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Posted: 15 April 2015 01:31 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 16 ]
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I missed Monday.  Tuesday, heard lots of birds gobbling, but never saw one.  I did have a coyote put the sneak on my jake and hen decoy spread.  He must have scented me, cutting into the timber before he was in decent range.  This morning started up the same way, lots of calling, but I did have a yearling deer in the field for about 45 min., walking within 15 yds. of me.  At around 9:00, I was really getting sleepy; dozed for about 15 min.  Woke up and here were a pair of decent Toms walking towards my decoys, about 75 yds. out.  They totally ignored the hen and ganged up, flailing, spurring and pecking the hell out of my jake decoy.  They were so close together and all over my decoy, I had to wait to shoot.  End result: 1 Tom, about 21-22 lbs., 9” beard and spurs just under 1.25.”  Sorry, don’t know how to post pictures.

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Posted: 18 April 2015 01:24 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 17 ]
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What a beautiful morning in the turkey woods!!  This dad/son team connected on another longbeard.  If this birds brother would have taken two more steps, it could have been a double, but obviously there is never a complaint with one big gobbler in the bag.  24lbs, 9.5 inch beard and the biggest, baddest spurs Ive taken.  These hooks are just a hair shorter than 1.5 inches!

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Posted: 18 April 2015 01:25 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 18 ]
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Check these hooks out!! The picture is distorting then when I post, but I wouldn’t have wanted to tangle with this old bird! Back out tomorrow to get my dad one!

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Posted: 18 April 2015 05:52 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 19 ]
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spuriffic! thems some dandys. congrats. I struck out but like you said it was a great morning to be out.

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Posted: 22 April 2015 01:30 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 20 ]
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Hunted first season in Greene County, 4 different places, heard 2 gobbles the whole week, called in a couple of hens, thats about it. birds are not there anymore I blame it on the gnats. black flies, we had a plague of those bastards the last few years like ive never seen before. Did manage to call in a bird in Mclean County for a friend of mine his first bird and called one in for my son on youth season so even though my season was slow a couple of guys were happy.

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Posted: 22 April 2015 08:18 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 21 ]
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cuttnstrut - 22 April 2015 01:30 PM

Hunted first season in Greene County, 4 different places, heard 2 gobbles the whole week, called in a couple of hens, thats about it. birds are not there anymore I blame it on the gnats. black flies, we had a plague of those bastards the last few years like ive never seen before. Did manage to call in a bird in Mclean County for a friend of mine his first bird and called one in for my son on youth season so even though my season was slow a couple of guys were happy.

I’m just to the west of you in Calhoun and I think you are dead on about the buffalo gnats.  Couldn’t even be outside.  They would drive a man insane.

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Posted: 23 April 2015 11:39 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 22 ]
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Well after connecting on day one turkey hunting this year, my dad has been at it all week and cant close the deal.  All the reports i have heard have been basically the same.  Seeing a few toms, but they arent interested in closing the distance.  Dad has had 2 different birds hang up at 70 yards.  The weather has been a bit tough with cold and windy conditions too.  Hopefully that all changes Sunday/Monday, which are the next days I will have a chance to get out with goal #1 of getting my buddy on a longbeard on Sunday.

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Posted: 08 April 2016 10:50 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 23 ]
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Where is turkey hunting discussion?  Am I missing something?  No excitement?  Looks like the youth did very well overall, great to see the numbers up.  Congrats to all kids.  With the increase in youth harvest and mild winter, it should have the adults excited.  I had not seen a turkey all winter in my area, but just 3 days ago have had a group of three nice gobblers and four hens hanging in my backyard.  Toms strutting a little, but not real aggressive yet and no gobbling.  Third season tag to chase one of them.  In the meantime, headed to Wisconsin tonight for their youth season to try to get my 10 year old son his first bird.  He’s one excited kid.

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Posted: 08 April 2016 11:22 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 24 ]
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Del Roy, give us an update of the Wisconsin trip and good luck!  What zone are you hunting in IL?  I am hunting North Zone, 1st season for the first time, starting next week.  Usually I get 2nd season, but decided on 1st season this year and very excited about it.

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Posted: 11 April 2016 03:22 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 25 ]
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CC, Got back late last night from WI, bird less but still a fun first hunt with the boy.  Had a flock of 17 birds around the blind Saturday morning, no males would come within the young hunters range.  Had three jakes that came in mid afternoon, got within about 25yards and my son let his gun slip on the ground blind window.  Birds ran off quickly.  Disappointing, but great lesson for my son.  No birds in range on Sunday.  Overall, saw 27 turkeys while in the blind, so was enjoyable couple days.

I’m in the North Zone as well in east central IL.  Not a fantastic area for turkeys, but nice to have a few around.  Looking forward to going back up to Wisconsin if time permits, bird numbers are very good this year in our area.

Good luck to you during your first season, post successful pics!

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Posted: 12 April 2016 01:25 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 26 ]
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This father/son team had one heck of a good day in the turkey woods. Beyond grateful for days like today. It really doesn’t get any better. Dad knocked his out at 8am and mine about 10am. Hoping to get a pic up later.

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Posted: 13 April 2016 11:48 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 27 ]
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Pic is attached.  Great day.

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