ropeknot2019-07-15T12:24:42-05:00

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    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.

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    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.

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    Thanks, will give that a go.

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    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.

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    Nice bird, congrats.

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    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.

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    in reply to: Reports? #2946988

    Son found a nice bunch of large grays yesterday south of Knoxville.

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    You can’t be out in the late afternoon or evening too early.  But, if I know where the likely roost is I try to get between them and the roost area and catch them coming in to roost.  At a minimum get there 2 to 2 1/2 hours before fly up time, otherwise they’ve probably beat you there and are just hanging around to fly up and then most likely you’re done.

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    If there’s a truck in the drive and you don’t know which way they went, off to the next spot. Always better to be safe.

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    Nice bird, I’m waiting to go again 4th season, maybe I’ll take the single shot out?

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    Scruffy, I have a 20 gauge, 3″ just like that, bought some shells a few years ago but have never taken it turkey hunting yet, always use my 870 pump.

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    Congrats, looks like a nice place there with the water reflecting off the windows behind you in the photo.

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    If you’re 100 yds away as you say, I would definitely hunt my favorite spot. I’ve done it on the property I hunt, if others are around or across the fence I treat it  like public land, keep on hunting but keeping safe at the same time.   I’ve set my blind or sitting spot in similar areas before, not to shoot across the fence but to have a good view back into the property I’m hunting.  Also, it’s good to talk to the hunters using that blind if at all possible to talk through the situations that could arise.

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    Nice going girl, congratulations.

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