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Author Topic: Ordindy1 5/24/20 Bird down  (Read 242 times)

Offline ordindy1

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Ordindy1 5/24/20 Bird down
« on: May 26, 2020, 12:53:19 PM »
Date Turkey harvested - 5/24/20
Time Turkey harvested -11:00 AM
What state was the Turkey harvested in - Michigan
Gobbler or Hen - Tom
Beard Length - 10 1/2"
Spur Length - 1 1/4"
Was Turkey harvested with a gun or a bow? Gun
I have been hunting since April 18th here in MI. I am still working so mostly on the weekends, although I did get out a couple of eve hunts.
I have had the same three toms doing pretty much the same thing every time I go out. They come off the roost and go directly out into the field I am hunting. The field is planted in corn and the corn is about 2 inches tall. So when they get about 80 yards into the field they walk the full length of the field in front of me about 3/4 of a mile. Because of the hills in the field I could never see where they were coming off the field when they got to the other end. Most of the field is bordered with woods but on the far end there is a fence row separating the field I hunt with a winter wheat field. I thought this must be where they were headed. I would move down the field and they would do the same thing each time. Off the roost, 80 yards out and walk the field. Sunday morning I decided I would find out for sure what was going on. I set up on the far end of the field with one hen decoy. Sure enough fly down time comes they come off the roost and go out 80 yards and start walking the field, only this time I am at the other end. These birds walk the almost 3/4 of a mile just like always and I think OK this is going to happen. Not so fast. They get about 75 yard short of me and make a right turn and go to the winter wheat. Now I am watching them in the wheat field behind me about 125 yards out. They cross the wheat field and enter the next field to that. For the next 3 hours they stay in that field and I can't tell you how many times they gobbled. A lot. I just sat tight and would call every 15 min or so. every time I called they gobbled. They were just insisting that the hen (me) would come to them. So I just couldn't take it any more at about 10:00. So I get up and go to the corner of the wheat field and other field to see if they have hens with them. Just as I get to the corner they are just stepping into the wheat. I hit the ground. I am now about 40 yards from my spot in the fence row, and the only way I'm getting back is crawl. I got about 10 yards from my spot and think there is no reason to go all the way to my chair because it is facing the wrong way and I can't change anything without being seen. So I crawl to the edge of the wheat and watch. Those crazy bird stood in the same spot for 40 min. They would gobble but not display. finally they started to move across the wheat. I have now been laying on my stomach for 40 min. and my everything is asleep. At this point I figure I have nothing to loose, and become the most excited hen in the woods, and because my decoy is on the other side of the fence row from them they can't see it.
At this point the birds are about 125 yards out crossing the wheat. I must have made what I figure was the boss fall in love, or wonder what the heck that hen was carrying on about. But he let the other two keep going and he split off and headed my way. About 15 min more he had made it to 40 yards and the way he was going it wasn't going to get better so I let him have it!
It was very warm that morning and 22 lbs of turkey in the vest for the walk home made me glad I always carry lots of water.
10 1/2" beard.
1 1/4" spurs
Beautiful bird.




































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Online MichiganLouie

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Re: Ordindy1 5/24/20 Bird down
« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2020, 01:51:32 PM »
Great job sticking to it! Persistance and patience paid off for you! Earlier in the season, I went out one day for about two hrs or so, heard nothing, so I went home. Haven't been back out since.
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Re: Ordindy1 5/24/20 Bird down
« Reply #2 on: May 26, 2020, 02:22:30 PM »
you got your money's worth out of that tag. congrats
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Offline Madgomer

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Re: Ordindy1 5/24/20 Bird down
« Reply #3 on: May 26, 2020, 05:25:44 PM »
Perserverance wins the day - congrats Indy on a well deserved bird!! 

Have you heard of fanning?  In that scenario you described (provided you're on private ground and confident no one else with a gun is around,) you might have been able to bring those birds to you across that open ground with a fan. 
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Offline ordindy1

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Re: Ordindy1 5/24/20 Bird down
« Reply #4 on: May 26, 2020, 07:40:33 PM »
Mad
Funny you would say that.
That was one of the next things coming out of the season is coming to a close bag.
That and using my Ghost blind in the corn.
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Offline Bearclaw

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Re: Ordindy1 5/24/20 Bird down
« Reply #5 on: May 27, 2020, 05:56:21 AM »
Congrats on a nice looking bird! Well done!
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Offline treefarmer

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Re: Ordindy1 5/24/20 Bird down
« Reply #6 on: May 27, 2020, 07:09:08 AM »
Great story, great bird and another good example of persistence!
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Re: Ordindy1 5/24/20 Bird down
« Reply #7 on: May 27, 2020, 07:42:12 AM »
That was a great day for sure, I'm still working on filling my PA tag and only have a couple more days left. The 30th ends out season and I will be after them until then. Only close encounters and my buddy had a miss on Monday. Congrats an a fine bird.
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Re: Ordindy1 5/24/20 Bird down
« Reply #8 on: May 27, 2020, 08:07:42 AM »
Congrats on a great bird!!
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Offline buckone1

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Re: Ordindy1 5/24/20 Bird down
« Reply #9 on: May 27, 2020, 03:25:08 PM »
Congrats. you earnd that bird !
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Re: Ordindy1 5/24/20 Bird down
« Reply #10 on: May 27, 2020, 06:54:24 PM »
I also like your style! You are one determined turkey hunter and that's the best kind!
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Re: Ordindy1 5/24/20 Bird down
« Reply #11 on: May 30, 2020, 09:31:21 AM »
Congrats on a job well done...nice bird great story!
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