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Author Topic: 2021 MI Turkey  (Read 332 times)

Offline MI_Bowhunter

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2021 MI Turkey
« on: May 10, 2021, 08:07:00 AM »
Tagged out yesterday..

Got set up 30 min prior to shooting hours (05:48).  I am hunting from my deer blind that is also a great place for turkeys. The amount of area I am allowed to hunt in this farm does not allow me to run and gun.

By 0530 the tom was gobblng like crazy from the roost, which turned out to be  about 50 yards behind my blind which sits in the woodline at the back of a large farm field.

He gobbled at least 30 times that I counted until a little after 06:00 them he went quiet.  I had done just enough soft calling to let him think a hen was in my direction.  I assumed he had flown down because many of the birds in the area have stopped gobbling once they hit the ground.

I few minues later I see him coming in from my left, all blowed up and focussed on my hen decoy. Despite being in a blind I sat still until he turned away. Then i sat back and got my gun up.   I've been busted too many times when I thought they wouldn't catch my movemeny, even in a blind/pop-up.  Once he enterred my field of  view and turned away again I got my barrel out the window. He turned a few more times before coming out if strut and sticking his head up.  That was my sign and I laid him out right there at about 35 yards.

I ran out and step on on his neck but he was down and not going anywhere.  Got my tag in him and checked my watch, it was only 06:15.

Seemed like it all took a long time to play out but that may be my fastest hunt. 

He was a 21.5 lb bird with a 10" beard and  1"&1.25" spurs. Shot him with a Mossberg 935 using 3.5" Longbeard #5's

« Last Edit: May 10, 2021, 08:09:23 AM by MI_Bowhunter »
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2021 MI Turkey
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Offline MI_Bowhunter

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Re: 2021 MI Turkey
« Reply #1 on: May 10, 2021, 08:08:43 AM »
Teaser, I tagged out in KY as well. Pics and stories to follow.
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Re: 2021 MI Turkey
« Reply #2 on: May 10, 2021, 08:48:36 AM »
Congrats, Mike! Nice job!
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Re: 2021 MI Turkey
« Reply #3 on: May 10, 2021, 10:05:40 AM »
nice work. nice bird. congrats

the birds where i hunt roost on the bluffs. there's no way to get that close. i wish i could!
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Re: 2021 MI Turkey
« Reply #4 on: May 10, 2021, 12:47:54 PM »
Congrats on the tom .  @--0--0118
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Re: 2021 MI Turkey
« Reply #5 on: May 11, 2021, 07:35:31 AM »
Congrats!   @--0--0123


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Re: 2021 MI Turkey
« Reply #6 on: May 11, 2021, 08:59:13 AM »
Congrats MI, that's a great bird. Our season opened May 1st, only saw two hens, no gobbling going on here. It was a snow storm the first day and then rain. This past Saturday turned into a hail storm and then we got an inch of snow on Sunday. I'm going to get after them again this weekend and hope for a little more cooperation from the birds and the weatherman.

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Re: 2021 MI Turkey
« Reply #7 on: May 11, 2021, 03:21:29 PM »
Congrats!!! Love it when a plan comes togeather!! ##$%#11
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Re: 2021 MI Turkey
« Reply #8 on: May 11, 2021, 07:21:14 PM »
Congrats MIB - enjoy the easy ones when you can, as you know most of the time they make your life much more difficult!
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Re: 2021 MI Turkey
« Reply #9 on: May 12, 2021, 05:56:12 PM »
great story have not heard a bird i think the snow the was very deep put a hurt on the turkeys this year
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Re: 2021 MI Turkey
« Reply #10 on: May 12, 2021, 09:09:18 PM »
I've heard some gobbling at my place, but i'm not turkey hunting this spring.  Have had a hen started to frequent our yard, and today while mowing my side yard, I spied a hen, just north of me, sneaking off across the road to a neighbor's property east of me.  Surprised when I spied another hen sneaking across the road, going west, just south of me. 
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Re: 2021 MI Turkey
« Reply #11 on: June 12, 2021, 07:27:33 PM »
Excellent. The only Turkey I have seen are in the Publix frozen isle😩😭
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