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Wanderer

Team 2 - Ppfftt-doom BOOM!

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goblueM

good luck!

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Cheetah

Passed a jake this morning that charged me in the wide open after I called a little. Got to 40 yards and saw me kneeling in the grass with the gun up, then he turned and got the heck out. Not many birds in our usual area. Went down a road we have never been on before and came into a group of 7 or 8 hens and 1 big gobbler. Tried sneaking up and around, didn't find them though.

Got a lot of photos of 5 rams that came up to me while I was sitting, about 20 minutes after a turkey went past on the same hillside they came down. They had my scent while it was swirling around the area but couldn't pinpoint me and didn't know where to go, so they stood around a long time. Eventually walked right above me and I then followed behind them about 50 yards to get some more photos. Most photos were ~100 yards out before they finally came in close.

Saw 12 elk while walking, they ran out of the field in front of us maybe 70 yards out. Three or four bulls in front just starting to grow the antlers.

Tons of whitetail deer, pushed 2-3 dozen while walking. Saw lots more big groups while driving around.

Very windy here today, threat of snow all day, flurries. Hoping it calms down tomorrow.

Photos from today: https://picasaweb.google.com/jdtschida/S...feat=directlink

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hugonian1

That is some cool stuff Cheetah.

Must have been a great day surrounded by wildlife.

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hugonian1

Good luck tomorrow Musky.

I am going out in the morning with my son who's season starts tomorrow.

Just watched 8 hens with 1 nice tom head to the woods to roost.

Hopefully they come our way in the morning.

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Wanderer

Good luck guys. Looking forward to the reports!

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Cheetah

Still empty handed here. We had located a decent group of birds yesterday and I went back this morning to find them. Someone beat me to the spot. I went in anyway since I arrived late. Bird was gobbling just above the parking area, and I figured the other guys were already on it. Long story short, there were I think 2 gobblers and a bunch of hens that all circled below the other guys back to the logging road and were fighting down there. Both gobblers going off left and right, hens fighting, it was cool to listen to but I couldn't see them. As best as I can figure, the other guys must have tried to sneak through the logged area to get to the flock and busted them out, cause they all shut up at once and disappeared.

Jumped two other hens walking around, saw some nice country, going to try some new spots this afternoon to see if we get more birds to gobble.

My uncle didn't hear a single gobble and he walked for a solid four hours straight.

Got back to the house and there was a flock under the bird feeder. 3 or 4 jakes, one big gobbler and a bunch of hens. crazy

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Musky hunter 82

No luck here either. I heard 2 or 3 different gobblers, the hens took them to the west instead of the east. Well at least I know they're out there still. I'll be out again on Monday and Tuesday with the gun.

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Cheetah

We called in a hen tonight, she charged right in yelping and cutting non stop. Had one gobble way off in the distance, might be able to get out to him tomorrow.

On the way back to the house we saw a big flock cross the road down below the house. 3 mature gobblers, 5 or 6 jakes and another 6 hens... Gobbler #1 gobbled right when he hit the road in front of us. Laughing I suppose.

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Cheetah

Still slow here today, at first anyway. Nice day again weather wise, but the birds weren't around. We managed to cover a few miles and finally get a gobbler to respond and commit. It came in on my uncle's side and he shot it at 25 yards with the Long Tom. That's his antique single shot with the bent barrel like a banana. It was fun. We had other birds gobbling to us before this one came in, so we sat on the hill a while and called a lot but nothing would respond. It was a great spot to call from, potential for birds all around on surrounding hills. We will probably go back tomorrow.

Got a bunch of photos of turkeys that came into the bird feeder at the house on Saturday. Only saw one mature gobbler, and he looked like a 2 year old. Tons of hens and jakes. Threw out more corn to keep them coming back. smile

On the way back to the house today there was a flock in a horse pasture just down the hill. Gobbler strutting and chasing the hens. I turned the car around to get to where they were crossing the road. All the hens went behind me while the gobbler strutted at 15 yards from our window. Lots of good photos. One bearded hen in the group. Judging by his beard and spurs we figured him for another two year old.

Photo link again with new ones uploaded.

https://picasaweb.google.com/jdtschida/S...feat=directlink

We are going to drive out to the spot we figure we heard a gobbler last night bordering private land. Hopefully can find him again. Tomorrow should be another nice morning according to the forecast.

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Wanderer

Cheetah,

Send me an email. I might have something for you.

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Cheetah

Email sent, Wanderer.

We found more birds tonight in an oddball spot that nobody else has gone into as far as we can tell. Going to go back in the morning since we heard some gobble as they roosted at sunset. Also had a couple hens respond to my yelping but only once, wouldn't talk with me.

