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#3206976 - 03/28/13 07:20 PM What time to be in woods sat
Mr. Hawk
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What time do need to be settled in the woods on Saturday morning middle Tennessee?
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#3207014 - 03/28/13 07:37 PM Re: What time to be in woods sat [Re: Mr. Hawk]
REN
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Bout 545. Legal time will be around 6am
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#3207065 - 03/28/13 08:08 PM Re: What time to be in woods sat [Re: REN]
catman529
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I'll be on public land and lat year someone beat me to it, so ill be in the woods no later than 430
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#3207075 - 03/28/13 08:12 PM Re: What time to be in woods sat [Re: catman529]
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about 5:30
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#3207106 - 03/28/13 08:37 PM Re: What time to be in woods sat [Re: catman529]
timberjack86
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 Originally Posted By: catman529
I'll be on public land and lat year someone beat me to it, so ill be in the woods no later than 430
Yeah I am going to try to get to my spot by 5:00
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#3207109 - 03/28/13 08:39 PM Re: What time to be in woods sat [Re: timberjack86]
David
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615 for me. Can't shoot em in the tree!
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#3207116 - 03/28/13 08:46 PM Re: What time to be in woods sat [Re: David]
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520 530ish
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#3207119 - 03/28/13 08:47 PM Re: What time to be in woods sat [Re: deerhunter10]
David
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So maybe I'm wrong. What time it getting daylight these days?
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#3207120 - 03/28/13 08:49 PM Re: What time to be in woods sat [Re: David]
KillMode
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its breaking day ay 6am
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#3207122 - 03/28/13 08:49 PM Re: What time to be in woods sat [Re: David]
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 Originally Posted By: David
So maybe I'm wrong. What time it getting daylight these days?


6:05 on the plateau just breaking dawn this morn.

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#3207127 - 03/28/13 08:53 PM Re: What time to be in woods sat [Re: PalsPal]
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Be there super early, around 5. Just because
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#3207138 - 03/28/13 08:59 PM Re: What time to be in woods sat [Re: PinchPoint]
Gravey
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Between 5:45 & 6:00.
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#3207153 - 03/28/13 09:10 PM Re: What time to be in woods sat [Re: Gravey]
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First gobble this morning was 6:01
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#3207161 - 03/28/13 09:17 PM Re: What time to be in woods sat [Re: PalsPal]
wwa7
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Birds have been starting to gobble 630ish...
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#3207178 - 03/28/13 09:28 PM Re: What time to be in woods sat [Re: wwa7]
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I'd like to be about where I want to start hunting by around 5:30 in most cases (Western Middle TN), but it also depends on the terrain I'm hunting, and just how I'm hunting. If I'm hunting on the higher plateau-like areas or higher ridgelines, I start about 30 minutes sooner than when I'm hunting in some of the valleys that come off an eastern ridgeline.

Keep in mind the woods are really open right now, and a roosted turkey may be able to see you several hundred yards away if you're moving after it's already light. Situation can be much different once we get some foliage.

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#3207402 - 03/29/13 06:54 AM Re: What time to be in woods sat [Re: Wes Parrish]
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Here's my Good Friday middle TN scouting trip:

I could hear hens when I turned my truck off at 6:20. First gobble was at 6:25. I saw two toms fly down at 632. A group of twenty or so hens hit the ground right in front of my truck at 642. Hens were going crazy in the trees and I heard a dozen or so gobbles. But after fly down not a sound has been made. There's three strutting toms silently following a group of hens. I'm not sure if parking under the roost trees affected their vocalizations or not but if I wasn't watching the birds I would say the woods are dead.
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#3207408 - 03/29/13 07:04 AM Re: What time to be in woods sat [Re: de novo]
Andy S.
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 Originally Posted By: de novo
I saw two toms fly down at 632. A group of twenty or so hens hit the ground right in front of my truck at 642.
Good info. Did they fly down into a field (typically lighter earlier) or into big woods (typically lighter later)? There is usually a difference in the two, maybe not much, but some.
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#3207437 - 03/29/13 07:40 AM Re: What time to be in woods sat [Re: Andy S.]
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Last week when guiding juvy they were on the ground at 6:28... first gobble around 6:15.
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#3207461 - 03/29/13 08:04 AM Re: What time to be in woods sat [Re: hcdeerman]
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I heard one gobble right after 6:00 this morning. Unfortunately he was across the road and nothing on my side. He gobbled maybe 10 times up until6:30 while it was raining.
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#3207499 - 03/29/13 08:34 AM Re: What time to be in woods sat [Re: Gravey]
AT Hiker
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If you know where the birds are at, I would be there no later than 5:45 on private ground...shooting time is about 6:10 or so.

But it is not wise to go chomping through the woods if you have no clue where they are at.
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#3207501 - 03/29/13 08:37 AM Re: What time to be in woods sat [Re: PalsPal]
LB FANATIC
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Hunting public opening day, I want to be completely setup by 4 - 430
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#3207532 - 03/29/13 09:17 AM Re: What time to be in woods sat [Re: LB FANATIC]
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I'll be "high" on the mountain, listening, at 6:45, rain or shine.
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#3207561 - 03/29/13 10:11 AM Re: What time to be in woods sat [Re: Andy S.]
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 Originally Posted By: Andy S.
 Originally Posted By: de novo
I saw two toms fly down at 632. A group of twenty or so hens hit the ground right in front of my truck at 642.
Good info. Did they fly down into a field (typically lighter earlier) or into big woods (typically lighter later)? There is usually a difference in the two, maybe not much, but some.


The hens flew down in open pasture land on the side of a large hill and worked down hill. The toms flew down into the woods earlier and walked right to the hens' trees 60 yds away and gobbled under them. The toms followed them out into the pasture.

My plan was to pull off the dirt road and glass up the hill where I usually see the big gobblers. I was getting concerned when the hens were going crazy at daylight but no gobblers. Finally one gobbled literally 20 yds from my truck and I was able to see 3 toms nervously sitting in the tree. They flew down and went straight away from me.

Funny thing is opening morning 2012 I was sitting right where the turkeys walked past today. And of course all the birds stayed up the hill last year.
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#3207580 - 03/29/13 10:48 AM Re: What time to be in woods sat [Re: de novo]
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Between 5:45 and 6:00
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#3207621 - 03/29/13 11:47 AM Re: What time to be in woods sat [Re: REN]
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Im gonna be sitting in my spot at 5am gonna start packing the camera and everything else out about 530 am
good luck
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#3207629 - 03/29/13 12:07 PM Re: What time to be in woods sat [Re: spitndrum]
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Hunting public so planning on being setup by 4:30-4:45.
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#3207635 - 03/29/13 12:11 PM Re: What time to be in woods sat [Re: J-WO]
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how did you guys choose your public land spot? I may have to hit public this year with my second year, but have no idea where to go look.
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