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Posted: 29 March 2013 08:07 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 16 ]
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went on first scouting/listening trip yesterday morning and the toms were sounding off big time on the roost.
lots of birds roosted on my favorite ridge and on the neighboring properties. heard a few singles off in the distance, so they might be starting to break up the flocks a little.
only a couple gobbles once they hit the ground, so i called a few times and got some answers. woods are wide open, not greening up any at all, so i didnt want to move around much. saw a couple strutters moving slowly my way, but when they dropped out of sight over a ridge, i backed out and headed back to the truck.
sure gets the blood pumpin hearing those first gobbles of the season!

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Posted: 29 March 2013 12:42 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 17 ]
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Cool deal turkhunter!  Keep us posted on what your seeing!  Are you in the north or south zone?

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Posted: 29 March 2013 04:36 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 18 ]
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i am in the north zone and have tags for fulton, knox and henderson counties.
wont be doin any more turkey scouting until next week.
walleye fishing today and tomorrow. good thing i took a package of saugers out of the freezer a couple days ago or it would have been cheese sammiches for supper tonight. 8-)

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Posted: 14 April 2013 09:46 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 19 ]
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anybody hunting the north zone opener tomorrow?
i am!! woot woot woot!
have calls re-conditioned and chalked and new diaphragms broken in after weeks of practice, vest reorganized, flat tire fixed on wheeler, gear loaded in truck and ready to roll.
but ... it looks like rain all day.
plan on setting up a blind for base camp in a field finger that runs back into the woods between two roosting ridges. hope to be able to take off cuttin and runnin if/when the rain lets up; otherwise, it might be a long sit. or maybe i can pull some birds into the field after flydown and its a short hunt. 8-)
good luck to everybody

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Posted: 14 April 2013 04:55 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 20 ]
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I don’t get to go until 2nd season which starts next Saturday, but if I am jealous of all that have 1st season starting tomorrow!  Good luck y’all, keep us posted on the results and how the birds are acting!

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Posted: 16 April 2013 08:51 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 21 ]
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Lets hear a report after two days if Turk huntin. Anyone been out?

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Posted: 18 April 2013 04:17 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 22 ]
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Hey CCH, you got Carroll County tags?  We’ll be out in Morisson Saturday morning, hoping all the awful weather kept the birds holed up all week and they’ll be real active.

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Posted: 18 April 2013 06:45 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 23 ]
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Actually I have whiteside county tags for this weekend and then Carroll county fourth season. I was thinking the same thing about Saturday being the first day without wind and rain! It should be game on, but you never know, it’s turkey hunting and they can be unpredictable!  My dad has never shot a turkey before so I am wayyyy more excited to call in and video his first turkey kill! Hopefully the birds cooperate! He came with me last year and got my kill on video. We could have doubled if he would have had a tag. It was such a fun hunt with my dad by my side so hopefully this year I can call one in for him and video it! He has 3rd season whiteside so we get to spend 3 weekends in the turkey woods together! Are you from Morrison? My mother in law grew up there.

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Posted: 19 April 2013 07:24 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 24 ]
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Good luck to you and your dad.  I’m actually from near DeKalb, so we have a n hour-and-a-half drive—have to leave awful early.  I’m strictly a public land hunter.  We completely struck out in the first lottery, so now we have to drive a bit.  We’ll be at the state park.  I think its only the third year they’ve allowed turkey hunting there, so not a lot of people are used to hunting it and you can pick up tags in the second and third lotteries.  Also drew one for Mautino (even further drive)—this is the first year they have had a season there (as I understand it) and I’m looking forward to some truly unpressured birds for a change.  After that, it’s Wisconsin in May.

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Posted: 20 April 2013 10:01 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 25 ]
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Well, they were gobbling at sun-up, but didn’t hear a thing once they hit the ground.  A friend of mine had 2 almost within range.  I saw only hens all day.  Others I talked to said birds were active.

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Posted: 21 April 2013 07:53 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 26 ]
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My dad ended up with a great hunt that ended up with a really nice gobbler down before 7:00am.  The longbeard came from about 400 yds across the field.  Once he started coming our direction, he closed the distance in a hurry.  He put on quite a show strutting and drumming and pecking the jake decoy.  The bird was massive with an 11.5 inch beard, just a hair under 1.5 inch spurs, but his weight was the real shocker, with a rather unbelievable 29 lbs! The measurements don’t matter though, it could have been a 17 lb jake having the bird put on the show he did and having my dad there doesn’t get much better!

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