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    I know what you mean. Last week I jumped up a few hundred that short stopped me but I didn’t even shoot. I didn’t want to go over because they were so tight and it was cool just watching em. Plus, I thought they might come back in smaller groups but that didn’t really happen…

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    Quote by: Mattea66

    I’d go with FFDs or bigfoots. IMO if you are going to go with GHG goose decoys FFDs are the only way to go. If you want a decoy you don’t have to bag and deal with stakes go with bigfoot. If you want a cheaper decoy that you can carry into fields buy FFD lessers and don’t think twice about it, I think they are the best decoy on the market for the money. Yesterday in the 30 mph wind I would have traded the 12 dz ffds we were using for bigfoots without even thinking twice about.

    scouting + ffd lessers = dead geese

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    in reply to: Jeff foiles #1979147
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    I’ve been saying it for awhile Foiles= Tool. His badass goosebuster face is really what irks me, like he’s really that pissed after stacking a pile of geese.

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    Quote by: hobie

    Also forgot to mention the speed load. Very cool option the others do not offer. And a magazine cut off. Very nice if you travel to states that allow a loaded shotgun in the vehicle ie. south dakota.

    I’ve hunted south dakota for years and you are not allowed to have a loaded gun inside your vehicle. It does not have to be cased though. why would you need a loaded gun in your car anyway.

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    Quote by: 12ring

    Was walkin a ditch lookin for asparagus , when a hen mallerd busted. She was on a nest with 12 eggs! How does one duck have so many eggs? Can someone tell me how that works.

    They don’t lay them all at one time.

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    Quote by: Homerj

    I’m confused. The other guy shot, the bird got back up, then you shot and put the bird down for good.
    BUT you still have a tag to fill?

    Relax pal. Either way they hunt together and have a tag to fill. You want both of em to tag it?hah. 1 turkey down, 1 tag filled- doesn’t matter much beyond that.

    Good shootin boys. Sometimes you’ve got to rambo em. My buddy just got his first that way yesterday after a miss last year.

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    Quote by: teamroper8888

    Just wear shorts and go in, it ain’t that cold we were in the water up to our chest easter weekend really wasn’t to bad

    Been there, done that… the Iowa River is gross. I’d rather not again.

    Caff, I wish I could still do the city park by mayflower. I had a nice little confrontation with the local police out there while bowfishing in 2008 when I lived there. They had no idea what I was doing or if it was legal and they called my compound a crossbow 🙄 🙄 then they said the guy spearing was ok b/c he wasn’t using a projectile 🙄 plus they made a big scene by surrounding the park with 3 squad cars 🙄 I bought a spear and a few days later, the DNR checked me and said they had seen me but didnt stop b/c they didn’t want to bother me. Moral of the story is that I really hate the bunny-hugging city folk around here. However, I was able to shoot close to 100 between the city park and right where they built that boathouse before our public servants shut me down.

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    Quote by: teamroper8888

    Just wear shorts and go in, it ain’t that cold we were in the water up to our chest easter weekend really wasn’t to bad

    Been there, done that… the Iowa River is gross. I’d rather not again.

    Caff, I wish I could still do the city park by mayflower. I had a nice little confrontation with the local police out there while bowfishing in 2008 when I lived there. They had no idea what I was doing or if it was legal and they called my compound a crossbow 🙄 🙄 then they said the guy spearing was ok b/c he wasn’t using a projectile 🙄 plus they made a big scene by surrounding the park with 3 squad cars 🙄 I bought a spear and a few days later, the DNR checked me and said they had seen me but didnt stop b/c they didn’t want to bother me. Moral of the story is that I really hate the bunny-hugging city folk around here. However, I was able to shoot close to 100 between the city park and right where they built that boathouse before our public servants shut me down.

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    My dad’s buddy had vehicle problems with his truck one year so he brought a little white rental car to the ranch they were turkey hunting on. One morning they came back to it and found a bunch of angus calves licking all the wax off of it, I guess it got pretty nasty with black hair and slobber. They must’ve thought it was a salt block or something.

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    My uncle has the ear muff style ones because they cut out gunshots and he runs a shooting preserve so he hears a lot of shots. I tried em on once and was amazed at how you could hear distant birds and such. However, you will not find me running around the woods or a marsh with an electronic device that makes me hear better- I don’t even like mojos, I prefer to leave the battery power at the vehicle.

