ropeknotParticipantApril 29, 2019 at 2:42 pmPost count: 42
Went out first season in a.m. after scouting a few days before, but they flew down behind me across a swampy creek and wouldn’t come across to me. In late afternoon 4:30, went back out, sat until 7 p.m. seeing/hearing nothing. Then all of a sudden at 7:05 p.m. 2 silent toms came strolling over to my decoys, shot the biggest looking one. 4th season out again, first 2 times in a.m., saw some but no luck, third time out in evening, again saw some but no luck. Next morning was very foggy, I hate fog. Some gobbles at shooting time, no birds until about 7:15 a.m., 3 hens followed by 3 jakes, I would have shot one but they didn’t come close enough, I’m not a picky hunter, what ever shows up first that’s legal I take home. In the next 15 minutes out in the fog a coyote trots by, I send a load of 6’s out to say hello but he took off, not very friendly. In 3 minutes after that the 3 hens comes walking back to the decoys, but no jakes this time. About 8 a.m. the fog lifts and over on the hill 200 yds away is a tom with 2 hens, I wait to take a reading on where they look like they’re going, not in my direction, so I start calling to no good. They walk away and I don’t see any more so at 9 a.m. I’m heading home for breakfast. The next time out in the evening about 6:30 2 hens walk out of the timber at 300 yds dragging a tom with them. They drag him around for 1.5 hrs, but never get any closer than 80 yds. It’s now Monday 4/29, we received 1.5″ of rain last night and was too wet for me this a.m., I don’t like to get wet. Getting ready to go out again this evening, maybe the rain has changed my luck!ropeknotParticipantApril 30, 2019 at 8:32 amPost count: 42
Update: The rain did not change my luck. Last evening saw 13 birds together, 6 hens, 5 jakes, 1 subordinate tom and the boss tom. The hens drug the boys around for another 1.5 hours out of range at 150 to 250 yards on the same hillside as before, so the next time I go out I’ll be on that hillside ready for an ambush. If I would have had my strutting Tom decoy I would have tried to reap them but it was home in the bag. They flew up to roost at 8:06 p.m. Supposed to rain all day today April 30 and possibly into the morning of May 1, and I have a conflict Wednesday afternoon/evening, so I probably won’t get out until Thursday 5/2 in the a.m., with 11 days left in 4th season.drawetsmParticipantApril 30, 2019 at 6:19 pmPost count: 585
my daughter shot a nice tom second season. since then it’s been hened-up-haven. can’t get the Toms to pay me any attention nowscruffyParticipantMay 1, 2019 at 2:26 pmPost count: 2407
I had success second season, but saw more consistent travel patterns 3rd season, going out to feed and such in the afternoons would have been a solid strategy. I haven’t seen as much consistently fourth season around my place, maybe just because of the weather. The thought of getting a fourth season tag crossed my mind but been too busy to really consider it. The leafing up spring woods would make for some relaxing sits.
Oh, picked up my first few ticks… Time for treating my boots, clothes, and gear with Sawyer Permethrin when out doing whatever!ropeknotParticipantMay 2, 2019 at 7:49 amPost count: 42
Well, it was raining again this a.m. so I didn’t go out. Looks like the next several days will be fine but next week 70% chance of rain the first 4 days, nasty. I’ve already had a run in with a tick, picked one up during 1st season, will be spraying down my clothes before each set. In the past 3 years I’ve ended up with a deer tick embedded on me 2 of those years and had to have a doctor dig the things out, but no ill affects, so far. Anxious to get out again, haven’t been out since Monday evening.scruffyParticipantMay 2, 2019 at 11:03 pmPost count: 2407
I’ve used the Sawyer stuff the last several years, spraying my chair, boots, clothes, etc every three to four weeks with a wash before, and haven’t had a tic embed yet while using it, and coyote hunt all spring and summer long, along with cutting firewood, etc. I wouldn’t think of not using it, or think to go back to deet for tics.ropeknotParticipantMay 10, 2019 at 8:33 pmPost count: 42
My season is over. Been out a few times morning and evenings, it’s been rainy, cold, no luck with the birds. Last evening 5/9 went out at 5:30 pm since I had seen some coming out of the timber around 6:30 to 7:00 and then going to roost a little after 8pm and thought I would get there first and meet them, but they got there ahead of me and all I could do was back out and go home. So tonight I went out at 4:30 and I did get closer to where I intended to go, but again they came out of the timber even earlier today, I eased my way along a fence, open bean field to my left and timber to my right and out of no where this tom was coming up a small hill crest straight at me at about 100 yds, I was pretty much in the open so I waited until he put his head down and dropped to ground and snaked on my belly over to the fence and set up for him. 10 min. went by, 15 min. went by and I thought at his walking rate he should have been to me by now, but I kept my patience and waited another 5-7 min. , then I saw his leg thru the weeds, took off the safety, gun already on my knee, and waited. He was angling to me so I waited, almost past me at 60yds so I needed to adjust the gun and he must have caught it, turned back and angled to me the other direction, at 40 yds he was getting nervous and I didn’t want him to be nervous so I calmed him down completely with a 3″ load of #5s. Back home at 5:30, he was 23 lbs, 11 1/4″ beard, 3/4″ spurs, that filled both my tags this year, I can sleep in later tomorrow and wait for next year.scruffyParticipantMay 10, 2019 at 11:03 pmPost count: 2407
Great job pulling that together! That sure gets the heart pounding for a few hours. You just never know what they’ll do!ropeknotParticipantMay 12, 2019 at 9:48 amPost count: 42
Yep, turkey hunting is my favorite any more, used to live for pheasant hunting in my younger days but have lost interest in that with the numbers down from what they were in the 70’s, 80’s. Will shift now to summer activities, some fishing, hiking, camping, yard work, anything to do with the outdoors.
By the way, I fillet out the turkey breasts, cut off the legs, which weighs out to about 10 lbs of meat off a 23 lb bird. May try to deep fry one some time but haven’t yet.
I like the DNR’s reply to registering my kills now. You can go back and see all of your tag purchases to 2000, interesting to see. I need to count my turkey tag purchases and compare to the number of legs/beards hanging in my garage and see what my success ratio is.mbrunsParticipantMay 12, 2019 at 1:24 pmPost count: 21
Tagged out in Illinois. The first two were called across the fence from the neighboring property. The last one we slipped under him (unexpectedly) while he was sleeping and got set up only 60 yards away. Needless to say we were surprised to hear drumming close by 45 minutes before sunrise! The funny thing about it was we stopped directly under that tree on the way in, looked at our phones and talked about where to set up! He pitched right into the decoys at shooting time and the rest is history.
22 pounds 12 ounces 10.25 inch beards 1.25 inch spurs 9:02 a.m.mbrunsParticipantMay 12, 2019 at 1:25 pmPost count: 21
24 pounds 07 ounces 9.75 inch beard 1.00 inch spurs 10:49 a.m.mbrunsParticipantMay 12, 2019 at 1:26 pmPost count: 21
19 pounds 06 ounces 10 inch beard 0.75 inch spurs 5:36 a.m.
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