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  • FirstBubba
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    Break a leg!

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  • fitch270
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    Originally posted by FirstBubba View Post
    Was just real sure we'd have a story here this morning about "the girl" and her turkey!
    Am I too early?

    It’s looking like this season will be a bust, first in 6-8 years nobody punched a tag.

    I took Friday off for a 4 day weekend and we’ve been out each morning for a little while. Haven’t hit it hard because it’s been quiet and the weather is crappy. Last two days it’s been on and off rain showers with temps in the high 40’s. It’s going to be a bit warmer today and tomorrow but still rainy. Could be tough on newly hatched chicks as well.


    Short version: Last Saturday I worked a tom for two hours, had him at about 50 yards when a hen showed up out of nowhere and dragged him away.

    Yesterday the Kid went back up around 10:30 and called a hen in to about 15 yards. She’d posture and carry on confused but finally drifted off.

    Other than that it’s been quiet. Trail cams are getting sporadic pics, often in the afternoons. Coupe toms but the jakes we encountered youth weekend have cleared out completely. Got a couple coyotes on the camera as well, don’t know how much they’re affecting things. Plus side we’ve seen a few deer and have a mama and very young fawn on the camera.


    One last chance tomorrow morning. Maybe we’ll pull a rabbit out of the hat.

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  • FirstBubba
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    Was just real sure we'd have a story here this morning about "the girl" and her turkey!
    Am I too early?

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  • FirstBubba
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    "... He’d get them about 50-60 yards away and they’d wander off. He finally figured out which way they were headed got in position to cut them off. It worked. ..."

    I've done that more than once! LOL!
    There's more than one way to skin a cat! 😉


    100_1075.JPG During "Primitive Arms" season, I kept seeing a bachelor group run up under a tree on a creek bank. When the entire group finally gathered under the tree, they would fly across the creek one by one or by two's or three's.

    Turkey season opened when Primitive Season closed.

    Yup! Set up an "ambush" near the tree. Worked!


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  • fitch270
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    Originally posted by FirstBubba View Post
    fitch270, just a FYI!

    Yesterday, the boss and me drove back to OK from South Texas.
    Since I've got a cast on my right foot, I can't drive! So it was 550 miles of watching the scenery rush by! LOL!
    Down near Tilden, Texas, I spotted a hen standing just inside an open gate to a big cutover field. She had several small poults with her.
    Meh.
    That's about right for that area. Gestation on eggs is 21 days.
    I told you about turkey behavior down here has been a bit odd. No "standard" activities, etc.
    We crossed the TX/OK border (Red River) and about halfway between Waurika, OK and Taylor, OK, there was a jake, all alone, standing just over the fence into a pasture. The little dude was in an all out strut!
    By this time in Okla (early May) the toms are beginning to gather back into bachelor groups and single strutting toms "especially" jakes, are an exception.

    I really think the horrible cold spell back in March and an exceptionally cool, wet spring really messed up their SOP! LOL!

    P.S. we're only 1575 miles apart! 😬

    On Friday I saw one single tom and 6 or 7 lone hens during my travels. I was hoping things might turn around but nothing changed much over the weekend. Early Sunday was the same deal.

    A guy I know shot a 23 lb tom that was strutting in his driveway and one of the Kid’s friends killed a typical 2 year old that was working a field with some others. He’d get them about 50-60 yards away and they’d wander off. He finally figured out which way they were headed got in position to cut them off. It worked.

    Might just end up being one of those years. Odd thing is we seem to have more toms and jakes than hens. You’d think the competition would have them worked up more.

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  • FirstBubba
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    fitch270, just a FYI!

    Yesterday, the boss and me drove back to OK from South Texas.
    Since I've got a cast on my right foot, I can't drive! So it was 550 miles of watching the scenery rush by! LOL!
    Down near Tilden, Texas, I spotted a hen standing just inside an open gate to a big cutover field. She had several small poults with her.
    Meh.
    That's about right for that area. Gestation on eggs is 21 days.
    I told you about turkey behavior down here has been a bit odd. No "standard" activities, etc.
    We crossed the TX/OK border (Red River) and about halfway between Waurika, OK and Taylor, OK, there was a jake, all alone, standing just over the fence into a pasture. The little dude was in an all out strut!
    By this time in Okla (early May) the toms are beginning to gather back into bachelor groups and single strutting toms "especially" jakes, are an exception.

    I really think the horrible cold spell back in March and an exceptionally cool, wet spring really messed up their SOP! LOL!

    P.S. we're only 1575 miles apart! 😬
    Last edited by FirstBubba; 05-09-2021, 10:11 PM.

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  • FirstBubba
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    It's just a matter of time!
    One will eventually stumble by! 😜!

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  • fitch270
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    The Kid’s back. No birds encountered but he did find two leek patches so it wasn’t a total bust.

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  • fitch270
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    Season update;

    Not much happening after the birds have been hitting the ground. They’ve been vocal off the roost but we can’t seem to draw any interest. Even from hens for the most part.

    Yesterday the Kid decided to give it a go before school and heard them on the next ridge over. Same thing this morning. My daughter and I had stayed low again and she picked them up as well. It was drizzling out so we came down for breakfast as we usually do when it’s slow. About 9:00 the Kid decided he was heading over to a public parcel on the other side. My girl and I went back up on the hill and finally had one hen answer from way up top but that was it.

    Didn't hear any shots from across the way, the Kid still has until 12:00 so who knows. I’m not sure there’s cell service over there so will have to wait until he gets back for a report.

    Not giving up, general consensus from other hunters is that it’s been slow. Could break loose any day.

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  • FirstBubba
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    OH so close!
    I can't wait to get out there this fall and next spring!

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  • fitch270
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    This morning we split up, my daughter and I sitting low and the Kid up in this corner.

    My daughter and I had some excitement early on that I’ll post about in predator hunting. Meantime a bit later we had one tom talking off the roost that we thought was between the Kid and us. Turns out it was above him but the sound was carrying well, even I could hear him a few times.

    About ten minutes later I caught a turkey behind us coming down from the general direction of the gobbling. I figured it was him coming in quiet but it turned out not. The tom ended up crossing behind the Kid, still sounding of but now out of our ear shot I’m thinking the bird I saw may have been the same line hen from last weekend. Stuck it out until we all were cold, it snowed this morning, then after breakfast went back up for another hour or so. Totally quiet like late morning last week.

    Have another spot back in the woods we may try, it’s close to where the birds keep heading.

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  • fitch270
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    Most of them were in the frame but I think there were 8 total, plus the one hen that came up from behind.

    Oh so close.......

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  • fitch270
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    Back up for documentation.

    First, this is a shot of the road I referred to where it runs into the top corner of the upper meadow.

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    We stopped about 3/4’s of the way to the top when the Kid hit his box call. What we couldn’t see about 50 yards past was this........





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  • FirstBubba
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    Originally posted by fitch270 View Post

    Nope. There’s been talk of changing the regs but I’m not sure if there’s much push for it.
    Bummer dude!
    Is it a "Sunday" thing or "mornings only" thing?

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