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Old 04-27-2018, 09:14 AM   #1
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So Iíve only been hunting for about 2 years now, and so far Iíve taken down a spike and a couple of hogs with my bow. This year, my goal is a turkey! Though my initial desire was to bow hunt him, Iíve decided to wait until I have more practice rather than risk injuring him, so Iím going with a shotgun.

Today was the first morning of my hunt. Iíll be at it for the next 7 days and my determination is high! This mornings hunt, though unsuccessful, was still an adrenaline rush! I got 2 gobblers within 40 yards and if OnLY there werenít a tree in my way.... grrrr They ended up circling around me and came up behind me at about 30 yards but I just couldnít get a shot as their little heads kept popping up randomly. Either way, it didnít matter, it was SO exciting nonetheless.

Only 3.5 more hours and Iíll be back out there for round two.




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Old 04-27-2018, 09:18 AM   #2
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choot em in da face! Good luck on your next hunt.
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Old 04-27-2018, 09:19 AM   #3
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have fun, it can be very addicting
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Good luck!

Are you decoying? Hunting over a feeder? In a pop-up or just tucked under a tree? What kinda calls are you using?
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Old 04-27-2018, 09:56 AM   #5
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Good luck!

Are you decoying? Hunting over a feeder? In a pop-up or just tucked under a tree? What kinda calls are you using?


No decoys, no feeder, just propped up under a tree. Got a couple calls, chatterbox and a screamer. If it gets too hard towards the end I plan to try a decoy.


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Old 04-27-2018, 05:56 PM   #9
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Evening was unsuccessful and got a little lost getting out of the woods LOL

Seems to be better in the mornings.... so Iíll be out there at 630A for Day 2!


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Old 04-27-2018, 06:46 PM   #10
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Good luck tomorrow, see if you can put them to bed this evening and find where they are roosting for tomorrow's setup.
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Old 04-28-2018, 10:12 AM   #11
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What a beautiful morning to be in the woods, if only it werenít so windy. I got on 2 gobblers this morning - no call, they just walked right on in. I took a shot at one of them and MISSED! Oh! The agony!! Tried calling them back, but yea.... we all know that wasnít gonna happen. Went and set up a few miles down and nothing for the rest of the morning. Even though it was unsuccessful, still having a blast!


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Old 04-28-2018, 10:29 AM   #12
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Spring turkey hunting is great.
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Old 04-29-2018, 09:01 AM   #13
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Old 04-29-2018, 09:02 AM   #14
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Weather is gorgeous..... now I just need me a turkey and Iíll be set!


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Old 04-29-2018, 10:27 AM   #16
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Old 04-29-2018, 10:36 AM   #17
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Good luck!!! I hope you get one.

Spring turkey hunting is definitely a blast. I love it.
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Old 04-29-2018, 04:31 PM   #18
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Thanks everyone! Iím really trying... Iím such a rookie and it shows more and more every time I go out into the woods. Lol. I have to laugh at myself to keep from beating myself up too badly.


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Old 04-29-2018, 04:39 PM   #19
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Thanks everyone! Iím really trying... Iím such a rookie and it shows more and more every time I go out into the woods. Lol. I have to laugh at myself to keep from beating myself up too badly.


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Congrats on getting out there. Having fun is the main part. Experience is a great teacher
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Old 04-29-2018, 04:42 PM   #20
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Old 04-30-2018, 09:19 AM   #22
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Yes, I am definitely going to try decoys this week now that my time is dwindling down. Today was another beautiful day but I only heard 1 gobbling and he kept getting further and further away from me. I have to work today so I canít make it out this afternoon, but I will be out here first thing in the morning. Sigh..... even if I havenít gotten my turkey yet, Iím still having a blast chasing them around.

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Old 04-30-2018, 09:54 AM   #24
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Nice Tom...Congrats!

But those may be the ugliest decoys I have ever seen.. Obviously they worked though..
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But those may be the ugliest decoys I have ever seen.. Obviously they worked though..
I know you were kidding, but also kinda serious. I recognize those decoys. I own a set. They didn't work out so well the first time I used them. Since then I haven't actually used a set of decoys because sitting near a feeder and calling them into the area seemed to work just fine...

I am sure sitting over corn might not be the most sporty... but I'm convinced I/we have called in some toms that would not have otherwise just cruised by for the corn. You can just tell by their demeanor that they weren't there for the corn... but figured the "ghost hen" was likely there because of the corn... you get the idea.

But I still remember the first time I saw gobblers get hung up on those decoys we used and was somewhat disappointed. I picked up some "nicer" ones this year. Still not the best, but obviously painted better, etc.

I will say this much (held out because I am by far not the most knowledgeable...) but I will say that being able to soft talk to turkeys when they get hung up is invaluable. I had a few times this past season that I busted them up or had some strutters hang up out of range. Being able to put out some soft purrs and clucks really did a number on them and brought them in.

