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  1. Brian, so very sorry to read your post. I want you to know that Judy and I will keep you and the kids in our thoughts. If you need anything please do not hesitate to call. Sent from my SM-G930VL using Tapatalk
  2. Not sure how to quote water rats post above but here is a picture I took this morning. I was surprised to see a meme or whatever they are called posted and I actually know and have been in this house and shot ducks from the yard. Looks different today than it did in 2016 or 2017 when the meme pic was taken. Sent from my SM-G930VL using Tapatalk
  3. I know this location. I am actually on my way to look at a job just up the street so I will take a current pic. Sent from my SM-G930VL using Tapatalk
  4. I know this location. Actually I am on my way to look at a job just up the street so I will try and remember to take a current picture. Sent from my SM-G930VL using Tapatalk
  5. Gotta help a short guy out ya know. Sent from my SM-G930VL using Tapatalk
  6. while its unlikely here in the east to call birds in from a mile away because of our terrain it is certainly possible to have a bird respond to a call from a great distance. their hearing is probably the best of any game animal we hunt as well as their ability to pinpoint where the sounds are coming from as has already been stated. nothing beats boots on the ground scouting, but we play the cards we are dealt so we use the tools available. there are good hunting apps available and certainly some great satellite imagery to do some online scouting. again it doesn't replace boots on the ground it can certainly guide you towards likely locations to start your scouting/hunting trip, as well as cut out areas that are not as likely to hold birds. Once you are up there and scouting/hunting pay attention to detail, mark where you hear birds and if they continue to gobble once off roost where they go or at the very least what direction they go once down. while here in NY the days hunt ends at noon, depending on when in may you are there that can give you upwards of 7-8 hours of scouting time. If possible have a chat with the rural mail carrier, ups driver, fed ex driver, and even the local encon officer or forest ranger. Sometimes you can gather priceless intel from these folks. as far as calls go they all can and will work on any given day, confidence in your calling ability and the calls you are using is priceless. Production calls are more than capable of calling in birds as proven thousands of times every season. Custom calls are more than capable of calling in birds and is also proven thousands of times every season. So with that being said the exact opposite can be said on both calls as well, some production calls sound horrible, some "custom" calls also sound crappy because the callmaker is in it for the money and doesn't have the ear for turkey talk. I would do my homework on a custom call and when compared to the cost of some of the mass produced calls your really not into the call for much more $ unless you are getting into the higher end specialty calls like a longbox but you are paying for a call made for YOU and likely 1 on1 customer service from the call maker, you will NOT get that from lynch, hs strut, penns woods and most any of the other mass producers of calls you are stuck with the call no matter how it sounds. any type of call can bring in a gobbler on the right day, some days they wont hit the longbox but will lite up when i hit the crystal or diaphragm. having multiple calls available can save a hunt, with pot calls having multiple strikers that will run on a particular pot call can give you multiple turkey vocal variations. no matter what call you choose to use be confident in your ability to do different calls to the point where running the call is just second nature, confidence in all aspects of the hunt will be beneficial to putting tags legs. so you are now in the area your hunting, you have done your scouting and have heard a bird, now is when your next decisions can be key to whether that bird will commit all the way to the gun barrel. know where natural barriers are ( streams, super steep terrain etc. ) while the right bird at the right time will think nothing of flying across a 10 yard wide creek or advancing through brush so thick you couldn't crawl through it I certainly wouldn't set up to make that happen because the same gobbler the next day can be hammering your every call making a beeline to you and then all of a sudden hang up because he wont step over a 4" log laying across the logging road.... otherwise known as a turkey being a turkey. so when you get your first response from a bird that is what you feel is a workable from here distance your first step should be a rapid assessment of your location, is it an area the bird would or should feel comfortable coming into? can you set up where the the bird when first visible will be on the outer fringe of your killing range. what I mean is you want to try and have the bird out of sight until he is close enough to kill so he doesn't have time to sort it all out, sometimes that is not possible so we play the hand we are dealt and sometimes it works out sometimes it doesn't. this can be accomplished by using terrain to your advantage or by setting up back off the field edge -vs- right on the field edge. Pretty much this aspect of the hunt goes to your gut/hunch/experience feelings, again sometimes it works out sometimes it doesn't most important thing to do is learn from the results. sorry to be long winded, hope at least something was found to be useful. let us know how it turns out.
