2013 turkey season

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2013 turkey season

Postby Professor_Leakey » Mon Apr 29, 2013 10:09 am

let's see some pics and hear some stories. i know some of you must have called in today and gotten out for turkeys...or took a youth hunter out on saturday. post up pics and stories. i hope everybody has success and is safe.

i took today off and managed to get my new personal best. 21 lbs, 10.5" beard, and 1.25" spurs.
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Re: 2013 turkey season

Postby spreademandshootem » Mon Apr 29, 2013 11:29 am

Nice Bird
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Re: 2013 turkey season

Postby MIKE J. » Mon Apr 29, 2013 12:00 pm

Congrats Leakey, Awesome bird!!

I passed on a jake this morning. Heard lots of shooting in the Plymouth area. My son scored a 23# on Saturday.
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Re: 2013 turkey season

Postby Baymen Moe » Mon Apr 29, 2013 4:30 pm

Nice birds guys, congrats.
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Re: 2013 turkey season

Postby MIKE J. » Mon Apr 29, 2013 6:17 pm

I drove thru Myles Standish this morning and there were more cars than opening day of shotgun season :no: I talked to friend that was there and he said it was circle jerk. everyone driving the fire roads and pole lines because they were too lazy to walk.
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Re: 2013 turkey season

Postby JTR » Tue Apr 30, 2013 6:08 am

I walked around the woods today. Heard a few distant gobbles, but didn't get close to anything. The birds were erupting on Sunday. I was hoping for the same today.

Took a few casts for some bass after too. Got shut out there too.
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Re: 2013 turkey season

Postby spreademandshootem » Tue Apr 30, 2013 6:32 am

I need a new call any recommendations? I suck at the diaphragm calls so anything else.
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Re: 2013 turkey season

Postby SMSovis » Tue Apr 30, 2013 8:30 am

spreademandshootem wrote:I need a new call any recommendations? I suck at the diaphragm calls so anything else.



I am a fan of slate calls... Easy to use...

We had a few calls going yesterday and the only one they really liked was a new Zink crystal slate call I got... It was expensive but sounded great...
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Re: 2013 turkey season

Postby HeritageHunter » Tue Apr 30, 2013 12:10 pm

Congrats on the birds guys!
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Re: 2013 turkey season

Postby Professor_Leakey » Wed May 01, 2013 8:29 am

Mike J, congrats to your son on a fantastic bird! :thumbsup:

Im going again Saturday to hopefully tag out. We'll see...
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Re: 2013 turkey season

Postby cape-shot » Wed May 01, 2013 5:52 pm

Those are a couple of giants guys. Nice job!
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Re: 2013 turkey season

Postby woodsman1987 » Sun May 05, 2013 8:47 pm

Congrats on the nice birds guys. Seems like people are having some good seasons. I have noticed that the birds have really quieted down recently. Hard to get a gobble (maybe just in the areas I have been hunting). Anyone have any thoughts on whether most of the hens have mated. Are you still seeing groups of birds or more individual? Keep safe out there.

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Re: 2013 turkey season

Postby Professor_Leakey » Mon May 06, 2013 8:05 am

i have not been seeing large groups of birds. just a couple beards and a couple hens. the woman whose horse farm i hunt found a clutch of turkey eggs in a pile of hay in one of her horse paddocks. kindve cool.

i was hoping to tag out on saturday but no such luck. i had a tom gobbling off and on for close to an hour before he worked his way in. he got to about 45 yards but was being super careful. he ended up hanging up at 45 yards, then doubled back behind me, didnt like what he saw and worked his way to another field. nice tom, too. next time i am either losing the decoy entirely, or i am setting it up well away from me so that if he hangs up this time it will be right in front of me. hopefully the plan will work.

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Re: 2013 turkey season

Postby woodsman1987 » Mon May 06, 2013 11:30 am

It seems like the birds have kind of split up. That is awesome that they are still talking to you though. That is really cool that there are already eggs around. Even more incentive to kill any coyotes around. Hopefully your tom will come around for a second shot.

I remember last year (in North Carolina) all the hens were mated up before the season even started it was such a warm year. There was so little hen activity that the gobblers were really suspicious of calling. It was so hard to get interest, even with Jakes, that I eventually pulled the trigger on a bearded hen. Gave the cape to my buddy and after boraxing it he sewed it onto his decoy.