I was playing around once when some hens that came through decided they were leaving. There is no better decoy than the real thing, so I would purr and soft yelp to get those ladies fired up... they hung around and at one point were circling my blind looking for me.... that did the trick because 15 minutes after they were about to bolt... here come thundering in some gobblers looking for a party.
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Old 04-30-2018, 02:30 PM   #27
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I know you were kidding, but also kinda serious. I recognize those decoys. I own a set. They didn't work out so well the first time I used them. Since then I haven't actually used a set of decoys because sitting near a feeder and calling them into the area seemed to work just fine...

I am sure sitting over corn might not be the most sporty... but I'm convinced I/we have called in some toms that would not have otherwise just cruised by for the corn. You can just tell by their demeanor that they weren't there for the corn... but figured the "ghost hen" was likely there because of the corn... you get the idea.

But I still remember the first time I saw gobblers get hung up on those decoys we used and was somewhat disappointed. I picked up some "nicer" ones this year. Still not the best, but obviously painted better, etc.

I will say this much (held out because I am by far not the most knowledgeable...) but I will say that being able to soft talk to turkeys when they get hung up is invaluable. I had a few times this past season that I busted them up or had some strutters hang up out of range. Being able to put out some soft purrs and clucks really did a number on them and brought them in.

I was playing around once when some hens that came through decided they were leaving. There is no better decoy than the real thing, so I would purr and soft yelp to get those ladies fired up... they hung around and at one point were circling my blind looking for me.... that did the trick because 15 minutes after they were about to bolt... here come thundering in some gobblers looking for a party.

50/50 of both... I have owned similar sets... some with less color even, but I did at least try to puff them out when I set them up.. So I do speak from experience..

Circa 2007 decoys.. passed on to a members son in 2015 I think.....after I repainted them. Yep I had painted the jake on the left to look like a second hen too..

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That being said the switch to Dakota and DSD decoys two years ago was night and day as far as the turkeys reacting to them....and more importantly staying with them and not spooking. They made a believer out of me and several of my lease members.


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Sorry Becka Marie for the highjack.....
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All I am going to say is it is crazy how Turkey season drives you to wanna buy so much stuff. I haven't even used my newer decoys and already I was looking at nicer ones instead Same things with the calls, I already want a louder pot call to have handy too.

I tell ya what Becka... it's addicting!
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All I am going to say is it is crazy how Turkey season drives you to wanna buy so much stuff. I haven't even used my newer decoys and already I was looking at nicer ones instead Same things with the calls, I already want a louder pot call to have handy too.

I tell ya what Becka... it's addicting!


Yup.. Iím shopping new popups and the new DSD mating pair of dekes myself just to be able to change it up..... and what I had this year worked great
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Yup.. Iím shopping new popups and the new DSD mating pair of dekes myself just to be able to change it up..... and what I had this year worked great
Which popups you looking at. Really am thinking of the primos double bull. Have killed a bird out of one and with my recurve. Kind of a hard price pill to swallow.... but....

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Old 04-30-2018, 07:06 PM   #32
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Double Bulls, if I can find a good price, Xenek and the Ameristep Element. Mine wonít be out but 9-15 days a year max so I donít really need to break the bank.
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Yea they ugly but Iíve had them around 4 years, never hunt over feeders and have killed turkeys with them. I call and call and here they come.


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Yea they ugly but Iíve had them around 4 years, never hunt over feeders and have killed turkeys with them. I call and call and here they come.


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Good deal. Same here

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I loved the dialog... this is how I learn lol

Iím hoping today is the day I bring one home. Im all set up, just waiting now


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I loved the dialog... this is how I learn lol

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Hope you get alot of good action today. Good luck!

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Oh My Ughhhhhhhhh........ today really has me thinking about giving up my goal to turkey hunt! I was on a turkey since 830 this morning and that gobbler gave me a run for my money. Crazy bird ended up going all the way around me and ended up on top of me where I couldnít get a shot! Literally 2.5 hours chasing that bird around and he won......

As frustrating as this is, im not giving up hope yet. I just gotta figure out a better game plan.

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Agreed...A good set of decoys with a 3/4 strut jake.. They hate that jake being with their new future girlfriend and will face him up..

I had 4 different Toms in my decoys this year over two weekends and every one went for the jake first....much like my video above.

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You can see all the pecking at the top of Fake Jake's head they did over two weekends....

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Oh My Ughhhhhhhhh........ today really has me thinking about giving up my goal to turkey hunt! I was on a turkey since 830 this morning and that gobbler gave me a run for my money. Crazy bird ended up going all the way around me and ended up on top of me where I couldnít get a shot! Literally 2.5 hours chasing that bird around and he won......

