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gimruis
4 hours ago, Borch said:

Last spring for the first time we noticed birds being blind shy.  We're really gonna need to brush blinds in this spring to see if that makes a difference or not.

 

I think more hunters are generally hunting from a blind now rather than just sitting on the ground against a tree.  Placing the blind out there a few days prior to hunting will help the birds (and other critters) get used to it being there.  I wouldn't take for granted the fact that they are camo and should just "blend in naturally" either.  Try to make it look like its supposed to be there.  Don't place it out in the middle of an open field so it sticks out like a sore thumb.  I used to put mine in the same spot a few years in a row and I'm pretty sure a few of the toms became blind shy so I moved it into a more hidden location instead.

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IceHawk

I hunt out of blinds a lot I put out 4 in good locations travel feeding routes well before my season. . I rarely hunt the woods anymore. Have had a lot more success hunting big green pastures feeding fields and travel routes. But if all else fails I'm not afraid to get up personal with them in the woods or throw the Mojo scoot shoot at them to fill a tag. 👍

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On 3/26/2020 at 1:47 PM, gimruis said:

Wild turkey is tolerable one time a year.  I wouldn't want to eat it regularly.

 

 


I have to say wild turkey is my favorite. I smoke mine and love it. I shared some of last years luck with the golf league and it disappeared in no time flat. People who have heard that it's terrible were shocked to see how it turned out.

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IceHawk

These are two ways I do my wild turkey both excellent!

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IceHawk
1 hour ago, Dave S said:


I have to say wild turkey is my favorite. I smoke mine and love it. I shared some of last years luck with the golf league and it disappeared in no time flat. People who have heard that it's terrible were shocked to see how it turned out.

Smoked a few over years myself dang good. Also ground up a few and made some smoked country style ring sausage turned out pretty good and not to dry as I added a little pork. Many ways to make it.

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Borch

Wild turkey is very lean, (kinda like grouse).  If you cook them in a mannee to add and preserve any moisture they taste dang good.  I used to inject them and deep fry them in the turkey fryer.  They were always excellent that way.  Done them in lots of other ways without complaint.  Just gotta keep it from drying out.

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Luckily I've been able to give mine away to someone that's willing to eat it the past several years but I can definitively say that doesn't bother me.  Its just not very good.  I've tried all kinds of marinades, cooking methods, and other ingredients I just can't get a good result.  None of them were bad, but none of them were good either.  Most people that have never had wild turkey think its going to taste like a butterball from the grocery store which is about as far from the truth as possible.  I did have one smoked whole one time and that was probably the best way to do it but the guy at the meat locker told me to leave the skin on it - which means I have to pluck it.  Plucking a wild turkey is miserable.  It took me hours to do that.  Won't do it again, plus I don't have my own smoker either.  I really enjoy hunting them but I can positively say I am not in it at all to eat one.

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Wanderer

I was outside just before dark last night trying to relax a little.  Just before fly up time.  There was a hen cutting up a storm and I saw one Tom in full strut for her.  He never gobbled but that hen was a hoot to listen to!

 

Just a personal comment on table fare fo wild game: I hope it never tastes like domestic alternatives. 😉

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Saw 2 big Toms strutting with a group of 15 hens today. Still grouped up they should be starting to split here more and more in the days to come. Couple rain days and some sun will get some greenery going and fire them up ! Strut Zones will start to appear soon I hope 

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Borch

Finally did a quick walk of my main hunting property yesterday evening.  Plenty of turkey sign even though I didnt see or hear any turkeys. Looking good. 

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ANYFISH2

Lots of birds have been visible the last week here.  It is like the just flipped the switch.  Mostly been seeing groups of 3-4 males and 4-5 hens together.  4 or 5 groups on my travel from Cushing to Little Falls.

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ANYFISH2

Anyone going brave the cold tomorrow morning?

 

Still up in air for us, If Isaac wants to hit the blind I will take him.  Hate to have to bundle up like I am hunting Muzzleloader season.

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Nope! 😀

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Nope to cold

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