  7. Not knowing what the site elevations are will have to shoot from the hip with recommendations. Doing the pad prior to putting up the building is fine just remember to go a minimum of two foot wider than the outside dimensions of your building the only recommendation is if you are greater than 2 foot of fill filling a low spot like building into a sloped grade then I would extend my building pad 4 to 6 feet greater with than a building on what would be considered the low side of the building. Even if you're not planning on doing a cement pad immediately I would still recommend putting a fine Crusher run base in prior to putting the building up it is a lot easier to do all of the heavy site work and bass work prior to the building being up. Your pad preparation can be done at any time but if you're needing to fill large areas of low elevation you either have to compact the pill as you're putting it in or give it a substantial amount of time to naturally settle prior to doing your final elevation grades of the pad site. As a general rule of thumb when we do any potential future pad pours we prefer to have our Stone base is thick if not twice as thick as what the concrete level will be. I would do all of my drain tiles and if you're going to potentially in the future have floor drains Ledo's solid pipes with your elbow stubbed up with a cap on it don't let it all settle prior to doing the building. Once the building is up Final Grade elevations can be completed on the interior of the building Sent from my SM-G930VL using Tapatalk
  8. Thing are looking better since we finally got some rain. A handful of watermelons and cantaloupe showed up already. Lots of tomatoes and of course squash harvests already. Did score a jug of wild sweet cherriesyesterday, first time in 5 years I beat the birds to them. Dropped them off last night so I may have a cherry pie when I get back from pa. , Sent from my SM-G930VL using Tapatalk
  9. Plow with a single bottom plow first, then disc it down. Then put the 5 foot tiller on the 504. Then till twice with the troybuilt horse to get the ground fluffed up good. Once things are planted try to till between the rows weekly but with no rain have not done so until the evening of those pics as rain was forecasted. Other than that I just use a hoe to try and stay ahead of the weeds. We still have gotten very little rain, 1/4 inch out of this supposed heavy storm system today. Oh well got the corn and carrots side dressed before the rain so maybe the fertilizer will help some. Sent from my SM-G930VL using Tapatalk
  10. We have had no rain. Here to speak of so I've been hauling water out of the bay after work at night or before going to the woods in the mornings before work. Just trying to salvage my sad excuse for a garden this year. So far everything is at least staying green but the carrots and onions are looking bleak. Sent from my SM-G930VL using Tapatalk
  11. congrats on one of lifes first big milestones. hard work pays off. I am sure your mom and dad have worked just as hard making sure you begin your adventure into adulthood with a solid foundation. good job mom and dad.
