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Old 04-22-2018, 02:10 PM   #451
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Another one bit the dust this am. Double beard, 10 1/4” on the long one. 1 1/4” spurs. Life is good! I have pics but not able to post from my phone.


Assume you’re Nate’s buddy?
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Old 04-22-2018, 02:11 PM   #452
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Was in the “Eastern” woods on Saturday morning for a bit. Got on a good bird and just didn’t get him killed. Foreseeing the washout that was coming I opted to head back home. Got back to the Rio woods today....lol


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Those Easterns are just too dang tough 🤦🏼*♂️
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Old 04-22-2018, 08:58 PM   #453
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I’m killing a big one next weekend, or else! I’ll update as I can, pretty poor signal up there.
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Old 04-22-2018, 09:59 PM   #454
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I’m killing a big one next weekend, or else! I’ll update as I can, pretty poor signal up there.


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Old 04-22-2018, 10:02 PM   #455
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All packed up for the trip....I was only able to stuff 3 DSD’s in there so I chose the motion pair and a feeder.
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Old 04-23-2018, 06:14 AM   #456
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Go get em, bud! Can't wait to follow along this trip.
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Doubled up this morning on a friend’s place in schliecher county. Photos and story this evening. Tagged out in Texas and heading to New Mexico on Wednesday. I live for this ****
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Old 04-23-2018, 08:28 AM   #458
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All packed up for the trip....I was only able to stuff 3 DSD’s in there so I chose the motion pair and a feeder.
Hopefully Popo can bring the 3/4 jake.. Good luck to yall!

BTW....yall wanna borrow fake jake for guaranteed success?..
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2 year old and 3 year old. 17 and 18.5 pounds respectively.


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Old 04-23-2018, 12:55 PM   #460
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btw....yall wanna borrow fake jake for guaranteed success?..

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Old 04-23-2018, 12:57 PM   #461
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Hahahaha LMAO!!

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Old 04-23-2018, 12:58 PM   #462
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2 year old and 3 year old. 17 and 18.5 pounds respectively.


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Awesome! Congrats on the double!
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Old 04-23-2018, 01:01 PM   #463
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Assume you’re Nate’s buddy?
Yes sir. I would love to have a beer with you one day and discuss your decoying strategy. Nate and I were talking about that this weekend while trying to figure those birds out. This definitely has a way of getting into your blood LOL.
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Old 04-23-2018, 10:27 PM   #464
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Yes sir. I would love to have a beer with you one day and discuss your decoying strategy. Nate and I were talking about that this weekend while trying to figure those birds out. This definitely has a way of getting into your blood LOL.


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Yes sir. I would love to have a beer with you one day and discuss your decoying strategy. Nate and I were talking about that this weekend while trying to figure those birds out. This definitely has a way of getting into your blood LOL.


OML... he’s not gonna be able to fit his head in my cabin front door now

He and PoPo definitely renewed my addiction to bowhunting turkeys over decoys last year on their first trip. And this year was a blast. I’m spending or will be spending way too much money upgrading “tools” for next year.

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Old 04-24-2018, 03:33 AM   #466
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OML... he’s not gonna be able to fit his head in my cabin front door now

He and PoPo definitely renewed my addiction to bowhunting turkeys over decoys last year on their first trip. And this year was a blast. I’m spending or will be spending way too much money upgrading “tools” for next year.


Haha

And you’re welcome 🤷🏻*♂️
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Old 04-24-2018, 09:33 AM   #467
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We got out my buddy’s place Sunday a little before noon, and hunted hard, only returning to camp once before dark to get a bite to eat. We saw sign everywhere, but could not buy a gobble until 5:30. We eventually worked a bird and got him close enough to hear him spitting and drumming, but there was a cross fence between him and us and when our decoys (that were visible to him) didn’t come to him, he lost interest and moved on. We heard a few other gobbles that evening, but none close. Just before dark we tried to cut a group of toms off going to roost, but we never could get ahead of them. My buddy had a meeting he had to go to attend Monday morning, but gave me the okay to stay for the Monday morning hunt. I’m glad I did. I wake up just as dawn’s first light is on the eastern horizon. I decide to stick near camp until a bird gobbled on its own. Eventually I hear a few birds a half mile away and begin my trek. I got setup within 150 yards of a roosted tom in a live oak on the edge of a utility easement/clearing. I give him a few soft yelps, and he gobbles, but then I hear a hen start up. I call and she calls back. Several other birds gobble further down the easement to the south. The bird I was setup on eventually flies down to the easement and heads north. Also stops gobbling. I heard three birds fly down from the tree he was in, so I assume he had a hen or two of his own.

I move further south down the easement, and can hear the birds slowly working up this way. A hen continues to yelp, with several different gobblers sounding off. I get setup on a road that comes off the easement and leads to a windmill. Two toms break away and slowly but surely start heading my way. Twenty mins after sitting down, the appear from my left. A strutter followed by a subordinate bird. They skirt the decoys (maybe they don’t care for the name at this point of the season, but are still within shotgun range). I give a few yelps with the mouth call to break the leading tom out of strut. He gobbles, and continues to walk by slowly. I put him down, and the subordinate bird runs behind a small cedar. I give him a yelp, and he pokes his head out enough for a clear shot.

