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Author Topic: The roadshow continues  (Read 402 times)

Offline MI_Bowhunter

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The roadshow continues
« on: May 12, 2018, 03:24:18 PM »
Got my MI  Thunderchicken today!!

My season started on Monday but this was my first chance to hunt.  I got out well before light and got set up in the deer/turkey blind I have been using for the last few years.  I had not had much time to scout this season so I figured I would hunt here this morning and adjust accordingly.

It was a pretty loud morning with lots of geese and cranes chattering all around the field, silenced only by the intermittent rainfall.   I got out a bit before shooting hours so I had a chance to just sit and take in the sounds of the morning before I got into hunt mode.   Once it got light I could hear an occasional gobble in the distance but nothing responded to my calls. I had two decoys set up.  One was a hen and the other was a strutting tom with a real fan as the tail.   I normally don't like to use this first off but I figured what the heck.

About 90 minutes had passed from the start of shooting hours and I was watching some geese in the field when some motion caught my eye and I looked up to see a tom checking out my decoys.   By the time I saw him he was looking a little nervous but I was able to get a shot off before he decided he didn't like my  decoys.

He came in totally silent so I do not know if he came into the call or the decoys, either way the plan came together. and after about 90 minutes of hunting I tagged out in MI.

He was only about 10 yards away, if that, when I shot him.   I had run out and gram him as he did a fair amount of flapping around.   I was covered in mud by the time he was done.

When I hunted in KY I used my Mossberg 930, for this hunt I grabbed my Remington 870, Longbeard XL #6's and a Primos Jellyhead choke.    I've had that 870 since college but this was the first turkey I've taken with it.

He did not have very bug spurs but he was a nice bird
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Offline Bearclaw

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Re: The roadshow continues
« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2018, 05:27:40 PM »
Congratulations! Great work!!! You needed that! Great story too!
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Offline yari

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Re: The roadshow continues
« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2018, 05:34:26 PM »
nice mud foot. i had a nice tom on my driveway this morning. i grabbed the call and played with him for a while. he never gobbled, but came back several times


nice work. you had a great season
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Offline MichiganLouie

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Re: The roadshow continues
« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2018, 05:51:46 PM »
Good job, Mike!  Glad your hunt worked out well. Seems like I learn something new on every hunt.
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Offline Madgomer

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Re: The roadshow continues
« Reply #4 on: May 12, 2018, 09:04:53 PM »
Congrats MI-B!  Surprised that bird still had a head attached with that combination at 10 yards.    @--0--0133
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Re: The roadshow continues
« Reply #5 on: May 12, 2018, 10:46:15 PM »
Congrats Mike on both the bird and the story .  ##$%#1118
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Offline King Ben

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Re: The roadshow continues
« Reply #6 on: May 13, 2018, 12:16:17 PM »
Nice MIB.  You are on a roll this year!

Offline MI_Bowhunter

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Re: The roadshow continues
« Reply #7 on: May 13, 2018, 08:06:49 PM »
Mad, i think I almost missed, I found very few pellet holes. Not much pattern at that range.

King Ben, yes, I have been very fortunate in the turkey woods this year, I hope it carries into the fall.
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Offline ligpd

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Re: The roadshow continues
« Reply #8 on: May 14, 2018, 07:40:58 AM »
Congrats on a nice bird

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Re: The roadshow continues
« Reply #9 on: May 14, 2018, 07:57:40 AM »
Congrats MI on a fine bird, got to love it when a plan comes together, even when you don't really have a plan.
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Re: The roadshow continues
« Reply #10 on: May 16, 2018, 07:39:22 PM »
Bird down! Congrats! -0078
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