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Offline Hunt Master

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Here is how it went down...
« on: April 16, 2013, 09:40:57 AM »
Bugfixer, WV and I leased a 312 acre farm in Kentucky this past January. We knew it had deer on it but was unsure about the turkeys. The landowner told us he saw a lot of turkeys but we hadn't seen any turkeys or even sign of them while there in Jan & Feb. We leased this because of the great deer potential but some turkeys would be nice.

Skip ahead to turkey season...

Thursday Night (2 days before season opener):
We arrive at our camphouse that is on the edge of our hunting property. We unpack, cook some supper and relax and catch up. Off to bed by 10 PM so we can get up early and scout for turkeys. We have no idea if there are even any turkeys here so we are a little worried we may have driven here for nothing.
PS... we haven't moved our beds there yet so we are sleeping on cots. Bugfixer forgot his pillow and sleeping bag and we ragged him quite a lot about it..  silly bugfixer...

Friday morning (1 day before season opener):
Bug gets up all bright and chipper as me and WV slowly stumble out of bed. He goes and stands on the steps out our back door and hits an owl call. Gobbles light up the morning stillness. OMG!!!  There are birds everywhere!!! We can hear at least 6 to 8 birds right out the back door!!  What a relief! We were worried there were no turkeys and they were everywhere! We decided to leave them alone. Now that we knew they were there, no reason to go disturb them. We spent the morning checking some trail cams and eating breakfast.

Friday evening:
We left the camphouse to go roost around 6 PM. We walked about 100 yards and spotted 3 or 4 gobblers in a cut corn field strutting. Bug and WV stayed there to watch them and I went to a different spot to roost. Other than a VERY close encounter with a skunk, my evening was uneventful. Bug and WV watched those birds all the way to roost.

Saturday morning:
We setup on the little cut corn field. Bug and I on one side and WV on the other. The birds pitched in about 100 yards from us and went the other way. Nothing we did would stop them. 4 big gobblers. They were joined by a fifth before they eased off property into the CRP field next to us. We had some more gobblers cutting up behind us so bug and I took off after them. Long story short... we had 6 other gobblers in a big cut corn field with no way to get to them or cut them off. We played cat and mouse with them for several hours and then returned to camp for some breakfast.

Saturday evening:
Bug and I went back to the little field to setup where they had roosted the night before. WV went to a lower field by the CRP to roost. We sat down around 4:15 pm and at around 4:30 we had a tom and a few hens enter the field. They moved to the exact opposite side of the field from us, maybe 450 yards away. We decided to just sit it out and see what they would do. More hens were steadily coming and we even saw a hen fan out her tail. I have never seen that before. It looked like she did it to clean it. As we watched that show with our binoculars, we heard a gobble from behind us. shortly after, a huge gobbler and his 2 gobbler minions (we call him boss hog) entered the field and was making a beeline for that first gobbler. As soon as the first bird (lets call him lilman) saw the other gobblers, he started easing away. He had gathered up about 6 or 8 hens but he didn't really care about them anymore. Meanwhile, several more gobblers had shown up and were keeping their distance to watch the show. Boss hog and his boys ran lilman slap out of the field and into the woods. Meanwhile the other gobblers made their way in, keeping an eye on boss hog. lilman eased back out of the woods on the other side of the hens and kept his distance. Now, we have 9 gobblers in the field. All strutting and putting on a show. A couple of them start acting aggressive towards each other and start to fight. Boss hog will have none of that and runs over and whups up on both of them. One of them gets knocked down and they all jump on him. I have never seen anything like that in my life. If was like WWF for turkeys! During all of this, a squirrel sneaks up on us from the top of the dirt bank we are leaning against and barks at us from 6 inches behind our heads. We almost had double heart attacks!

