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#1288649 - 04/13/09 10:46 PM Back again from TN... I owned them!
12 Point

Registered: 10/28/05
Posts: 5235
Loc: Mississippi

Just got back from another 3 days hunting in TN. Tried a twist this time in taking my 4 yr old son on his first turkey hunts.

Sat AM was a bust. Misty fog, no gobbling. I did manage to call a lone hen to within 10 yards. My boy had a ball watching her but did end up spooking her eventually. Later that morning I found my gobblers on the opposite side of the farm. They were in a tough place to work without spooking them, so I decided to save them for Sun AM.

Yesterday morning, I took my son and a friend who hasn't killed a bird yet this year. We got set up 130 yards or so from 3 gobblers on the roost and around 15 hens. They were positioned to flydown and head the opposite way, but somehow we managed to call all the hens off the roost right to us. My son did great, never spooked them despite 10 or so being only 3-4 yards away from us. Of course the gobblers came right in. That was the closest I've ever had a LB gobble at me- around 13 yards. Coulda smoked any of them, but we just don't have enough birds for me to shoot a second gobbler this year. I gave my friend the green light to take the 3 yr old bird (the other 2 were 2 yr olds), so my boy got a real show with a successful kill at the end of the show.

I put my brother in law on a bird on another farm I called in opening weekend. He and a friend managed to take that bird Sat AM as well. Nice bird, at least a 3 yr old, possibly a 4 yr old.

This morning I got set up on a bird gobbling on a different farm. Good mature gobble, had him come to me gobbling the whole time by 6:30 AM. I almost took his head off, but he turned out to be a jake. His gobble woulda fooled anyone. I screwed around with him for another 10 minutes soft calling and scratching leaves. He was hammering his head off at 25 yards. I ended up seeing him later that morning on the neighbors farm with 6 hens in full strut tending to them. Kinda sad, probably means all the LB's are already dead there.

Definetly worst year population wise since '93 or so. The only consolation prize is that my neighbors who have slaughtered the birds over the past few years have had the chickens (definetly not turkeys \:\) ) come home to roost. No gobbling on their farm at all, no turkeys seen on their farm at all this year. But that's what happens when you kill 10 birds off a place just in one weekend like they did opening weekend last year.

Overall it's still been a good season. I've only had 4 good mornings weather-wise, and all 4 times I've had birds in my lap by 6:30. I'm happy with my one bird, keeps my streak going, and I still managed to get 3 other people their 1st birds of the season. Not to mention some great memories with my son as well.

#1288660 - 04/13/09 11:02 PM Re: Back again from TN... I owned them! [Re: megalomaniac]
16 Point

Registered: 01/11/04
Posts: 16954
Loc: Allardt, TN

Congrats on the birds. My Dad and I have pretty well quit going also after getting a longbeard a piece. Its to depressing to go and not hear or see a single bird on thousands of acres where you used to hear 15. Hard to continue to kill when you know you are greatly impacting an already depleted resource. Im trying to protect a few jakes on my land but idgets are slaughtering them everywhere else, just ensuring the same sad situation for the next years. Its a sad day in the turkey world in my area too \:\(
-QDM=Better Deer, Better Deer Hunting
-Let Him Go, So He Can Grow

#1288692 - 04/14/09 12:22 AM Re: Back again from TN... I owned them! [Re: smstone22]
8 Point

Registered: 11/02/08
Posts: 2276
Loc: southern middle tn


i wasnt expecting to hear as many birds this year as i have. i was kinda suprised. there wasnt as many as years past, but ive seen plenty of hens and thats a good thing.
if your gonna be stupid you gotta be tough.

#1288733 - 04/14/09 03:22 AM Re: Back again from TN... I owned them! [Re: buckdead]
Formerly "Spoon"

Registered: 10/05/04
Posts: 27447
Loc: Bartlett, TN

Sounds like you are having a great season
Never let your friends be lonely, disturb them all the time...DUI (dial under influence)

#1290786 - 04/15/09 08:54 AM Re: Back again from TN... I owned them! [Re: ]
12 Point

Registered: 10/28/05
Posts: 5235
Loc: Mississippi

No picture, I decided to carry my DSLR camera since my son was with me instead of my tiny pocket camera. Well, of course I ended up forgetting the big camera at the house that morning. If you've ever tried getting a 4 yr old ready for a hunt at 4 AM, you'll know just how easy it is to forget something \:\)
#1291237 - 04/15/09 03:34 PM Re: Back again from TN... I owned them! [Re: ]

Registered: 11/06/07
Posts: 30563
Loc: Chester County

Work to live, Live to hunt

#1292981 - 04/16/09 07:58 PM Re: Back again from TN... I owned them! [Re: smstone22]

Registered: 07/03/06
Posts: 27633
Loc: Crossville


#1293093 - 04/16/09 09:17 PM Re: Back again from TN... I owned them! [Re: smstone22]
Buck Assassin
10 Point

Registered: 05/08/08
Posts: 2955
Loc: cocke county, TN

Its not a passion,It's an obsession!

Round here we follow the motto "K.I.S.S" KEEP IT SIMPLE STUPID!

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