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Run and Gun or Wait-em Out
Posted: 02 February 2012 01:14 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Curious how everyone likes too hunt the thunder chicken!!!I dont like sitting up for long so im constantly moving…I have afew people i know that sit over fields till noon and wont move….

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Posted: 02 February 2012 08:21 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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I am basically a sitter.  I have had some phenominal hunts in the recent years that have came a few hours into the hunt after doubts started to creep in.  My turkey hunt last year was basically the most exciting hunt of my life.  At about 9:30am, i had a Turkey gobble about 400 yds away.  He strutted and gobbled his way all the way accross the field all the way to me.  Cant wait for the turks!

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Posted: 02 February 2012 09:04 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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CChunter,  Sounds like ya had an AWESOME hunt!!!!Good luck this year….

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Posted: 03 February 2012 09:53 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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For me, it depends on where I am.  I hunt several public sites in the northern part of the state.  In my experience, the birds tend not to be very vocal (pressured, I’m sure), so I sit tight.  When I have tried running and gunning, I’ve been busted by birds coming in silent several times.  If I get away a bit and the birds are more vocal, I’ll sit for an hour or two after dawn and then start looking for a bird.

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Posted: 03 February 2012 12:22 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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I try to get to where I am going to hunt early, listen for the gobble and then head to the area they are roosting and get set up.

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Posted: 03 February 2012 01:35 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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I am not the most patient turkey hunter.  I’m afraid the lure of the morel mushroom is a little too strong. I make it until 9:30 then I have to start checking trees. I read a lot of articles that say between 10:00-12:00 is the best time to shoot a lonely tom, but I just can’t do it. I do love hearing the gobbling while the sun is coming up though.

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Posted: 03 February 2012 02:23 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Im with u 16. Give me the shrooms, I turk hunt in between pickin morels…...

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Posted: 03 February 2012 02:27 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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I usually sit a wait till they go on sale at the grochery store.  Tried Turkey hunting a few years and never could get into it.

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Posted: 04 February 2012 11:06 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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I have been hard at turkey for only 6 years.  I have heard guys tell of being successful with both techniques.  My preference is a bit of a hybrid I guess.  My first goal is to find them, and then sit tight and watch what they do and decide what is next based on how they respond to the call.

Last year I set up on the same Tom three times one morning, and the third time was the charm.  First round was at fly down.  I had him gobbling early around the corner of woods from me in a CRP field.  He came close to the corner but I never set eyes on him.  I had seen a couple of hens so I know he was having plenty of company.  I sat there for about 30 minutes more and moved through this small patch of timber to the other side.  I could tell that was the direction they had headed.  Set up my decoy and called…wouldn’t you know it, he was all fired up again.  The only problem was there was a three foot wide ditch running across the field and you know what that means?  That chauvinistic pig insisted the hen approach him!

I am certain I could have sat there and chatted with him for hours talking turkey.  But as exciting as it is to have a Tom gobble and double gobble at every call, I wanted to see him closer.  It was inching towards 9:00 am and I honestly wasn’t sure if I wanted one more go at him or to just go home and try the next day.  Well, the kid in me had the itch and so I decided I would take one more go, but it was going to be monumental.

I walked back through the woods to where I set up originally, and then down around the end they went down that morning.  For luck, on the way I found a shed.  Just as I reached the narrow ditch separating the CRP from the stubble, I see that dude making is way away from me into another piece of timber.  I got nervous thinking I had already lost this battle.  But I set up my decoy real quick and ducked back into cover.

I hit the box call (old reliable) and nothing.  I was getting depressed.  A couple more goes and still nothing.  I pulled out the slate call and gave it a go…BOOM!

  The big boy remembered that old girl.  He was now through the other patch, up in a top field.  But with each gobble, I could hear him working his way back to me.  Finally I see him coming down the hill toward me.  He worked to my right and out of view.  This is when I realized that my decoy was set with a tree between us, and no shot further right of it.  Another sinking feeling crept into my gut.

I sat there for probably a bit, my Benelli at the ready.  I begin thinking this dude was shy of the decoy and bugged out to my right.  I was seconds from lowering my gun and peeking around the tree when he strutted into sight.

Just a few more steps and I redeemed myself from getting skunked the season before.

I love chasing these birds.  For what it’s worth, I wasn’t totally skunked the year before.  I had actually called in a decent 2 year old bird for my buddy that season, and that is honestly as good as getting one for me.

Whatever your preferred technique, best of luck to you this season.  But don’t be afraid to change it up and take some chances once in a while.

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Posted: 02 March 2012 06:55 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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I’m with you oz, I’m to the point now I’d almost as soon bowhunt turkeys as deer. I love how turks are vocal, well most of the time. You always have to be ready for that old sly tom that comes in silent. I for the most part sit, but have been known to run-n-bow if it should get real windy. I hunted with a gun the first couple of years and for the last 6-7 years it’s been all bow. I get a landowners tag and apply for two more tags every year. I have been lucky enough to fill all my tags everyyear so far, but I know my times a coming. LOL

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Posted: 02 March 2012 07:50 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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I’d love to get one with a bow.  Just ain’t had the nerve to go out with the bow since I know the Benelli always closes the deal for me… smile

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