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Gone Hunting.. => Turkey Hunting => Topic started by: MichiganLouie on April 17, 2017, 07:53:07 PM

Title: My 2017 Turkey
Post by: [Blocked] on April 17, 2017, 07:53:07 PM
Finally, opening morning of the MI spring turkey season came.  Was up by 4am, arrived at the farm around 5:30 am, and proceeded to walk to an opening, just inside some woods, between a small pond and a big farm field.  As I was walking, I was listening for gobblers on the roost.  Heard nothing, and it's quite a walk. When I got to the opening, I took a look around and spotted a down tree that had recently fallen.  Sat for a while collecting my thoughts, while listening for gobbling.  then, I realized I could see a turkey roosting not more than 75 yds away.  Just when I got up to put some distance between us and a more favorable viewing spot, he gobbled.  I kept quiet, because of the close proximity.  He kept gobbling, and I could also hear two other toms, a bit farther away.  Then I heard a hen yelping, which surprised me.  Figured it had to be another hunter (later on I found out it was)  The gobbling and yelping went on, and finally the toms started pitching down, and seemed to be moving away from me.  birds continued to pitch down, one or two at a time.  Two hens pitched down and landed within 20 yds from me.  My camo must have worked, cuz I was sitting at the base of a big tree, without much cover, and the hens walked past me unalarmed.  I then spotted some hens moving towards me (the big farm field was behind me)  3 or 4 more birds followed the hens, and they gobbled.  I got my hopes up, but then I could see they were jakes.  I watched them as they bunched up and were parading around  While they were moving, I had heard another tom gobbling in the woods to my left.  He decided he wanted to join the party, and was moving slowly, all puffed up, but not making a sound.  Then I spotted the long beard, and thought this was it.  As he turned slightly, I could see he was a mature bird.  His neck and head were all tucked back as he walked, then stuck his head out, and I punched his lights out.  A very comfortable 30 yd shot.  Weighed him when I got him home and he weighed 22lbs 140z, with 1" spurs and 9-1/2" beard.  Wife decided we should cook him, and that is what we had for dinner.  Can't get turkey that fresh from the supermarket.  Anyway, besides bagging a nice bird, it was one of the most exciting experiences I have had while turkey hunting.  with all those birds roosting and pitching down, etc.  As I was leaving, I met the other hunter.  He had left earlier to take his son to school, and saw me getting ready to leave the farm.  He was happy I had taken a bird.  He knew where the birds were, as he had roosted them the night before.  I felt kinda funny cuz I hadn't done any kind of scouting at all, which I usually don't do anyway, since I have been turkey hunting on this farm for probably 6-7 years and know the layout.
Title: Re: My 2017 Turkey
Post by: [Blocked] on April 17, 2017, 07:55:06 PM
Here's a pic of the jakes bunched up.  My tom came in from the left, a few minutes after I took this pic. 
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Post by: [Blocked] on April 17, 2017, 08:07:28 PM
Awesome story and congratulations!! Nice looking bird!! That was quite a hunt!
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Post by: [Blocked] on April 17, 2017, 08:17:58 PM
Congratulations on the bird and the great story about the hunt . ##$%#1118
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Post by: [Blocked] on April 17, 2017, 09:13:24 PM
great story. how the heck did you get that pic w/o getting busted? nice work

how did you prepare the turkey? grilled?
Title: Re: My 2017 Turkey
Post by: [Blocked] on April 18, 2017, 07:01:30 AM
Yari, yesterday was the first day of our spring turkey season.  I think they were more interest in reproduction, than survival.  I also have my camera phone set up so it doesn't make a sound when I press the "shutter"

We roasted the bird, which I think was not the best way to go.  I skin my birds, and then they tend to dry out.  Should have quartered it, frozen some and put the rest in a slow cooker.

Seems like every time I go turkey hunting, I learn more.  I normally don't hunt the first part of our turkey season, I usually hunt the late season, which is in May.  they seem to be cagier then.  This time, there were lots of birds, and I don't think I really needed to use my call.  The reason they came towards me is that they wanted to feed on the big farm field behind me.  Things just turned out in my favor,  I didn't know I was so close to many birds roosting together, they came towards me, the bunched up jakes and hens distracted the tom, so really the only skills I used was to sit still, get a good sight picture and pull the trigger at the right time.  I was camoed head to toe.  I use a net over my face, and all you see is my glasses.  Now I'm looking forward to "guiding" for a good friend from church.  He is not able to go turkey hunting until May, and he's never hunted turkey before.  Hopefully, I can call one in for him.
Title: Re: My 2017 Turkey
Post by: [Blocked] on April 18, 2017, 07:32:26 AM
Nice story. Congrats, on the turkey.
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Post by: [Blocked] on April 18, 2017, 11:44:45 AM
There is nothing like a good hunt. Congrats
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Post by: [Blocked] on April 18, 2017, 12:25:20 PM
talk about a crazy hunt that was great story
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Post by: [Blocked] on April 18, 2017, 03:20:49 PM
Congrats Louie, sounds like you had a great hunt!!!
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Post by: [Blocked] on April 18, 2017, 05:39:45 PM
slow roaster works well. they are dry. if i get one this year i may smoke it or at least part of it

congrats again
Title: Re: My 2017 Turkey
Post by: [Blocked] on April 18, 2017, 07:00:16 PM
Great job Louie - congrats on slamming that opening day Tom.  I suspect if they don't get a lot of hunting pressure you'll be in good shape for your guiding trip too.  I skin my birds out as well - have typically smoked them.  Took one of the breasts from my last bird & draped a few slices of bacon over it along with a little pepper & garlic & roasted it on the grill at about 275 for a couple of hours - turned out great that way (I'm pretty sure I kept a water pan in there with it).  Also like to thinly slice some fresh breast meat, lightly bread it, and pan fry it, serve it with buttered noodles & marinara sauce (turkey parmesan for the most part).
Title: Re: My 2017 Turkey
Post by: [Blocked] on April 18, 2017, 08:38:44 PM
sounds great Louie, saw a bunch of gobblers and Hens today riding around...won't be long now for NY @--0--0118
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Post by: [Blocked] on April 18, 2017, 09:25:44 PM
Thanks for the recipe, Roger.  I'll keep it in mind, for next year, lol.  Here is another pic I took.
Title: Re: My 2017 Turkey
Post by: [Blocked] on April 19, 2017, 07:45:31 AM
Congrats Louie on a nice bird and great story... @--0--0123
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Post by: [Blocked] on April 19, 2017, 05:59:27 PM
Great story! Congrats
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Post by: [Blocked] on April 20, 2017, 12:51:24 PM
Congrats Louie, that's a nice bird!!  Great story.
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Post by: [Blocked] on April 24, 2017, 12:06:57 PM
Congrats Louie great bird and great story!!
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Post by: [Blocked] on April 28, 2017, 10:29:28 AM
Congrats on the bird. I really like that pic of the bird on the limb.
Title: Re: My 2017 Turkey
Post by: [Blocked] on April 28, 2017, 09:29:26 PM
Ligpd, when I first spotted the bird, my thought was "oh no, I'm way too close, he'll see me!"  so I decided to move farther away, and then he started gobbling.  After I moved, he eventually flew down, away from my location.  The bird I shot was one of two birds that flew down some time later.  Glad you liked the pic.