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2018 Turkey Reports
Got out this past morning for a 5th season hunt...I'd been watching a group of birds for a few days now and put together a plan to try and get one....I snuck in early and put out my homemade strutting Tom decoy with one hen on the edge of a green grass field kitty corner from where I saw the birds go to roost ...a couple of hen yelps got them all fired up and they came out of the trees hot...soon a group of 9 birds was coming across the field on a dead run towards the decoys...at about 40 yards the two big Tom's pulled up and went into fill strut with an occasional gobble....they were hesitant....the Jakes however continued to walk towards the decoys and at 20 yards I knew I was running out of time....birds were crossing back and forth and my scope went from one bird to the.next....I had one in the scope I know had about a 6-7 inch beard but it wouldn't hold still so I settled on another Jake as the big Tom's remained hung up on the fringes...i.pulled the trigger and saw the lighted nock dissappear in the bird...it turned and ran about 25 yards and keeled over...then all the other birds ran over and started picking on the fallen bird...game over 16lbs 3 inch beard and little rounded nubs for spurs...great hunt and I've had some real dandy hunts this spring...tons of birds and they are cooperating very well....still a few days left.
Juneau county zone 1 public land.
23 lbs 9" beard 11/4 spurs. # 6 for the season.
Birds are still locked down in the mornings for a few hours with hens, toms have been more active mid morning. Very little gobbling after birds hit the ground, really need to shock gobble them with a crow call to get them to respond.
Hunt 80 acres but only about 14 of it is woods. There is a lane all around the land and one down the middle. Sit on a blind in the middle of the one that runs down the middle. Basically it is field hunting. A ton of gobbling with I'm guessing up to 6 different birds early. Turns light and nothing on the fields. Finally about 7 a Tom shows up in a corner in strut. Goes into the next field over and stays there in strut for about 1 1/2 hours. Was hopeing sooner or later he'd move my way. If I called he would gobble but stayed put. Just happened to look down lane to west and there stood a Tom. Don't know where he came from as it's all open fields that way. Very slowly worked his way down the lane toward me. Droped him at 26 yds. Sure was a great morning weather wise also. 23.96 double beard. nice spurs but did not measure
Just wanted to post this pic of the turkey I shot earlier this week to show the toughness of these birds...the shot was with a Mathews Mission MXB320 crossbow at about 35 yards...the bolt hit the turkey in the back right above the hind legs....it's all bone back there...I was using a Muzzy 100 grain 3 blade broadhead for crossbows.....the bolt actually deflected off the back and did not enter the body cavity....the turkey which should have dropped right in its tracks managed to stay on its feet and flew for about 300 yards across a cut corn field....very tough birds
May 6, 2018. 6pm
Juneau County, Public Land
#17, 9&1/2" beard, 7/8" spurs
After choking and missing big time on a gobbler Sat morning, was able to redeem myself Sunday nite. Seen 2 gobblers fanned out and few hens on the backside of a field next to the woods. Decided to put the sneak attack on them. Had to cross a ditch that went up to my waist n the middle of it. And belly crawl 50 yds up and down a big sand hill to get into position. After 30 mins of watching and crawling when they looked the opposite way, i finally got into position to drop the closet gobbler. Still was a 40 yd shot. What an awesome hunt!!!
May 4, 2018. 4pm
Juneau County, Private Land
#23, 10" beard, no spurs
As soon as we got out of the truck, we could here this bird gobbling just off the food plot. Got n the blind and within 10 mins had 2 jakes come right to decoys. Then not even 5 mins later, this guy come walking n full strut the whole time right to decoys. Girlfriend dropped him n his tracks! Funny thing about him, is he had NO spurs at all. Just really small bumps where they were suppose to b. Wierd!