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Live From The Woods 2020 Turkey Edition

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Finally my 13 year drought of not a single bird taken I have finally broken my drought! 7:20am this morning 5/25/2020 I finally slammed a monster! While I admit I haven't gone nearly as hard on all of those 13 years or so the past 6/7 have definitely been out as many weekends as I possibly could have trying to get a bird. The season started strong with some great noise from the birds in the begging stages, then they would shut up and never make their presence known. Today all that changed!!!

 

Was calling earlier in the day finally decided to use my box call to try to call the birds from the lower part of the property up towards me. The peacocks on the property were going wild with their usual other worldly noises. As soon as a peacock would sound off then the turkeys would start really hammering it. Around 5:44am I was texting with[mention=4567]turkeyfeathers[/mention] and he suggested some sexy clucks and purrs. I had been trying some yelps to get the turkeys to know where my sexy self was seemingly to no avail.

 

Finally around 6:20am things started to get real exciting with the Toms really starting to go crazy as the peacocks squaked. I texted Jay that I heard one coming up the property to my right. I hit my box call for some luscious yelps and then got an extremely aggressive response from the toms. I was thinking to myself oh man this guy is aggressive, like wanting to fight aggressive. Luckily I was armed with my trusty 12 gauge so don't think I really had much to worry about from a bird.

 

6:44am I hear another gobbler going off around 60 yards ahead of me behind a hill. GAME ON! Then I heard a hen yelping from behind the hill too! I started to relax a bit and around 6:56am the birds went quiet again. I thought to myself well shit this seems to be another strike out skunking for me. I figured the birds must have been gobbling at a hot hen and figured I wasn't worth it. Around 7:10am I turn and saw a massive hawk but as soon as I looked at it, it decided to fly away bumming me out. Apparently my gaze can kill if I look at something of the avian variety for long enough and the hawk must have known that and decided Not Today!

 

7:13am things are really heating up now! I have hot hens yelping at my 1:30 or so and then I also am hearing birds hammering behind the hill to my 11:30! At this point my heart is starting to quicken and my taste starting to disappear as my focus becomes hyper vigilant and my adrenaline really starting to pump! 7:14am I text[mention=4567]turkeyfeathers[/mention] "My calling must suck because I hear that one yelp they go crazy I try it they do nothing...I see a big TOM!!!" 7:15am "In yard hes looking. cant see me I'm behind a massive rock. Hopefully he finds my hen and I blastcoming to me". It was a rush text job making multiple thoughts into one as things were really heating up!

 

7:16am HENS COMING IN! They came up the property and entered into the woods in a break in the stone wall. The hens were looking all over and less than 6 feet away from me as they were coming in looking in the stone and log blind. They were looking me right in the eye as I was trying to do my best impression of a statue of leaves holding a shotgun on my knee. They must have been trying to figure out why there was a big pile of leaves holding a shotgun with eyes looking out at them sitting in front of a giant rock.

 

Apparently they seemed to approve of my stealth. All the while these two hens are within grabbing distance there is an old school wagon caravan worth of birds making their way to my set. There had to be 15-20+ birds all mixed between probably 10+ toms and jakes along with hens as well. It's as if all the birds I was supposed to see all season long decided that today was the day they would finally make their presence known.

The lead long beard the guy pictured below with a posterior lobotomy seemed to be the dominant Tom of the flock. (those with more turkey experience may be able to confirm this for me) I'm looking at you[mention=5029]blackbeltbill[/mention]

 

At any rate the time is now near 7:20am and the big boy is attacking my jake decoy who at least in his head must be trying to invade on his harem. Well let me tell ya that was a bad move big boy! Once the two hens finally determined I wasn't a threat I only had to contend with 40+ other eyeballs. Luckily I had no trouble getting my sights on the overly aggressive Tom.

 

He is no more than 15 yards away at this point. The Shot rang out! He Flopped! My left ear is ringing as the blast echoed right off the big rock behind me and seemingly directed it back into my ear even louder. Oddly enough my right ear was perfect normal hearing; the jury is still out if that was a good or a bad thing. He is still flopping as I jump out of the blind and start pumping my fist. He winds up flopping damn near 25 yards which I have no idea how the hell that is even possible when you just had your brains turned into a pink mist.

 

All the birds scattered at the shot and as I walk up to my Toms final resting spot I hear the hens start up again around 80 yards further down the property and gobbling continues. How dumb are these birds really?

 

And now for the moment we all have been waiting for. The ever important stats! He weighed in at a hefty 19lbs with a luscious 10.5in beard(almost as glorious as mine, but not quite) and 3/4 inch spurs which was pretty odd given all his other stats leading to believe he was an older bird. His beard is a thick dark color all the way through.

 

Currently he is sitting in my fridge awaiting his trip to the taxidermist tomorrow and possibly this weekend a trip to my dinner plate! After all these years finally connecting on my first solo bird and a tom of his quality makes all the long sits so worth it! It was a hunt I definitely will not soon forget! Hope you enjoy the pictures and sorry ladies of the forum, this guy is already taken.

 

 

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Very nice bird love the closeups of headshot. Congrats well deserved.  

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Very nice bird love the closeups of headshot. Congrats well deserved.  
I figured a cleaned up shot may help show it literally blew out just his brains. Idk if the shot even started to open it's like I took a slug and blamo! But it was the Hevi-Shot 3 inch 5-6-7s they are top notch! And he has beautiful colors and huge waddle! And red lumpy throat

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Do you have a lot of rocks where you hunt  ??  Those spurs look rounded off, like many Catskill birds, from all the rocks...

I am guessing that he is a 3 year old, and if taken  in less rocky terrain, he'd have sharp spurs perhaps an 1/8 " longer...

Nice bird in any case...

