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Re: FROM THE FIELD 2017 TURKEY SEASON

Postby stash59 » Thu May 18, 2017 1:33 am

8-)


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Postby hunter_mike » Thu May 18, 2017 3:52 pm

Still-shots from today's footage, really having fun taking lots of video lately

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Postby Jackson Marsh » Thu May 18, 2017 4:04 pm

Nice pics HM!
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Postby stash59 » Thu May 18, 2017 4:22 pm

Cool Mike!!

Got out for 6 hours. Actual sit time watching a dusting bowl. Left at 7:30 cause my gut told me a good storm was coming. Got home to severe thunder storm warnings. Saw 0. Heard 0.

But I saw a new bird to me. Some kind of oriole I think. Alot more black on the head and down the shoulders and wings. Alot smaller too. It lit on a branch 7' away!!!!

Also had a humming bird check out a honeysuckle at 4'!!!!

Despite the wind a great day in the woods.
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Postby brkissl82 » Sun May 21, 2017 10:35 am

Son of a gun!!!! Went out this am and attempted my first turkey reap. Man did it work!! EXCEPT for the fact that i missed!! I wasnt expecting the tom to charge at me that fast and before i could get my gun up he was at 3 steps! Bang...missed and he flew off so fast ddnt even attempt a follow up. Im super bummed now but wow how exciting
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Postby stash59 » Sun May 21, 2017 3:31 pm

Rats briss!! Yeah the vids I've watched they come quick once they see the fan!!!

I didn't get out til noon. Saw a jake in a hay field right next to some public. Close to the road. Public is just a tiny piece across the road from the bigger chunk. Got in as quick as I could, and as close as I dared. It had started raining at noon too. Was setup by 1:00. Called louder and more frequent because of the wind and rain. Nothing. Gave up at 5:00. Still raining and soaked to the bone. Even with my rain gear. Just couldn't sit still anymore.

Good news is some birds were in a different field that may mean they could end up roosted close to where I can get on public. Bad news is I'll never be able to get going early in the morning. But I'm still gonna give it a go. Without the rain maybe they'll get the wanderlust and head my way. Inspired by a few soft calls!!! In the afternoon. :handgestures-fingerscrossed:
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Postby brkissl82 » Sun May 21, 2017 11:21 pm

Good luck stash!!!
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Postby BigHunt » Mon May 22, 2017 4:19 am

stash59 wrote:Rats briss!! Yeah the vids I've watched they come quick once they see the fan!!!

I didn't get out til noon. Saw a jake in a hay field right next to some public. Close to the road. Public is just a tiny piece across the road from the bigger chunk. Got in as quick as I could, and as close as I dared. It had started raining at noon too. Was setup by 1:00. Called louder and more frequent because of the wind and rain. Nothing. Gave up at 5:00. Still raining and soaked to the bone. Even with my rain gear. Just couldn't sit still anymore.

Good news is some birds were in a different field that may mean they could end up roosted close to where I can get on public. Bad news is I'll never be able to get going early in the morning. But I'm still gonna give it a go. Without the rain maybe they'll get the wanderlust and head my way. Inspired by a few soft calls!!! In the afternoon. :handgestures-fingerscrossed:

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Postby stash59 » Mon May 22, 2017 9:58 am

Coulda!!!Woulda!!!!Shoulda!!!!

Had a "great" morning!!! Saw 4 different birds. 2 hens and a gobbler and jake.

Took my pills and hit the hay early last night. Woke up at 2AM debating whether I could get going. At 3AM I said to heck with my hot bath and eating and hurriedly got dressed and the gear in the car.

Made it to my spot just before I heard the first gobble. Since I'm not all that experienced I think I was set up about 150 yards from the roost. Took me a little bit to get completely ready, but was all set before I heard the first gobble on the ground. It got quiet turkey wise soon after that. The last gobbles were going away from me.

Between 8:30 and 9 I heard some yelping. Yelped back. Soon a hen showed in the grassy field on the public side. She ignored my calls and decoy and kept heading where she was going. 80 - 90 yards out.

