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Turkey hunters- let's see your 2019 thunder chickens!

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by FL-NC, Mar 21, 2019.

  1. 22250Rem

    22250Rem Member

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    I like this thread a lot. But I gotta wait until May 1st. Set up my pop up blind Tue. and got it all staked down. Never turkey hunted out of a blind and never in the area where the blind is now, on a friends land. So this year is gonna be new & different. Got a crummy picture of the blind with my flip phone. Here it is with the windows all zipped up. 0904-105513.jpg ............ We'll see what happens come May.
     
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  2. Duster340

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    Heading up to the cabin to pull my trail cams this weekend. Saw some nice Toms when I hung the cam two weeks ago and lots of sign. No gobble though. My season starts May 8th and they should be turned on by then. Hopefully!
     
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  3. FL-NC

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    Well, I'm sick as a dog- got a very nasty cold, and our season ends next weekend. I'm lucky if I get back out there at all for a second bird.
     
  4. Armored farmer

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    I have hunted with my neighbor for about 18 years. Our properties border each other. We have several birds that hang around on or near us. We both have blinds set up, and we decide on a daily basis which one to sit in.
    On opening day this year we sat in his new blind equipped with regular lawn chairs.
    We sat down in the pre-dawn darkness and settled in for a 30min wait for the first light of opening day. Soon I could hear him rustling and fumbling in his pack. I assumed he was fumbling for his calls until I heard the familiar sound of ice tumbling into a plastic solo cup.
    So there we sat, 30 minutes before sunup, each enjoying a Bloody Mary, complete with celery stick. They really hit the spot after a 20 min hike through the midwest mud.
    I think we have a new opening day tradition.
     
  5. 1976B.L.Johns.

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    I also enjoy Bloody Marys, but I hope your's was a virgin
     
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  6. Armored farmer

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    His wife tends bar at the local watering hole. I'm not certain what she puts in them.
     
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  7. Hookeye

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    Season not for a week and a half.
    Ticks out down south.
    Dunno if I'll try local opening morn and then head down for a weekend on gov ground.
    Buddy has em in his yard 10 mins down the road.
    Killed a 24 # yrs ago there. Small place, no run n gun.
    It aint about killin'.
     
  8. Armored farmer

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    #1son and his father in law(aka my shooting buddy, maco jim)...doubled on this fine pair of birds 4/20/19.

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    They were headed out when they heard a gobble nearby. They plopped down on the spot and called to them . A pair came running in range from my sons side... maco took a shot but the pair of Tom's didnt run. Son fired on the bigger tom of the pair and dropped him. Still the other tom lingered. Son said "shoot him maco!"
    No response.
    Here, use my gun and shoot him!
    Why do you want to shoot three birds? Mine is laying dead over here!
    Lol...another tom had come to the call without son seeing it...which was taken by maco's shot.
    ....anyway...great story and memory of two nice toms.
     
  9. Shanghai McCoy

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    ^^^
    Nice pictures and a great story. :thumbup:
     
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  10. Duster340

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    Nice! I've got two more weeks to wait for my turn in WI. To say I am antsy is an understatement .

    Thanks for sharing!
     
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  11. dmurdach

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    turkey20191.jpg turkey20192.jpg Here is mine and the one my 9 year old son got at the same time
     
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