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  1. i put a 2.5 bushnell scope on my dedicated 835 25 years ago and never once have I regretted doing so. with the barrel work I did and choke and shell combo's I started tinkering with it was out of necessity as the pattern was so tight, still shooting a tight pattern but now it greatly helps me to look at their legs to see if its got decent enough hooks to make me release the safety.
  2. More dinners. Didn't keep any over 12 inches kept my 50 between 10 and 12 Sent from my SM-G930VL using Tapatalk
  3. Some guys will move rating on your spot lol Sent from my SM-G930VL using Tapatalk
  4. as others have said be out just before daylight to listen and leave the calls at home. while you may have company on the youth weekend and I love hearing others getting kids involved it is amazing the lack of participation the youth spring season generates. with that being said scout your competition as much as the birds, what I mean is pay attention to other vehicles in the area. Have more than 1 bird located, having multiple properties is beneficial also. not sure what your work schedule is but scouting later in the morning is also valuable intel to keep in your back pocket, some birds can be very patternable in their daily travels. knowing where the birds will end up late morning can be priceless info. depending on the youths experience in hunting situations would let me know how we set up and or what our set up would be. I know here in NY the min age is 12 unlike the PA youth of basically no age restriction. I had my grandkids on gobblers by age 6 so I had no choice but to use a pop up blind. I would strongly suggest an enclosed blind, movement is the #1 biggest reason gobblers live another day. their eyesight is unmatched in the game animals we hunt here. unlike deer with turkeys you can set up a blind in the center of a plowed field and turkeys will walk right up to it while deer on the other hand wont come within 200 yards of it. I still laugh about the first time Judy went on a fall hunt with me, I set up the blind on a logging road ( I had broke the birds up the evening prior) lol her first turkey experience in the blind was when a bird pooped on the blind as I had set up right under one bird. called a bunch in and shot a gobbler that was with the group. but I kept calling and ended up having a hen walk right up and she actually stuck her head in the window of the blind, Judy's eyes were as big as silver dollars. it was all I could do not to bust out laughing as that hen looked us over for about 30 seconds before turning around to continue feeding. If you have not done so yet get the youth on the pattern board, you have to pattern the gun the youth hunter will use. once the gun pattern is verified its time to set up another pattern board and have the youth set up the way your plan to hunt is. what I mean is if your just going to set up against a tree with a shooting aid ( mono or bi pod ) have them shoot off of that. if your going with a blind have that set up and shoot from the seat with the mono, bi pod or caldwell field pod ( that is what I started my youth hunters with) one thing to make sure you tell the youth if your leaning against a tree is to make sure your back and shoulder is away from the tree before you shoot. As far as the actual hunt goes if you can roost the bird that can be a benefit. if you know where the gobbler has been roosting you want to be in and set up before daylight. while a turkey seems to have poor night vision they still have superb hearing, they are used to hearing night critters walking through the woods at night so try and mimic a deer walking. I do not use a light, I move slowly and pay attention to what my feet feel in regards to sticks and rocks. If the gobbler has hens with him in the area "if" you can set up between them even better and if you KNOW what trees the hens are in and there is enough distance from the gobbler you can flush the hens out away from the gobbler. ( I do this as a last resort ) once the woods start waking up and depending on how far from the gobbler you are and how you are set up will dictate your next move. If you are certain no birds are within sight of you and he is within hearing distance or if you are inside a blind I do a wing flydown and right into a yelp cluck purr series, I wanna be the first vocal hen on the ground. I have had a lot of gobblers pitch out and glide right in landing within 30 yards of me. if you have to work the bird, his answers will dictate what and how you should be calling, we all love hearing a gobbler blowing the leaves off the trees with thunderous gobbles as they come in but the more you make that bird gobble the better your chances are its going to attract unwanted attention (other hunters) and it doesn't matter whether its private or public land. decoys, youth hunts are about the only time I use a decoy, the youth seasons are earlier and gobblers are very receptive to coming to a decoy. the decoys provide a distraction and gives the bird something to focus on, you still have to time your movements to when the gobblers head is shielded by his fan or behind a tree. it also often times focuses your shot opportunities to a smaller area. good luck and be safe.
