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Make sure to take lots of good pics and enter them in the photo contest! If there's a bunch, examine them with the binocs and make sure to pick one out with some long hooks! grin

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sticknstring

Well Pike, did the rain hold off last night? smile

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Hodgy17

Haha (aka did i get one) no not last night or this morning for that matter. Unfortunately there was a guy trespassing unintentionally right where i wanted to set up last night. It wasn't a huge deal as i talked to the land owner with him and he felt bad that he was about 250 yards onto the wrong property. He was an older gentleman, and was very sorry about it so it wasn't a major problem. Tonight i will be going out to that spot so hopefully my luck will turn around.

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sticknstring

Snowing hard up this way right now... 10-12" forecasted! Hope you don't have any of that down where you're at. Good luck tonight!

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Hodgy17

Well boys i ended up getting one today at 315pm. So here is the story....

It started out wed. morning, i was hunting with a couple buddies whom were filming for me. We had one come in to about 75 yards behind us. We were looking to get some good footage so we didn't put a stalk on it also we didn't want to bump many birds around. Wednesday night through Friday around noon it was snowing or raining so hunting was slow or non-existant. Friday night i roosted a flock of 3 gobblers with 8 hens, it was going to be very nice saturday morning so i was excited. On saturday morning when i arrived the birds were not there which was frustrating, they also didn't make any noise as it was 25-29 degrees until about 9am so that dampered any possible success. Saturday night i had 4 hens at 8 yards from my blind but no gobblers showed. Had to go to church with my family at 8am today so i couldn't go out this am which was also frustrating. So at 245 i headed out to my blind and i was ready to do whatever it was going to take to put a bird on the ground. As i was about 50 yards from my blind i let out a series of yelps which triggered a gobble only 100 yards away. I quickly got into my blind and called a few more times and the gobbles got closer and closer, eventually the bird came out from the woods and was 55 yards away from me in the bean field. I shut up and the bird started strutting and kept getting closer. When the bird hit 25 yards i hit to loud yelps and he put his head up....He was aquainted with my #5 load.

Ended up being 22lbs, with 9.5" beard, and 7/8" spurs

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Borch

Way to go Pikefisher!

Those last minute birds sure make great memories...

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elevatorguy

Excellent work Pikefisher09! Looks we are on the board! And good luck tomorrow bowfin!

9 days and counting...

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Hodgy17

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Here is the Beard, i can't get the other picture up.

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sticknstring

Great looking bird Pike - congrats!

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Bowfin

Thanks elevatorguy, I need some luck. Not seeing any birds in my usual places - fields still snow covered. Heard my first gobble at 3:30 pm today. Saw 2 coyotes and 2 sets of bear tracks but only 1 hen. The snow tonight isn't going to help things!

Glad we got one on the board.

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sticknstring

Any updates Bowfin? You've got 2 beautiful days here to fill your tag - good luck!

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Bowfin

Not much to report. I've been out each day and have heard little gobbling, larger flocks, not much activity in the fields, and no response to calls. Tough when the roosts in both of my areas are on private land and the turkeys are bunched up in the woods not willing to come give me a look on public land. I did get a return gobble today which has been the most attention they showed me all week. Been spending a lot of time on a small DNR food plot one flock has been visiting from time to time. Missed them by a couple hours yesterday evening. I was sitting at one of my spots while the flock visited the food plot at the other spot (snow all tracked up)! One more day!

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Bowfin

Sorry guys - No help from me this year. Ended the day over looking the food plot this evening. Just hens came in to visit - No Toms. Good luck to the rest of you.

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just1fishaway

Good hunt this morning 22 3/8lbs 15/16 R spur 1' L spur 2 Beards 9 1/4 and 8 1/4 pics to follow

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DonBo

Good bird just1! Congrats.

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just1fishaway

now if i can get some help to post pics

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elevatorguy

Congrats Just1! Sounds like an awesome bird. And there is a thread that explains how to post pics.

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Borch

Congrats Just1.

You have an email.

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sticknstring

Way to go - congrats! You'll have to change your name to just2beards! smile

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just1fishaway

Started out my hunt the same way I've had since 1993. Get up at 2:30 in the morning and make the drive to Lake City to my Aunts Farm in time to see the sunrise and also see that the field is not plowed uug. Make the walk across the the field with all my gear it seems like I add more each year. Set up my blind in the same spot that I had for the last 6 years and then set up my decoys the same way also. Setteled into the blind and still no sounds yet pulled out my slate and made a couple of sounds and had 2 Gobblers 1 in front of me and 1 behind. Kept on calling and it seemed like they were hung up then it went quiet around 7:00 so I pulled out my box call and hit it and got some hens to talk back and then I saw him about 100 yds to my left. I then switched back to my slate and hit some clucks and purrs he then saw Mr. Sandman (my full strut Tom). He then started to make his move with 2 hens in tow. He made his way behind the hill and into sight about 20 yds away and in full strut he went right at my decoy he was stopping at 10 yds away. After the shot I could see the 2 hens were still around and flew away when I got out of the blind. When I walked up to the Turkey I noticed it had 2 beards and knew I had to get it recorded right for the NWTF books with a score of 76.748 what can I say but WOW full-4484-32645-dsc_0978.jpg

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Mr. Sandman and his latest victim

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sticknstring

Sounds like a great hunt & nice pics - congrats again!

Anyone else have hunts coming up? I start MN May 7th.

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elevatorguy

Great bird just1!

I am headed for the Black Hills this morning! We might make it in time to see if the gate is open to one of the areas we hunt and if we are lucky try to roost some today! I can't get there quick enough!

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sticknstring

Should have an hour or so of daylight left - good luck elevator!

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FrontenacPike

Fish: Great story and very nice bird!!!

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