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    Congrats, I like the pic with the public sign. I took a similar one with my bird from Tuesday.

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    Quote by: teamstraightmeat

    heinrix iam in the same boat i just cant seem to get them to come in close enough but the gobble crazy like but just wont break the 100 or 50 yard make glide i took my bow this year what do you think we could do different or do you think the hen just arent ready to breed i have call 4 hens in the last 2 dayz but no goobler or even a jake!!!

    If you’re only hunting the open areas, try getting back into the woods along their travel routes or loafing areas. Don’t worry about the hen’s being ready to breed, I’m pretty sure a lot of breeding goes on before season even opens and even if the girls weren’t ready the toms certainly are.

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    I had my feeding hen with me but didn’t put it out. I had one come in and look about 7:30, he didn’t see his girl and left. at 8, 2 more came in looking for her one was strutting and the other not, they looked around and turned to leave when they didn’t see her but one of em caught the 5s before they could. Last year I just had her out facing uphill about 20 yards above me, the tom came from downhill and got it from about 10 steps. Two years prior to that, 3 south dakota toms came up to a standing jake with 2 following hens set up while on their way to roost. My dekes are semi-rigid carrylites, they’re old and beat up (I don’t even have stakes, I just find a stick) but I think they look way better than the foam one’s all over the market today, however I don’t see DSD dekes as being worth the money unless you were just hunting where the bird can see your deke well and from a long distance (just my opinion).

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    I’ve never really hunted out of pop-up blinds but I’d think the birds might shy away from the blind putting it out so close to your hunt. I would just wear rain gear to hunt. As far as when they go to roost, I’d say around a half hour to dark. I’d worry less about getting the blind up and more about following the birds to bed without bumping them. Also, you don’t need to be right where they fly up from unless you want to shoot em right at flydown- I knew about which hollow the birds were roosting in from yesterday so today I got close to it on a ridge finger and called, 3 came in about 8a.m. and 1 didn’t leave. good luck.

    edit: btw, light rain doesn’t bother turkeys but if it gets heavy enough to annoy you they’ll seek shelter in pines/under cedars etc. and they like to get out and dry off after it quits.

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    Looks like a hen widgeon to me.

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    Quote by: IAMALLARDMAN

    I just stick with the crow call and owl hooter as well as scouting aka listening.

    my “locator” call is my box call

    I generall avoid using any turkey calls at first lite in the morning!

    Uh… you don’t call to them off the roost? seems to work pretty well for a lot of guys… but I guess those crow sounds bring em struttin right in at dawn for you. And I didn’t say I use it as an early morning locator but it has worked as such when you have a lot of territory to cover and the birds aren’t sounding off on their own. Also, I use a slate and diaphragms for calling them in- the box is my long distance tool. I feel like the majority of guys going around cawing and hooting are just spooking the birds they want b/c most guys don’t sound realistic when they do and the only responses are going to be genuine “shock” gobbles, unlike a tom that thinks he’s responding to a distant hen.

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    in reply to: Locating Birds #2016166
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    You can go out and watch from a vantage point, or get in where you can get an idea where they are from listening (not just gobbles either, you can hear branches break when the fly up/down). I never use the crow or owl locators (that doesn’t mean I don’t have 5 of em anyway though), my “locator” call is my box call- it seems to have the right pitch or something that is carries well even when it’s windy and unlike a diaphragm you can hold it away from you a little so you aren’t missing responses that you couldn’t hear over your own calling.

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    Factory modified and full has always worked well for me. I’ve killed about 30 turkeys at a variety of ranges and different situations- spring and fall, with them and there have only been a few other times where an aftemarket choke may have been the difference between a miss and a dead turkey.

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    Quote by: iowascott78

    the regs also say you can’t have any shot on you that is not listed and 7 is not listed

    I believe it states that you cannot have shot larger or smaller than those listed. So none larger than 2 or smaller than 7.5. 7 is fine, as bird stated it’s a relatively new shot size for turkeys and it just has not been specified in the regs yet. It’s meant to keep guys from shooting at turkeys with slugs and #4 buck or shot that’s too small to be effective cleanly.

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    Old Vick there at the corner of 86 and 9 might have a few in the freezer. you might see a few stragglers coming along but most of em are gone.

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