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#1226295 - 03/09/09 07:19 PM Breaking the curse
Buckblaster
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Registered: 10/04/06
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Loc: bradley county,TN/Lancaster,SC

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Since turkey season is close, I got to thinking. I've been turkey hunting 6-7 years now and have never been to serious about it. I've been probably a grand total of a dozen times. I've never been a turkey hunter thant spends hundreds of bucks on turkey gear. I started out with a box call, a hen decoy, and a 20 gauge shotgun with a fixed full choke and a handfull of 3" #6's bought at the local wally world. I used that gun up until 2 years ago and the same call and decoy until this year. In my total of a dozen trips, I've killed get this........0 turkeys. I've never had a piece of land that had a good amount of turkeys until I moved to TN 2 years ago, but I've called up 3 with my meager set up. 2 longbeards and a jake. I missed a big old gobbler, at 35 yards with my 20 guage (too far). Then, I picked me up a used mossberg 500A, from our very on Nimrod777, since my primary 12 gauge was at benelli being worked on,I got a little more serious.

Didnt have a lease due to my first year being in TN. This flat lander was in for a rude awakening, I found a piece of National forest that was loaded with turkeys in polk county, TN. I finally called up my second longbeard way up on a mountain, and I could see the hiwassee river. Heres the good part, one of the biggest turkeys I have ever seen, I called him up on a string off of a ridge joining to a T at the ridge I was on. He appeared behind an embankment not 10 yards from where I was, I got ready to shoot. Here I was 2 miles from the nearest road perched on a mountain with a big old gobbler about to be my first bird...... wrong. He got spooked over I still dont know what, and took flight. Fast foward one year to last season in Rhea county, picked up a 870 supermag and got a little more madder and more serious at turkeys and turkey hunting. Called up a jake and missed at 7 yards with a rifled down 3.5 inch shotgun, wish I had the 20 guage I talked about earlier, he'd be toast. I dont guess that is too bad, called turkeys in an average of 1 in 4 times, okay for a green turkey hunter.

Fast foward to this year. I plan on hitting the turkeys woods a dozen or more times this year. Picked up some new dekes, a vest, and a diaphram call or 2 and a slate call. I've gotten pretty dang good on my woodhaven diaphram and slate. Fellas, let me tell ya. This year is the year, I've learned more and more about turkey hunting since I've started and this year the ole thunder chickens are in trouble. Im going to finally kill my first, although my goal is to limit out, We'll worry about that when the time comes \:\) .

Get-r-done, lets kill some birds.


Edited by Buckblaster (03/09/09 07:21 PM)
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#1226341 - 03/09/09 07:42 PM Re: Breaking the curse [Re: Buckblaster]
kdxdude
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Registered: 11/14/06
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My first thought when I read this post was "I need to ask that boy to go hunting with me". Then I thought, sounds like me a long time ago. I had an old man give me a pointer or two, but a majority of what I learned, I learned from screwing up. I could tell ya a bunch of stories where I screwed up when I started turkey hunting 25 years ago. The key to being a good turkey hunter is learning from those mistakes. When you get your first one, & it will happen, because you have done it yourself & learned from your mistakes, it will be so rewarding. I wish you the best of luck & I hope you'll post your story on here when you get your 1st bird. I'm looking forward to it. Persistence means as much as anything when hunting turkeys. Good luck!!
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#1226480 - 03/09/09 08:05 PM Re: Breaking the curse [Re: kdxdude]
buckdead
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sounds like you've had some terrible luck. my hats off to you for staying persistant. hopefully this year is you're year. i didnt kill one last year, but as long as i can see em and hear one gobble ever now and then is enough for me.
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#1226529 - 03/09/09 08:27 PM Re: Breaking the curse [Re: buckdead]
Rack_man
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I have been having a fit myself. I got my self into turkey hunting, and with no one to teach me I found this site...lol Learned a feel things got good with a call. My first season I killed one on the second day....I thought man this is to easy.........Well besides a coyote that attacked my decoys I havent killed anything in turkey season since. My problem is I get excited and over call and they hang up just out of sight. Had one last year that triple gobbled over and over. Just wouldnt commit. Realizing my mistake I quit calling, and he kept gobbling.....Then the hen came and lead him away cutting like crazy. I know what I am doing wrong, I am just callin to much. Just hard not making them gobble.
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#1226771 - 03/09/09 09:56 PM Re: Breaking the curse [Re: kdxdude]
BV
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Registered: 02/11/08
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Loc: Maury Co. TN

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 Originally Posted By: kdxdude
My first thought when I read this post was "I need to ask that boy to go hunting with me". Then I thought, sounds like me a long time ago. I had an old man give me a pointer or two, but a majority of what I learned, I learned from screwing up. I could tell ya a bunch of stories where I screwed up when I started turkey hunting 25 years ago. The key to being a good turkey hunter is learning from those mistakes. When you get your first one, & it will happen, because you have done it yourself & learned from your mistakes, it will be so rewarding. I wish you the best of luck & I hope you'll post your story on here when you get your 1st bird. I'm looking forward to it. Persistence means as much as anything when hunting turkeys. Good luck!!


Well put
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#1226859 - 03/09/09 10:19 PM Re: Breaking the curse [Re: BV]
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Good luck to you BB. Sounds like you are getting very serious in your quest. Be sure to post pics of your first bird in a few weeks!!
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#1227255 - 03/10/09 02:50 AM Re: Breaking the curse [Re: Rack_man]
buckdead
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Registered: 11/02/08
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 Originally Posted By: Rack_man
I have been having a fit myself. I got my self into turkey hunting, and with no one to teach me I found this site...lol Learned a feel things got good with a call. My first season I killed one on the second day....I thought man this is to easy.........Well besides a coyote that attacked my decoys I havent killed anything in turkey season since. My problem is I get excited and over call and they hang up just out of sight. Had one last year that triple gobbled over and over. Just wouldnt commit. Realizing my mistake I quit calling, and he kept gobbling.....Then the hen came and lead him away cutting like crazy. I know what I am doing wrong, I am just callin to much. Just hard not making them gobble.


thats the exact same problem i have.
i get a lil call happy ever now and then.
i had a two birds on two diffrent occasions
that could been killed if i woulda
had my foot in my mouth instead of a call
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#1227750 - 03/10/09 08:03 AM Re: Breaking the curse [Re: ]
Gravey
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Good luck on getting your first one. Nothing like it especially if you call it in yourself. Getting them close enough to kill is a victory in and of itself. Killing them is just icing on the cake. I'd hunt them every day of the season if I could.
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#1227787 - 03/10/09 08:15 AM Re: Breaking the curse [Re: Gravey]
go_okfishin
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That is what makes it so much fun. About the time you think you got it figured out they will humble you. I learn something new every year and been hunting em for a long time.
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#1229104 - 03/10/09 08:35 PM Re: Breaking the curse [Re: go_okfishin]
Goose Thumper
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I def. agree, I have 21 and have been hunting the things for 11 years, the first 3 of those years was birdless, but when i did smack 1 it was game on from there lol. I also aint much on spending money on them, I have a vest, 1 box call, 1 slate call, a hen decoy, and thermocell lol, and knee boots. And I have had some great years since but nothing is more rewarding then that first bird I killed by myself on that 4th year.
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