Quite awhile later I heard more yelping. Then saw 3 birds 300 yards away. But in the field on public. They were right on the crest of a high spot. I lost sight of them and things got quiet again.

About 10:30 I heard more yelps. Soon I saw a hen. It looked similar to the first one and came from that way. Heading back where she originally came from. Only at about 50 yards this time.

Once she hit the woods my gut told me to move to where I could cover her route. It was 11:00. I stuck to the brush and trees. And finally found a spot I liked. A little farther from where she actually hit the woods but liked how it felt.

The grass was too high to get a clean shot so I grabbed a knife and started cutting. As I got out to the edge of the last lane I saw 3 birds heading my way. There was just enough of a knob to allow me to place my decoy just out in the shorter grass. It was 11:45.

Now comes the explanation of the 1st line:

I "coulda" killed the tom if I "woulda" had a shotgun!!!! I "shoulda" kept my decoy in my vest, because they spooked when they saw it. Not flat out just shied their way around it. Had the tom and jake at 30- 40 yards. The tom was more like 35.

Man that was fun. After walking out to the car. I was kinda glad I didn't also have to carry a bird!!!! ;) :lol:

Wrong button. :doh:

Do you experts think it's worth a try in the same area tomorrow? Use different calls, maybe pick a spot further down the fence row. In the direction they came from. Of course the decoy stays at home!!!!!! :lol:
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Postby burkhart » Mon May 22, 2017 2:26 pm

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welcome to turkey hunting. We all have had these coulda shoulda woulda moments. My advice would be to roost him tonight get in as tight as you can tomorrow. 100 yards or less, hit him at first light with some light tree calls and expect action the key this time of year is getting between him and the hens on the roost. sometimes you can sometimes they roost so tight together you cant.

other option would of been to scout where they were going after fly down ( dust, nest, food, water..etc) and ambush them as they move threw without much or any calling.
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Postby stash59 » Mon May 22, 2017 3:07 pm

burkhart wrote:Stash
welcome to turkey hunting. We all have had these coulda shoulda woulda moments. My advice would be to roost him tonight get in as tight as you can tomorrow. 100 yards or less, hit him at first light with some light tree calls and expect action the key this time of year is getting between him and the hens on the roost. sometimes you can sometimes they roost so tight together you cant.

other option would of been to scout where they were going after fly down ( dust, nest, food, water..etc) and ambush them as they move threw without much or any calling.


Good advice and wish I could do any or some of that. They roost on private and headed away from me into the private. Almost right in the landowner's backyard. If this is the same gobbler I heard on the roost they then headed across a private field that still has last years corn stubble in it. But I think that at least some of their pressure/hunter encounters occurred on private too. Some food plots on the private nearby also. Most all landowners hunt or let someone on already.

I'm pretty sure no one else has been setting up in the little slightly hidden corner of the public I'm on. They all stay in the big woods. on the public and sit foodplots on private. This same area should work for some doe hunts. I'm even thinking of sitting a day there during the late pre-rut early rut for bucks. It's just one of those gamey looking areas.

With my health issues I'm just nipping at the edges and corners. Where I've seen birds near the public. Even the larger pieces are pretty small by most everyone's standards.

I quit trying to get birds to shock gobble in the evenings. They seem wised up to it. Haven't got a response in a couple of weeks. Everyone I got was on private when I did get answers. I don't believe in using turkey calls to evening roost them. Don't want to wise them up to "my" calls. Too many guys driving around yelping and cutting out of vehicle windows.

It's kinda like commando turkey hunting. Only for the last 2 seasons (time slots), the last 2 weeks, most guys have given up. Despite 1000's of tags still available.
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Postby burkhart » Mon May 22, 2017 3:22 pm

stash59 wrote:
burkhart wrote:Stash
welcome to turkey hunting. We all have had these coulda shoulda woulda moments. My advice would be to roost him tonight get in as tight as you can tomorrow. 100 yards or less, hit him at first light with some light tree calls and expect action the key this time of year is getting between him and the hens on the roost. sometimes you can sometimes they roost so tight together you cant.

other option would of been to scout where they were going after fly down ( dust, nest, food, water..etc) and ambush them as they move threw without much or any calling.