The birds I’ve killed this year have really liked a loud series of yelps on a box call. They could be well within range of my diaphragm calling, but would gobble more frequently with the sheer volume I was able to create with a box, even on calm days.
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Old 04-24-2018, 09:51 AM   #468
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OML... he’s not gonna be able to fit his head in my cabin front door now

He and PoPo definitely renewed my addiction to bowhunting turkeys over decoys last year on their first trip. And this year was a blast. I’m spending or will be spending way too much money upgrading “tools” for next year.
You're telling me! I feel like I have to order some DSD's now. I have never been too big on the decoy thing but I realize how much of a difference it makes now. This weekend we watched a bird cross about 1/4 mile of open field just to come say hi...you woulda thought the dang thing had 170" of antler on his head with how shook up I got...the fire has been re-ignited.


Oh yeah uh btw....good luck up North this week Clay.
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Old 04-24-2018, 10:18 AM   #469
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Bout to board for Salt Lake to Casper
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Old 04-24-2018, 10:21 AM   #470
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Good luck! Safe Travels!

BTW ...PoPo asked me to FedEx Fake Jake up to Casper for him....
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Good luck! Bring ya back some of them white tipped tail feathers!!
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Old 04-24-2018, 10:27 AM   #472
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Good luck! Safe Travels!

BTW ...PoPo asked me to FedEx Fake Jake up to Casper for him....

Ship it. I’ll leave it here!

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That’s the plan!
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Old 04-24-2018, 10:36 AM   #473
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Travis Hall, CEO of Browning North America and I got a tough one Sunday evening and four before 10:00 AM yesterday morning. We were hunting some really good country in the Hill Country with lots of gobbling birds. Not sure I will go after them again this spring as I am busy chasing other critters.
While a box call can generate a lot of volume, nothing beats a "snuff box" call especially when Cuz Strickland is blowing it. I have hunted with Cuz for many years and he can raise a bird better than anyone I ever saw. I tell him that they aren't really answering him, just shock gobbling back.
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Old 04-24-2018, 10:41 AM   #474
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Good luck Clay, and keep us posted.
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Old 04-24-2018, 10:42 AM   #475
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Good luck Clay, and keep us posted.


Will do my best. I’ll take notes during the day in case there isn’t service.

There should be good service at the lodge.
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Old 04-24-2018, 10:45 AM   #476
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Ship it. I’ll leave it here!
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Hahahahahaha
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“Name” should be replaced with “Jake” in my previous post when I mentioned that maybe the birds didn’t care for the decoy at this point in the season.
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Old 04-24-2018, 12:24 PM   #478
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Made it

Snowing and cold
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Old 04-24-2018, 01:36 PM   #479
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Good luck to all out there ! Finally sealed the deal on this Tom.
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Great bird, Congratulations!
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Old 04-24-2018, 02:51 PM   #481
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Not Texas
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Old 04-24-2018, 03:27 PM   #482
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You should be able to track them fairly easy......
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Old 04-24-2018, 05:15 PM   #483
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I was able to get on my second bird in New Mexico by following his tracks to a bench he liked to strut on (found drag marks from his wing tips as well).


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Old 04-24-2018, 05:27 PM   #484
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It’s supposed to be in the 60’s so hopefully I don’t have to worry about snow


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Stopped by the jobsite and now catching up on emails. One more day of work tomorrow and then it’s time to hunt.

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Good luck to all out there ! Finally sealed the deal on this Tom.
Great bird.....super spurs! Congrats!
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Not Texas


And we thought Sat was cold.. Sheesh! hope it melts off quick.
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Shouldn’t you be wearing a DSD hat Clay
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Shouldn’t you be wearing a DSD hat Clay


And where’s the turkey beard? All clean shaven and stuff!!
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Gotta keep em nice and clean for LDP’s
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Gotta look pretty for work
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Old 04-25-2018, 02:31 PM   #493
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Finally on the road. Should be there in time to roost some birds if the wind isn’t blowing too hard.
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So Sprint turned off my data 🤷🏻*♂️

Luckily the rental car has WiFi

Updates will come every evening or as Smart can update.





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Soooooo

I think this town is dry

We may have to figure something out
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I think this town is dry

We may have to figure something out


Hahaha. That is no bueno


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Old 04-25-2018, 08:42 PM   #497
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I think this town is dry

We may have to figure something out


Should have UPSd some stones!
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Old 04-25-2018, 09:30 PM   #498
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Old 04-25-2018, 10:42 PM   #499
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Pretty good sale at Bass Pro right now on DSD decoys.... through 4/26/18

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All I got from Clay today.

Sprint still sucks.

Been on birds all mornin but lots of hens. Playing cat and mouse

Had another gobbler at about 20-25 yards but wouldn’t come over hill
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