Guests - If You want access to member only forums on FM. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on Fishing Minnesota.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

  • Announcements

    • Rick

      Members Only Fluid Forum View   08/08/2017

      Fluid forum view allows members only to get right to the meat of this community; the topics. You can toggle between your preferred forum view just below to the left on the main forum entrance. You will see three icons. Try them out and see what you prefer.   Fluid view allows you, if you are a signed up member, to see the newest topic posts in either all forums (select none or all) or in just your favorite forums (select the ones you want to see when you come to Fishing Minnesota). It keeps and in real time with respect to Topic posts and lets YOU SELECT YOUR FAVORITE FORUMS. It can make things fun and easy. This is especially true for less experienced visitors raised on social media. If you, as a members want more specific topics, you can even select a single forum to view. Let us take a look at fluid view in action. We will then break it down and explain how it works in more detail.   The video shows the topic list and the forum filter box. As you can see, it is easy to change the topic list by changing the selected forums. This view replaces the traditional list of categories and forums.   Of course, members only can change the view to better suit your way of browsing.   You will notice a “grid” option. We have moved the grid forum theme setting into the main forum settings. This makes it an option for members only to choose. This screenshot also shows the removal of the forum breadcrumb in fluid view mode. Fluid view remembers your last forum selection so you don’t lose your place when you go back to the listing. The benefit of this feature is easy to see. It removes a potential barrier of entry for members only. It puts the spotlight on topics themselves, and not the hierarchical forum structure. You as a member will enjoy viewing many forums at once and switching between them without leaving the page. We hope that fluid view, the new functionality is an asset that you enjoy .
Sign in to follow this  
HateHumminbird

Unlucky Bird

Recommended Posts

HateHumminbird

bird_rs.JPG

Tom

Weight - 21lbs, 4oz.

Beard - 9 1/8"

Spurs - 1 1/16", 1 1/8"

The beginning of my "B" season fell on what started as a windy, overcast day. I had been scouting fairly intensely the past week, and my pre-hunting had been telling me this wouldn't be an easy go of things. Gobbling had been on the roost only, if at all, and hens were actively breeding and spending most of the day with their toms. My chances, it seemed, would be right off of the roost, and/or later in the day in strut zones that the hens might be taking their toms to. What better chance to take a bird then to set up in an area with both.

I set up the blind in a landing zone that birds frequently pitch into. It was a secluded bean field just below a high ridge with some nice oaks, that couldn't be seen from any road or path, and was a good hike in. Morning greeted me briskly, with not a gobble to be heard. I tried putting them to bed, and heard nothing save a few wing flaps, so I wasn't too surprised. I scratched a few yelps here and there, hoping to get some silent traffic.

At about 6:30, a gobble in the woods off of the field corner brought me to attention. This was about 10 minutes after my last call, so I clucked a few times to coax. Two beardless jakes entered the field, and no sooner than they entered, they stepped back into the wood's-edge. They saw the jake decoy I had with my hen, and spooked. They proceeded to skirt around me, and then dissappeared.

15 minutes later, another gobble from the same direction....the jakes again? It was a good tom, that again spooked from my setup.....he again stayed just inside the wood-line and paced back and forth. Too far for a shot. He moved off and met with some other unseen gobblers later and went to another property. So would I.

I elected to run and gun a bit more, all the while trying to simply strike up a conversation with some birds. 3 jakes across the field were willing to talk, but I was looking for an adult bird. So I proceeded off in the other direction, and heard nothing in a few miles, save an owl fight at high noon. Odd.

I was on my way back to the truck, and decided to make a few calls on a likely alfalfa field edge. Birds I roosted previous nights were across the road, and perhaps....just perhaps I could draw one across the road from a few hundred yards away.

Nothing in 20 minutes. It was time to recharge the batteries and change directions/strategies. I crossed the alfalfa field, and ducked under the fence to complete the rest of my 75 yard journey through the winding creek bottom turned cattle pasture to my truck.

Just then, movement at 10 yards to my right, and an alarm putt! Swaying beard and red head walking up the creek bank. Luckily there was a monster cottonwood just between us and I stepped right to obstruct his view. Shouldered the gun, flipped off the safety, leaned around the tree and fired. That was it.

The photo above has the pasture that I shot him in the background.

I stumbled upon a bird that was silently working his way towards my calling location, and luckily enough, shot him at 15 paces. My pattern at that range is about the size of a softball, so I was lucky on several accounts. That said, I was still "hunting." Still keeping my head low, sneaking, walking silently, and keeping my guard up. Too many times have I been simply "walking" or lolligagging while hunting and stumbled upon birds that saw me well before I saw them.

So, there you have it. Not the most elegant hunt. Not elegant at all. I talked to Borch about it on the phone, and like he said, "For all the lucky birds out there, the ones that get past you for no seemingly good reason, maybe it was time for an unlucky one?" I'll take it every time.