Venison tenderloin for dinner, mmmmmm.

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Musky hunter 82

Well I'm starting to get them dialed in. One more go tomorrow then that's it for me.full-23988-8134-sunp0033.jpg

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Sorgy

Go Get them. Have fun in the rain and snow- the national weather terroist's are already wound up eek

Not bad team 8 pages of posts so far grin

Later

Steve

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Musky hunter 82

About that weather, would you set up in the woods close to where they're roosting? or would you set up on a field edge, where they have been going to the last couple mornings? This is the first year hunting them for me and I'm not too sure where to go when the weather is going to be like what they're calling for.

thanks for the help.

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goblueM

i'd set up between them and the field where they go, and do minimal calling

but thats just me, i've not had a bird within 500 yards of me yet this season. hope to rectify that this week sometime

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Archerysniper

About that weather, would you set up in the woods close to where they're roosting? or would you set up on a field edge, where they have been going to the last couple mornings? This is the first year hunting them for me and I'm not too sure where to go when the weather is going to be like what they're calling for.

thanks for the help.

With the weather forcast I would stick to the woods 150 yards or closer to the roost.

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Cheetah

Lonnnnng day today. Spent all day in the woods, got 6 gobblers to respond but when we chased after them they just shut up and walked away with hens. Found a good roosting area so will go there again for our last morning hunt before coming home tomorrow and hopefully I can fill my tag.

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goblueM

nice!

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Sorgy

Good Job grin

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hugonian1

Looking forward to hearing the story.

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Wanderer

Yah! Me too! grin

The truck and camper are packed and ready to go. I'm leaving after work tomorrow. It's been a while since I've planned 4 days of hunting turkeys in MN. Hope I don't need them all and can get some trout fishing in.

Why is it so dang hard to get to sleep? And I have to get up at 3 for crying out loud.

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sticknstring

Tracy - what part of the state are you headed to? Trout - you must be headed SE eh? Sounds like a great trip!

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Wanderer

Yeah, it's always good... smile

Area 348. Pretty much all the seasons so far have had miserable turkey weather for the most part with just 1 or 2 nice days in the mix. It looks like season D will be no exception.

I am looking forward to trying to score with my bow. I updated my dekes this year to a bobble head hen and a KillerB tom from Primos. It should be interesting. grin

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sticknstring

Awesome! Once you take one with the bow, it'll be tough toting around the shotgun after that. Good luck!

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Cheetah

Getting ready to leave tonight some time for 349D. Looks like rain all day Saturday, and windy through Sunday... Not good. At least Sunday should be rain free and Monday looks decent so far. My dad is down there now, left his phone in the car. I am going to pick up a couple blinds from his house so we all have one to stay dry in during the rain rather than sitting in camp doing nothing. Will probably just set them up on some of the main ridges we usually hunt and see what happens. That reminds me, I better pack the gameboy, I get bored just sitting like that...

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goblueM

well couple close calls this morning... had a hot one gobbling and strutting and hissing back and forth for about an hour, but he hung up 75 yards down the ridge and refused to come any closer. gobbled every time we purred and scratched leaves, yelped, anything.

finally busted out cutting, and even a gobble call, still didn't want to come in

then my buddy missed his 2nd bird of the season right after we settled into a new spot, walked right thru a field past us, he shot and it flew to the other side of the valley just about.

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Wanderer

Awesome! Once you take one with the bow, it'll be tough toting around the shotgun after that. Good luck!

Good Lord, I don't know if I'll ever have the patience to take a tom with my bow in the spring! After getting the cold shoulder to my blind/deke set up on Friday morning I opted for the boom stick to go get one. I love stalking game as it is and when you have a few hundred acres to play on it's kinda tough to sit and wait it out with only a small window of good weather.

If there's one "challenging" thing I did it was to strike out with only the shotgun. No calls, no dekes, no blind, just me and my voice for calling. After a short move to where the birds were I was able to convince a pair of toms to come check me out on the hillside and lets just say, Ppfftt-doom BOOM is exactly what happened.

I'll get the pics and some more story posted tomorrow probably. My bird weighed 24.69lbs with a 9 1/4 inch beard and twin 7/8ths inch spurs. Not a giant like my avatar bird but I'm plenty happy with him and this season will not be forgotten in the mix of memories of seasons past.

Glad to hear you other guys are hitting it. Go team!

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hugonian1

Way to go Wanderer.

That is a heavy bird.

Looking forward to the full story & pics.

I have my Minnesota E season this week and then my first Wisconsin hunt next week.

Hopefully I can put a Tom on the ground.

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Archerysniper

Congrats on the bird Wanderer.

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