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Do you have a lot of rocks where you hunt  ??  Those spurs look rounded off, like many Catskill birds, from all the rocks...
I am guessing that he is a 3 year old, and if taken  in less rocky terrain, he'd have sharp spurs perhaps an 1/8 " longer...
Nice bird in any case...
Oh yeah it's super Rocky over by us. In a lot of spots I have trouble driving the stakes in deep enough so that my decoys don't look like Godzilla haha. I figured with his beard and janky looking feet and the spurs do look like they were hooked at some point and not just cones that they may have been either fought off or ground off somehow. And Sweet! A potentially 3+ year old bird as my first Tom I'm super stoked! Now I just need to make it happen again next year! Still got a lot to learn about these Wiley birds. For something so dumb they really seem to be difficult to kill. Maybe I'm not as smart as I thought I was

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Great Story + a Hell of a Longbeard!!  That sounds like a nice area you hunt .     Your mention of a big Rock sounds almost like Sterling Forest State Park. Big Boulders seemingly everywhere.

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Oh yeah it's super Rocky over by us. In a lot of spots I have trouble driving the stakes in deep enough so that my decoys don't look like Godzilla haha. I figured with his beard and janky looking feet and the spurs do look like they were hooked at some point and not just cones that they may have been either fought off or ground off somehow. And Sweet! A potentially 3+ year old bird as my first Tom I'm super stoked! Now I just need to make it happen again next year! Still got a lot to learn about these Wiley birds. For something so dumb they really seem to be difficult to kill. Maybe I'm not as smart as I thought I was

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Next year? Next weekend


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Next year? Next weekend


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Nah. Gotta end the season on a high note. Plus I want to save some birds for next season

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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.
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1 hour ago, Dr. Jerkman said:

Nah. Gotta end the season on a high note. Plus I want to save some birds for next season

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If this was a poker game ,you would be the guy headed for the door after winning a big pot ! Give the turkeys a chance to win back their money !

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7 hours ago, Dr. Jerkman said:

Last 2 I promise his head was like a freaking softball!20200525_082159.jpg20200525_081302.jpg

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Congrats !!!!

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I have heard 3 Different Gobblers. Once the Fog lifts, I hope at least one of them enters this Field. Already had a positive response to my Cutting.

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I have heard 3 Different Gobblers. Once the Fog lifts, I hope at least one of them enters this Field. Already had a positive response to my Cutting.
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Git em Bill!

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2 hours ago, blackbeltbill said:

I have heard 3 Different Gobblers. Once the Fog lifts, I hope at least one of them enters this Field. Already had a positive response to my Cutting.

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Other than a gobble, what is a positive response? Is it the way they gobble? The few times I have tagged along with my buddy since I have tagged out we have heard gobbling in the roost but when they hit the ground they gobble back while getting farther away. I think my buddy calls to much but I really have no idea and he has killed a lot of birds. 

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35 minutes ago, ApexerER said:

Other than a gobble, what is a positive response? Is it the way they gobble? The few times I have tagged along with my buddy since I have tagged out we have heard gobbling in the roost but when they hit the ground they gobble back while getting farther away. I think my buddy calls to much but I really have no idea and he has killed a lot of birds. 

Positive response means the Tom ( hits  It) or Gobbles right away to your calling.

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If this was a poker game ,you would be the guy headed for the door after winning a big pot ! Give the turkeys a chance to win back their money !
They can try next year. At this point I've lost as much or nearly as much as I won in that big pot. Plus it's motorcycle season!

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2 minutes ago, Dr. Jerkman said:

They can try next year. At this point I've lost as much or nearly as much as I won in that big pot. Plus it's motorcycle season!

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If you were playing cards with some delta boys on a river gambling boat headed to new Orleans your ass would be headed over the side ! LoL

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Back home. I Spooked another Gobbler! Sometimes you have to make a Quick risky move. I don't exactly look like a 125lb Champion Marathon Runner. More like a older, overweight Linebacker.    Needed to make the move as he was on the other side of the Wallkill River and, I wanted a better position so he would Flap on over in my direction.-- Arrggghhhh! - next time.

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If you were playing cards with some delta boys on a river gambling boat headed to new Orleans your ass would be headed over the side ! LoL
Well lucky for me this poker game is against birds that are so dumb if they look up when it's raining they can drown themselves. When I play poker with friends it's winner takes all. Which usually meant I lose all hahahaha. That's why I now stick to turkey hunting

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Back home. I Spooked another Gobbler! Sometimes you have to make a Quick risky move. I don't exactly look like a 125lb Champion Marathon Runner. More like a older, overweight Linebacker.    Needed to make the move as he was on the other side of the Wallkill River and, I wanted a better position so he would Flap on over in my direction.-- Arrggghhhh! - next time.
Calling it quits already?! C'mon Bill you're better than that! Get after them for the late morning hunt!

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On 5/24/2020 at 12:06 PM, cynthiafu said:

Not a kitty pot on here you butt head.  for me at home . Like my boat one . I have this one for my new boat. 

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well geez, i'm not sure you had to call me a butt head, you poopy pants!


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On 5/24/2020 at 12:14 PM, cynthiafu said:

I don't need your charity . I have a job and I work hard for everything I have . Yes your words pissed me off . I was not asking for charity . 

 

On 5/24/2020 at 1:28 PM, blackbeltbill said:

Belo- Dude- what's up with that Man?!

i think the 2 of you need a nap. I don't know how to make that joke any more obvious than I did...


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On 5/24/2020 at 4:47 PM, Pygmy said:

Just  Belo exhibiting his usual charm.....  I'll bet he'd be a lot of fun to work with....

and per usual the ole perverted white knight chiming in on something that has nothing to do with him and he knows nothing about.

fuck off


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