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#1230310 - 03/11/09 12:42 PM Re: Whats your best "almost got'em" story? [Re: BV]
REN
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here is another good one.....


During turkey season i usually keep my JUST IN CASE stuff in the truck. One afternoon on the way home from work I decided to drive by a small wooded area down the street from my house to check it out. It is only about 20acres but has a nice field joining it you can see from the road. Sure enough there were 2 LB's out in the field so i pulled up so they could not see me from the road and jump out and got dressed....well i noticed i didnt have any boots so i just threw on my 3-d clothes and wore my crocs. I hauled booty to the back edge of the property to set up on a rock fence were the birds usually cross to roost.

well luck would have it the birds were already almost there when i got close so i had to just crawl as far as i could to get to the spot. I got about 60yds out and that was all i could go so i leaned up against a tree and decided to just try and call one a bit closer...well luck would have it i forgot to grab my calls from the truck. SOOOO the birds are 60yds out and gobbling and i decided to just try to do it with my mouth...they would gobble everytime i did but just would not cross the rock wall i wanted to be at!!! did this for about 30mins and they finally just left.

man if i would have been able to get to the wall where i KNEW they would be at i would have killed that bird easily
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#1230402 - 03/11/09 01:47 PM Re: Whats your best "almost got'em" story? [Re: REN]
BV
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 Originally Posted By: REN


man if i would have been able to get to the wall where i KNEW they would be at i would have killed that bird easily


I know the feeling
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#1230685 - 03/11/09 04:30 PM Re: Whats your best "almost got'em" story? [Re: BV]
Gravey
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 Originally Posted By: BV
 Originally Posted By: Gravey
My buddy thought it was too far so he didn't shoot. Finally the turkey turned around and walked off. I pulled my range finder out and ranged a cedar tree beside where he came out and it said 49 yards. We never did kill that turkey.


I did this a couple of years ago. I had missed a bird earlier in the season for being to far away, so when I got on this other bird and he came in and hung up, I thought it was too far away. Turns out, it was only 40 yards away!!! I was ticked!!!!!!!!!!

Oh ya, I missed the turkey the next day.......because he was at 50 \:D Its hard to judge the distance in a field!

Brought to mind one on me. Set up where we knew they were feeding one time and it went uphill a little behind me. I heard something behind me and was able to see them but thought it was too far and let them walk. This was before I had a range finder and later stepped it off at around 30 yards. I was sick because it was a big tom with a paintbrush.
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#1230709 - 03/11/09 04:48 PM Re: Whats your best "almost got'em" story? [Re: Gravey]
renegade50
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too many to think about due to lack of range issues with my old side by side i used to hunt with 3 years ago
aint had a problem yet with my new mossy concerning range.
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#1231189 - 03/11/09 08:13 PM Re: Whats your best "almost got'em" story? [Re: renegade50]
BV
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 Originally Posted By: renegade50
too many to think about due to lack of range issues with my old side by side i used to hunt with 3 years ago
aint had a problem yet with my new mossy concerning range.


renegade,

I've got an old mossberg 835 thats probably 14 years old and once I got the right choke/shell combination in it, it pattered like a dream. I baught a new gun a couple of years ago and the very next year I was right back to the old 835 ( its a TANK!) I know the remington guys love their guns, but an 835 is hard to beat in the turkey woods.
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#1231919 - 03/12/09 08:34 AM Re: Whats your best "almost got'em" story? [Re: BV]
renegade50
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careful or the minimum mandatory distance police will jump all over you!!!!! hahahahahaaa!!!!!!!! jk guys......
to each their own.i will never hack on another mans setup or his tactics,techniques or procedures to hunt turkey


mossy 835, .680 rhino choke, 501L nitro shells....

i spent about 350 dollars doing choke and shell combos 2 years ago with the gun all the while knowing that the rhino /nitro combo in the back of my mind was what i was really looking for .
so i shucked out the money last febuary for them and wont look back, gained alot of knowledge from the combo experiments and web research on pattern potentials and what you can do to tweak up a gun without having to go the gunsmithing routes
one of the best things i did was polish my bore with jewelers rouge/paste which was very easy it can be compared to hand laping a rifle and it tighens up your pattern about 15%
i will polish my bore once again sometime this weekend more than likely, and then fire 2 rounds to confirm the pattern.

i can reach out just a "little further" now than the 35 yard distance i had imposed on myself with my old savage stevens 311 s x s i used to just have to grin and bear those birds locked up just outta range over the years with that gun.
now i am very happy about finnaly having a dedicated turkey gun
rolled 1 hard last year at 53 yards........
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#1232518 - 03/12/09 02:49 PM Re: Whats your best "almost got'em" story? [Re: renegade50]
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Got to love them nitros
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#1232969 - 03/12/09 06:09 PM Re: Whats your best "almost got'em" story? [Re: TNTomtaker01]
go_okfishin
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Here is a video of my son missing one about 5 years ago. I made the mistake of saying "hurry" when I told him to shoot and I think he freaked out. You can hear the bird gobble after the first yelps. There was a fence that stopped the bird but he was only about 18 yards away. My mouth is right next to the camera mic so the calling sounds a lot louder than it really is. Those whines are just a habit I have before I yelp. Gotta love the white socks. I didn't even realize until we watched the video \:D
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#1233002 - 03/12/09 06:30 PM Re: Whats your best "almost got'em" story? [Re: Baxter83]
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Been probly 8 or 9 years,on a pretty cold morning,was frosty.Located bird on roost,he only gobbled once on limb,he was roosted on side of a ridge looking out over a open holler about 40 or 50 acres of open.I set up on the other side of a growed up fenceline and about light enough for em to fly down I gave a soft cluck then a tree yelp.no gobble.Waited bout a minute and give em a flydown, no gobble.Well heck,so I waited,no dekes out.10 minutes or so go by and down he comes,1 gobble and hes struttin.I give him a soft 4 or 5 yelps and I could see him easin my way.Hes about 350 yds. away and comin my way.He drops off into the holler and out of sight but after about 5 minutes I can see that white head comin over the hill.Well Im pointed in the right direction but I gotta wait till hr comes into my shootin window as Im in a bunch of cedars.As he was 5 ft. from my openin where I could bust em he turns around and I will be dad blamed if here didnt come 3 jakes and ran his behind plum off!!!@#$%& Well I hunted the same ridge the next mornin and found the same bird same thind 1 gobble on limb 1 gobble on ground no hens cept this time when that rascal come over the rise I was ready to shoot.Oldest bird I ever took, had 1 5/8 & 1 9/16 spurs.Got John Beard to do a full body for me in a pose he calls "The Missouri Mean Walk" It is a beautiful mount of a magnificient bird and I'm sure proud of him.Ya,ll watch out for them durn jakes theyll gang up on a tom for sure.
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