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3/11/19 @ 7:20 AM
User since 10/10/17

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

5/10/19 @ 9:12 AM
User since 10/10/17
Missed one this morning for the first time in years.. had to leave for work by 6 so snuck into the roost in the dark.. had a pile of hens active early.. to my surprise (and luck) there were no toms with them. A few distant gobbles. The hens were super aggressive this morning, clucking and cackling like i've never heard in response to me.. worked perfect though as it drew a tom across a 5 acre plowed field.. no blind so i had to do a 180 without being detected by the 7 hens 80 yards in front of me.. managed to crawl around and face the right way (or so i thought).. he popped out about 80 yards to my east so i once again had to maneuver and get in position to attempt a shot.. he stepped into the woods about 80 yards out - i was laying on my stomach at this point and he was strutting, spitting, and drumming.. the hens began to call again and he started to circle.. due to the time of the morning and position of the hens, i knew this was my only shot. he stepped in the lane at roughly 55 yards and i let it fly (3-1/2" #5 shot) i know i can hit that distance as i've shot out to that before.. he jumped and flew across the road to live another day. Super exciting 1 hour hunt, disappointed in myself for the outcome, but will be back again this weekend.. Side note: that WILL be the last time i shoot a 3-1/2" turkey load in that position.... i'm going to be feeling the effects of that one for a while.. :/

5/7/19 @ 10:33 AM
MEMBER since 6/23/01

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.



5/6/19 @ 6:47 AM
User since 10/10/17
To the comments below in regards to the gobbling, or lack thereof.. I was listening to a podcast recently and Mark Drury was talking about turkeys and their patterns... i never really looked into Turkey behavior like i have deer.. one part he mentioned that i began to pay attention to was anytime there is a northeast wind, he says in his experiences the gobbling is essentially non existent on those mornings... after seeing several posts about very little gobbling i went to Wunderground and checked, sure enough, there was a NE wind on Saturday morning.. I wonder if there is any correlation behind this or just some strange coincidence.. kind of cool to wonder about though. Congrats everyone!

5/5/19 @ 4:13 PM
User since 7/6/04

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.

5/5/19 @ 1:04 PM
Western Extreme
User since 12/17/17

Took the wife out hunting yesterday and got a nice tom to come in. 10 inch beard and 23lbs. She made a great shot. 

5/4/19 @ 11:16 PM
User since 12/7/05

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!

5/4/19 @ 1:45 PM
griff n
griff n
User since 6/17/11

Tim_T I hunt mostly open fields and unless they come out on the edge where I'm set up they usally come from a long ways. I get a big kick watching them and they do really shine if the sun is out.

5/4/19 @ 5:42 AM
Blowing feathers
User since 2/15/16

Something must be in the air. Was going to do some running and gunning this morning, never heard any gobbling this morning as of yet. Opted to take a seat in the turkey tent and wait it out in a well known area.

5/3/19 @ 7:58 PM
User since 5/15/06

Sweet picture twig snap

5/3/19 @ 6:57 PM
User since 7/6/04

Hunted Iowa County this A.M. Very light gobbling this morning with no toms close on the roost. Ended up seeing 9 jakes and a bearded hen. 3 of the jakes and the hen came right into my set. Looking for my second tom of the season. Will be back at it Sunday morning.

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