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Where are the reports? I hunted carroll County Sunday. Birds started hamming non stop at 5:50 am and didn't stop till 9:30. They're henned up really good right now. Responded to every call just refused to leave the hens. Looks wet again next weekend. Hopefully these hens will start to nest 馃. Heard 5 shots in the distance.
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We have gotten 5 birds so far between us . One Rio in Neb . We only hunted nebraska one afternoon and one morning .

And yesterday we killed 4 Merriam in Montana.

I'm set up on a gobbling border right now waiting fir him to fly down. It is 525 here .

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You the man 馃憤
I found a gobbler at 11:30am this past Sunday. I called and he was in view in 5 minutes. Came in strutting and gobbling. It was a beautiful sight. He stepped out onto a path and I guessed he was at 30 yards. I shot and he ran away. I felt I peppered him pretty good so I walked the woods back and forth and back and forth for one full hour. Totally felt sick. I had the lid cam running so I went back to the house and watched the video so I knew exactly where he was standing when I shot. Then I went back out to the woods. I eventually found one small feather where he had been standing. That was it. 38 yards with the range finder. Further than I thought but still in range of my 20 gauge shooting TSS. Then I found a little bit of shot that sideswiped a tree behind where he was standing. The height of the shot looked good. I went back home and shot my gun. Sights are on. Pattern was centered perfectly. I have zero idea what happened. Pretty hard to correct a mistake when you have no idea why it occurred. Oh well. It's been awhile but I've been here before. Onward.
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We've all been there before you'll get over it but you'll always remember it.
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I found a gobbler at 11:30am this past Sunday. I called and he was in view in 5 minutes. Came in strutting and gobbling. It was a beautiful sight. He stepped out onto a path and I guessed he was at 30 yards. I shot and he ran away. I felt I peppered him pretty good so I walked the woods back and forth and back and forth for one full hour. Totally felt sick. I had the lid cam running so I went back to the house and watched the video so I knew exactly where he was standing when I shot. Then I went back out to the woods. I eventually found one small feather where he had been standing. That was it. 38 yards with the range finder. Further than I thought but still in range of my 20 gauge shooting TSS. Then I found a little bit of shot that sideswiped a tree behind where he was standing. The height of the shot looked good. I went back home and shot my gun. Sights are on. Pattern was centered perfectly. I have zero idea what happened. Pretty hard to correct a mistake when you have no idea why it occurred. Oh well. It's been awhile but I've been here before. Onward.
I used to wonder how in the heck people miss turkeys....until I did it myself....a number of times.馃う鈥嶁檪锔
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I opened the door to let the dog out and a turkey gobbled across the road.
Then I went upstairs to get ready for work and there are THREE strutters in the field behind my house. About 7-8 turkeys today. I'm dying here. LOL! It should be illegal to have to go to work during turkey season. 馃槀 馃槀 馃槀
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I used to wonder how in the heck people miss turkeys....until I did it myself....a number of times.馃う鈥嶁檪锔
It doesn't even seem possible. I get it the times I have missed when I have misjudged distance and the turkey was way too far. But the closer ones? It's just not possible. LOL!!! Thanks for your support Schu and letting me know I'm not the only one that has had it happen. 馃槉馃槉馃槉
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It doesn't even seem possible. I get it the times I have missed when I have misjudged distance and the turkey was way too far. But the closer ones? It's just not possible. LOL!!! Thanks for your support Schu and letting me know I'm not the only one that has had it happen. 馃槉馃槉馃槉
Every turkey that I have missed over the years have been under 30 yards. A couple within 15 yards. ( That will make you start talking to yourself!) Tight patterns and nerves have saved a lot of turkeys!
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Heading to Tennessee today for a week of Turkey hunting and bass fishing! This will be my third state this season (Ohio, Kentucky- Two birds down, going for the trifecta!)
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Update

We have gotten 5 birds so far between us . One Rio in Neb . We only hunted nebraska one afternoon and one morning .

And yesterday we killed 4 Merriam in Montana.

I'm set up on a gobbling border right now waiting fir him to fly down. It is 525 here .