Good advice and wish I could do any or some of that. They roost on private and headed away from me into the private. Almost right in the landowner's backyard. If this is the same gobbler I heard on the roost they then headed across a private field that still has last years corn stubble in it. But I think that at least some of their pressure/hunter encounters occurred on private too. Some food plots on the private nearby also. Most all landowners hunt or let someone on already.

I'm pretty sure no one else has been setting up in the little slightly hidden corner of the public I'm on. They all stay in the big woods. on the public and sit foodplots on private. This same area should work for some doe hunts. I'm even thinking of sitting a day there during the late pre-rut early rut for bucks. It's just one of those gamey looking areas.

With my health issues I'm just nipping at the edges and corners. Where I've seen birds near the public. Even the larger pieces are pretty small by most everyone's standards.

I quit trying to get birds to shock gobble in the evenings. They seem wised up to it. Haven't got a response in a couple of weeks. Everyone I got was on private when I did get answers. I don't believe in using turkey calls to evening roost them. Don't want to wise them up to "my" calls. Too many guys driving around yelping and cutting out of vehicle windows.

It's kinda like commando turkey hunting. Only for the last 2 seasons (time slots), the last 2 weeks, most guys have given up. Despite 1000's of tags still available.


Try a dog whistle. For a shock gobble. Also if you can find on the public where they are gathering then hunt there again light calling mainly clucks and purrs
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Postby stash59 » Mon May 22, 2017 3:34 pm

burkhart wrote:
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burkhart wrote:Stash
welcome to turkey hunting. We all have had these coulda shoulda woulda moments. My advice would be to roost him tonight get in as tight as you can tomorrow. 100 yards or less, hit him at first light with some light tree calls and expect action the key this time of year is getting between him and the hens on the roost. sometimes you can sometimes they roost so tight together you cant.

other option would of been to scout where they were going after fly down ( dust, nest, food, water..etc) and ambush them as they move threw without much or any calling.


Good advice and wish I could do any or some of that. They roost on private and headed away from me into the private. Almost right in the landowner's backyard. If this is the same gobbler I heard on the roost they then headed across a private field that still has last years corn stubble in it. But I think that at least some of their pressure/hunter encounters occurred on private too. Some food plots on the private nearby also. Most all landowners hunt or let someone on already.

I'm pretty sure no one else has been setting up in the little slightly hidden corner of the public I'm on. They all stay in the big woods. on the public and sit foodplots on private. This same area should work for some doe hunts. I'm even thinking of sitting a day there during the late pre-rut early rut for bucks. It's just one of those gamey looking areas.

With my health issues I'm just nipping at the edges and corners. Where I've seen birds near the public. Even the larger pieces are pretty small by most everyone's standards.

I quit trying to get birds to shock gobble in the evenings. They seem wised up to it. Haven't got a response in a couple of weeks. Everyone I got was on private when I did get answers. I don't believe in using turkey calls to evening roost them. Don't want to wise them up to "my" calls. Too many guys driving around yelping and cutting out of vehicle windows.

It's kinda like commando turkey hunting. Only for the last 2 seasons (time slots), the last 2 weeks, most guys have given up. Despite 1000's of tags still available.


Try a dog whistle. For a shock gobble. Also if you can find on the public where they are gathering then hunt there again light calling mainly clucks and purrs


Thanx burk!!!
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Postby Dewey » Mon May 22, 2017 5:32 pm

Good hunt Stash. Sounds like you had a fun day. Good to hear you made it out. 8-)
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Postby hunter_mike » Tue May 23, 2017 12:02 am

Sounds like an awesome hunt chuck. I am sitting in the woods right now listening for gobbles. First light was supposed to be 4:54 but it seemed to be already getting light out around 430. So much earlier than just a month ago.
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