bird this morning that sported a 10" beard, but no Spurs. Tipped the scale to 16.8#. full tail, tough narrow. Last year, last season I killed a bird that was lucky to make 15 pounds, but had 1 ¼" daggers for Spurs, a tree limb hanger.
Why would a bird with a 10" beard have nubs for Spurs, and was last year's bird maybe over the hill?
Mighty Hunter, get a blind, 20ga and a shooting bi-pod. My grand-kids both scored this year and they are hooked. One during the youth hunt and one last night. I got the bi-pod at Menards and use a piece of bicycle inter-tube to hold it to the barrel. I have more fun calling them in. It looks like you have a hunting buddy for life, enhance her experience and she will be there for a long time to come.
Nice bird MH, great memory and pics, too.
Congrats to everyone who scored a bird and to anyone who just got out and enjoyed themselves.
Zone 1, 5th period. This bird has been hanging around all season and got pretty wise to calling. He starting locking in to a real steady pattern over the last week, unfortunately for him. I set up yesterday morning where he’s been starting off his all day gobble, strut routine. I got there at 5, left all calls at home on purpose, they just haven’t worked on him.
At first I thought he roosted on the other side of the road after a different bird gobbled over there, but a couple minutes later he let loose right where I thought he’d be. At 5:20 I heard him gliding down into the open. He gobbled a few times over the next 5 minutes as he made his way across the pasture. He never stopped moving and he knew where he wanted to go, so there were no easy shot opportunities. The job got done at about 35 yards.
22lbs, 11” beard, 1” and 1 1/8” spurs.