Hard to believe the season is roughly only a month out - i've actually been noticing Tom's breaking away from the flocks in my area. No strutting or gobbling thus far that I have seen. Any one else?
Fox valley area
Went out to set up decoys for next morning hunt, decided I had nothing better to do so thought might as well stay and see if there's any evening activity. About 6:45 two toms can in silent. Could tell second one was bigger so waited till he came out from behind brush. Shot he just ran away, quick look could see the first one was just standing there, so took a whack at him, down he went deader than a door nail. Paced it off 64 steps so I estimate about 55 yards. That's stretching the old Mossberg but with turkey choke and 3" Super X # 4's, knew it was doable. Ten inch beard, 1 1/8 spurs about 22 lbs. average bird, Crawford county. Only problem now is all I got to do is now work for the next 2 days.
A fair amount of gobbling on the roost this morning, but nothing close...or so I thought. At 6:30 had a hen enter the field. As I was watching her to see if she had a tom in tow, this guy came from behind the blind and strutted right in to challenge my jake decoy. Second bird of the season.
Dad and I shot a double late yesterday morning in Zone 1. I shot mine at 34 yards and he shot his at 38 yards about two seconds after. Mine was 25# with 10" beard and both spurs were just over 1 1/2". His bird was 21# with 11" beard and 1 1/4 and 1 3/8" spurs. I've never seen two birds of this caliber running together in May. They also had 5 jakes with them. Probably the coolest turkey hunt I've ever been on!