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Wisconsin opener double

Postby Pete-pec » Wed Apr 11, 2012 8:33 am

This was my buddy's first turkey hunt. Turned out he drew the same season I had, so I invited him along. We had many birds gobbling on the roost. When they flew down, and went the other direction, I gave them some soft calling. Seemed like they were coming closer? Then they appeared. First one, then two, but they headed across to the other property. After a little bit, a strutter came up over the rise at about 300 yards. He looked interested, but he acted like he wanted the hen to go to him? That's when a hen came out, and I thought it was over. She headed straight to him, and he went back over that rise following her. I continued the light calling, when another tom appeared. He was never in strut, but he brought the strutter with him. The strutter kept circling, and blocking the second bird from coming, but that bird was committed, and brought the first bird to our decoys. That half strut DSD Jake, and the upright DSD hen, along with a submissive hen and two feeders was all it took to make them both puff up, spit and drum right up to the decoys. We had it all worked out if two birds came in. 1, 2, 3, BOOM! It worked out pretty slick. All the anticipation of the hunt, to end at 6:50 AM. Nice to have been successful, and get my buddy his first bird, but to end so quickly is bittersweet!
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Re: Wisconsin opener double

Postby Pete-pec » Wed Apr 11, 2012 8:38 am

There was only two of us, so we had to alternate as photographers. His had an 11 inch beard, that was very thick and heavy, and mine had an 11 inch beard with a second beard at about five inches. I assume they were both two or three year olds, that were in the 22 pound range. Spurs were around 1 inch.
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Re: Wisconsin opener double

Postby mayhem96 » Wed Apr 11, 2012 4:58 pm

Very nice :thumbsup:
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Re: Wisconsin opener double

Postby duxrus » Wed Apr 11, 2012 5:06 pm

S-W-E-E-T

Now if I could just get an invite :tongue:
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Re: Wisconsin opener double

Postby Pete-pec » Wed Apr 11, 2012 5:12 pm

Eyes rolling Brian. You know you have been invited.
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Re: Wisconsin opener double

Postby Bill Herian » Wed Apr 11, 2012 7:52 pm

:thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Re: Wisconsin opener double

Postby pete/pmr » Sun Apr 15, 2012 9:01 am

Nice !!! Love it when a plan comes together! And congrats to you buddy on his first bird,this will be a hunt he will never forget!
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Re: Wisconsin opener double

Postby Pete-pec » Sun Apr 15, 2012 12:11 pm

Thanks guys. My Son has his season starting Wednesday, and we have six birds in two groups of three to choose from. I hope to post another picture next week. I have fifth season again with my kid, then sixth with the guy who doubled with me. I sure love archery deer hunting, but spring turkey is damn tough to beat!
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Re: Wisconsin opener double

Postby The Waterfowler » Mon Apr 16, 2012 1:55 pm

Nice going Pete. Isn't it nice when it all works well instead of Murphy's Law rearing his ugly head? Nice going. Has been a great season for us down here. Will see you some day I hope.
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Re: Wisconsin opener double

Postby Pete-pec » Mon Apr 16, 2012 7:22 pm

Yes Pat. It sure is nice when it comes out as planned. It also helps that these birds are right across the street from my home. It makes scouring very easy. I can simply drive into the top of the field and watch them at all hours of the day. They have a basic pattern they stick to, but that of course changes with wind and weather. I watched a three pack of two year old toms strutting only ten yards from one of my blinds today. My kid has his season Wednesday, and I'm hoping his goes as well, so he can get back to school. Of course field trips have their purpose in life, and he's an honor student, so missing a few days isn't going to kill his grades.

Looking forward to meeting you in person Pat. We should have a good time.
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