Turkeys

Discussion in 'Cast & Blast' started by Josh Benjamin, Mar 14, 2007.

  1. TheShadKing

    TheShadKing Will Fish For Food

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    Quick report --

    No turkeys for me yet. Saw two and heard several, but only from way too far away.

    Did find a fairly large (middle toe > 3") set of prints, so I know where to go back to.

    I've got a line on another spot that looks pretty good. But if that doesn't pan out then I may be knocking on people's doors. :p



    Rolland
     
  2. Brent Comer

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    I couldn't make it out last weekend. :(

    My hunting partner got two toms on the east side of the state last weekend. I'll see if I can get his permission to post a picture.

     
  3. Gary Thompson

    Gary Thompson dirty dog

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    Great stories and good job to the young Itchy dog.
     
  4. scottr

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    Opener was cold and crowded. Saw one guy that took a jake. Spent the day trying avoid people and do more scouting. Hunted our spot in evening as everyone one else had packed it in but got skunked.

    Next day got there early but our spot was already taken so we hunted so different land in the same parcel. Set up dekes and made a blind. As I am tending to the dekes a hen busts out of a tree over my head. Nothing all morning so we stalked/called looking for toms. We discovered some good terrain and saw some sign. We called and called and waited, nothing, take ten steps do the same. After some calling and a pee break we take a few steps and a big tom busts out of some trees. We continued to hunt some other new spots in the parcel and see a little sign. In the afternoon we are sitting at the truck shedding the long johns and I see a tom fly across the road down about 1500 ft. Two trucks drive by right after that and stop right where I saw the bird go. I thought for sure they saw the bird but then move on. We make a wide flank around the bird and set up on top of a hill. Start calling and he hammers back from far away. We call him in to within about 150 yards but he never crests the hill and then starts to move away from us until he was long gone.

    I don't think the birds were quite on the rut onthe opener. The cold and rain seems to have delayed the birds henning up and alos the hatches on the rivers seem to be behind too.

    Going to try and get out this week. Weekends suck.
     
  5. Matt Burke

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    Frikin' crowds.
     
  6. TheShadKing

    TheShadKing Will Fish For Food

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    Yeah, I've been prospecting and have two sets of birds in the bush. Got up before 5 am, was at my site by 5:15, and some knucklehead is already there.

    Obviously, he probably wasn't actually a knucklehead cause he was calling out to the birds and they were answering him. I didn't know whether to be insanely annoyed that I didn't get up 15 minutes earlier, or happy that I'd actually managed to figure out where some birds were my first season. I didn't talk to him, just walked away.

    And same birds, but the afternoon before, I managed to chase out of a little field because I didn't quite check it carefully enough before settling down. They just walked away chuckling to themselves. :beathead:


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  7. Itchy Dog

    Itchy Dog Some call me Kirk Werner

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    Crowds are a thing of public land. Crowding at the area I've duck hunted for many years has me about retired from that game. It's gotten to be that we have to get up earlier and earlier just to get a spot for a blind, and I'm getting older and older and less tolerant. River fishing is nice in that at least you're always moving, leaving others behind. Until you come upon others downstream. Just have to enjoy the time as best you can and get up earlier next time out.
     
  8. Matt Burke

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    I think night vision would be a good tool. Gotta be a good way to see the sunrise...like on the river. I'm sure that in both hunting and fishing, any hike over a mile and it starts to thin out the comp.
     
  9. Josh Benjamin

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    we saw nobody in the woods for 3 1/2 days on opening weekend hunting on very publicized public land.
    gotta get away from the road...
     
  10. kodiaksalmon

    kodiaksalmon Jeff B.

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    I can't make it this year. I've got a month-long pike trip coming up end of May, so all of my eggs are in that basket.

    My dad has already shot three this year, two in one day in KS, one back home in IN last week.
     
  11. TheShadKing

    TheShadKing Will Fish For Food

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    Yeah, reading my post it sounds to me like I was actually whining. The guy who snagged "my" spot was literally the only other person I've seen while out in the woods. I'd be truly lame if I was whining about that. :D

    Finding public land that holds turkey near where I live is fairly easy (Sandpoint, ID.) Finding that land not next to a road is a lot harder. The turkeys I've found have been near clear cuts, and the clear cuts tend to be on a road. :rofl:

    But those turkeys have moved on so yes, I'll be deeper in the woods next time.


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  12. Jmills81

    Jmills81 The Dude Abides

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    Man alive we had em close last weekend. In our spot by 5am, had the boss tom talking his head off till about 540. They just happened to fly away from us coming off the roost, but I did have a nice deer come about 5 feet away from me untill i waved at it....god that was funny

    We proceeded down a skidder trail to the area the birds flew off to. i'm five steps ahead of my dad...and wham...there's the back of a hen. I dive off to the left in the first pine tree that's available. My dad was slightly exposed but moved back to avoid detection. 7 hens later move out in range and then the big ol boss tom comes out, about 65 yards away, about 15 too damn many out...., then we tried to reposition to head them off, but they sighted us and they were off to the air and GONE...fun stuff
     
  13. D3Smartie

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    got my first one ever this weekend. a nice jake at about 20 feet :)
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  14. TheShadKing

    TheShadKing Will Fish For Food

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    Hey, congrats! I was out bright and early on Sunday, having roosted birds late the night before.

    Roosted t'ain't roasted when it turns out there's a fence line in between you and they. It was too dark to see the fence line the night before.

    Private property on the other side of the fence line, albeit belonging to a neighbor of the fellow I was with. He ran off to get permission, but by the time he got back the birds walked off down the hill the other way. Saw the brush moving a lot as one of the birds tried to get over to where we were.

    Ahh, next time. It was a good setup and know we know the terrain tons better. There's a lot of terrain where we were so I don't mind the extra time exploring.


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  15. D3Smartie

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    Rolland- its very tough when you dont know the terrain. we found that out sunday morning by locating a groub of toms at first light and trying to get close, but we ended up too close and bumped them off the roost and out of the area. :( had we known the terrain i am sure we could have had a good chance at those birds