2019 Spring Gobbler

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2019/04/25 11:59:55 (permalink)

2019 Spring Gobbler

Post up your hunts here is you are so inclined and good luck to all that are headed out Saturday for the opener. The weather looks good. Unfortunately, I will not be able to hunt till Monday. 

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    Re: 2019 Spring Gobbler 2019/04/29 11:25:20 (permalink)
    I guess I will start it off. Couldn't hunt the opener but made up for it this morning. 

    Got to my usual spot and set a bling well before first light on a flat that has been good to me in the past. Much to my disappointment, I didn't hear a bird from the preferred roost location on this property. Actually, didn't hear anything other than 2 very distant gobbles. About 7, I thought I heard a distant gobble. I sent off some excited cuts and yelps and the bird answered me back. He was very far away so I didn't think he would work. A few minutes later, he gobbled again and he was closer. Still barely within hearing distance, though. About 20 minutes later he gobbled and I knew he was committed. He covered some serious ground since I first heard him and was coming fast. I soon caught his white head drop down into a creek bottom. If he continued, he would pop up in front of me at 30 yards. I held the Ravin R26 tight, and up he popped, bee lining for the hen decoy. I let him come to 20 and sent an arrow his way. A perfect hit at the wing butt which put him down in a hurry.

    At 7:00am, I was putting a tag on this nice 3 year old. He was looking for love in all the wrong places. I would be willing to bet this gobbler came the farthest of any I have killed. 10 1/4 inch beard. 1 1/4 and 1 1/8 sharp spurs and heavy in breast.
     

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    Re: 2019 Spring Gobbler 2019/04/29 11:48:13 (permalink)
    dpms,Very nice bird. I am surprised that you could hear anything in this wind.   sam
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    Re: 2019 Spring Gobbler 2019/04/29 12:28:02 (permalink)
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    dpms,Very nice bird. I am surprised that you could hear anything in this wind.   sam




    Thanks man. It was dead calm this morning where I was at. Light frost as well. 

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    Re: 2019 Spring Gobbler 2019/04/29 13:22:54 (permalink)
    Congrats Gene... good looking bird and great photo.πŸ‘

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    Re: 2019 Spring Gobbler 2019/04/29 14:17:20 (permalink)
    Super good job. Congrats!

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    Re: 2019 Spring Gobbler 2019/04/29 15:51:17 (permalink)
    That's a nice looking Boss Gobbler ...thick rope too ....congrats
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    Re: 2019 Spring Gobbler 2019/04/29 15:56:33 (permalink)
    Hunted Saturday got beat up with the wind long story short they went the wrong way and couldn't relocate them, hunted till 930 got lunch and went after some brownies on some new to me water

    I'd rather be lucky then good,but im to good to be lucky
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    Re: 2019 Spring Gobbler 2019/04/29 17:04:46 (permalink)
    Nice looking bird Gene. Congrats

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    Re: 2019 Spring Gobbler 2019/05/03 11:00:07 (permalink)
    Awesome bird there Gene.

    The only thing better than 1 day of fishing is 2 days of fishing.
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    Re: 2019 Spring Gobbler 2019/05/04 16:06:58 (permalink)
    Man it was quiet out there today for me. I never heard a bird gobble all morning, even from the roost. 

    I set my blind near where I killed number one earlier but was greeted with silence this morning. Even the birds were chirping less. From my pre season scouting, I knew there was another few gobblers hanging so I sat tight, calling every half an hour or so. At 9am, I was seriously contemplating packing it up and headed out, but experience has taught me that late morning can sometimes be the ticket and patience while hunting is something I am fortunate to have. 

    I hadn't called in probably 40 minutes when I caught movement out of the side window of the blind. I just leave it cracked for air flow more than anything. Here he came, on a slow march, without uttering so much as a peep. It was sort of a scramble to get everything ready, but when he popped into my front window, he was only 15 yards and the arrow flew true. The Ravin R26 took out the wing butt and it was over with a few flops. 

    Very happy with bird #2. Sometimes the ones that take the most patience seem to be more rewarding. He appears to be a two year old with a 9.5 inch beard and 7/8 inch sharp spurs. Pretty cool feature is the black back feathers on this bird. Solid black. 
     
    Thats a wrap for the 2018/19 seasons!
     
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    Re: 2019 Spring Gobbler 2019/05/04 19:54:20 (permalink)
    Two for two. Fabulous!

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    Re: 2019 Spring Gobbler 2019/05/08 08:27:30 (permalink)
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    Two for two. Fabulous!



    It was a great first week for sure. I had this past Monday off. The weather was perfect for turkey hunting. Part of me wished I was out there running the call. 

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    Re: 2019 Spring Gobbler 2019/05/09 19:43:50 (permalink)
    Nothing for me.   Heard one gobble all season.  Either they are quiet or not many birds in my neck of the woods.

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    Re: 2019 Spring Gobbler 2019/05/09 20:11:08 (permalink)
    My son got a great bird on Tuesday,18.5 lbs 10.5 inch beard,1"1/8 spurs.... I don't have time to hunt but worked till 8:15 in our greenhouses and roosted some birds at 8:40 pm last night.... I couldn't resist this easy set up....in was in the woods at 4:30 AM.....Sat at my tree by 5:15 AM. Several birds started getting it at 5:45 Am.... birds by me where tight lipped do to a snorting deer under the roost tree.... they pitched out at 6:15....at 6:36 I had 3 Jakes getting jiggy...I seriously let them come.....to 7 yards.....bang.... a fat juicy Jake with a 5 1/2" beard....15 lbs....I sat there and use my natural voice and called to other 2 back to 25 yards....lol.  I know it just a Jake but still fun, I hate to have a full season in the turkey woods..... I've killed a pile of long beards but it always fun calling them in tight.....love to kill them close.....killed many under 15 yards....my new thing is next year a single shot 410.....challenge...put more fun in the hunt....
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    Re: 2019 Spring Gobbler 2019/05/10 07:31:11 (permalink)
    I haven’t hunted spring gobblers in a very long time, just seems I have too many other things going on that time of year to put in the work and extra early hours needed to be successful.