  5. Not gonna starve. Sent from my SM-G930VL using Tapatalk
  6. Here's what the Greatest Generation thinks about this: "I talked to a man today I talked with a man today, an 80+ year old man. I asked him if there was anything I can get him while this Coronavirus scare was gripping America. He simply smiled, looked away and said: "Let me tell you what I need! I need to believe, at some point, this country my generation fought for... I need to believe this nation we handed safely to our children and their children... I need to know this generation will quit being a bunch of sissies...that they respect what they've been given...that they've earned what others sacrificed for." I wasn't sure where the conversation was going or if it was going anywhere at all. So, I sat there, quietly observing. "You know, I was a little boy during WWII. Those were scary days. We didn't know if we were going to be speaking English, German or Japanese at the end of the war. There was no certainty, no guarantees like Americans enjoy today. And no home went without sacrifice or loss. Every house, up and down every street, had someone in harm's way. Maybe their Daddy was a soldier, maybe their son was a sailor, maybe it was an uncle. Sometimes it was the whole ---- family...fathers, sons, uncles... Having someone, you love, sent off to wasn't less frightening than it is today. It was scary as ----. If anything, it was more frightening. We didn't have battle front news. We didn't have email or cellphones. You sent them away and you prayed. You may not hear from them for months, if ever. Sometimes a mother was getting her son's letters the same day Dad was comforting her over their child's death. And we sacrificed. You couldn't buy things. Everything was rationed. You were only allowed so much milk per month, only so much bread, toilet paper. EVERYTHING was restricted for the war effort. And what you weren't using, what you didn't need, things you threw away, they were saved and sorted for the war effort. My generation was the original recycling movement in America. And we had viruses back then...serious viruses. Things like polio, measles, and such. It was nothing to walk to school and pass a house or two that was quarantined. We didn't shut down our schools. We didn't shut down our cities. We carried on, without masks, without hand sanitizer. And do you know what? We persevered. We overcame. We didn't attack our President, we came together. We rallied around the flag for the war. Thick or thin, we were in it to win. And we would lose more boys in an hour of combat than we lose in entire wars today." He slowly looked away again. Maybe I saw a small tear in the corner of his eye. Then he continued: "Today's kids don't know sacrifice. They think a sacrifice is not having coverage on their phone while they freely drive across the country. Today's kids are selfish and spoiled. In my generation, we looked out for our elders. We helped out with single moms who's husbands were either at war or dead from war. Today's kids rush the store, buying everything they concern for anyone but themselves. It's shameful the way Americans behave these days. None of them deserve the sacrifices their granddads made. So, no I don't need anything. I appreciate your offer but, I know I've been through worse things than this virus. But maybe I should be asking you, what can I do to help you? Do you have enough pop to get through this, enough steak? Will you be able to survive with 113 channels on your tv?" I smiled, fighting back a tear of my humbled by a man in his 80's. All I could do was thank him for the history lesson, leave my number for emergency and leave with my ego firmly tucked in my rear. I talked to a man today. A real man. An American man from an era long gone and forgotten. We will never understand the sacrifices. We will never fully earn their sacrifices. But we should work harder to learn about them..learn from respect them."
  7. there will be plenty of trout as long as streams don't get blown out from heavy rains.
  8. could be the delay in shipping units to NY was because with the units in "storage" for who knows how long they wanted them all tested prior to shipment. I would think its rather foolish to send delicate equipment with integral moving parts with lots of plastic, rubber, neoprene parts/tubing that age of those products can cause failures. better they are tested/fixed/retrofitted/ whatever where they currently are than after they are moved into an area of high infection numbers. getting techs, parts, repair equipment into these contaminated areas would be a logistical nightmare.
  9. well Bill I never said a thing about jersey and what jersey does with their season has nothing what so ever to do with ny season. read again what I wrote " The problem is the population is NOT and has NOT "substantially increased, has it increased yes in areas, but far from 2004 levels. " there are far more counties in NY than orange and rockland, and again you hunting in Jersey and what the jersey flock is doing whether increasing or decreasing has nothing at all to do with NY. again while maybe some areas it "has" increased it has NOT increased all over NY state, the job of the biologists is to manage the health and quantity of the wild turkey flock in NY, their job is not to appease hunters feelings and success levels. so we disagree-- deal with it,,, oh I deal with it just fine, you seem to be the one that has a problem dealing with any replies that do not agree with your "views" and then start with the "gang up" claim. you put misleading info out there you should expect to be called out on it. again claiming our biologists should talk to all these other "northern states" because they bring their season in sooner than NY insinuating their biologists know more than our NY biologists is quite simply a crock. did you even READ the turkey management plan/seasons/tag systems in the states you listed? its all right there in black and white, while their seasons may open earlier, they have lotteries, limited tags, more management areas less hunters compared to a blanket whole state free for all for the spring season and even more stringent fall seasons if areas even have a fall season. enjoy your hikes Bill, while we may disagree on some things but we all need to keep the big picture in focus and that is the health and well being of the birds we have today and the ones we would like to have in the future.
