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Archerysniper

2011 Turkey Pic's

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sticknstring

Nice birds everyone and congrats! Great to see some birds being taken with all the crappy weather we've been having.

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Borch

Very nice birds everyone!

Looks like some very happy hunters.

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Borch

Sounds like Joel is still on the birds Jonny.

A couple of very nice ones for sure.

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Wallydog

Idaho opening day bird......this'n only had 2 beards

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The 'Turkey silo"

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WD

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Borch

Nice!

Only two beards though?

Must have been a jake. wink

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DonBo

Another great bird Wally! Beautiful country you live in out there. Do you use that wingbone caller? Homemade, or store bought?

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Wallydog

Don,

I do use the wingbone, though I've made several, this one was made by Lovett Williams. The wingbone is one of my "loud" calls I use when trying to strike a bird from my fixed position.

Another of my loud calls is the Alabama Cackler made by Billy White.

WD

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DonBo

May have to try one. I've made several wing bones myself, but never got real comfortable using them. I'm assuming there's a learning curve to them as in the diaphram?

My go-to long distance call is a box by the Rohme Bros. in PA.

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Traxxx

Finally, got it done on the last day! Started at one piece of state land this morning, didn't hear a gobble, so I headed to another piece of county land. Started walking and saw a hen, kept walking and heard a gobble a long ways off, then another. Started booking it to where it was coming from and snuck down a trail to the edge of a big clear cut. They were somewhere on the far side of the clear cut, and still gobbling. I knelt down on the edge of the trail to try and figure out which way they were going. They kept gobbling and it started to get closer. Before I knew it, they were only 75 yards away or less and closing fast. All of a sudden I see a couple red heads moving through the brush, all the while I'm pinned on the edge of the trail. They decided to take my trail and out pops five jake less than 20 yards away, heading right at me. At this point I was laying on my side, on the edge of the trail, with no cover. I had to let them get even closer, as I wasn't in a position to shoot. They kept coming and got to within 7 yards, then stopped and we were all staring eye to eye. They started acting nervous and I knew it was time, so I popped up and shot this one. 17lbs. Pretty fun way to end the season smile

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Archerysniper

Congrats Traxxx Sounds like a fun hunt

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sticknstring

Congrats! He'll eat a whole lot better than tag soup! Trust me. wink

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bigbucks

I've shot a few that have seen me, it gets pretty exciting there for a little bit!

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Wallydog

Here are a couple of fine Idaho Rios that first time youth hunters whacked out of my "silo" during our youth hunts April 8 & 9.

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HawgMan

First time tom in the snow! Not the largest,but a 9" beard isn't bad for a first timer!

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Archerysniper

Congrats on the great tom and in the snow to boot way to go bet your hooked now.

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Borch

Gotta love that picture.

Congrats on a very nice tom in the snow!

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HawgMan

I'm definitely hooked,was a great morning to be out despite the change in weather. It did make for a scenic background.

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Rip_Some_Lip

Opening Morning Tom 22.5 lbs, 9" beard.

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Wallydog

Easten Oregon USA. 12 year old Kole handled the morning perfectly. Rise at 0400, quick breakfast, short drive and ¼ mile walk in total darkness. I set the decoys in (dark) view of the dozen birds roosted a mere 75 yards away. We heard the river bottom wake up and watched the birds fly down into the alfalfa field. 4 jakes first and they headed in another direction…….wonder if the saw me/us walking in? Then the hens flew down and began milling around 75 yds distant. It looked they might head away like the jakes. Then the last jake and the longbeard fly down. I was concerned they too might wander off…..but the jake couldn’t stand it and headed right for my strutter decoy. The longbeard couldn’t stand the jake beating him to the decoys and came running. What followed was a mild thrashing of my strutting decoy by both birds 20 yards distant. Kole whacked the jake and I whacked the longbeard at 7:15 a.m.

Yee haaa, high fives and hugs.

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Borch

Gotta love when a plan comes together WD!

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DonBo

Good job getting all those kids on birds Wally! Looks like another great season out west.

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Cheetah

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My uncle Neil with his bird from this morning in the Black Hills, SD.

Still working on mine.

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Outdoor Authority

We had a week full of a ton of encounters opportunities and he's not big enoughs. We went 5 for 5 with only one missed bird, two doubles and almost a triple. Then I mentored for the NWTF youth hunt where the kids went 5 for 11 in some of the worst weather for turkey hunting. It was a great week and fun spending time with a marine home on his two week leave from over seas. What we have noticed was little calling in the trees then nothing in the fields. When running and gunning in the trees birds would gobble once or twice then come in silent. The hens seemed to come in on a dead run almost, but if they had a Tom with they would slowly come in. The jakes would come in on a trot most of the time. It may not have been a great conditions for hunting but we made the best out of it.

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Borch

Looks like a lot of success stories.

Congrats on all the nice birds!

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Wallydog

Nice story and flock of DS decoys!

Congrats,

WD

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