  12. There will only be 1 left and I already have dibs on him so nope there are no deer in pa left.....well after they go full concurrent season this year there will be a huge reduction in population again. Sent from my SM-G930VL using Tapatalk
  13. Got this bird in to 40 yards yesterday morning hammering the whole way but altho I could see the bird and could have shot it had I had a tag and gun jason couldn't see it So with all the rain and storms yesterday until it cleared off later we were going to try and roost him. Well just as yesterday morning later we watched 7 Jake's put a whipping on him and last night saw the same thing. We had a long walk and needed a lot of time as Jason's knee issues have gotten worse as the week went on. Also there is a fresh planted field along the narrow strip of woods I intended for us to set up in. So we had to walk past our Intended set up location go around the end of the new planting and back to our set up spot as I will not walk across fresh plantings. We set up within 100 yards of last night's fight location that went on at 830 PM. Figured he should be roosted close to there. It was foggy and dead quiet but I had already told jason a hen would be roosted close by as she has been there every day since March. Finally it was full light and i see 3 hens and a Male turkey working down to the corner from the south. Completely opposite from where I expected the longbeard to be, turns out it was a jake and he walked down thru the bottom and past me at 5 yards and out in the field in front of jason and he said I have never intentionally shot a jake last day last hour I still ain't gonna shoot one. 10 minutes later we hear a gobble from up top where the longbeard roosted the day before. I give him some sweet talk and he blasts back and the 3 hens to my left crank up. We see him walk right past the tree we were sitting against yesterday. 30 minutes later jason says here he comes he is in the grass walking straight to us. He fed his way stopping occasionally to strut and at 18 yards took a full load of #5 shot to the head. Jason needed to head back to ny this morning and we figured 8 am we would have to head for camp we had 15 minutes to spare. Had a great season, I watched 8 longbeards get shot, 2 Jake's get shot by the kids and 1 longbeard my granddaughter shot from the blind I set up for her and her dad. Will have to say I am flat wore out, been scouting and hunting since late Feb early March and have not missed a woods wake up since March 1st. Little over 7000 miles on the truck chasing these crazy birds but some great memories and some disappointment as my Nebraska and Ohio hunts got cancelled Tomorrow begins 2021 spring scouting. Sent from my SM-G930VL using Tapatalk
  14. Story later but man what a hard hunt down to the wire for jason. Sent from my SM-G930VL using Tapatalk
  15. Ka ching Sent from my SM-G930VL using Tapatalk
  16. 6616 miles as of today scouting and hunting since last week of Feb. Countless hours scouting, and this particular bird was missing his middle tail feather and with the spotting scope on 48 I can count the hairs on his snood. Also run a scope on my gun so if I cant see their legs to see the spurs I let them walk unless they have a telltale body feature to verify it's the right bird. Sent from my SM-G930VL using Tapatalk
  17. Well my buddy matt got here at camp last night and I already had a plan devised for this morning and had warned him it was gonna be a long hike up and down through 2 deep hollows to get to this gobbler. We were headed to where I listened yesterday morning and Mr. Spock was the intended target. The bird threw me a curve ball as he was roosted in the pine flats in the old strip mine. He would answer my calls but didn't want to budge and I knew he had at least the brood hen with him. We eased up next to the hidden plowed field and i saw 1 of her jennies out there. Game on!!! Got set up and got the Jenny coming in and got her up on a high point where the brood hen and the gobbler could see her. Got aggressive o. The call and he is now cutting me off and closing the distance. I see the brood hen and she is gonna walk right past matt at less than 4 yards. She makes it past him and meets up with her Jenny and they come looking for me she purrs I purr she clucks I cluck I Yelp he blasts a gobble I see the split fan coming over the rise.... He is blasting us with gobbles the 2 hens are right on top of me to the left. I see matt slowly ease up to almost a standing position and then the shot. He goes out to get the bird comes back and I go how ya like those spurs?? Lol matt looks at me funny and says howdja know? Open mr spocks tail fan he is missing the middle feather. I didn't want to tell him ahead of time in case it would psych him out lol. Got him tagged and pics taken and started our 1.5 mile walk back to the truck. Now to try and find an easy access bird for my buddy jason, he is on a 6 week recovery from a knee rebuild surgery. Sent from my SM-G930VL using Tapatalk
  18. BOOM CA CHING Sent from my SM-G930VL using Tapatalk
