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Author Topic: KS opening day excitement  (Read 1098 times)

Offline ddejong

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KS opening day excitement
« on: April 10, 2009, 09:12:06 PM »
I hunted the opener Wednesday on federal land that I drew a permit for.  Set up in the same tree I have gotten birds each of the three times I previously hunted this land.  Lots of gobbling off the roost, most far away, but as it happens too often they made no noise once off the roost.

About 9:00 I was cold, stiff, and getting bored when a hen appeared to my immediate left with no notice.  Instead of going around my decoys, she cut into the timber a bit instead of the field, and stopped less than 5 yards away.  While trying to remain motionless, I realize I am hearing a gobbler spitting and drumming following the same path.  I could see him coming from my peripheral vision, but when he got behind the brush pile I couldn't get my gun up because the hen was right in my lap.  Soon, I have a gobbler about four yards from me spitting drumming and dancing right before me.  Couldn't move!  The hen moved a few yards off and I thought she was looking away.  The gobbler turned slightly and I thought I could get away with pulling up my gun.  I figured I needed 1.5 seconds to raise the gun, site, and fire from that range.  It took 0.1 seconds from my first motion for him to turn on his heels and disappear!  I blew it....should have let them do whatever it was they were going to do and take my chances that as they left I could get the gun up.  Oh well.....it was exciting.  Never had a bird that close to me before; at least not ones that were alive.

Later I got a trio of jakes to come in to the decoys and act goofy for about 5 minutes before moving on.  Always fun to watch the jakes.  Didn't see another tom so I quit at noon and went  bass fishing.  Did better with that, and I brought home a few for supper.

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Re: KS opening day excitement
« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2009, 08:05:02 AM »


thats is the fun of hunting !!

well at least you bought home some bass for dinner!!!

good luck next time out! @--0--0101
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Re: KS opening day excitement
« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2009, 08:10:05 AM »
sounds like a fun  hunt DD. i personaly would have let him get a little further out, but you cant go around life second quessing yourself. great story, thanks for sharing.
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Re: KS opening day excitement
« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2009, 08:39:58 AM »
Enjoyed Reading,Thats why its called Hunting,If we could Bottle that RUSH we  would be Rich, @--0--0105
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Re: KS opening day excitement
« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2009, 09:52:45 AM »
Sounds like a great day, look at it from the positive side......you didn't have to carry that big old long beard out of the woods, it would have made you too tired to fish  --099-780 --099-780 Thanks for the fun hunting story, I enjoyed it.
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Re: KS opening day excitement
« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2009, 11:20:59 AM »
amazing survival and reflex skills those toms have.  sounds like a good spot.  you'll score on one soon.
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Re: KS opening day excitement
« Reply #6 on: April 11, 2009, 04:40:44 PM »
wow you got my itch going Big time . great day in turkey woods you will have one soon  @--0--0109 %^$^

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Re: KS opening day excitement
« Reply #7 on: April 11, 2009, 05:14:33 PM »
Great story, they can move faster than me to, almost the same thing happend to me last year, thats hunting! still gives you a rush don't it!  better luck next time  -0078  @--0--0109

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Re: KS opening day excitement
« Reply #8 on: April 11, 2009, 07:11:36 PM »
Great story thanks for sharing.
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Re: KS opening day excitement
« Reply #9 on: April 11, 2009, 07:36:39 PM »
sounds like a fun  hunt DD. i personaly would have let him get a little further out, but you cant go around life second quessing yourself. great story, thanks for sharing.
No doubt, I blew it and new better. But sometimes when things get going (and it seems like you have held perfectly still for 2 hours!) you do things that you know not to do.....oh well!

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Re: KS opening day excitement
« Reply #10 on: April 12, 2009, 08:04:35 PM »
sounds like a fun  hunt DD. i personaly would have let him get a little further out, but you cant go around life second quessing yourself. great story, thanks for sharing.
No doubt, I blew it and new better. But sometimes when things get going (and it seems like you have held perfectly still for 2 hours!) you do things that you know not to do.....oh well!
i am heading out tin the morning for my IL openor, and who know, i might make the same mistake.
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Re: KS opening day excitement
« Reply #11 on: April 12, 2009, 08:12:24 PM »
good story if it was easy everyone would do it. but turned out to be a great day.
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Re: KS opening day excitement
« Reply #12 on: April 12, 2009, 08:32:49 PM »
Sounds like a great hunt...close but sure was fun.  I think the missed opportunities are remembered more because you replay them over and over in order to learn from what went on.  Great story, good luck with the rest of the hunt

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Re: KS opening day excitement
« Reply #13 on: April 13, 2009, 07:09:49 AM »
Aw shucks!! Great story. Good luck on your next hunt. I didn't think you had to apply for turkey tags in Kansas? Is it only a permit for Federal land that you have to draw for?
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Re: KS opening day excitement
« Reply #14 on: April 13, 2009, 07:13:09 AM »
now that was a good story and sometimes that is just how things go.  Good luck to you in the rest of your season.

 

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