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On 5/22/2021 at 7:42 AM, Buckmaster7600 said:


What he said! Unless a bird is hung up or very excited I almost never Yelp, neither do real hens.


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idk man early in the morning I hear real yelps all the time. After 7 though you're right I never hear yelps.

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idk man early in the morning I hear real yelps all the time. After 7 though you're right I never hear yelps.

We can disagree but in my 25yrs of chasing turkeys maybe 5% of the vocabulary I’ve beards hens make are yelps.


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On 5/22/2021 at 10:17 AM, CharlieNY said:

For the last 2 weeks I have had single mature hens come in to my fields in 2 separate locations that are 10 miles apart. Both of these hens walked in from the far end of the fields and we're clucking and cutting loudly. They would stop every so often and give out a very short low volume yelp followed immediately with clucking. We actually recorded the hens calling so that we could use the recordings for practice. There is no better calling teacher than a real hen on the move. Several years ago I heard the worst turkey calling ever from a neighbor's woods. I was convinced it was one of the neighbor's kids walking through the woods with a newly purchased call. The calls were way too loud and we're too frequent and off key. I waited for the kid to exit the woods and to my surprise saw a mature hen come out still calling. I learned a lesson. It is not what the call sounds like to a human but what it sounds like to a bird that counts.    valoroutdoors.com 

Yep. Over the years I have heard many terrible sounding hunters that turned out to be live turkeys. 

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   Heard 4 Gobblers this morning. None in my area of course..

  Yesterday, I  called up a unseen Gobbler to perhaps 35 yards. He walked off without showing his face.

   I am thinking that this Spring there are fewer 2 Year old Gobblers walking around-- but alot of 3 + 4 year old Gobblers.

  These are smart Big Birds. They were hunted this Spring and last Spring as well. 

  Try again tomorrow. 

  I am starting to feel like " Ned in the 1st Grade"- lol!

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Got a shot on the gobbler I’ve been chasing for a week. My dad and I set up around 20 yards away from each other. He called the Tom into the field I was watching over. He hung up in the field around 35 yards, give or take 5 or so. I was confident enough in my patterning to take the shot. I put my sights on his neck and squeezed the trigger. Next thing I know he’s in the air flying in the opposite direction 150 yards until he was out of view. We inspected where I shot and found only one feather. Hopefully he isn’t mortally wounded. I know this happens to everyone if they hunt long enough, but I’m still devastated at what happened. Gonna give it a few days off before getting back out


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1 hour ago, Str8Shooter said:

Got a shot on the gobbler I’ve been chasing for a week. My dad and I set up around 20 yards away from each other. He called the Tom into the field I was watching over. He hung up in the field around 35 yards, give or take 5 or so. I was confident enough in my patterning to take the shot. I put my sights on his neck and squeezed the trigger. Next thing I know he’s in the air flying in the opposite direction 150 yards until he was out of view. We inspected where I shot and found only one feather. Hopefully he isn’t mortally wounded. I know this happens to everyone if they hunt long enough, but I’m still devastated at what happened. Gonna give it a few days off before getting back out


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 I read what you wrote about targeting the Neck- which is correct by the way.

   From what you wrote, I  think you Missed over the Top.

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A little late here but figured I would update, my brother and I have chased this one bird all season. He is visible from the road and there are very few houses on this rd. SO Id imagine he gets called to and most certainly tresspassed on when  we arent around even though we have it posted. We've caught people trying to get on this bird, and others in the past few years form the road. 

Anywho, My brother has worked like hell to pattern this bird and did so opening week, He Got in early where he was roosted. But got to close. He was right underneath him.. bird flew down(away from him) at close to the max range he wants to shoot. So he took a shot and missed as he was working away towards the property line.. boom, miss, bird flew away..  

After that the bird changed his roost patterns, when my bro had time he'd run an hr south to the lease and try and roost this bird as much as possible. He picked up his new roost pattern and for a half dozen sits we tried to get this bird dead. Close every time but could not seal the deal. We finally found the exact tree he was roosted in and my brother went back in a few days later. Bird flew down almost into his lap and started putting immediately... he let him get out a bit further and took a shot.. and missed again.. bird flies away. 

That was Friday and he said Saturday and Sunday the bird was back in the same general location early am.

This bird will not come to calling. Will gobble no problem.. he has 2 jakes and 3 hens he hangs with on and off all day everyday. Pretty sure hes a younger tom.. For me the bird gets the pass til next year. but my brother is going to try and connect with him this weekend again. If he lives hes gonna be a smart a$$ bird lol

He likes to roost on a beautiful ridge and in one of the prettiest hardwood ridges ive seen.. his 2 typical go to roost spots.. about 300 yards apart 

End of rant. lol. bird numbers sure seem low as noted before... 