    For about two weeks now, while running the dogs, they run, I don’t, I have heard a gobbler on the ridge above our old house (about 800 yards from where we live now). At first it was interesting, then it got to be, hey, this is an opportunity, you should go kill that bird.

    Each time I would hear it, the urge to camo up and go got stronger. Until last week.

    My wife and I were in the yard and the gobbler went off. Before I could explain my desire to go the next morning and shut him up permanently, my wife says, β€œCan you believe our old neighbor bought a white turkey and is keeping it in a pen right next to there house? What a racket. Somebody ought to shoot that bird.”

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    Re: 2019 Spring Gobbler 2019/05/10 08:16:09 (permalink)
    Big Tuna
     I've killed a pile of long beards but it always fun calling them in tight.....love to kill them close.....killed many under 15 yards....my new thing is next year a single shot 410.....challenge...put more fun in the hunt....




    Congrats on the jake. If you archery hunt, you should try killing a few with the bow if you are looking for a different challenge. For the ultimate challenge try doing it without a blind. 

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    Re: 2019 Spring Gobbler 2019/05/10 14:41:59 (permalink)
    Congrats Big T , no guarantee on birds even the roosted ones....glad it worked out . I gave it up a few years ago just enjoy the fishing too much . Don't need anymore tick problems !  I've popped most close too, but that's just the way it should be...guys telling me about 50-60 yard shots doesn't impress me at all. And high powered rifles allowed in fall for turkey ....now that's a joke ! 
     
    Big T try a sling shot next ! ....lol
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    Re: 2019 Spring Gobbler 2019/05/10 16:35:53 (permalink)
    Yeah buddy that turkey, blind hunting, is for the birds.... much easier to see em with your eyes open.


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    awWww C'MON that was funny.... yinz know it was. πŸ˜³πŸ˜’πŸ˜
    post edited by BeenThereDoneThat. - 2019/05/10 16:39:01

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    Re: 2019 Spring Gobbler 2019/05/10 23:15:05 (permalink)
    That was a good one....whens Snipe season start I got the white bag ready ! 
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    Re: 2019 Spring Gobbler 2019/05/11 00:42:49 (permalink)
    awwwww no ya dont!!!

    Last time I seen guys dressed in white I thought they was going snipe huntin.
    Turns out it wasn't no bag they was carryin and they was huntin fer me.
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    Re: 2019 Spring Gobbler 2019/05/11 06:56:04 (permalink)
    Nice morning out there in this corner of the state. Should be some birds hitting the ground today? 

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    Re: 2019 Spring Gobbler 2019/05/25 07:55:31 (permalink)
    Last couple of days left. Seems to have been a rather slow season based on reports. Of course, when our season is one of the latest in the country, that is not surprising. I have long advocated for an earlier start. 

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    Re: 2019 Spring Gobbler 2019/05/25 20:44:25 (permalink)
    I have no issues with the season. Never have. Great gobbling activity this week. My son filled a tag this morning. Late afternoon hunting this past week has been exciting - East Finley Twp., Washington County.
     
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    Re: 2019 Spring Gobbler 2019/05/25 23:00:42 (permalink)
    This isn’t about turkeys but I can’t figure out how to post a new thread on here, can anybody help?
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    Re: 2019 Spring Gobbler 2019/05/30 16:51:01 (permalink)
    No gobbler for me.   Tough year.
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    Re: 2019 Spring Gobbler 2019/06/23 01:26:15 (permalink)
    My gang of 5 all got double kills even though it took one of them til Memorial to get his second ,all were adults with 1 guy getting both with a compound bow. One father & son team got 1 each the same morning which was a thrill for us. Two guys got theirs early then waited for the late season to get their second bird,they said that way they didn't have to wait so long til next year. lol The father & son team was using that tungston shot with I believe #11 shot. That gives a lot more b.b.s & range. It seems almost unfair to the birds. Using that & a pop-up blind seems too easy,even I could get a bird that way, maybe. But my turkey days are over now also. The weather did cause some head-aches for them also. sam
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    Re: 2019 Spring Gobbler 2019/06/23 07:38:54 (permalink)
    Crappie,
     
    Sounds like they had a great season. Many reports of slow hunting this year. 

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    Re: 2019 Spring Gobbler 2019/06/23 08:11:26 (permalink)
    Sam congratulations to your gang of 5. I'll bet there's some great stories to be heard around the campfire.

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    Re: 2019 Spring Gobbler 2019/06/23 08:41:17 (permalink)
    dpms, Sounds like most years,there were good & bad reports all but 1 in our group did well,but they are a very dedicated & experienced bunch.Some had to try new spots & hunt in some crazy weather but as usual the harder you work the luckier you get. I did see 2 long beards the last 2 days of the season at our club. I believe that they were 2 out of the 3 that I saw the last couple of days at the same place last year,both times it was in the afternoon with no-one around. Seems like every year one group sees game & the other doesn't. I too heard some sob stories & some other good reports.  sam
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