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Borch

Congratulations! Looks like an awesome bird!  Getting pumped myself as my season starts tomorrow morning.

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paceman

Monday after the Rain and snow quit I decided to go sit in the woods for a few hours. I just had a feeling they would be active. I chose a spot that was fairly open, along an oak ridge. It was a spot where I saw 5 hens last Friday. I didn't get set up until 1:30 but was done just over an hour later😃 About 2:00 I spied 5 jakes working a ridgetop about 150 yards to my North. I think they were scratching for acorns. They showed no interest in my calling. In fact they worked away and out of site. About 2:20 I heard a faint gobble I am guessing was 1/4 mile to the south of me. I yelped pretty loudly. No response. About 10 minutes later I was in the middle of answering a work email on my phone, I looked up and this nice Tom was about 40 yards walking right towards me. He had come from the North and never made a sound.  As I quickly tossed the phone aside and scrambled to get the bow up and ready I see 7 more jakes and hens coming down the ridge and also walking towards me. The Tom walked right to the Jake decoy and pushed it around a tish, I went to full draw, he went to full puff and slowly strutted to the hen decoy. He pauses facing me at 7 yards and the arrow sliced through he neck. He flopped around expiring very quickly! Man that was fun! I really didn't expect to see much especially hunting in the middle of the afternoon. Not a very good picture, the phone lence must be dirty. but he is solid turkey. 22lbs, 10" beard, 7/8" spurs. Will probably go back there Saturday morning with my son.

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Wanderer

Getting ready to go to Moms for spring yard work and had a terd of hurkeys come through the yard.  1 Tom.  Gobbled on the driveway 20 feet from my truck.

 

Using the house for a blind just doesn’t feel like hunting though. 

 

Maybe I’ll have a tag for next weekend.

 

Or tomorrow! 🤣

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paceman

Took my son out both Saturday and Sunday Mornings. Pretty tough up here right now. Heard some pretty close gobbles early. 5:15 Sat, and 5:20 Sunday. But once on the ground they were silent and did not come our direction. The only bird we saw a was a hen Saturday morning. We were treated to beautiful sunrises and the springs woods were alive with other birds and critters but it sure would be nice to at least see some turkeys:)

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huntnfish

I took the kids out Friday night, Saturday morning and Sunday evening and it was tough. Friday night we saw a couple hens but it was more of a scouting trip. Saturday morning we were running a little late and I made a bonehead decision to setup further away from the roost than planned. When the birds flew down there was one nice Tom strutting in the field. I got him to come towards us about 200 yards. I had setup in the wrong opening and there was a slough between the bird and us and he wasn’t flying across or taking the very long way around to get to us. Worst part was that he worked right in front of where I had planned to setup that morning. Sunday we had all kind of hens, turkeys, deer, geese, and cranes but no toms spotted. The best part was a deer that was coming up right behind the blind. I could hear it coming and peaked through a window and saw it. I was hoping it would walk right alongside the blind close to the kids but instead stopped and blew at us a couple times. I’m pretty sure both kids heads about went through the roof of the blind when they jumped. 

 

I did not hear a gobble all weekend. I had checked on these birds last Monday and they were gobbling like crazy. When we left Saturday, I even went by a couple spots that always have birds but The landowners don’t allow hunters and couldn’t get any gobbles out of them either. This was the first time I’ve been out and not had birds going crazy. My tag expires tomorrow and will most likely go unfilled. My daughter has a youth tag and I’m hoping to get out and give it another try sometime before the end of the season. 

 

 

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gimruis

Turkey hunting is a tough nut to crack fellas.  The success rate in Minnesota is 20-25% so only 1 out of 4 or 5 fills their tag.  And bow hunting is even worse at 10%.  Those birds have a brain the size of a pea but that doesn't mean they are easy to hunt by any means.  Don't you just love it when city folks say "I see them all over" after you tell them you've been hunting them?  Obviously anyone that thinks that huntable wild turkeys act like city dwellers has never tried hunting one.

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Katman

Was out this past weekend in SE Minnesota public land with my buddy and his dad for OTC season C. It was a tough and frustrating hunt!  Very few gobbles in the morning and dead silent once on the ground.  We got 2 gobblers and a jake, one each morning at different times.  They only responded on the roost.  Once down, they were dead silent.  We figured out their travel pattern and set up on their scratch pad.  The gobblers and jake did not make a sound till they were about 20 yards coming in hot to our hen decoy.  We only heard the drumming from the Toms and the walk of the jake.  All in all, we tried, learned, and got our 3 for MN!  Off to Wi tomorrow!  

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