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#1294619 - 04/18/09 05:58 PM I'm getting frustrated
8 Point

Registered: 12/07/07
Posts: 1962
Loc: TN

Took the rookie again today. Morning started promising. Had 2 longbeards and 5 jakes roosted above us. They gobbled a little bit and then pitched down and fed toward us. They got about 80 yards away and for some reason changed course and walked away. About an hour later I did some fighting purrs and a Jake came in cutting and purring hard. He got about 50 yrds from us on the other side of a creek and would not cross. He too walked away cutting and purring.

At 3:00 I hit a pair of long beards on the run with a box call they roared off. We slipped down a road and got set up. I hit them again and within 10 mins they were sitting in our lap. I had the scope on one waiting for the rookie to shoot. He never did . At 30 yrds and he said all he could see their heads.... By the time I realized he was not going to shoot it was to late for me.... I'm going to give him one more chance. If I don't go by myself and kill one the way..both birds were huge.
Dream like you are going to live forever, Live like you are going to die tomorrow...James Dean

#1294979 - 04/19/09 06:45 AM Re: I'm getting frustrated [Re: turkeyhunter64]
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Bambi Killa

Registered: 11/19/99
Posts: 4106600
Loc: TN

Wow, sounds like dude needs to do some reading on turkey hunting or something.
Good luck.
Youth is wasted on the young.

#1296277 - 04/19/09 11:22 PM Re: I'm getting frustrated [Re: turkeyhunter64]
8 Point

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

thats funny to me and frustrating for you \:D i used to make my turkey huntin teacher mad when i was a kid, but in my defense i was blind as a bat and didnt know it.
if your gonna be stupid you gotta be tough.

#1297462 - 04/20/09 08:44 PM Re: I'm getting frustrated [Re: buckdead]
10 Point

Registered: 09/24/01
Posts: 4560
Loc: Greeneville

If you are taking a rookie and don't expect mishaps then you need to re-think. No doubt you were good from day 1.
It would be nice to have killed every turkey I encountered in my early learning years, let alone my so called veteran years.

#1304119 - 04/25/09 08:22 PM Re: I'm getting frustrated [Re: shopson]
10 Point

Registered: 09/23/00
Posts: 2570
Loc: Memphis, TN, USA

I went 5 years before I got my first one. Most times I was giving up and getting ready to move and they would be behind me or to the side of me but I was so bored by then that I didn't notice until they were on the run and fly off. The first one I ever got I was doing everything wrong, I was hot, tired and frustrated and getting eaten alive by mosquito's. I finally figured out they really really like swampy areas. I was smoking back then and lit a cigarette, had my face mask off and took a big old swig of water. Then after I sat down by a tree I took out my coyote call and hit it hard a couple times. Had two birds coming at me crisscrossing and gobbling and running straight at me. I took aim and laid one out the other went to it and I had to chase it off. Those birds would gobble everday during the whole season and that was the last day when I tried that. I have tried that coyote call every year since then and never had it work again.
Now this year after many many years of hunting I was going in opening day and setting up decoys, I bumped my box call by accident and as I was bending down to set up the decoy I caught movement out of the corner of my eye and sure enough there were three birds coming at me. But I was busted and they took off quick fast and in a hurry. Not moving is the hardest thing of all in my book and not making noise is the second. They know it everytime.

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