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Author Topic: First turkey hunt in 10 years  (Read 738 times)

Offline King Ben

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First turkey hunt in 10 years
« on: April 12, 2018, 01:24:29 PM »
I have been seeing a few toms around the farm lately so I decided to go turkey hunting for the first time in 10 years.  I had three decoys about 20 yards in front of me and very limited visibility.  I was simply sitting behind a blown down elm limb.  Before light, I could hear him gobble in the nearby woods.  I sat tight and decided I was going to call a very limited amount of times.  After about an hour of listening to him gobble without getting closer I decided to give a few yelps.  Within 15 minutes, out of nowhere, two hens came into my decoys.  I slowly raised my shotgun as I knew he would be right behind them.  Sure enough here he comes white snowball head and all.  He was so full in strut, I couldn't even see his neck.  At 20-25 yards I waited for him to turn sideways so I wouldn't mess up his fan then BOOM down he went without a flop!  I looked around and saw the wife standing in the yard as she came running out of the house at the sound of the shot. 

My next endeavor is getting her on one by next weekend!   

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Re: First turkey hunt in 10 years
« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2018, 02:17:51 PM »
Nice bird!!   Congrats!!!

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Re: First turkey hunt in 10 years
« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2018, 02:31:02 PM »
Awesome...congrats on a really nice bird. I've not had the chance to get in the woods this year as I've been fishing a lot and having some health issues taken care of. Hope you can get the wife one soon!
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Re: First turkey hunt in 10 years
« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2018, 02:44:06 PM »
Congrats!! That's a very nice Tom. You did everything just right!! @--0--0123
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Re: First turkey hunt in 10 years
« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2018, 02:56:08 PM »
 @--0--0118   @--0--0123   ##$%#117   nice shooting
turkey season near you sooning come on may 1




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Re: First turkey hunt in 10 years
« Reply #5 on: April 12, 2018, 03:17:15 PM »
Great looking bird, congratulations!  Did you have birds at your previous place?
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Re: First turkey hunt in 10 years
« Reply #6 on: April 12, 2018, 03:24:37 PM »
Great story and a great looking Tom there Ben , hope she gets her chance soon on one .  ##$%#1118
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Offline King Ben

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Re: First turkey hunt in 10 years
« Reply #7 on: April 12, 2018, 04:18:52 PM »
Mad - Yes we did.  Went from around 50 birds to about 3 within three years before I left.  I believe a disease of some sort wiped them out.

Does anyone have any ideas of the species of bird I killed?  Attached is a map.  I live in McIntosh County (East Central part of the state) where the white line is located.  (Eastern, Rio, or Eastern/Rio Hybrid).

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Re: First turkey hunt in 10 years
« Reply #8 on: April 12, 2018, 05:52:31 PM »
my guess is eastern
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Re: First turkey hunt in 10 years
« Reply #9 on: April 12, 2018, 06:07:55 PM »
My guess is that you shot an Eastern/Rio hybrid.  All the eastern birds I have seen have a lot of dark coloring almost black.  The rios I have seen had a gold sheen to them, especially if they turned a certain angle to the sun
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Re: First turkey hunt in 10 years
« Reply #10 on: April 12, 2018, 06:29:35 PM »
great bird. way to take the dumb one out of the flock @--0--0105  now your wife will have to work for one --099-780

i would think it's an eastern, but i'm no expert

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Re: First turkey hunt in 10 years
« Reply #11 on: April 12, 2018, 07:22:24 PM »
Ben, it looks just like the easterns we have here
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Re: First turkey hunt in 10 years
« Reply #12 on: April 12, 2018, 08:30:08 PM »
Sure looks like an Eastern Ben .
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Re: First turkey hunt in 10 years
« Reply #13 on: April 13, 2018, 05:05:04 AM »
King, you may have messed up. its not too late to turn around and walk away from turkey hunting right now...  its not an addiction. its not a passion..  its an obsession that never leaves your brain..  LOL
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Re: First turkey hunt in 10 years
« Reply #14 on: April 13, 2018, 07:28:37 AM »
King - Congrats on the first bird in 10 years...Wow, that is great news!!! Split Toe, just let me know when you and others will be down at the club and I will show up.....

HM - You are spot on the money....to me it is a passion, an obsession and you are right when you say it never leaves your brain....great saying.....
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