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Gobbler Down!

Postby RowdyGSP » Sat Apr 28, 2018 3:17 pm

Wasn't feeling much like sitting and calling over a decoy this morning so did some spot-n-stalk Spring turkey hunting. After 45 minutes of slowly walking through the woods on the edge of a meadow, I spotted a tom, a jake and a hen out in the meadow, about 100 yards away. I kept hidden in the woods, slowly making my way toward the group. They were down in a little hollow in the meadow so as I got closer I lost sight of them. I kept creeping forward to where I thought they should be. They had apparently busted me, as I saw the hen run quickly off into the woods 60 yards in front of me, followed by the jake. I started to go in that direction and was still right on the edge of where the woods met the meadow. Something moving to my left caught my eye and it was the Tom, running left to right, about 40 yards in front of me. He stopped running and paused for a couple seconds, still about 40 - 45 yards in front of me. That was all it took, with a full choke from the Beretta. Gobbler down and a huge adrenaline rush, hunting them this way. Ol' Tom had a 10.5" beard and spurs over an inch.

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Re: Gobbler Down!

Postby Misskiwi67 » Sat Apr 28, 2018 5:17 pm

Jealous!!! Our best Turkey spot changed ownership this year (for sale for 7k an acre!!) so we haven't been out yet.

Gorgeous bird!
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Re: Gobbler Down!

Postby Drahthaar1108 » Sat Apr 28, 2018 8:58 pm

Beautiful tom, good eating too. Forrest
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Re: Gobbler Down!

Postby AverageGuy » Sun Apr 29, 2018 8:53 am

I can feel your excitement! I was Blessed to travel to new country and take my first Merriams Gobbler yesterday. 11/2 inch hooks, thick 10 inch beard and the big white rump tail I was hoping for. Saw dancing Prairie Chickens, Sharptails, Whitetails, Mule Deer, Geese, Ducks (Spring Plumage is magnificent), Snakes all at close range. Walleye this afternoon and going to pop up a blind on a lek in the morning and take is some close dancing grouse before heading for home.

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Re: Gobbler Down!

Postby jlw034 » Sun Apr 29, 2018 2:55 pm

Awesome! Hoping to get out this week.

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Re: Gobbler Down!

Postby orhunter » Sun Apr 29, 2018 3:50 pm

Cool stuff. Congrats.

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Re: Gobbler Down!

Postby RowdyGSP » Sun Apr 29, 2018 4:14 pm

orhunter wrote:Cool stuff. Congrats.

Now you need your spring bear. It's time ya know........


That is the plan. They should be popping right now.

AverageGuy, that is a helluva Tom! Beautiful bird.
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Re: Gobbler Down!

Postby Drahthaar1108 » Sun Apr 29, 2018 7:11 pm

AG, awesome bird 1 1/2" hooks nice, what state are you hunting. Forrest
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Re: Gobbler Down!

Postby AverageGuy » Sun Apr 29, 2018 7:54 pm

In SD, and yea I got Blessed with that Gobbler, which is no credit to me, but I sure did enjoy his beauty. Going to have it mounted.
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Re: Gobbler Down!

Postby LongHammer » Mon Apr 30, 2018 2:03 pm

Great looking birds guys. I have not been drawn for spring turkey in over 6 years. It is funny having more turkey points than elk points.
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Re: Gobbler Down!

Postby ryanr » Mon Apr 30, 2018 2:13 pm

Nice job fellas.
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Re: Gobbler Down!

Postby RowdyGSP » Mon Apr 30, 2018 9:06 pm

LongHammer wrote:Great looking birds guys. I have not been drawn for spring turkey in over 6 years. It is funny having more turkey points than elk points.


We are fortunate in my part of the state... no draws, general season only.
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Re: Gobbler Down!

Postby J D Patrick » Tue May 01, 2018 5:45 am

nicely done folks,,,I got lucky and worked a couple the first few days of the season, then back to work

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Re: Gobbler Down!

Postby AverageGuy » Tue May 01, 2018 6:27 am

Congrates JD. Nice hooks on that second bird. I took a couple of nice Eastern birds in my home state. I sit on my front porch, drink coffee and work my laptop for awhile listening to them gobble each morning this time of year. It was 24 degrees and snow on our opening day, which in 42 years of turkey hunting was the coldest one yet. Lots of good turkey hunters have had a tough time in our state this year. Spring has started very late and slow and the gobblers are henned up and independent because of it.
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Re: Gobbler Down!

Postby orhunter » Tue May 01, 2018 8:20 am

JD.... What subspecies is that? I'm not good at turkey ID. It has really nice colors.
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