Morale was low, and I was thinking about what I should've done different that day on the way back to the truck, and just like that.....my luck changed. Keep it in the back of your mind at all times that your odds out there can turn on a dime, and it only takes one!

Joel

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
ChuckN

Great story Joel, and congrats on a nice bird!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Borch

Congrats Joel!

Makes up for some of those "Lucky" birds.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
delzz7

Congrats Joel

I hope your scouting reports don't stop!

I still have a few weeks to go Season E

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
HateHumminbird

Delz:

Was just through Webster the other day, what a great little town. It's no Veseli, but... smile.gif

I'll be taking out quite a few other folks for the rest of the year, and hunting once more myself in WI. Season "E" is one of those seasons I'll be scouting heavily for. "E" is a personal favorite of mine, as the hens are hanging with the gobblers for an hour or two, then heading off to nest. There's quite a few 9-10AM and beyond birds to be had season "E".

Joel

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Cooter

Congrats JN! Nice lookin bird you got there - another great day in the spring woods! Those MN birds haven't figured out that you're trouble for them, eh? wink.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
HateHumminbird

I'm hoping the WI birds don't figure anything out either! <Insert MN/WI joke here>

Joel

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
marbleeye2

Nicely done! I've always said I'd rather be lucky than good. Looks to me like you are both. Nice bird.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Wallydog

Joel,

Great story. Every time we hit the turkey woods, we either make a mistake and learn something or reinforce something we've learned from a prior mistake!

He WAS coming to your calling!

WD

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
harvey lee

Nice bird Joel. cool.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Greybeard53

Nice bird team mate. grin.gif

Great picture too.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Nate McVey

Great bird Joel! The story telling is great as well.......I could almost picture myself with you. Thanks for sharing

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
huntmup

Nice bird Joel. Congratulations smile.gifsmile.gifsmile.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
123fish

Congrats on the nice bird and enjoyed the story. As my hunting buddy always says " Turkey hunting... you can turn from a zero to a hero in two seconds."

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Gordie

Again great bird and story that goes with it

thanks because moral was a bit low after this morning.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Shwangman

Very nice bird Joel!!!!!! Good Job!!!!!!!!!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  



  • Posts

    • leech~~
      2 Trout stamps.  Did I miss something and need to go back and get another?
    • Wanderer
      The 200 foot rule gets me a little but it has to be defined somehow what is occupied and what isn’t.   So for a wheelhouse we get to buy tabs to have on the road and a sticker to have it on the ice and go away for a little while.  Seems pretty close to double taxation since any LE can find out who the owner is from the current plate. Plus the spear shack that I might want to keep up over the weekend.  2 tags plus license. Combination sports license 2 trout stamps Waterfowl stamps Pheasant stamp  Turkey license (stamp now included) Deer license for all seasons   The bucket is getting heavy with all the drops in it.  
    • ib_jigged
      Really no different than using your boat.  $14,000 fish house and $14.33/year is going to kill you?? What gets me is at the lake we are at in the summer, mostly out of state people in the campground and all of their boats, never leave that lake and they are all licensed out of state and not in MN.  That is a chunk of money the state does not see.
    • Fishing Frenzy
      Great news to hear! Hopefully it will make enough tonight and hope it isn't going to get as warm as they say. Fingers crossed!
    • CLPDB
      Was hoping to come up with a 1/2 ton and a 16ft wheel house Dec. 1st.  Any thoughts if the ice will be think enough to go out of Hillmens?
    • timjones
      Took a drive around Lake Osakis earlier. It appears the cold and calm winds we had last night made a lot of ice. From what I could tell it appeared the lake was locked up except there was a small open area in Manthey's Bay that had a couple trumpeter swans swimming around and another small area in front of Holiday Resort that had some ducks swimming around. The rest was all ice, thin ice. Don't know if it will hold up over the next 5 days. High of 38 tomorrow, 46 and showers on Friday with high winds, 36 Saturday, 44 Sunday and 44 Monday. The lows over night aren't going to dip very low. If it was a few inches thick I wouldn't be to concerned, but as thin as it is, could be bad.
    • PRO-V
      Not by itself it won't but they raised the price on licenses for everything. Once you add it all up I'll bet you never got that big of a raise at your job. I paid for an ATV license since they first came out and we didn't get squat for it for over 20 years. What a joke, not to mention debacles like Mille Lacs Lake management. AAARRGGHHH!!  I gotta quit now before I pop a vein.
    • JerkinLips
      Thanks for the updates.  Think I will play it safe and wait until Thursday, November 30 to go out from McKinley Park.
    • Finnish Flash
      7" of good clear ice in the couple holes I drilled in Pike Bay this morning.   
    • cookie129
      not sure why its not showing I'm posting? Anyway walking out on the south shore gets you in deeper water quicker. Yes they do bite on red lake during the dark. I hardly ever go on the lake early ice unless Buddy Hillmen needs my help. Once I drive on the lake with blue thunder I will be on her just about everyday un  tell mid march if mother nature cooperates.