As frustrating as this is, im not giving up hope yet. I just gotta figure out a better game plan.

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I know it's frustrating, but that's what makes it so fun. The beauty is in the chase! Keep after them!

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[QUOTE=Smart;13347294]Agreed...A good set of decoys with a 3/4 strut jake.. They hate that jake being with their new future girlfriend and will face him up..

I had 4 different Toms in my decoys this year over two weekends and every one went for the jake first....much like my video above.

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Sorry to hijack, but what brand decoys are those Smart? They look really good and am looking to upgrade my setup after this season
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Sorry to hijack, but what brand decoys are those Smart? They look really good and am looking to upgrade my setup after this season

Thanks...It is a Dakota Decoy Jake and a David Smith Decoys (DSD) upright hen. I bought the jake on ebay on a deal so cheap I couldn't pass it up when I was wanting to upgrade from my foam decoys.....and my buddy ClayW and his Dad, who are big DSD supporters and users have given me heck for it since I got it.. It is basically a copy of the DSD with a lesser paint job. That's why his Dad gave him the name Fake Jake and it stuck.

That being said, my goal is to have a DSD 3/4 jake, this upright hen I have, a feeder hen and the DSD mating pair in my arsenal before next year. I just want to be able to change things up since I am strictly bowhunting them now..

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Oh My Ughhhhhhhhh........ today really has me thinking about giving up my goal to turkey hunt! I was on a turkey since 830 this morning and that gobbler gave me a run for my money. Crazy bird ended up going all the way around me and ended up on top of me where I couldnít get a shot! Literally 2.5 hours chasing that bird around and he won......

As frustrating as this is, im not giving up hope yet. I just gotta figure out a better game plan.

All suggestions are welcome


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Were you running and gunning, or staying put and trying to just call him to you?

When he was close, did you do loud yelps, or were you able to purr a little bit to get him to wander around in tighter?

I agree with the decoy suggestion... but I'd also be curious on how you are using terrain features to block him from coming in behind you. Are you setup where he has no real choice but to come in to the area in front of you?

If you need to buy a decoy, try and find a single hen at a minimum. If the gobbler has been beat up, etc, he might not come into a jake setup... but a lone hen or 2 hens... well... what guy doesn't want a new girlfriend without having to put up a fight...
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Thanks...It is a Dakota Decoy Jake and a David Smith Decoys (DSD) upright hen. I bought the jake on ebay on a deal so cheap I couldn't pass it up when I was wanting to upgrade from my foam decoys.....and my buddy ClayW and his Dad, who are big DSD supporters and users have given me heck for it since I got it.. It is basically a copy of the DSD with a lesser paint job. That's why his Dad gave him the name Fake Jake and it stuck.

That being said, my goal is to have a DSD 3/4 jake, this upright hen I have, a feeder hen and the DSD mating pair in my arsenal before next year. I just want to be able to change things up since I am strictly bowhunting them now..

Here is the mating pair right before I killed my second Tom of the year off them.

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And my set with a feeder hen I borrowed from Clay that weekend.

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Thanks for the good info sir, much appreciated. I am definitely gonna upgrade this year and DSD is definitely the frontrunner, that Dakota decoy looks darn good too though
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Were you running and gunning, or staying put and trying to just call him to you?



When he was close, did you do loud yelps, or were you able to purr a little bit to get him to wander around in tighter?



I agree with the decoy suggestion... but I'd also be curious on how you are using terrain features to block him from coming in behind you. Are you setup where he has no real choice but to come in to the area in front of you?



If you need to buy a decoy, try and find a single hen at a minimum. If the gobbler has been beat up, etc, he might not come into a jake setup... but a lone hen or 2 hens... well... what guy doesn't want a new girlfriend without having to put up a fight...


I was staying put, and he was in the bottom but no matter how much he hobbled, he wouldnít come, so I moved around to the east of him and dropped a little lower thinking he could only come up one way.... little did I know, the bird that wouldnít come up decides to go all the way around me and end up on top of me. He had a straight shot up - he just didnít take it. And he was a HUGE bird. So bummed!


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Thanks for the good info sir, much appreciated. I am definitely gonna upgrade this year and DSD is definitely the frontrunner, that Dakota decoy looks darn good too though


Appreciate the info too! Iím gonna google search those in a bit.


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I was staying put, and he was in the bottom but no matter how much he hobbled, he wouldnít come, so I moved around to the east of him and dropped a little lower thinking he could only come up one way.... little did I know, the bird that wouldnít come up decides to go all the way around me and end up on top of me. He had a straight shot up - he just didnít take it. And he was a HUGE bird. So bummed!


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How often are you calling? Did he come in from where you had been? Sounds like when you moved and went quiet, he moved too.

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