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2020/03/07 07:23:11 (permalink)

2020 spring gobler

I figured I would start the traditional spring gobbler hunting thread to post up what you are hearing, seeing, and hopefully killing. 
 
Spring is springing earlier and earlier in this corner of the state. Forthysia has the yellow tinge of budding out already. Daffodil greens are up 4 inches. The turkeys are in their breeding groups. Been watching a flock for about a month now. They have moved into their traditional breeding and nesting area as of 3 weeks ago. Currently there are 4 longbeards strutting their stuff with about 12 hens. 
 
Only 2 more months to go before Pennsylvanians get to start basically the latest spring gobbler season in the nation. 

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    BeenThereDoneThat.
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    Re: 2020 spring gobler 2020/03/07 08:48:39 (permalink)
    Sorry Gene..... House rules, NO spot burning.😁 But, good luck this season.


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    post edited by BeenThereDoneThat. - 2020/03/07 09:21:16

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    Re: 2020 spring gobler 2020/03/07 10:26:20 (permalink)
    Ha three gobblers, all with their beards dragging on the ground, last week.

    I don’t hunt them, but they are cool to see.

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    Re: 2020 spring gobler 2020/03/08 18:53:55 (permalink)
    Took a walk this morning scouting for deer and trimming stands. Heard a gobbler go off about 10am. Also saw that the maples are budding out already in this corner of the state. Gonna be an early spring for sure. 

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    Re: 2020 spring gobler 2020/03/08 20:14:11 (permalink)
    A couple of the longbeards in the local group of gobblers that visit my backyard every day are starting to beat up on the jakes. 

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    Re: 2020 spring gobler 2020/03/09 09:57:33 (permalink)
    Heck with the daffodils, the tulips out in front of my house are already 4-5" tall....
    Hoping to find some time to take the youngins' out for their early season but time is at a premium with all their sports.  Besides, my turkey calling is el stinko.....but can't shoot one sitting on the couch!
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    Re: 2020 spring gobler 2020/03/09 10:19:06 (permalink)
    eyes I find it hard to believe your "calling" is elstinko???

    Heck neighbor get one them push button squawk box. Tape it to the fore arm of your gun and go have yourself some fun.

    Just don't do like me and overtalk 😖errrrrr....... over call.😆

    I ain't never shot a single bird but I've had me some real chyts & giggles from stupid stuff I've done over the years. ahhhhh the memories..... stupid turkey's.🙉

    Heck, get yourself an Owl hooter, load the kids in the car and stop along some country roads after sunset and hit the Owl hooter. Ya don't have to talk like an owl.... just sound like one.

    A crow call will get results in the morning, before flydown.

    If there's turkey in the area, younz will know it.
    post edited by BeenThereDoneThat. - 2020/03/09 10:27:02

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    Re: 2020 spring gobler 2020/03/10 09:46:09 (permalink)
    Forsythia just popped here yesterday. Might be over before it starts around here. 

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    Re: 2020 spring gobler 2020/03/10 12:57:01 (permalink)
    found a new spot with a bazillion turkeys. I'm sure they will all be gone come May. Stupit myth bird.
     
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    Re: 2020 spring gobler 2020/03/12 09:23:35 (permalink)
    A friend texted me yesterday that as he was driving by on the highway, which is elevated, there were 20+ turkeys in the field across the creek from my treehouse.

    It will be interesting to see how many of them make it. Every May/June, the Bald Eagles move in for a few weeks and everything starts to disappear — young turkeys, baby groundhogs, fawns (?), baby geese and ducks on the neighbor’s pond, etc.

    Last time there were a number of turkeys here — 11 poults, 4 hens, 2 gobblers (seen regularly) — the eagles moved in and by the time they left, there were the gobblers, 1 hen, and 1 poult.

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    Re: 2020 spring gobler 2020/03/15 06:16:27 (permalink)
    I heard gobbler booming at noon on Monday the 9th. he went on for quite awhile.
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    Re: 2020 spring gobler 2020/03/15 08:56:13 (permalink)
    Just had a mixed flock of 23 feed thru the yard.The long beards and a few of the bigger jakes were in full strut most of the time in the 15 minutes they were here. 

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    Re: 2020 spring gobler 2020/03/15 09:49:27 (permalink)
    They were hollering here this morning.

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    Re: 2020 spring gobler 2020/03/16 13:18:00 (permalink)
    Don't get to worked up....they always start late winter...it's not going to be much different than any spring.....you might have to hunt a little different....late mornings can be better than wasting time getting up at 4 a.m.......sleep in and kill a turkey
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    Re: 2020 spring gobler 2020/04/16 18:26:20 (permalink)
    Won't be able to hunt them again....ARGH  **** GVHD.....
    Always have had 10-20 visit the yard daily.
    This year not one.
    NO gobbling what so ever.
    Gotta believe coyotes are winning
    very sad.
    Southern tip of Allegheny county
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    Re: 2020 spring gobler 2020/04/17 09:40:49 (permalink)
    Haven’t seen or heard one around the house in about a month.

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    Re: 2020 spring gobler 2020/04/17 10:45:35 (permalink)
    Got a good population of turkeys in about 150 acre block of timber just south of our house. Last week in the morning and at dusk, the gobblers were pretty vocal. Not much this week.