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Quick Hunt this morning . I only heard 1 Gobbler today and unfortunately  he was on the other side of a Deep Stream. 

   He was interested  in my Clucks though and Gobbled with intensity.

  I was hoping he would Fly over and Land in a open area.

   We saw each other at the very same instant. I saw a Red Head- Red mind you and not a white. 

 Red- the Color of Suspicion..

  He dipped his Head low below the Reeds on the other side which is some 50 yards.

  Oh Well- Nice to just be out.

 

 

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On 5/25/2021 at 2:32 PM, cynthiafu said:

If you guys are being bugged . Amazon has the thermacell portable   on sale for 19.00 . I just got one those Mosquitos were killing me Sunday. 

Brutal. I'm scratching in places I didn't thing mosquitoes could even get too!

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34 minutes ago, Gobbler Chaser said:

Brutal. I'm scratching in places I didn't thing mosquitoes could even get too!

I use Permitherin  for my camo  treatment.

 I use REPEL for around my Neck. Use the back of my hand to spread some around my ear area- very careful- and some on the Temple cheek area.

 Skeets still buzz around close . Not many bites though.

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48 minutes ago, blackbeltbill said:

I use Permitherin  for my camo  treatment.

 I use REPEL for around my Neck. Use the back of my hand to spread some around my ear area- very careful- and some on the Temple cheek area.

 Skeets still buzz around close . Not many bites though.

Do you use a mask when expecting a gobbler to come in, if so what kind?

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Finally after being under my skin since I made a mental mistake on this bird the day after I killed my wv/pa double and for the last 6 days playing chess he made a mistake.

Story later.
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Quick hunt this morning on Pressured  Public Dirt- " Love the Challenge "!

  1st time Biking in on my Schwinn  Mountain Bike this Spring.

 Solid 1 Hour at my 1st location. No Gobbling heard

  2nd Location,I  walked in a 1/4 mile and was entering open Hardwoods  and heard a Owl Hoot that Definitely  was not an Owl! 

  Backed out of there- safety first and good ethics.

Cut and Run to front Fields and also on the way out.

  No Gobbling heard today.

Hope my 2 fellow hunters who parked after me have more Luck today then me.

   Tomorrow, I  am going after this one Gobbler that gave me the slip a week ago.

 It means a 1 1/2 mile hike in with Hills. No Problem.

  Down to 237lbs after 28 Total Turkey Hunting days. 

 Cynthia is up Sat + Sun. She gets 1st shot of course. 

And maybe 2 will come In.

 Pic of my Mountain Bike with my Slinged Shotgun.

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Got my triple pack of phelps diaphragm calls this week and I really didn't realize how used up or bad my old primos calls were. These are much more raspy and my pur is half way decent now. I can't seem to get my pur to be soft and there's a hint of a cut/yelp in it that I can't consistently eliminate, but I'm getting better and I think the old call was half my issue.

Excited to get out this weekend. Not sure saturday or sunday yet

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13 hours ago, Lawdwaz said:

Do you use a mask when expecting a gobbler to come in, if so what kind?

i like the 3/4 that I use. I spray it with permithean as well and just pull it up when I think action is near and down when walking around. Except last year when I wore it driving alone in my car because of covid.

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39 minutes ago, Belo said:

i like the 3/4 that I use. I spray it with permithean as well and just pull it up when I think action is near and down when walking around. Except last year when I wore it driving alone in my car because of covid.

I use a pull up mask like always. All,I  have to do is make sure the Bill of my hat is lowered so mr. Big does not see my Eyes.

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6 hours ago, blackbeltbill said:

I use a pull up mask like always. All,I  have to do is make sure the Bill of my hat is lowered so mr. Big does not see my Eyes.

So " Mr. Big doesn't see your eyes "....  Do you hunt with your fly unzipped, Bill ..??...Hehehe...

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Went this morning to where I met you blackbeltbill, heard no gobbles maybe someone got the bird I was working. Oh well it was a beautiful morning, sadly the weather and work won’t cooperate for the weekend but I may get out one last day on the 31st. Good luck to everyone this was my turkey season and aside from not getting a bird yet it was a blast.


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1 hour ago, KBUsmc0311 said:

Went this morning to where I met you blackbeltbill, heard no gobbles maybe someone got the bird I was working. Oh well it was a beautiful morning, sadly the weather and work won’t cooperate for the weekend but I may get out one last day on the 31st. Good luck to everyone this was my turkey season and aside from not getting a bird yet it was a blast.


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Nothing like Spring Turkey Season. You might give the Fall Season a go. Tougher though now that the October  1st opening date was moved way back to October  19th since 2015.

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