Turkey Season and a Late Spring

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Turkey Season and a Late Spring

Postby luie b » Wed Mar 26, 2014 10:32 pm

Is it just me or is anyone else thinking spring is really gonna be cutting it close to the turkey season opener in the north zone? We barely have any green sprigs in the grass already and I've yet to see a strutter or hear any gobbles while at the farm working. I'm sure they'll be gobbling by the opener on the 14th but there probably won't be any green on the brush. Looks like my usual bushwhacking technique of sneaking up on gobblers might not work at first until my 4th and 5th season permits. How you guys feel about this?
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Re: Turkey Season and a Late Spring

Postby brickgw » Thu Mar 27, 2014 1:35 pm

I got a 5th season permit and I'm actually kind of glad...it just seems a little early yet but who knows.
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Re: Turkey Season and a Late Spring

Postby KillerKowalski » Thu Mar 27, 2014 3:31 pm

Last week I saw another flock of 20+ along a tree line. Didn't seem they had any intentions of producing with some hot looking hens. I refuse to hunt gobblers in IL. I pay a neighboring state instead. But, I quit hunting gobblers from being impatient. Best of luck.
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Re: Turkey Season and a Late Spring

Postby Boocephus » Thu Mar 27, 2014 3:42 pm

I heard some gobbling this morning @ 7. Took the the bosses truck in for service and on the way back there was @ 20 or so in the cornfield. About 9 0clock.
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Re: Turkey Season and a Late Spring

Postby luie b » Thu Mar 27, 2014 6:40 pm

KillerKowalski wrote:Last week I saw another flock of 20+ along a tree line. Didn't seem they had any intentions of producing with some hot looking hens. I refuse to hunt gobblers in IL. I pay a neighboring state instead. But, I quit hunting gobblers from being impatient. Best of luck.

It's not that the turkey population in a lot of places of Illinois is bad, but the way the state conducts the season really is strange because it's really a shot in the dark picking a weekend in the spring to hunt 4 months ahead of time because there's a pretty good chance of some weekends getting rained out. I wish they shortened the season by about a week and cut down the yearly bag limit to 2 instead of 3 turkeys and then just opened it up so that you could hunt whenever you wanted on your permit within the entire turkey season. Kind of like how it works with landowner tags but open that system up to anybody. I buy 3 permits every year (the max) but I never have any intention of killing 3 birds I just want 3 weekends of opportunity to get my bird and if I'm lucky I might chase my second bird with my bow to up the challenge. I got 2nd, 4th, and 5th season this year so I have an ok chance of getting lucky!
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Re: Turkey Season and a Late Spring

Postby Cujo1 » Thu Mar 27, 2014 6:51 pm

luie b wrote:
KillerKowalski wrote:Last week I saw another flock of 20+ along a tree line. Didn't seem they had any intentions of producing with some hot looking hens. I refuse to hunt gobblers in IL. I pay a neighboring state instead. But, I quit hunting gobblers from being impatient. Best of luck.

It's not that the turkey population in a lot of places of Illinois is bad, but the way the state conducts the season really is strange because it's really a shot in the dark picking a weekend in the spring to hunt 4 months ahead of time because there's a pretty good chance of some weekends getting rained out. I wish they shortened the season by about a week and cut down the yearly bag limit to 2 instead of 3 turkeys and then just opened it up so that you could hunt whenever you wanted on your permit within the entire turkey season. Kind of like how it works with landowner tags but open that system up to anybody. I buy 3 permits every year (the max) but I never have any intention of killing 3 birds I just want 3 weekends of opportunity to get my bird and if I'm lucky I might chase my second bird with my bow to up the challenge. I got 2nd, 4th, and 5th season this year so I have an ok chance of getting lucky!

Luie, if you are not hunting on rainy days, you are missing some of the best turkey hunting my friend. :thumbsup:
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Turkey Season and a Late Spring

Postby KillerKowalski » Thu Mar 27, 2014 6:52 pm

I agree which is why I pay a flat rate for a tag and have three full weeks in one of the highest turkey population/harvest ratio counties in the state. It's normal there to see 15+ toms fighting over the hen. Owner permission is a lot easier also.

Cujo, is right. Best time to scout also. They lose their ears and venture out quite often.
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Re: Turkey Season and a Late Spring

Postby luie b » Thu Mar 27, 2014 8:26 pm

See that's what I wish Illinois would do. Like a 25 day season and you just buy a permit then hunt within that season. They made it into this long complicated process to shoot a turkey. Its so hard to explain to new turkey hunters how to apply for a tag.

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Re: Turkey Season and a Late Spring

Postby DuckinFool » Wed Apr 02, 2014 4:29 pm

State of Illinois seems to have difficulty getting anything right.
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