  10. The problem is the population is NOT and has NOT "substantially increased, has it increased yes in areas, but far from 2004 levels. even with the season and bag limits cut back that is only a small part of management, the most important part of wild turkey population increase is something no one can control and that is the weather. we have have many bad nesting seasons over the past 10 years with a decent one here and there, you can not recover from a drastic population fall over night and you dang sure cant do so when you have an extended season in the fall where hunters can shoot hens. Remember this old saying. Dead HENS don't lay eggs ! again there is FAR more to statewide turkey management that 1 little piece of state land observation. heck with the cut backs and lack of success and hunters in the fall y'all should be tripping all over birds in stewart.
  11. north Dakota- residents only, lottery system. not all units open. 2020 tags available 6,230 +3 for nwtf raffle michigan- early season start dates are ONLY for the limited quota tags. The ACTUAL statewide season starts May 1st minnesotta- People who entered the lottery for a permit in one of the high-demand areas – Carlos Avery, Mille Lacs and Whitewater wildlife management areas – can check the lottery results. Any hunter with a valid license may hunt in these areas after the C time period. the early start date is for lottery winners only. the regular season for all permit holders is 05/06/20 - 05/12/20 Spring wild turkey - D season Statewide 05/13/20 - 05/19/20 Spring wild turkey - E season Statewide 05/20/20 - 05/31/20 Spring wild turkey - F season Statewide wisconsin- another state with a lottery and limited zones and tags south dakota- another application process to get a license, also most of SD is a different subspecies as well as climate, habitat, and hunter numbers. oregon & washington, not even relevant different species, different climate. as far as ma, ct goes your looking at a couple days earlier and both end prior to may 31. how about Pa starting AFTER NY this year 5/2 till 5/31 with no sunday hunting I will leave the turkey season limits, start dates, season lengths to the biologist's that have a far better understanding of populations, nesting success, winter survival, anticipated harvest levels and expected carryover to ensure that we have a sustainable and suitable population of wild turkeys. There is far more to properly managing wild turkey than making sure all hunters get a participation trophy.
  12. Well only 1 gobbler hollaring on the flats this morning. Not enough time to head up on the hill as we need to be on the road back by 9. At least I have a starring point if I get back for spring gobbler. Sent from my SM-G930VL using Tapatalk
  13. There is very little ammo ar the Indianapolis Indiana cabelas store as of 8 PM last night. The only guns they had were some high end bolt action rifles. Other than that pretty slim pickings. Just about to head out to listen for turkeys. Sent from my SM-G930VL using Tapatalk
  14. carlson makes a decent choke, I set up a 20 ga. auto loader with a carlson choke partnered with federal heavyweight 7 in 2 3/4 inch shells for the grandkids to use and it is a deadly combination out to 45 yards. not sure what you are shooting for a gun. shells can get pricey, its all in what you are looking at achieving with a pattern and budget. my suggestion is to start at 20 yards, and all my patterning is done off a bench or my caldwell field pod. I used a 4x4 sheet of plywood as the backer, then use the white side of christmas wrapping paper for the pattern paper. put a 3" circle in the center then a 10 inch circle from the center. one thing to remember is that you are not now wing shooting, you are shooting by sighting, same trigger control as shooting a rifle, sight, breathing control, slowly squeeze the trigger. not the point and slap the trigger like wing shooting. when I start on a fresh set up I start with just regular small game loads, this is just simply to see where my point of impact is compared to point of aim. sometimes if its not real easy to see where the majority of the shot hit I will shoot again and should be able to see where the majority of the pattern landed. if using rifle sights or optics I move my aiming point and then replace the paper with a new sheet and shoot again. once the pattern is centered in the 10 inch circle I move the target back to 30 yards. and try it again with regular loads to see if the pattern stayed centered. if the pattern stayed centered its now time to start trying the actual hunting loads. you can not "assume" the hunting loads are going to pattern the same nor that the point of impact will be the same. You have to verify where your pattern is going to be hitting and whether or not its even an acceptable pattern ( even with no big gaps in coverage) and what will be your max effective range is going to be so you know how close you need to let the bird get. can it get costly ? yup, but we owe it to the game we hunt to try an execute a quick ethical kill. far more gobblers are wounded and lost because people do not pattern their gun and or take shots beyond their guns effective range which with an unmatched shell/choke/gun/sight combo could be as less as 30 yards. yes 1 pellet in the right spot can kill a bird but if that is what your counting on your going to wound and or miss far more than you will kill. as far as boots go I wear uninsulated lacrosse boots that are a half size over my common shoe size. I like a soft crepp sole as I do not ever use a light and I can feel sticks and rocks as I am trying to ease into my set up locations. I like a rubber boot so I can tuck my pantlegs in and not get soaked walking through tall grass later in the season. and not worry about wet feet crossing a stream. there are a ton of turkey vests out there, you don't need to spend a small fortune right off the bat. I will say that the best investment I ever made for comfort was a small folding leg stool to set on, it only elevates me 3-4 inches but I can and have sat at the base of a tree for hours in comfort.