Good luck to everyone in tagging out this season.
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Re: 2013 turkey season

Postby MIKE J. » Mon May 06, 2013 1:58 pm

Opening day a majority of the hens were still roosting in the trees and not on nest. They are now on the nest for the most part. I am starting to see Tom's roaming more and looking for other satellite hens and hens that may have lost thier clutch. It has been quiet the last few days but this is typical one week into the season. The hunting pressure has them spooked. I will now use the call sparingly and sit and wait for a bird to come sneaking in without making a peep. A few soft yelps every 15 -25 minutes. and wait. Scouting plays a big part now, lunchtime back road rides will reveal general locations to where birds are. Set up and wait them out the next morning.

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Re: 2013 turkey season

Postby Professor_Leakey » Tue May 07, 2013 9:45 pm

MIKE J. wrote: I am starting to see Tom's roaming more and looking for other satellite hens and hens that may have lost thier clutch. The hunting pressure has them spooked.


i still say he is an a-whole for hanging up at 45 yards. let's see how smart he is on saturday.

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Re: 2013 turkey season

Postby Professor_Leakey » Sat May 11, 2013 8:45 am

i was lucky enough to get another tom and tag out today. i am not sure of his weight but he was slightly smaller than my first tag so im guessing he is about 19-20 lbs. 10" beard and 7/8" spurs. i am gonna check him in online.

it was a really fun hunt. he was very very careful. i was fooling with him for well over an hour at about 70 yards. he kept skirting the clearing i was in, walking through the woods gobbling like crazy, trying to get the hen to go to him. he was the same bird that was with my first tag, so he was very hesitant to come in. he entered the clearing at one point and came in to about 35/40 yards. i was extremely tempted to try the shot but i didnt want to injure him or miss entirely and then not get another chance at him, so i let him go. he stayed in the area, did a very wide loop around me and finnnnally came back in from the opposite direction. he realllly wanted to find the hen. ended up shooting him at 20 yards.

jeffw, i have to agree that losing the decoy today was the ticket. i remembered the advice from the other thread. i guess you were right; no decoy can be the best decoy.

**i just checked it in online. it was real easy. i just wish i had a scale so i could get the weight on it. oh well, i will get one before next season.
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Re: 2013 turkey season

Postby woodsman1987 » Sat May 11, 2013 2:12 pm

Prof,

Pretty bird. Congrats on the nice bird!
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Re: 2013 turkey season

Postby Baymen Moe » Sat May 11, 2013 3:09 pm

Nice job on the tag out G. Sounds like it was exciting with the time it took.
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Re: 2013 turkey season

Postby MIKE J. » Sun May 12, 2013 7:19 pm

Congrats on the 2nd Bird. Nicely done.
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Re: 2013 turkey season

Postby kal9wt » Mon May 13, 2013 10:23 pm

Was a very good season for me. Got beat on opening day badly by some gobblers that I had my eyes on for awhile but managed to settle the score on my second trip to that particular farm.. Feels good to be tagged out, but honestly I think I would rather have a tag when it comes to turkeys. When it happens, it happens quick.
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Re: 2013 turkey season

Postby Professor_Leakey » Tue May 14, 2013 2:19 pm

congrats on the birds, kal. :beer: i hear you about wishing you still had a tag. i hate that turkey season is over. it would be nice if it were like maine and you could purchase a third tag. plenty of turkeys here so maybe one day?
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Re: 2013 turkey season

Postby SMSovis » Mon May 20, 2013 5:21 am

After waking up at the crack of 6:30 and this bird giving me the slip by coming by me in the woods in a direction it was impossible to shoot I finally managed to get Hillary to sit still for long enough and the bird to come in perfectly.. 21.5lb, 1" spurs, 10.5" beard.

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Re: 2013 turkey season

Postby MIKE J. » Mon May 20, 2013 6:45 am

Nice Job Matt.

Birds were fired up this morning. double and triple gobbling like crazy.
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Re: 2013 turkey season

Postby SMSovis » Mon May 20, 2013 6:59 am

Same on Saturday Mike. I had 5 different birds going and it was overwhelming deciding which one to hunt... This bird came in going nuts...

Its starting to get good... I am confident i can tag out next Saturday at the same place... :yes:
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