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Old 05-02-2011, 11:23 AM
 
Location: Dade City, Fl.
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Anybody go out this first day spring turkey hunting?
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Old 05-02-2011, 02:16 PM
 
Location: Maine
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Twice. I was out at 5:15 am and had to leave at 6:30 so that DH could make it to work in time for a meeting. We watched six turkeys in the spot at sunset last night but nothing this morning. I was antsy so I went out again, different spot this time. When I got to the parking spot there were two toms and three hens heading for the woods. I couldn't get close enough for a shot before they disappeared into the woods. I waited but saw only a deer. I couldn't get a tom to gobble. I quit at 11:15 am, rode to Plan C and called but no answer. I know where I'll be at 5 am tomorrow.

Did you go?
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Old 05-02-2011, 07:54 PM
 
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Three of my friends hunted out back here this morning. They got one and shot at two more. The one they got was practically on my lawn! There were seven more at mid afternoon. They're all over the place around here. I don't hunt them as they are about as much of a challenge as shooting a seagull.
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Old 05-03-2011, 04:54 AM
 
Location: Dade City, Fl.
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No, I didn't go.....still have to get my CDL changed to Maine before I can buy a gun here.
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Old 05-04-2011, 06:36 PM
 
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private sale.
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Old 05-07-2011, 02:48 PM
 
Location: Northern Maine
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We have this guy called Uncle Henry. He is the shooter's friend.
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Old 05-07-2011, 03:57 PM
 
Location: Maine
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I blew it this morning. I didn't take the advice given. I did hit the turkey - barely. I have an empty shell and half a feather sitting on my desk as a reminder to pay attention to what I'm told when someone with more experience is speaking to me.

I don't have my turkey but we had a great time! We were in our spot before sunrise. I could hear a tom gobbling a half mile away. We waited patiently, hoping that tom would make his way from the side of the road to the back of the field. Patience. This is the first morning I couldn't hear a tom purring to hens so I was a little discouraged. After an hour DH whispered, "Rob, they're behind us." Three of them. Patience. They went to the edge of the field and saw the decoy. I called. They started walking nervously to the decoy. I wasn't sure about the first two but the third was...is...a jake. Clicked off the safety. Patience. I waited for the first two to get closer to the decoy. Patience. The jake held back a bit and I had a clear shot without hitting the others. And then I did something stupid that left the jake flying over my head and the other two running across the field. How stupid. I should have waited until he was closer.

All DH could say was "you're gonna need a bigger gun" and "that was perfect!" It was perfect in that the birds surprised us coming in from behind us (I didn't hear them, highly unusual for me to not hear something in the woods) but I still gto them into the field where I thought I needed them. They were too far away for a little 20 gauge. I traded for a 12 gauge but I didn't get a second chance.

I'm looking forward to sleeping past 4 am tomorrow.
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Old 05-11-2011, 07:14 PM
 
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I blew it this morning. I didn't take the advice given. I did hit the turkey - barely. I have an empty shell and half a feather sitting on my desk as a reminder to pay attention to what I'm told when someone with more experience is speaking to me.

I don't have my turkey but we had a great time! We were in our spot before sunrise. I could hear a tom gobbling a half mile away. We waited patiently, hoping that tom would make his way from the side of the road to the back of the field. Patience. This is the first morning I couldn't hear a tom purring to hens so I was a little discouraged. After an hour DH whispered, "Rob, they're behind us." Three of them. Patience. They went to the edge of the field and saw the decoy. I called. They started walking nervously to the decoy. I wasn't sure about the first two but the third was...is...a jake. Clicked off the safety. Patience. I waited for the first two to get closer to the decoy. Patience. The jake held back a bit and I had a clear shot without hitting the others. And then I did something stupid that left the jake flying over my head and the other two running across the field. How stupid. I should have waited until he was closer.

All DH could say was "you're gonna need a bigger gun" and "that was perfect!" It was perfect in that the birds surprised us coming in from behind us (I didn't hear them, highly unusual for me to not hear something in the woods) but I still gto them into the field where I thought I needed them. They were too far away for a little 20 gauge. I traded for a 12 gauge but I didn't get a second chance.

I'm looking forward to sleeping past 4 am tomorrow.
At least you're trying. I'm going to pick one off the lawn with a .22 soon....though I'll have to set my beer down to do it. ...we all make sacrifices.
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Old 05-11-2011, 08:47 PM
 
Location: Free From The Oppressive State
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We have this guy called Uncle Henry. He is the shooter's friend.
Uncle Henry sounds like a good guy.
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Old 05-12-2011, 08:08 AM
 
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Uncle Henry sounds like a good guy.
Uncle Henry is a swap guide published weekly. Lots of firearms in it.
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