scruffy2019-07-19T04:18:20-05:00

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    that’s a good report!  I’m interested in one in 223 or 243.  Just sounds like a fun gun!

    I see Henry is starting to make single shot rifles and shotguns also.  Hard to beat blued steel and walnut with a hammer gun!

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    Woot woot!!!!

    Great job pulling that together!  That sure gets the heart pounding for a few hours.  You just never know what they’ll do!

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    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.

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    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!

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    x2!  keep living that dream!

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    Any luck?

    It’s always a lot funner when they gobble, it gets us fired up.  But as was said they could come in silent, like a less dominant tom trying to sneak in to breed a hen without bringing attention to the boss tom.  Or a skittish tom that’s been shot at and is being more cautious.

    And i wouldn’t be surprised if things greening up and getting warmer doesn’t help get them more vocal.  I hunted second season and have heard more gobbling since then while out doing other things.

    Good luck!!!

     

     

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    Great story and pics!!!

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    in reply to: Turkey Hunting #2946808

    Here was the trailing beard dragger following the hen that checked out my rabbit distress.

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    in reply to: Turkey Hunting #2946807

    I start walking around 4 for evening sits.  If you’re in the area of a bird roosting or where they get an evening bite to eat before roosting, or best is between those two spots, i think 4 has been a good time for me to start.

    My spot was between a field to my north i had been seeing a jake and hen in the evening and a common roosting hill to my south.  I expected to call the jake from the field but instead got a tom to come down from the roosting area.

    Unrelated, i made a couple coyote calling stands this morning and heard a lot of gobbling all morning.  I heard at least three toms sounding off.  One hen came in to check out my rabbit distress and pulled a gobbling tom along behind her.  Pretty good show!  The toms are definitely with the program today!

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    So is there a Paul Harvey’s “the rest of the story”?  How have the rest of your hunts been???

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    in reply to: Turkey Hunting #2946768

    I was able to do an evening sit on my place yesterday and was able to coax this tom from a hilltop quite a ways away.  After he sounded off I called sparingly with a box and eventually very softly on a slate call, just enough to keep him interested and know a hen was still down along the creek below.  I heard his gobbles get slowly closer as he made his way down the hill, heard him flap to get over the fence, then it took more coaxing to get him across the creek but he did it.  Then let him very slowly and cautiously move his way up a deer trail, passing within maybe 20 feet away as he passed by me to circle around where the DSD hen was positioned on the intersection of two deer trails.  The hen was placed around 15 steps from me and when the tom relaxed out of strut next to her and turned to leave, lifting his head to look back at the hen one last time over his shoulder, the hammer dropped on the old NEF fixed mod single shot sending the Winchester XR #4’s to their destination.  His approach took nearly an hour but the patience was well worth it.

    And holding that NEF up for that final few minutes for the perfect shot is sure a lot easier than holding a pump or semi up!  Long live the single!

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    in reply to: Turkey Hunting #2946765

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    congrats mbruns and your cousin!!!  Nice thunder chicken!

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    yeah, i should treat it no different than a permanent blind or shooting house.  and just assume it’s empty, because it is most the time.

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