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Tough Year So Far For Me

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I made my fourth sit this morning and FINALLY saw a legal bird, which was a jake. It's been a few years since I've taken a jake, but with the lack of gobbling and not really much to go after, I decided I was going to at least make sure I filled a tag and got some turkey breast this season. The fact that the jakes actually gobbled and worked in like a big bird made me a little less guilty about shooting one. :D

I've got the rest of season to try and find a tom. I'm going to throw in the towel on what is normally my honey hole and go check out some other properties. Hopefully I'll stumble across a tom that wants to talk and actually work in."
 

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Today is the day, on my way to therapy then two doctor apts, stepped out of the house and one is gobbling across the field.  You guys go get em  they will be like the elusive white bass easy pezzy.  I will shoot a jake it is a tough year.  

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Went out this morning and heard two groups of birds gobble just a few times on the roost and then all went quiet. I slipped in on the ridge above where I heard one group and sat down, but never did see or hear anything from them. After waiting a while, I slipped down to where I had heard them gobble and found fresh gobbler droppings beneath the roost tree. I have no clue where those birds ended up going. I thought I had them pretty well cornered to where they would have had to walk my way, but I was wrong.

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The big groups we've had out in the fields by my house have all split up finally.  I think the locals put a whackin to them too though.  Gonna try to get out this weekend.  Good luck on finding a big one Seth.

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Congrats on the Jake, id probably take it right now as well.  Have yet to hear a bird on the roost.  Past up an opportunity on a jake opening morning at 10 yds waiting for something more mature but in 6 sits that's the only shot on a legal bird I've had.  Did chase 2 toms around the other day but couldn't pull em off the hens they were with and wasn't able to cut em off at the pass.

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On ‎4‎/‎25‎/‎2018 at 9:07 AM, Seth said:

Went out this morning and heard two groups of birds gobble just a few times on the roost and then all went quiet. I slipped in on the ridge above where I heard one group and sat down, but never did see or hear anything from them. After waiting a while, I slipped down to where I had heard them gobble and found fresh gobbler droppings beneath the roost tree. I have no clue where those birds ended up going. I thought I had them pretty well cornered to where they would have had to walk my way, but I was wrong.

That's turkey hunting for you.  Those birds are not smart but they can be hard to figure out.

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Finally sealed the deal on my second bird this morning and it wasn't a jake this time. Was trying to get the boss a shot and the dang birds came in where he couldn't get a shot and I ended up shooting as they began to turn and walk away.

23.5#, 10.25" beard, 1 1/8" and 1 3/8" spurs
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In case you are wondering why I have a hand full of tail feathers in the first picture, it's because I had to tackle the turkey and step on his head after the shot. There was a little brush in the way when I shot and I guess I didn't get quite enough shot in him to stone cold kill him. When I got up to him, his head was still up and he started flopping down the woods. I dove after him and fell a bit short and ended up getting his fan and yanking half of it out. The second time I full blown tackled him and rolled a time or two before I stomped on his head to finish him off. My boss told me that dive would have made Pete Rose proud! :lol: If only I had been wearing the GoPro....

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