  19. After a light gobbling morning yesterday while scouting this morning they are hammering every sound. 6 different birds hammering in the big hollow below my listening spot. Sent from my SM-G930VL using Tapatalk
  20. Front yards a little over half done. Sent from my SM-G930VL using Tapatalk
  21. Out for my morning listen, only hear 3 different birds here this morning but the wood ducks down on the beaver pond sure are being noisy so there must be some predator near the water. Need to head over to a new 200 acre farm I scored access on last night. Sent from my SM-G930VL using Tapatalk
  22. Been a fun few days, called in a longbeard for a buddy and his kid that they ended up boogering up cause they couldn't sit still. Yesterday I put a loudmouth hen right in their lap for 20 minutes so they got the whole gammit of hen talk and close. This all day hunting is a joke around here, from guys whacking birds from their vehicles to late shooters...we were all standing on the porch last night devising a plan for this morning when we heard 2 shots from 2 different guns and I said well those 2 Jake's we watched heading for the island of trees at Darla's just got limb lifted! The time? 9:18 PM! And no that's not a typo and yeah there was enough light that so.eone could shoot but WELL past legal time. So this morning I decided to go way down the hollow from the gas line where I called that longbeard in the other day. I knew he roosted below the cow pasture right in the base of the hollow. An old log skidder trail would give him a open path to me if he decided to play. With a slight drizzle and overcast skies he gobbled late, after 3 gobbles with long waits in between it was finally light enough in the woods for him to feel comfy but he was 250 yards out but I didn't know where all his hens were as I only could here 5 close to him. Found out where hen number 6 was after my first series of calls as she literally knocked my hat off when she flew in and scared the crap outa me. She landed 5 feet from me and started feeding . She got out 39 yards and my next series of clucks and 2 yelps and he cut me off 100 yards out and my close hen started purring and came back to me. Within a couple minutes a train of hens came down the logging road with a white head following that was all I could see 3 hens walk past me at 6 feet as I am leaned against a big tree with multi floral roas around it just on the edge of the logging road. Finally he is in the clear of hens and lights out at 25 yards. Sent from my SM-G930VL using Tapatalk
  23. Good gobbling action early now its quiet. Had 3 doe walk by at 10 feet in the dark Had 7 hems 3 Jake's and a 2 year old walk by at 10 yards. The big gobbler was 100 yards to my left for some reason he roosted on the field edge last night. Oh well that woulda made for a really short season. Lol Sent from my SM-G930VL using Tapatalk
  24. I have been trying to figure out an excuse to "have" to make trip to pa earlier than our last week turkey vacation. So one of my customers wants a custom built balcony railing and staircase railing and with what he wants I "needed" to build it in my shop in pa..that's my story and I'm sticking to it!! I got here yesterday evening and once I got the truck unloaded it was off to gather intell for this morning. I saw gobblers at all 6 properties 5 of which had multiple longbeards heading into the woods for the night. I decided I was going to hunt the co-op farm as I had unsettled business with an ivory spurred gobbler. This farm gets pounded as it's open public hunting. I parked the truck at 245 am and by 345 I was in an outside corner of the woods off a fresh drilled corn field. It finally started getting bright in the sky to the east and no gobbles close but 8 other birds gobbling that I could hear but none close. Finally it's full light and he blasts a gobble 100 yards out front just over the the steep bank. I can see him barely through the leaves but I could make out the black bump against the tree trunk. I dont know why but this bird always has roosted right tight to the tree trunk not out on the limb. He gobbles 3 more times hitting crows and I figure you better do your thing b4 he calls in another hunter. I set the bomber in my lap got the wing and knew it couldn't be a full flydown cause he would see me. Did a quick flydown while he was faced away from me and quickly grabbed the bomber as he blasted a d&l gobble at me. I did 2 really soft clucks that even I could barely hear but he gobbled and as I was setting the call down and grabbing the gun he pitched out and his feet hit the deck at 30 yards. I had to let him walk into an opening at 25 yards b4 I could see his legs in the scope to make sure it was the right bird. As soon as I saw the ivory white spurs I eased off the safety and dropped him where he stood. He is the 3rd gobbler with ivory spurs I have shot on that farm and hoping he passed those genetics along. His tail sure ain't the purtiest but he will do with 1 1/16 & 1 1/8 inch sharp spurs. Sent from my SM-G930VL using Tapatalk
  25. Everything gets dunked Sent from my SM-G930VL using Tapatalk