My anticipation for this year season was like the previous years… I can’t wait tell season starts. I found myself very busy a couple months before season, traveling for work, and making a bunch of calls.
With running my call business, I stay in contact with a bunch of people that turkey hunt all over the country. Getting texts and emails from good friends that are already hunting in different states fuels the passion even more.
I got out during youth season with a buddy of mine. Hearing those Thunder Chickens gobble first thing in the morning with dew still on the ground.. If that does not get your heart pumping, I don’t know what will.
I did not even get out to the farm like I have in years past. I know the birds are there, but where would I set up at? I have about 4 spots that I set up a blind in and I could pick...
Got the opportunity to hunt some unpressured land in Pike Co Ohio last week Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. The evening was quiet and boring lol. Wed. morning was not. I set up and had a bird gobbling really close, but he was across a deep creek draw and wouldn't fly down my way. I moved pretty quickly after fly down and got to the spot I was supposed to be at about 7am. (it was dark and I missed a trail I was to take) i set up on an older logging trail and had a corn field adjacent to the woods. I was videoing the hunt and doing my "I'm out here in Pike County Ohio..." when I get cut off by a gobble. I turn the camera toward the deke I have out, but he won't commit. I worked him a while and he stayed in the same spot for the next half hour strutting and gobbling. I had stood up because there were two separate lanes to the field and he'd...
This starts the opening youth season morning. Shortly after fly down we heard several birds ripping it up on the other side of ridge and it continued for some time. I gave them some yelps to let em know where we were and then sat and waited. After some time they crested the ridge and were heading our way strutting the entire time. Four jakes.....thought I was pretty good know the difference in the gobble/jake gobble tone, but these guys got me. Matt went from excited to a bit bumbed as he talked he was only going to shoot a tom. Two years in a row leading up to this he had killed toms in the spot almost to the hour.
We watched these guys destroy or decoy spread and each took turns mounting the two hens. It was dirty! Matt laughed in my shoulder as this went on. They bent one decoy stake and broke another.
We sat having a conversation when I told him it doesn't matter the size of the bird, it's the entire experience and if he wanted to shoot one to go for...
After three years of being frustrated coming so close I finally connected. Had one gobbler spot me the second day of the season and thought my season was over. Gave it a week to cool off and was rewarded. Only heard one gobble that morning at first light. This guy came in silent around 11:15 and started attacking my jake decoy. 26lbs 11in. and 7in beard 26mm spurs
My wife and I returned from vacation Sat 4/18 around 11pm. I made a promise to hunt this year's youth turkey season with my grandson Cole so Dad got him dropped off and it was short night. I previously put up a blind where we usually see some turkey between 8:30 to 10:00 and around 8:45 a lone hen walked into our decoys and hung out for 20 min. I explained to Cole that a live decoy was the bomb. He was set up to shoot at the 11:00 window over the decoys and as the hen meandered off I caught some movement and red/white colors. Sure enough 2 toms were working right into our setup. They sighted the decoys about the same time they saw the hen. The hen was now at the 3:00 window with the toms headed her way. I was starting to film the toms when it...
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