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    wishinone
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    I was suppose to work until 7 AM this morning but asked a guy to come in early and cover for me. I got home around 4 AM and had a cup of coffee and headed to the reading room, then I got my gear into the truck and headed out. Got to my spot on state land and son of a gun there was two other trucks there and the guys were already gone so I had no idea where they went. I said the hell with it threw on my vest, grabbed my gun and blind and headed in with it still being dark out, I humped down the trail several hundred yards and cut up the hill. It was still dark 30 when I heard my first gobble of the morning, within minutes birds were gobbling up a storm to my left and right. I got where I wanted to go and put out a jake and hen decoy, then I popped open my blind and put the supports in, as soon as I got inside I made some soft yelps and gobblers answered back. I waited for them to hit the ground and made like two hens, I called they called and called again, now it was a waiting game. After a short while I heard hens walking around my blind and yelping softly, the boys liked it so I had to get agressive then some gobblers were getting closer along with some jakes. At 6:15 there is a gobble close and I look out a hole in the side and see a bird strutting about 50 yards away. I cutt on a mouth call and another bird responds a lot closer, I look out the front of the blind and here comes another bird strutting his way to my hen decoy. I work the gun barrel up and out the blind and drop the hammer when he’s 25 yards, the other bird gobbles once and takes off, using a fish deliar the birds weights 18 lbs, the beard is 10 1/4 inches and the spurs are one inch long.

    #123719

    FNW Staff
    Keymaster

    And here is your bird.

    #123718

    wishinone
    Participant

    Day two, got to the woods a bit later being I had to scrape heavy frost off of my windshield this morning and saw only one truck in the parking lot. Went close to the same spot where I got my bird yesterday and set up, only gobbles heard were way off. I heard a hen so I did what she did for awhile but then she went quite, I could hear someone else calling down in the valley and once they started they didn’t shut up. I waited 10 minutes or so before calling again and heard a gobble behind me, someone else heard it too and came in blowing an owl call then a hen call plus crow call, of course the gobbler was never heard from again. I waited around for another hour and a half without hearing anything so decided to head home change my clothes and go trout fishing. As I was walking out I hear people talking and a man and woman walk by on the trail below without seeing me. A few seconds later here’s a pitbull running loose and he see’s me and wants to tear me a new a-hole, the guy runs back and tackles the dog, thanking me for being cool and I guess not shooting the dog. Of course they when they parked there is a big sign saying dogs must be leashed.

    #123717

    FNW Staff
    Keymaster

    What idiots. Don’t they know its hunting season.

    #123716

    wishinone
    Participant

    They do now.

    #123715

    wishinone
    Participant

    Got up at 3:30 this morning and the rain was coming down and the wind howling, so I went back to bed. Next time out will be Monday morning.

    #123714

    FNW Staff
    Keymaster

    Well we have the wind, but instead of rain its all snow

    #123713

    wishinone
    Participant

    Went out this morning with temps being in the high 20’s, BUT there was no wind blowing so I didn’t mind. Got to the parking area and I had the place to myself, as I got my gear out of the truck birds started gobbling but nothing close. By the time I got to my spot it was past shooting time, I set my blind up and settled in for a few minutes before making my first call. As soon as I yelped I had two gobblers hollar back from the next ridge, they were pretty vocal for awhile but soon I heard hens leading them down the hill about 15 minutes later I hear a gobble from my left. I get excited with my calling and he is hammering back, wait a second now there are two others out in front and they are trying to out gobble each other but not one is coming in where I can see it, it is too damn thick in the woods already. Before it’s all said and done I believe there are five longbeards and a bunch of jakes on top of the next hill, I leave my blind and work to the top while the birds are gobbling to me, crows, each other and a dump truck somewhere banging it’s tailgate after dumping a load. I come to the end of state land and try calling one of the birds in but they are happy just walking around gobbling, not the least bit interested in a girlfriend. I leave at 8:30 and they are still carrying on, I have to wait until next Monday to give them a try again.

    #123712

    FNW Staff
    Keymaster

    Sounds exciting

    #123711

    wishinone
    Participant

    Guy that I talked to the second day of the season was already in the parking lot when I got there, I now know the area he hunts so I headed the other way. For some reason I’m kicking deer out left and right heading up the trail, some just run off others have to snort at me first and I had one run about ten yards in front of me. I get where I want and wait and wait some more for the first gobble, it was a clear night and the full moon doesn’t help, about quarter to six I hear a couple of birds sound off on the ground. I get to within about 150 yards from them and set up, I didn’t use the blind today being I wanted to move fast if I had too and I have to leave early for an dentist appointment. I make some calls and the gobblers respond soon I see movement but it’s a deer and it don’t like the wierd lump against the tree, it comes in close and I see antler growth on it’s head then it spooks and starts blowing and runs back down the trail. Fine now where’s my turkeys, I call and one gobbles back but what the heck here comes the deer again and it has a buddy which doesn’t like the lump either. To make a long story short these guys came at me from several angles with both of them snorting like crazy each time, but the time they finally left the gobbling had stopped. I went to where I figured the turkeys were and called from there but no go, the whole area is torn up from their scratching the leaves and I even found a dust bowl they are using. I put my gear away when I got home even though we have weeks of the season to go, the woods are too thick to see very far already and it’s not going to get any better.

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