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04-28-2010 03:44 AM  8 years agoPost 1
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Anyone into shooting turkey's? Tomorrow will be my maiden voyage into the woods, and opening day here. I spotted a few today chasing hens, I always see them with no gun, lets see how I fare tomorrow. Really hope to get one this season.

Got a few calls down pretty good now too, slate and mouth calls. I can't wait to hear them at the crack of dawn.

Pluck or Skin?


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04-28-2010 04:03 AM  8 years agoPost 2
djacobs

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Got a 25 pounder,1in spurs and 10 1/4in beard with a bow and arrow on 4/17/10.
Love this time of year. Love to hear them in the early morning.

I always skin mine. Alot easier I think. I usely deepfat fry or smoke.

Good Luck,

Dave

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04-28-2010 12:17 PM  8 years agoPost 3
Rotor Trash

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I'm hoping to get out this weekend. I've been hunting turkeys for the past 20 years or so. My biggest to date had 1 5/8" spurs.

Good luck and have fun !!

Brent

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04-28-2010 03:48 PM  8 years agoPost 4
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Well I thought it was going to be my day, I heard a gobbler right at dawn right in front of me. Then I hear hen calls from a box, then no gobbles. He was 50 yards away. Saw a family of deer, and lots of tracks.

Off again tomorrow morn.


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04-28-2010 06:50 PM  8 years agoPost 5
ttsingram

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This is my second year out. I went opening morning two weeks ago and the closest I could get was about 100 yards. I seen two toms, one jake and one hen. The toms would not respond to calling and were just following the hen where ever she went without any attention to anything else.The place is public property with A LOT of turkey and a fair share amount of hunters. I've heard they are hunted there so much they will not respond to calls anymore. Especially archery is a month before and youth season is two weeks before main season.

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04-28-2010 07:03 PM  8 years agoPost 6
SSN Pru

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I almost ran one over in broad daylight on Friday. It came bouncing our of a yard right in front of me!

Stupidity can be cured. Ignorance is for life!

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04-28-2010 11:42 PM  8 years agoPost 7
J. Hall

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Two years ago, i saw the biggest tom i have ever seen. Double beard at least 11 inches long, spurs 1.5 inches long, wings worn down from strutting.

Walked between my cabin, and my truck. Twenty feet away, the day before the season, damn!!!

Jay Hall

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04-29-2010 01:16 AM  8 years agoPost 8
alvinrc

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You think RC helicopters is an obsession, my dad had it worse for turkey hunting.
Between hunting seasons, we got to listen to the constant calling practice on some new yelper he had invented.
His favorite was made out of a cow horn with a cedar peg in the horn tip and a round slate.
And he used a paddle box for gobbling.
I did not know about "Butter Ball" turkeys till I got grown and moved to city.
I remember mounted feet with big spurs and all sorts of beards from nubs to a 12 inch twin.
I did a little turkey hunting with dad and kinfolk, but really liked squirle and bird hunting best, more shooting.
I nailed a few over the years though, with my old Fox 12 gauge double barrel.

OBTW - Plucked for sure, flavor is in the skin, especially in a wild turkey. And baked with lots of butter stuck up under the skin unless in a big hurry and then frying will do in a pinch.
A big pan of corn bread dressing on the side with some good greasy giblet gravy, no stuffing in the bird.

It is truly amazing how turkeys know the exact day and hour that the season opens.

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04-29-2010 01:26 AM  8 years agoPost 9
alvinrc

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Just remembered something else.

We had some feet with spurs so big and sharp that you could strap them to your boots and use them for climbing trees and poles.

Hint for new turkey hunters.
They are very cautious animals and with eyesight second to none.
Don't even bat you eyes or wiggle your nose. Back in the day we did not hunt all duded up in head to toe camo or use blinds. We would just find a good killing zone and sit down behind an old stump, log, or bush.
And no washing your hunting garb, or yourself, no shaving, and no smellums of any kind at least two days before the hunt and no fooling with nitro helicopters. The gals will understand the necessity of all this I am sure.

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04-29-2010 02:12 AM  8 years agoPost 10
Learn to Fly

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My wife is already bothered by the clucks. Since I am still learning I hit sour notes at times. I will get it, determination. I fish a lot so I understand not going home with a kill, but damn it would be nice.

Trying a different spot early tomorrow with my brother in law.


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04-29-2010 02:33 AM  8 years agoPost 11
alvinrc

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Trying a different spot early tomorrow with my brother in law.
Jeff,
You guys have some nice turkeys up there in the NorthEast.
My born and raised Yankee nephew who lives in Wappingers Falls, NY sends me pictures of the wild turkeys wondering through his backyard every once in a while. His boys want to trap one and make it a pet.

Good luck to you on yawls hunt and hope you get a bunch of them this season. Just out of curiosity, what kind of limit on turkeys up there, if any. Down here the woods are so thick and turkeys so plentiful, it is hard to keep them from over populating.

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04-29-2010 07:17 PM  8 years agoPost 12
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My hunt today
2 State land
3 Landowner
3 Private Lands
April 28-May 29 dawn-noon bearded only

Wow oh wow what a day. We saw 4 Toms strutting a hen on our way to the spot, of course on some ones front yard. But man what a show, 3 huge Toms and 1 small guy.

My buddy shot one early on in the day. 21LBS certified. So we go meet up with him.

We all sit far enough apart so we wont hurt each other, and in a good pattern if any came in. Neither of my friends call, I just started all this 4 weeks ago hunting and all. So I sit next to an awesome tree that blinded me nice, sit for about 10 mins and hear a gobble. So lightly on my slate-power crystal(Primos) I cluck out a few strokes, instant gobble...now my heart is racing.

Now down the road they are blasting a foundation into the side of the mountain. Blast goes off, turkey gobbles.

So sitting still I give another call after the blast, and instant gobble. But now I think I hear two, oh and wait I do!!! They came into shooting range and since I am really new like very new I did not know my range, so I let them live another day and had self assurance I would not take a bad shot especially my first shot...my buddy said it was perfect and I should have shot.

But you know what in the end my heart was racing like nothing EVER before, it was the best thing and now I know my range as I shot a few cans set up at the same distance. Tomorrow here I come!!! Plus we had the whole place to ourselves.


Jeff
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04-29-2010 08:15 PM  8 years agoPost 13
alvinrc

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What a rush, way to go.

Set you up a big piece of poster board or cardboard or something and take a few shots at it at different ranges and check you pattern each shot. When the pattern spreads out enough for a head kill to not be likely, that is out of range.

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