2021 turkey reports
Cold & quiet morning! Not a peep anywhere!
Heading out this morning. Hunting south of Hatfield. South of Hwy 54.
Was able to fill my tag Thursday 5/7
Shot him about 745 in the morning. Came in with 3 hens and another Tom. Both full strut right into the decoys. Had roughly 6-8 different birds gobbling all morning. Finally got these two to commit. Very cool watching these bird work in!
10 yard shot
9.5 inch beard
Attached a picture of the birds toe on one side. I like turkey hunting but it's bass fishing season now!
Nice job with the turkeys guys, nice to see some old timers and new hunters with success!
I always get 1st time period but drew 3rd this year. Filled my tag 5/5/21 at 6:50am. I had turkeys all around from 4:30am on until I shot. This one came into the decoys @ 20 yards with a bigger one about 30 yards. I took the sure thing and I hope to get the big boy in 2 weeks when my 2nd tag comes up. The big guy attacked the one on the ground and then my decoys after the shot. I could see 4 different Toms fanned out when I shot. I sit in a cattail marsh on the edge of an overgrown field that the turkeys love. Perfect natural blind but wet enough to keep most of the other public land guys away. 21.8# and a 10.5" scraggly beard, not much for spurs one at 1" and one 7/8".
Last year it took me 7 days of the first season and 3 days of the 3rd season to connect ( about 50 hours). This year done in less than two hours, that's turkey hunting I guess.............
Also had a big mink stalk the decoys and stand up on it's back legs trying to sort things out.
To the guys with tags left don't give up, I shot my biggest bird on the last morning of the season 21 years ago on a cold rainy morning when I should have stayed in bed. It had been a terrible season up until that point..........Good luck all!
That's awesome voldie.
My dad is 80 and we also had smiling faces..I hope I can go if I make it til 85
Nice Bird! Congrats!
This morning I shot bird number 2 on the season and he did almost everything they're supposed to do. I arrived at my lease a little before first light and with no scouting in, I made my way to a ridgetop that typically holds birds in the spring and fall. I let out a couple of crow calls and nothing. This concerned me, but I wasn't overly worried with the history this spot has had. I made my way west and chose a nice pinch point to setup on in the corner of the property. As soon as I sat down I heard a bird gobble in the opposite direction of where I was facing. I quick got up, set my decoys to my east and got back to work. I made 3 yelps and nothing. So I grabbed my new Weathered Oaks pot call, made a few soft yelps and purrs and nothing. I figured I was just going to sit here and wait at this point since I knew a bird was there, I just didn't know how close he was. Sure enough a crow flies over and caws and the bird lights up at approximately 100 yards away. I grabbed my pot call again, let out a few yelps and purrs and just waited. After that I heard the bird fly down and immediately saw him strutting at 100 yards. I could just tell this bird was going to work my way. He was drumming, spitting and strutting the entire distance, only letting out a gobble when the crows pissed him off. I picked out one gap where my decoys were to take a shot, at this distance he would be 41 yards from me and well onto our land to safely make a shot. Sure enough, he follows his line right to this gap and pops out at 41 yards. He continues to strut and work his way to my decoy. I took the shot at 30 yards and the #5/6 TSS dropped him like a stone. It was 20 minutes from opening light to the time I shot this bird. He had an 11" beard and 1" spurs. I didn't get to weigh him, however he was surprisingly light compared to the bird I shot opening week. I love these spring mornings in the woods and I can't wait to do it again next week!.
Haven't been on the trigger for anything in a while with kids coming of age and a wife that decided if she couldn't beat em, join em and start hunting. Nobody wanted to get up and go along Saturday morning so I went alone. Wasn't half way through my mug of coffee and enjoying all the gobbles when three hens came through with a nice gobbler following not far behind. Nice to pull the trigger once in a while. Life is good in the woods.
Mighty Hunter congrats to you and your daughter. Great story and great bird. Made my season better just reading it.