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jumpacablez

featherslayer,

You cant leave me on that note,

WHAT HAPPENED?

Are you going back out, or are you done for the year?

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featherslayer

jumpacablez look in the post (turkeys wont decoy) and then you will know the rest of the story

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Cooter

jump - as always the key was either being where they want to go or finding one in the right mood, or better yet a combo of the two. I really didn't spend enough time hunting to get a good feel for what they were doing or what they did or didn't want calling wise.

For us it was a mix of lots of birds in the area, knowing it well, and plenty of luck.

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lc pett

Sad to say but i came up empty handed once again....3rd year in a row.

They where quiet everyday but this morning they where gobbling a lot and answering to my call then it just went quiet and nothing ever happend. then tonight it was dead silent again. Had a really nice tom walk about 100 yards out from me sunday morning. Seen lots of deer during my time out there.

Ill just have to not give up and try again this fall and next spring.

Also great job cooter!! laugh

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Cooter

Sounds like you a couple great days afield, thats all that matters. Stick with it and you'll connect - 4th time is the charm!

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lc pett

yes they where a couple great days...cooter have you posted your bird yet? has anyone else connected yet or have yet to get out?

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Wallydog

LC,

I've spent 11 days in the turkey woods already..........

Harvest thus far: 2 in for first time youth hunters, 4 for first time adults, 1 for long time hunting pal. Me ZERO. I still have till 5/25 in ID and OR so I'll likely still get a whack at one. Doing everything but the mechanical part (pulling the trigger) is still a hoot. BUT I still have an itch that needs to be scratched! Statistically it's been a weird year. I've had a total of 41 jakes and only one hangin beard inside of 35 yards.

Here are a few pics

WD

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Borch

Gotta love that WD!

Sure is some pretty country you're hunting.

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Wallydog

Borch,

Did you notice the 3 color phases in the pictures....eastern, merriams & "mutt"? All Idaho Birds.

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123fish

That has to be great hunting in country like that. Even if the turkeys aren't moving you can still enjoy the scenery. Good luck.

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DonBo

Borch,

Did you notice the 3 color phases in the pictures....eastern, merriams & "mutt"? All Idaho Birds.

I was gonna ask about that. Didn't realize you had Easterns out there. Beautiful country you get to hunt. They say trout don't live in ugly places, guess that's true of turkeys also.

Keep at it WD!

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Borch

Borch,

Did you notice the 3 color phases in the pictures....eastern, merriams & "mutt"? All Idaho Birds.

Yeah I did. We have noticed the same things while hunting the Black Hills. They are supposed to be full Merriams but you definitely see some hybreds as well.

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haverhunting

Gottem Finally. Last night in the rain we got setup right under their roosting tree about 6:30. @ 8:00 they showed up in numbers, I mean they were running all over the place. 6 or 7 Jakes 1 with 7" beard, 5 or 6 hens. They just kept going back and forth all around us here and there. Until finally I got to pull the trigger sending a Spitfire down range and connecting. Got the dirty bugger but not without a little help from the Benili. 19lbs8oz, 7" beard. When I say (Gottem Finally) I have been helping my dad, uncle, And cousin hunt their birds. That’s 3 seasons and 2 days I have been in the field hunting these things and now I produced one. Good times

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jumpacablez

Just checking in, so far, i have seen a dosen birds, and yesterday, i should of had one, but what do you do, i am hoping to drop the hammer on thursday, even if it takes all day, boy is there some big birds running around there.

My question is why they are not responding to my calls? box call mouth call,slate call, nothing is bringing them boys to me, frustration really set in yesterday afternoon and then the woods went nuts with birds, if i would have stayed sitting where i was and not chose to go back to my blind, i would have meat in the frezer. I am thinking that i had some real door knobs on the other side of the fence, who wouldnt put there calls down, it was yelp yelp pause, crow call, yelp yelp pause barred owl, all day, i am wondering if that could change the there behavier. but was exciding. do you think i should call on thursday?

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DonBo

I've had the same problem. Try to set up on a gobbling bird in the morning as close as possible and call VERY softly and sparingly. Also try a different call you haven't used yet.

Good luck!

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Nightcrawler

I've had the same problem. Try to set up on a gobbling bird in the morning as close as possible and call VERY softly and sparingly. Also try a different call you haven't used yet.

Good luck!

Thats what worked for me last year.

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Borch

How do I put pics to my posts

Follow this. Photo Posting Tutorial

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bigbucks

I used a shock gobble call after having a bird ignore me in the morning, when I was sure he couldn't hear me in the evening. He started my way shortly after that. I used it a few times in the 45 minutes it took me to come my way, but I pretty much did yelps once I knew he could hear them.

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sticknstring

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I am thinking that i had some real door knobs on the other side of the fence, who wouldnt put there calls down, it was yelp yelp pause, crow call, yelp yelp pause barred owl, all day, i am wondering if that could change the there behavier. but was exciding. do you think i should call on thursday?

I ran into the same problem during my hunt. I wound up killing my bird by going silent and scratching leaves... very minimal calling with no decoys. Late-season can be tricky if they've had some pressure. Keep at it.

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Borch

That's a great late season approach SS.

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haverhunting

Come on guys get down and dirty. Get after those bearded buggers! Be aggressive in your approach but calm with your calling.

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jumpacablez

well, with 3 hours to go and after spending 37 hours in the woods i finally got my bird, I have a bunch of pics i took, but becasue its walleye opener, it will be next week, My stats were 19lbs, 10 3/4" beard,

spures were 1 1/8" each. big bird and bigger rush!!! i thought it was kinda on the lighter side although its still big. Man(watching them two toms run and there beards swaying in the grass, man what a rush.) my question is i took the first one that i had a chance, but two gobblers ran towards me and the 2nd was really gray, there beards were about the same size, but the 1st one came to investage my ground blind, but i am wondering which one is the domminate? is it the one that investages or the one that sits back and watches,

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haverhunting

Jumpacablez,

I don't know the answer to that one. But nice bird anyway. All that time in the woods is always good times. It makes the reward better anyway.

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Cooter

Awesome job and congrats on the bird! Think winter was tough on them, hearing of lots of 2 year old birds that were in the mid-upper teens in weight.

Still waiting for my bro to email the pics of mine so I can get it registered.

On a side note some guys I know put in a pot for the heaviest bird each year. Thus far out of 29 only 7 birds are in. Crazy weather and again a tough winter I think.

Who else on Team 1 is hunting yet?

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Wallydog

Teamers,

A first for me...........no gobbler to plug into the teams total. I reckon it may be a pay back for thr comment bout heading to the land of the 5 bearded monster! Saw plenty of birds and surely worked plenty. Right now I'm planning to be slightly more selfish bout whacking a mature bird next spring.......talk is always cheap!

Congrats to those that smoked one.

Time to start chasing spring chinook and smallmouth.

Cheers,

WD

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Cooter

Finally got mine entered. We must be done as of now? If so it was fun!

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