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Old April 29th, 2021, 11:53 AM #61
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Yesterday around 11am, my wife told me a bird was gobbling behind our barn, and in the evening the neighbor said he saw one while walking the dog. So this morning I set up and called. He came in at 0630 gobbling his head off. I lined up the shot and he didn't flinch. A second followed up, and he took off running. I thought for sure I missed, but I found him piled up about 40 yards away. 10.5 inch beard, 1 inch spurs.. My second turkey ever. First one on my actual property.

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Congrats!!! Nice bird!
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Old April 29th, 2021, 07:19 PM #62
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Yesterday around 11am, my wife told me a bird was gobbling behind our barn, and in the evening the neighbor said he saw one while walking the dog. So this morning I set up and called. He came in at 0630 gobbling his head off. I lined up the shot and he didn't flinch. A second followed up, and he took off running. I thought for sure I missed, but I found him piled up about 40 yards away. 10.5 inch beard, 1 inch spurs.. My second turkey ever. First one on my actual property.

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Nice bird BigCountry! Them damned turkeys will drive you crazy! ...and they're addictive as hell too.
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Old April 29th, 2021, 07:56 PM #63
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two turkey in backyard this afternoon, duking it out with half a dozen or so deer for the birdfeeder
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Interesting hunt last night. Wasn't exactly a serious hunt to be honest. I had my crow calls and slate call and wanted to practice them. I also took my bow and stopped at the end of the rail where I'd heard a gobbler several times. The night before I heard something creeping to the left of me but couldn't tell what it was. I was on a steep ridge and the underbrush is starting to get thick. The coyotes started calling a few minutes after I heard the thing creeping in the leaves so I thought it might be a coyote on the prowl.

I used both calls then started walking back up the ridge to go home. As I approached the spot where I had been calling I startled a gobbler right on the side of the dirt road in the tall brush. It let out a loud squawk and flew down the ridge.

At least I now know I can call in a gobbler.

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The gobbler was still at the spot tonight. I'll try to harvest it on Monday (there will probably be too many hunters this weekend). I'm going to set up my decoys on a dirt road and lure him in with the slate call.
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Have another gobbler losing his mind behind my house tonight. I shouldn't take another one here, but man is it tempting...

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I saw a bobcat while turkey hunting on Saturday in Allegheny county. First time I’ve ever seen one in Maryland.
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Have another gobbler losing his mind behind my house tonight. I shouldn't take another one here, but man is it tempting...

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The neighbor’s turkeys are gobbling like crazy. Probably not a good idea to line up on them though as I am pretty sure they might have more guns than me.

Certainly crazier (their semi-sunken garage in giant orange spray paint says “doomsday bunker” on it. Hard to see through the old dead mowers and cars on blocks. At least there’s a nice thicket of bamboo between their property and mine so I can see much of their junkyard).

I need to try to get out before the spring season is over and done with.
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He sure likes tempting me

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You should go for it.Taking males won't affect the population.All the hens have been bred by now anyway
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