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#3229522 - 04/23/13 03:14 PM Re: Feel Like a Real Turkey Hunter [Re: easy45]
16 Point

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

I would like to just take 3 year old birds or older but its just to hard to see spurs in the woods or grass with any height at all so I shoot if its a longbeard. Last year I let one longbeard walk that was staying in one area alot so my wife could get it, she killed it and it had 1.5" spurs LOL I couldnt tell that when it came by me at 30 yards a couple of days prior. Improved habitat, Laying off of jakes, and making sure to leave several longbeards for seed is what got my property to actually having turkeys.
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#3229584 - 04/23/13 04:37 PM Re: Feel Like a Real Turkey Hunter [Re: smstone22]
16 Point

Registered: 07/20/05
Posts: 19786
Loc: Rutherford / Wilson County Lin...

I went this morning and could only hunt til 7ish. Had 3 hens pitch down in front of me and had a bird gobble to me imitating a flydown with nothing but a wing. Thought it sound jakey so I waited and nothing. After the 3 hens fed off I got up and eased through the woods until I could see him. There were actually 3 jakes all fanned out with at least 5 hens. I could have gotten closer than 75 yards but when I saw they were jakes I backed out. In my earlier days I'd shoot them and not think twice. If I see one on public land he may not get a pass. If my son who is 10 wants to kill one I'll tell him to hammer down. Just seeing them was good enough for me as I haven't seen that many birds all year. Hopefully they're coming back to this particular property and the big boy will show. Seen him once.
If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

#3229758 - 04/23/13 07:55 PM Re: Feel Like a Real Turkey Hunter [Re: easy45]
4 Point

Registered: 11/08/07
Posts: 180
Loc: Nashville

My first bird was a Jake 5in beard probably would have been a nice bird if he had lived after that it has been only longbeards. I don't have any problem with anyone killing whatever they want to though just my personal preference. I actually passed on a bird last week just because it may or may not have been a Jake. I had a Jake and a tom gobbling and where it came up all I could see was his head his whole body was covered up. I kinda regret not taking the shot but would have been dissapointed if it had been the Jake.
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#3229794 - 04/23/13 08:14 PM Re: Feel Like a Real Turkey Hunter [Re: PinchPoint]
16 Point

Registered: 01/22/06
Posts: 15381
Loc: Lewisburg

 Originally Posted By: PinchPoint
Let many many birds walk... Try to shoot longbeards only

only longbeards for me. full fan and i shoot them in the neck
"I will predator hunt for food "

#3229811 - 04/23/13 08:23 PM Re: Feel Like a Real Turkey Hunter [Re: RUGER]
8 Point

Registered: 10/01/12
Posts: 1630
Loc: TN

 Originally Posted By: RUGER
I have let them walk before.
I have killed them before.
Day / mood dependant for me.

Congrats on a great hunt though.

Wisdom speaketh again \:\) !

#3229827 - 04/23/13 08:36 PM Re: Feel Like a Real Turkey Hunter [Re: RUGER]
14 Point

Registered: 06/20/11
Posts: 8269
Loc: Grundy county

 Originally Posted By: RUGER
I have let them walk before.
I have killed them before.
Day / mood dependant for me.

Congrats on a great hunt though.
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