Post your observations, activity, and techniques used to harvest your bird. Good luck everyone!
2018 Turkey Reports
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.
Brother and I both bought a tag for the 5th season with the goal in mind to take my daughter out and have her witness one of us getting a turkey. She has been out a few times but with no luck at all. So Sunday we set out, got to the first place, been watching turkeys there all week and nothing was happening, so pulled the plug and was trying to a different property. As we were getting close, noticed to toms out in neighbors cow pasture and knew they could home go one way. Parked the truck ran back to the area we knew they were going to come through and got set up. Half hour later, as all three of us are set up next to two big trees, here come two toms following a hen. One is full strut and the other following. Brother and I were hoping to take a double but unfortunately it didn't work out, he had to shoot before I got an opportunity. Shot it at 30 yards and dropped on the spot. Let my daughter run and go get it and she tried to pick it up but couldn't! I think I got her hooked now, she had a blast! She wants to go again but to busy the rest of the year. Got her shooting a youth 410 right now and it's hard for her to hold up yet, maybe come deer season I will feel comfortable buying her a mentor tag.
I think her smile says it all that our goal was achieved!
Turkey- 23lbs, 9 1/2 inch beard, inch spurs
Zone 2, sheboygan co, public land,,,
Ben hunting evenings since we'd night with trials and tribulations that go along with public land and turkey hunting, it's just been tough. Albeit perseverance pays off after seeing two Tom's goto roost Friday night I got in real early Saturday am some gobbling but not much, at light apron 200 yd away there was 3toms strut in for some hens I tried and tried they were not budging, o well I did have a Tom come within 40 yd or so but never got a shot a cuz he was pretty spooked by my Tom decoy out I think, I had to leave to go to work by 9 so I tried doing a sneek and that didn't work out well. So ran home and find out I didn't have to work ugggg so get back out in pm to another farm that I've been wanting to try well neighbors must have went to an ammo sale cuz it was non stop shooting all day, ugggg okay goto spot I was at in the am,it's about 4.30 now hike back in get set up with just a hen deke, suns hot Flys were bad and my back and legs are cramping, ugggg okay somethings gate happen c.mon as I'm twisting and turning off the ground to try and get comfortable I glance up and see a big red head staring at me at 30yd wtf, he cam in silent and wanted to start turning back into the woods but I had I one little window to shoot through so I wip the gun up and pow! Lay um out.was a tough week and it ended quickly and unexpectedly like turkey huntil usually does, good bird 10.5" beard ..5" spur and hefty at apron 23lbs. Onto zone 3 and F this weekend, good luck all and congrats to all who have harvested a bird, what a blast!
Well a Tom and 4 hens showed up at first light. They only stayed on the field for about 5 minutes and left. So much for plan A. About 45 minutes later I saw a Tom in the field next to the field I was hunting. He crossed over to the field I was in and was heading for the blind I have been hunting. I thought, "you got to be kidding". Looked down the edge to my right and 6 hens came into my field from the one he came from. They were working the edge toward me and he turned and started coming right at me to meet up with them I believe. Came right to me and dropped him at 20 yds. wasn't the way I thought it would go down but sure worked. 22.5 lbs. One in period 4 and one in period 5 zone 2. Great year lots of Toms seen and heard.