    10 year old son wants to hunt em this spring. I haven’t hunted turkeys in over 10 years but we may give it a shot next Saturday for the youth hunt. We can hunt some field edges that butts up to where I’ve been hearing those turkeys above.
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    Re: 2020 spring gobler 2020/04/17 20:00:04 (permalink)
    Ct went to a 5 bird spring gobbler limit and extended the time to ALL  DAY from the stop at noon that had been in place for years.
    I don't get it- the bird numbers around here have gone into a downward spiral for a number of seasons now.
    I typically hunt locally and a couple of places about 40 miles away in a couple of different directions- same story -very few birds, if any, in places that held them for many years.
    So they have increased the limits and extended the times- must be a tag money thing as I rarely if ever see other hunters parked or in the woods anymore.
    No birds - no hunters.
     
    We all like to blame something and the populations withstood many wet Springs- yotes, Fishers and birds of prey.
    I am starting to think they are NOT making it anyplace with decent Bobcat numbers.
    Cats are everywhere -even in daylight-Ya cant trap or hunt them here.
     
    Had Deer and Turkey every day behind my place for years- the cats arrived the deer and turkey are gone.
    Various cats on my next door neighbors cam most every other night.
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    Re: 2020 spring gobler 2020/04/20 14:47:29 (permalink)
    had one lone hen walk thru yard today.....
     
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    Re: 2020 spring gobler 2020/05/01 08:25:38 (permalink)
    Good luck to all headed out tomorrow. Weather looks pretty darn nice for the morning hunt. 

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    Re: 2020 spring gobler 2020/05/01 09:12:38 (permalink)
    Had a hen in the orchard a few days ago, but haven’t seen or heard a gobbler since the great weather in March.

    Friends did the youth/mentor thing last week and they both got their first bird.

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    Re: 2020 spring gobler 2020/05/01 09:36:47 (permalink)
    DarDy congrats to you friends on their first birds.

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    Re: 2020 spring gobler 2020/05/01 12:48:37 (permalink)
    Undecided if I'm going or not , dug my crap out this morning. I hate first day to many guys out for me might go listin at a spot and think about it. Or leave and go fish alot of spots got logged last summer so idk if any birds are still in there might go listin tonight if I have time. Might start drinking beer lol who knows time will tell 😂😂😂

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    Re: 2020 spring gobler 2020/05/02 17:34:06 (permalink)
    Called in three jakes at first light then two more around 11:00. Really quiet where I was at. 

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    Re: 2020 spring gobler 2020/05/02 17:54:44 (permalink)
    My 3 buds went to Wash. cnty,1 killed a nice gobbler,1 missed a nice gobbler,& the other 1 had his blind stolen & quit early. They put the blind up yesterday morn. & were on private property. The report was that the birds came down early this morn. & left the area early also.My buddy that missed said that when he shot,the area exploded with all kinds of turkey noise. At least they had good weather for once.  sam
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    Re: 2020 spring gobler 2020/05/04 14:24:57 (permalink)
    Worked one for a solid two hours at sun up but he would not commit to coming in all of the way. Probably hung up at about 60 yards. After that I never heard another gobble. 

    Beautiful day out, though.

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    Re: 2020 spring gobler 2020/05/05 13:01:23 (permalink)
    Haven't roused myself out of bed early enough yet....to get out there.  Daughter wants to go again so I supposed next nice day we shall go...
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    Re: 2020 spring gobler 2020/05/05 15:36:07 (permalink)
    Set up on a gobbler this morning and had 9 jakes comes into 15 yards. The gobbler stayed out of range. I think he had a few hens with him as I heard them at first light. The clouds and winds came at 8 and I never heard a gobble after that. Pulled the plug at 11.
    That makes 14 jakes so far within range.

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    Re: 2020 spring gobler 2020/05/05 19:13:38 (permalink)
    Slept in today. Went out back around 9:30. Had one gobbling around 9:45 but he never came in. I quit calling and so did he. Let out a series of yelps @ 11 got an answer behind me but he also stayed away. I’m almost positive it was the same bird as the 1st. At 11:30 I figured what the heck and picked up my box call. Halfway thru a series of yelps I looked up the gas line about a 100 yds and saw a nice gobbler looking my way. He never came closer than 80, just stayed up there gobbling his full head off and strutting around like a big brown beach ball until Noon. So I packed up my gear and snuck back to the house, maybe tomorrow will be the day.

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    Re: 2020 spring gobler 2020/05/06 23:27:01 (permalink)
    I just found out that on Sat. a friend was calling for his brother when 4 gobblers came in & my buddy told his brother to shoot first,when he dropped the first one,instead of running away, the others started to beat up the dead one,so my buddy shot one also. I had just watched the same behavior with gobblers on T.V. & heard from members of my club that it has happened to them also. Hard to believe that the blast wouldn't have sent them into the next cnty. On  a side note, the guy doing the calling, while out trying to fill his second tag on Monday, had a chocolate phase Black Bear come ambeling past him.I saw a short video that he made with his phone,very cool. The guy had a great season so far,but he puts in the miles & time for it.  sam
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