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Author Topic: My 2019 spring turkey season is over!  (Read 238 times)

Offline MichiganLouie

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My 2019 spring turkey season is over!
« on: April 24, 2019, 09:36:07 PM »
This year, due to an unexpected addition to our family, I didn't think I was going to be able to go turkey hunting.  Fortunately, my wife agreed to take care of our new pup, while I went turkey hunting.  So opening morning, April 22 I was able to get to my buddy's farm by 6 am.  Sunrise was not until 6:51 am, so I had plenty of time to get to my spot, and locate some birds.  As I walked to my spot, I heard some faint gobbling to the west.  Once I got into the woods, the gobbling became stronger, from 3 different directions.  I decided to try the closest one.  Got set up by a large tree, and watched 20 deer frolic out in the open field to the north.  Later on, I noticed the deer were intently staring in one direction.  I was wondering what they were looking at.  turkeys kept gobbling, so I started calling. They eventually came out, one single hen, a while later 3 hens came out followed by 2 toms.  they answered my calls, but I couldn't convince them to abandon the 3 hens.  The toms were about 60-70 yds away. They eventually moseyed over to the center of the open field.  I occasionally could see the two toms fanning.  A while later 3 more toms came out, and again, they replied to my calls, but were not cooperating.  After they moved on, to join the other birds on the field, I just sat there enjoying the moment of seeing the birds, and deer.  By this time, the deer were staring at me.  I got the feeling that they had been looking at another hunter, who was NOT supposed to be there.  I waited a while and blind called.  The gobble that answered was loud, real loud and close.  I called again, and then I spotted what turned out to be 7 jakes, walking fast towards me, almost  on a collision course.  When I first saw them, I thought they had to be jakes,  I didn't think 7 longbeards would act the way these were acting.  As they got closer, I could see their short beards.  One came to about 15 yds away.  Then, I heard that recognizable, but seldom welcome, putt, putt, and they nervously started moving away.  I raised my shotgun, picked one and pulled the trigger, and one jake went down.  I could have held out for a long beard, but I also wanted to minimize my time in the woods.  Have far too many things to work on at home.  Still, I was enjoying the day so much, I really wasn't ready to leave the woods.  As I retrieved my jake, and took some pics, I heard some more gobbling relatively close, maybe 200 yds away.  I thought I would try calling that bird, just to see if I could. In Michigan, you only get one bird per tag, and in the spring you can only get one tag, so it's not like I was going to shoot another bird, Just wanted to see if I could call another one.  I probably should have sat down while calling, but there were 3 more turkeys coming in, and they were interested.  It is possible they were part of the 7 jakes that came in earlier.  Although they came in, they didn't get that close to me before they spotted me standing and left.  Still it was fun trying.  It was a great morning, nice weather, lots of birds and was able to tag out. Not a big bird, but should be tender. 
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Offline Split toe

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Re: My 2019 spring turkey season is over!
« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2019, 03:15:41 AM »
Congrats Louie...sounds like a great morning and hunt!
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Re: My 2019 spring turkey season is over!
« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2019, 07:50:30 AM »
Congrats Louie, nothing like getting it done when you have a limited amount of time to spend in the woods. I'm going to give it a go this weekend, Saturday is our first day here in PA.
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Offline King Ben

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Re: My 2019 spring turkey season is over!
« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2019, 07:58:26 AM »
Congrats on the bird Louie.  Surrounded by wildlife on a beautiful morning is hard to beat.  Those types of mornings come far too seldom. 

Offline Madgomer

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Re: My 2019 spring turkey season is over!
« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2019, 08:11:14 AM »
Way to go Louie, sounds like a great morning in the woods!  But aren't you supposed to chase them down and beat 'em with a stick? 
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Re: My 2019 spring turkey season is over!
« Reply #5 on: April 25, 2019, 09:04:03 AM »
nice work. sounds like you have a ton of birds out there

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Re: My 2019 spring turkey season is over!
« Reply #6 on: April 25, 2019, 09:31:39 AM »
Congrats man sounds like fun fun fun to me!!
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Offline Madgomer

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Re: My 2019 spring turkey season is over!
« Reply #7 on: April 25, 2019, 12:20:06 PM »
nice work. sounds like you have a ton of birds out there

MAD- maybe you should start marketing custom 3D printed TH THUNDER STICKS --099-780
I'll do the laser etching on them if Robert can ship me the specific sticks he selects that are up to the task!  I'm sure it has to be a special stick, they don't all have the magic in them.  I'd recommend we put a Go-Pro mount on them too. 
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Re: My 2019 spring turkey season is over!
« Reply #8 on: April 25, 2019, 12:48:16 PM »
nice work. sounds like you have a ton of birds out there

MAD- maybe you should start marketing custom 3D printed TH THUNDER STICKS --099-780
I'll do the laser etching on them if Robert can ship me the specific sticks he selects that are up to the task!  I'm sure it has to be a special stick, they don't all have the magic in them.  I'd recommend we put a Go-Pro mount on them too. 
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Re: My 2019 spring turkey season is over!
« Reply #9 on: April 25, 2019, 03:51:32 PM »
Congrats Louie, sounds like a great hunt!!
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Offline Bearclaw

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Re: My 2019 spring turkey season is over!
« Reply #10 on: April 25, 2019, 07:13:07 PM »
Congratulations on a great hunt! Feels like I was sitting next t you! Great story!!
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Re: My 2019 spring turkey season is over!
« Reply #11 on: April 29, 2019, 06:38:37 PM »
Nice going Louie!
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Re: My 2019 spring turkey season is over!
« Reply #12 on: April 29, 2019, 08:08:54 PM »
Congrats on the Tom turkey Louie .  @--0--0118
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Offline MichiganLouie

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Re: My 2019 spring turkey season is over!
« Reply #13 on: May 08, 2019, 04:46:34 PM »
Way to go Louie, sounds like a great morning in the woods!  But aren't you supposed to chase them down and beat 'em with a stick? 
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We are smarter in Michigan, we carry more ammo, plus we listen to ole Dutch, practice, practice, practice, so we seldom have to take a second shot.  Lol
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Offline Madgomer

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Re: My 2019 spring turkey season is over!
« Reply #14 on: May 12, 2019, 06:16:26 PM »
Way to go Louie, sounds like a great morning in the woods!  But aren't you supposed to chase them down and beat 'em with a stick? 
 ##$%#114

We are smarter in Michigan, we carry more ammo, plus we listen to ole Dutch, practice, practice, practice, so we seldom have to take a second shot.  Lol
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