Eventually, they all calmed down and just when we were beginning to think they would roost on that side of the field they started working towards us. This is now around 7:10 or so. We have been watching this show for almost 3 hours! They quickly made their way right to us and then a hen exploded out of the tall grass in the corn field and flew right over our head to roost 20 feet behind us. We were in the right spot but she started flying way out of our range. Now we are thinking this may all be for naught as they may all do that. However not all of the birds were ready to do that. One gobbler got a little too close and I shot him in the face. He jumped and started to stagger off but a second shot slammed him down. When he started flopping, the other gobblers started heading his way. Another one got too close and bug shot him in the face sending him to flopping. We had just doubled! First time for us. boss hog and his 2 minions had stayed back through it all and decided to go the other way. So, to sum it up, we had a heck of a show with 9 gobblers and probably 10 hens, saw a huge gobbler fight, saw a hen show off her fan, had a squirrel nearly make us pee our pants and then ended the afternoon with a double kill. Both our birds had over 11" beards and they weren't even the biggest. In fact, my bird had several feathers in his fan broken so I think he was one of the ones that got his tail whupped. We high fived, gathered up our stuff and birds and started the long walk back to camp in a VERY good mood.

Sunday morning:
We went back after them again and while we did get on some birds, couldn't close the deal. As we were packing up to go home, we saw a gobbler 200 yards from camp heading across a pasture... we decided to save him for the next trip...

During all of our turkey adventures, we saw a ton of deer and deer sign. the future is looking bright at our new Kentucky lease...

BTW... we do have one membership available. If anyone is interested, let me know. We plan on going back to get some more thunder chickens before the season is over.
« Last Edit: April 16, 2013, 10:14:47 AM by Hunt Master »
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Here is how it went down...
« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2013, 10:02:40 AM »
Nice story and account of the weekend.  Sounds like an amazing experience.  And it appears y'all have landed on a jewel of a lease.  Congrats on the double boys!  Job well done!
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Re: Here is how it went down...
« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2013, 10:25:24 AM »
Great Story and Way to go!!!     ##$%#11

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Re: Here is how it went down...
« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2013, 11:02:53 AM »
It was am awesome turkey hunt and a great weekend with friends, even though I forgot my sleeping bag and got made fun of.  I did go out and buy a sleeping bag and pillow and left it there...problem solved. Thanks to WV who kept us fed with fresh yard eggs and bacon for breakfast. I am looking forward to heading back up real soon to fill my other tag.

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« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2013, 12:06:57 PM »
Glad ur new lease is so great

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Re: Here is how it went down...
« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2013, 12:43:41 PM »
Great story and better boys are going to be hard to!!

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Re: Here is how it went down...
« Reply #6 on: April 16, 2013, 03:19:32 PM »
Sounds like everyone had a great time!! Congrats!!
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Re: Here is how it went down...
« Reply #7 on: April 16, 2013, 03:35:00 PM »
That sounds like a GREAT weekend guys.  I would have loved to see the two of you jump to heaven when the squirrel nailed you.....I hate a Tree Rat.
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Re: Here is how it went down...
« Reply #8 on: April 16, 2013, 04:41:00 PM »
Definitely sounds like a turkey Honey Hole!
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Re: Here is how it went down...
« Reply #9 on: April 16, 2013, 07:45:52 PM »
Congrats guys on an awesome weekend of hunting, those doubles are always SWEET!!! Sounds like a great place to hunt both deer and turkey! Good luck the rest of the season.
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Re: Here is how it went down...
« Reply #10 on: April 16, 2013, 08:22:37 PM »
That's the best hunting camp story I have ever heard!  Sounds like you guys have a terrific place to hunt.
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Re: Here is how it went down...
« Reply #11 on: April 16, 2013, 09:43:10 PM »
Sounds like a great time!
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Re: Here is how it went down...
« Reply #12 on: April 17, 2013, 11:05:35 AM »
Yes It Was A Great Time. Had A Blast. Look Forward To The Next Trip. I am sure we will find something else to tease Bug on. We won't even mention the 3 hrs sleep total  I got all 3 nights do to "Someone's" SNORING.  @--0--0127

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Re: Here is how it went down...
« Reply #13 on: April 17, 2013, 01:16:59 PM »
why does wv seem to be the only one that doesn't get anything when you three get together      ##$%#1119   
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Re: Here is how it went down...
« Reply #14 on: April 17, 2013, 05:19:33 PM »
time spent w/ good friends is priceless. good story
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