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

Season H - Don't give up yet!

Recommended Posts

HateHumminbird

Memorial day for me marked a great opportunity to head into the woods with an old friend. He's the best turkey hunter I know, and chases these birds only with a bow nowadays. He's guided in the Black Hills and several other locales. With well over a hundred birds to his credit, and quite a few more than that to the folks he's guided over the years, you could say that a great learning opportunity was at hand.

So when we went turkey hunting on some land that I'd secured, with my blind and my dekes, you could only kind of say that I was taking HIM hunting.

Still, I'd hunted these birds and this property many times before; which would hopefully give us the upper hand on a sharp spurred gobbler that liked to roost on a nearly-horizontal basswood which hung off the shoulder of a big, pointed ridge. He was there again the previous night, gobbling for all the world to hear. I knew where he was, down to the limb, but could we get him?

3:30AM came early, it was a big climb with good distance to cover, quietly, as his launch and landing zone was an open one. We managed to get nearly setup before he let out his first gobble. Then another, and three more from different directions. Just as I'd hoped, there were about 5 gobblers roosted on the ridge just out in front of us, and we were between where they fly-down, and like to head out to a large corn-field.

Again, as hoped, they gobbled at everything.....incessantly....almost to the point of being annoying. The trickery came at fly-down.

All birds converged and followed the contour of the ridge just below us around and eventually behind us before working their way in. Our roosted bird flew down first, and led the charge every step of the way. When he was about 30 yards behind us....we heard the alarm putting but didn't know why? Dekes? Something else? We still haven't figured this one out. The only other thing he could've spooked from was the carry-bag for my Double Bull was sitting in the leaves near the blind. It's a very drab color, and I'm still thinking he freaked from the dekes.

7:30AM, ditching the blind and going out on foot; which is funny, because we know better smile.gif We follow them out to the field, and it's 3 toms and 3 jakes with a hen. Make the hen mad by imitating her calls, and eventually she starts at us with the boys in-tow. She hangs up, the toms stay with her, but the jakes keep coming. And coming. Until they're 7 feet on the other side of the big tree my friend would use to draw his bow. His draw was noticed, and a fleeting shot was his best excuse to lose an arrow.

Worry not, now two more, different toms are gobbling and working their way right towards us. Eventually to 25 yards. Raise bow-arm to draw, which they didn't see. But turkeys are naturally and completely paranoid. They didn't need to see him move. They only needed to feel funny about the situation, and moved off. No-shot.

Off to another property. I had a feeling birds would be loafing mid-day near a ridge-top logging road which connected several major ravines. These ravines are cool and protected by the ever-increasing winds. If you can put yourself on the ridge-top where several intersect, you increase your odds greatly on warm days especially.

And so it was, within 5 minutes came 4 jakes running. Again the decoys were something they didn't like to see, and a 15 yard shot that seemed to be good, was hampered by our excitement.

When at full-draw, it's hard to tell the exact path your arrow will take because you're looking at the sights, and if you're not careful, you can clip the blind.

I'm personally proud of the new battle-wound. Most-definitely not the first time out of this blind.

We had 3 more toms come in, and a group of 3 hens and 2 jakes. They never committed to our opening, and were always obscured by thick brush.

I didn't care, it was one of the most fun days I've had turkey hunting in a long time. 2 archery shots in 1/2 a day is a success. Especially considering that we called 9 jakes and 6 toms into easy gun range. The 2 that came in together after the jake-miss, were real bruisers as well. Great beards on both of those birds!

If you have a tag left for the H-season, gun or bow, get out there! Don't let conventional wisdom and your head get the best of you. There's some great hunting to be had these last weeks of the season, keep at it!

Joel

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Borch

Sounds like a great day!!! Didn't sound like a late season hunt other than the decoy shy birds.

The toms are still strutting here with some gobbling as well.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
123fish

Wow that is a good day. Especially this late. I had a cousin who lives two houses up from me supposedly hunting this last season. He was going around the Houston area (349) to a WMA where he had never been to before. He had never even been to this part of the state before. Saturday morning I see his car in the driveway and figured he chickened out and was going fishing instead. Wrong. Talked to my wife later that day and she had ran into him and he had shot a 19 lb.gobbler the first afternoon he was there (Friday).I haven't talked to him yet so I don't have the full details but I couldn't believe it. Last season, public land, totally unknown land layout equals success. He has been hunting all his life but turkeys only for three years besides. He has shot a bird each year. Can't wait to hear his story.

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

    • Cret Jigs
      East access..... only 3.5" - 4"  200 yards out.  .... don't know north acces as I saw enough to  stay off.
    • MrSchrute
      Anyone on here been out on White Bear yet? I've seen a few people out off the Ramsey Beach area where the truck went through the other day but have not had a chance to venture out myself. Normally I hit the Belaire area early ice. Thanks!
    • walleyewalby
      wealthwood had1.5 last weekend, i saw no one out but 1 person on the whole west side last wsat afternoon. thi week the resorts on the north end and east are reporting decent ice. check with the resorts before you go out. id stay away from public accesses now and follow a staked road.
    • MrSchrute
      Have you fished out there before? Is it worth putting some time in on the ice? Thanks-
    • walleyewalby
      so went to go scope it out, 15 trucks on the northside, wheelers and houses out. Baxter is packed. last nights fresh snow is showing alot of active cracks too... i may wait a coujple days for blue and check out baxter instead.
    • Wicheesehead37
      Anyone know of the ice conditions in the oak narrows area?
    • blue gill hunter
      Has anyone heard of any ice reports on Big Marine?
    • dindunuffins
      I heard  6" or so around terrys..  id figure public access must be close to the same?
    • gimruis
      Dude, seriously just stay off the ice until its safer.  No fish is worth risking your life for.
    • crappie king 42
       Ice is scary on blue. I was out last weekend fishing next to open water north end is kinda sketchy still my buddy has been there every day this week. Still cant get close to the points only 1 inch there. Thicker by north end but its all older ice from the first freeze lots of cracks. The bay to the east towards the points and whole south end were wide open last sunday. Had 4 inches right next to it we fished as close to the point as we could get. We were 40-50 ft from open water and we got one eye. But ive never been so scared on ice before it was cracking very badly very loud and could feel the ice shifting. The walk back to access in the dark had my heart pounding and i didnt tjink we would make it back without one uf us goin through but we did make it.