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Author Topic: 2020 season  (Read 460 times)

Offline yari

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2020 season
« on: April 16, 2020, 12:46:12 PM »
14 degrees this AM and still 2" of snow. I think it could be a record low. the blind was collapsed and frozen from the 9" of snow and the semi-thaw. made too much noise re-springing it.

few gobbles before 8AM. nothing real close. chickadees kept me company as they few in and out of my blind. cute little buggers. saw about 20 deer, a beaver and no turkeys in the blind

on the way out I came around a corner and caught a gobbler(?) fanned out 50 yards away. I snuck behind a cedar and called. he was henned up and looked tiny. he wouldn't come, but stayed fanned. then I see 2 birds run the opposite way. I figured the jig was up, but then they came running my way. I was only 2 steps off the trail they were on. as soon as the hen cleared the cedar, she spooked and took flight. I could have grabbed her. the 2nd bird was tiny and stood 10' on the other side of the tree for 2 minutes or so. sure enough, it was a 'gobblet'. he couldn't have been 5#. must have been from a very late brood. he was trying his hardest to breed that hen. I thought I was losing my sight/mind when I saw the size of the strutter. it was quite a sight.

tomorrow should be 10 degrees warmer. hopefully the toms are more vocal   
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Re: 2020 season
« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2020, 03:48:36 PM »
Sounds like a good day. Good luck tomorrow. I get started Sat.
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Re: 2020 season
« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2020, 04:07:32 PM »
yari,
Near about had to go a get my jacket as I was reading your turkey huntin' tale! 
Y'all must be mighty tough to put up with all the snow and ice. 
Hope you get a big ol' Tom tomorrow.
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Re: 2020 season
« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2020, 04:12:02 PM »
yari,
Near about had to go a get my jacket as I was reading your turkey huntin' tale! 
Y'all must be mighty tough to put up with all the snow and ice. 
Hope you get a big ol' Tom tomorrow.
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yep. we are 20-30 degrees below normal and I think set and all time record low temp last night. not at all turkey weather. keeps the ticks down though @--0--0105
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Re: 2020 season
« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2020, 04:29:58 PM »
Sounds like you had a REAL hunting experience!! Good luck tomorrow!
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Re: 2020 season
« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2020, 06:05:15 PM »
We're supposed to get 4-6" of wet snow tonight.  I'll try to keep it down here so you can hunt in the morning Yari.   @--0--0133
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Re: 2020 season
« Reply #6 on: April 16, 2020, 08:09:09 PM »
We're supposed to get 4-6" of wet snow tonight.  I'll try to keep it down here so you can hunt in the morning Yari.   @--0--0133

yikes. enjoy. we still have snow left from sunday ##$%#15
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Re: 2020 season
« Reply #7 on: April 17, 2020, 12:52:13 PM »
famine to feast. I didn't see a bird from my blind in 2 days. it was 30 today. twice as "warm" as yesterday. at 9AM a deer blows behind me. shortly after, another deer blows past my blind. out of the corner of my eye I catch more moment. a yote. I grab the Benelli and managed to knock the window of the blind down, I could have took a texas heart shot, but passed.

at 9:50, I heard a lame gobbled behind me. I hammer Mad's call like a seriously lovesick hen. at 10:00, I look in front of me and there are 2 fans across the clearing. I grab the Benelli when they get in the dip in the field. they came in steady. soon they were 20 yards and not in either open window. they put on quite a show. after a few minutes, they start walking back where they came. I start clucking and after 10-15 yards they finally put up their heads, quartering away. BOOM. the Benelli got it's first turkey. 40 paces. nitros, #5, standard Benelli full choke

pics to follow
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Re: 2020 season
« Reply #8 on: April 17, 2020, 01:10:30 PM »
Congratulations!
So that's the way it's done? ##$%#1119  Fried turkey breast seems like a fine reward for puttin' up with the cold weather!
Lookin' forward to the pictures.
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Re: 2020 season
« Reply #9 on: April 17, 2020, 02:42:07 PM »
Congrats Yari ! You got him cold turkey!!! ##$%#114
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Re: 2020 season
« Reply #10 on: April 17, 2020, 03:09:26 PM »
Congrats!!!! Got to love it!!
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Re: 2020 season
« Reply #11 on: April 17, 2020, 03:35:13 PM »
Good luck Bluetoe! I will be out in the other end of the state!
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Re: 2020 season
« Reply #12 on: April 17, 2020, 05:16:12 PM »
11" beard (kinda thin though) 15/16" beard. I didn't have an accurate scale, so no wt. i'm guessing 3 years?

when I cleaned him, I was impressed. no BB's in the breast. 1 BB in the thigh. it was really a nice pattern for 40 yards. his neck was completely busted
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Re: 2020 season
« Reply #13 on: April 17, 2020, 06:37:20 PM »
I forgot to mention. I was able to track the 2 toms in the snow. they came from at least 300-400 yards, then I lost the snow. there was no gobbling close to me this AM. i'm guessing these guys were henned up at least 600 yards away at roost. when the hens went to lay an egg, they went looking. I still say 10:00-2:00 is still a great time to be in the woods. I go early just to be out and not disturb their routines plus morning are a great time to be in the woods. just food for thought

I've always heard patience kills birds. i guess i'm learning. I use to love to run and gun, but this property doesn't work for that, so I sit. it has worked well, but there are slow times of course. lots of time to reflect i guess

good luck to all
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Re: 2020 season
« Reply #14 on: April 17, 2020, 06:47:08 PM »
Oh man, that's outstanding!

Glad to hear that little scratch box didn't send them running in the opposite direction.
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