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Managed to harvest another bird today!! Crazy - last Saturday it happens in the pouring rain; today it happens in a heat wave! Polar opposite weather, but the birds cooperated.

 

I was at this same location yesterday afternoon and I ended up calling in a hen. I figured, well, where there are girl birds there has to be boy birds! So I decided to go in before first light this morning.

 

Sure enough I hear a few Toms gobble off in the distance after I had let out some calls. I heard about three of them, and you can tell they were on the move but none would come in towards me. I figured there must be hens around.

 

The gobbles seem to have grown fainter by 7:30am and I stopped calling. Even though the birds went quiet,  I figured I know they heard me, so I'm just going to wait them out and see what happens. Well, 8am rolls around and directly in front of me about 50 yards out I see three birds casually stroll in! Two were definitely hens; the third I couldn't quite figure out what it was  :think:  (oh, no, not again!!) Looked like it had some red in the head, but I saw some blue, too. Too far out to see beards or spurs. So I just decided to watch, and at least enjoy the scene.

 

The hens were just hanging out. Watched one perch on top of a log and preen herself. The other sat down next to first. I couldn't see the third, too far out - dammit! What is that one?! I think it was a Tom, but I can't be sure. Well, sure enough, after 5 minutes, I saw the tail feathers fan out as this Tom starts attempting to impress the ladies. But just like a dorky teenager failing miserably to try and impress two mean-girl cheerleaders, these hens just ignored this poor Jake (once the tail feathers fanned out, it was clear this was just a Jake - the middle-feathers had the telltale sign of being longer than the others). This Jake would circle, look at one hen, when she ignored him, he'd turn and look at the other. :nerd: They were just not having any of it.

 

After a while he gave up and stopped his strutting. His head lifted straight up, he took a few steps which opened up for me a perfect broadside look straight ahead of me, and I pulled the trigger when he was 35 yards out.

 

Again, he was a jake, so nothing big (14 pounds), but I'll take it! It was a fun show and I got to take home a bird for more wild turkey dinners!

 

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After I saw a few of you folks post cool pictures of the bird hanging, I decided to try it myself. Came out OK, I think, even though it's with a crappy dumb phone. Note to self - next time, don't have branches sticking straight out toward the camera - screws up the picture a bit. But all in all, I think it came out pretty good for my first attempt.

 

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Managed to harvest another bird today!! Crazy - last Saturday it happens in the pouring rain; today it happens in a heat wave! Polar opposite weather, but the birds cooperated.

 

I was at this same location yesterday afternoon and I ended up calling in a hen. I figured, well, where there are girl birds there has to be boy birds! So I decided to go in before first light this morning.

 

Sure enough I hear a few Toms gobble off in the distance after I had let out some calls. I heard about three of them, and you can tell they were on the move but none would come in towards me. I figured there must be hens around.

 

The gobbles seem to have grown fainter by 7:30am and I stopped calling. Even though the birds went quiet,  I figured I know they heard me, so I'm just going to wait them out and see what happens. Well, 8am rolls around and directly in front of me about 50 yards out I see three birds casually stroll in! Two were definitely hens; the third I couldn't quite figure out what it was  :think:  (oh, no, not again!!) Looked like it had some red in the head, but I saw some blue, too. Too far out to see beards or spurs. So I just decided to watch, and at least enjoy the scene.

 

The hens were just hanging out. Watched one perch on top of a log and preen herself. The other sat down next to first. I couldn't see the third, too far out - dammit! What is that one?! I think it was a Tom, but I can't be sure. Well, sure enough, after 5 minutes, I saw the tail feathers fan out as this Tom starts attempting to impress the ladies. But just like a dorky teenager failing miserably to try and impress two mean-girl cheerleaders, these hens just ignored this poor Jake (once the tail feathers fanned out, it was clear this was just a Jake - the middle-feathers had the telltale sign of being longer than the others). This Jake would circle, look at one hen, when she ignored him, he'd turn and look at the other. :nerd: They were just not having any of it.

 

After a while he gave up and stopped his strutting. His head lifted straight up, he took a few steps which opened up for me a perfect broadside look straight ahead of me, and I pulled the trigger when he was 35 yards out.

 

Again, he was a jake, so nothing big (14 pounds), but I'll take it! It was a fun show and I got to take home a bird for more wild turkey dinners!

 

attachicon.gifturkey-2017-05-19-4.jpg

 

After I saw a few of you folks post cool pictures of the bird hanging, I decided to try it myself. Came out OK, I think, even though it's with a crappy dumb phone. Note to self - next time, don't have branches sticking straight out toward the camera - screws up the picture a bit. But all in all, I think it came out pretty good for my first attempt.

 

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Nice bird, good job on the pic!!

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way to go....having a very good season !!

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It's all coming together for you now mazzgolf, congratulations.    

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Turkeys a turkey, some are big, some are smaller.  Congrats!

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The highs and lows of turkey season...... Way to end on a great note.

 

Congrats!  :up:  :up:

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Congrats

Ain't nothing wrong with shooting a Jake if he made the adrenaline flow.

Turkey hunting is about the hunt...not the trophy.

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