Planning to head back to Nebraska after this mornings hunt View attachment 57257
Living the dream bro. Awesome hunts and congrats
Nice job Jake. You hunting public land? I just got back from 5 days in New Mexico. Birds were tough, but probably should have been expected going the last week of the season on public land. I should have gave up PA or WV and went sooner but I love chasing these Easterns. Terrain was a bit steep
As well and wore my old butt down chasing them. Finally connected on day 5 to complete a single season slam. Now off to Mexico for the super slam and add the oscillated and Goulds to the wall either in 2024 or 2025.
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We have been hunting both public and private . If we see birds in private I usually stop and ask to hunt .
We were getting our butts kicked in western nebraska by weather . Man , those rds turn to **** when it rains . And it rained alot. Hunted there a day and a half and made the decision to head about 3 hrs east . Luckily that plan worked and my buddy and I both killed a bird before 7 this morning .
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I went out Wednesday for the first time this year in Leetonia. It was close to ten when I heard my first gobble to the right and then another ahead of me. I did a yelp and some cutting. I was set up on a field and I shifted to my right to watch for the bird and waited. Not seeing anything for awhile and no more gobbles I shifted back to look straight at my decoys. A few minutes later I looked right and saw a massive bird in the field walking away from me at 100 yards. I couldn't tell if my dekes spooked him or if he left for some real hens. After awhile I moved around to try to get ahead of him without success. After that I went back to my original setup and sat until 3:30 then called it a day. I did see plenty of deer and a couple of coyotes. I also heard a strange kind of growl which I believe was a bobcat.
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Driving home from Nebraska now . Had one last hunt this morning and my buddy shot one . Just as fun sitting beside someone watching the show but kinda wish it had been my turn to bat as it ended up have two big matching beards !

Good trip tho with us each shooting 3 longbeards .
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Got home last night about 1 am . Was looking forward to sleeping in but wouldn't you know it I was wide awake at 630 and couldn't go back to sleep.

I guess 630 is technically sleeping in after getting up for ten days straight at 415 to 445 .

Total mileage on the trip was 4741 miles round trip .
Sound s like a good trip. Ya I know what ya mean about the sleeping in. Once the body gets use to getting up that early it seems to be a pattern hard to break.

Headed anywhere else yet ? I have one week for upstate New York leaving a week from today. If we tag out early enough I still have one PA tag burning a hole in my pocket May make a pit stop for a day or two on way back.

What part of Nebraska u gun. I planning on North Central next year for a hunt then up to Idaho

Glad y鈥檃ll made it home safe



Got home last night about 1 am . Was looking forward to sleeping in but wouldn't you know it I was wide awake at 630 and couldn't go back to sleep.

I guess 630 is technically sleeping in after getting up for ten days straight at 415 to 445 .

Total mileage on the trip was 4741 miles round trip .
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Well, the wife was working and my mom was out of town, so I decided to head down to my property to do a little work and maybe hit the turkey call a few times. I was in work pants and a long sleeve camo shirt, but the turkey gods smiled down on me. I skirted my field calling every 75 yards or so. I got all the way to the back with nothing. Started up into the woods and immediately heard multiple birds respond. I quickly found a tree and hit the call....they were coming....and fast. I saw one cut across the neighbors plowed field and then another to my far left. First bird walked in on a string. He had an 11 inch beard and spur were 1 and 1 1/8.
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Well, the wife was working and my mom was out of town, so I decided to head down to my property to do a little work and maybe hit the turkey call a few times. I was in work pants and a long sleeve camo shirt, but the turkey gods smiled down on me. I skirted my field calling every 75 yards or so. I got all the way to the back with nothing. Started up into the woods and immediately heard multiple birds respond. I quickly found a tree and hit the call....they were coming....and fast. I saw one cut across the neighbors plowed field and then another to my far left. First bird walked in on a string. He had an 11 inch beard and spur were 1 and 1 1/8.
That鈥檚 awesome! Congrats
Congratulations on your persistence. Great bird!
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Cooked some turkey tenders tonight .

Marinade in Buttermilk ranch and the juice from a jar of jalape帽os then roll in seasoned flour and fry . These were the actual tender part with the tendon pulled but you can use regular breast meat also . Just slice it across the grain and give it a little love with a tenderizing hammer before marinating .

Mahe some pepper gravy on the side to dip it in .
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