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Old 03-08-2021, 01:40 PM   #1
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After last year's butt whoopin, I had to get JFT back in the game I’m not sure how much of a “tour” it’ll be this year, but we’ll be hunting as much as we can.

Season starts this weekend and Kayden is hoping to get her 2nd bird. Last year she got a jake and she said she wants a big gobbler this time! I'm pretty dang excited to get her out there again

After that, it’ll be the same ol story for PoPo and I. We’ll hit our usual spots in Karnes & Wilson and we are planning to hit New Mexico mid-April. I also plan to hit East Texas and maybe jump on a plane to the west coast or something….we’ll see how it plays out.

While it has been picking up lately, the birds seem to have been impacted by the winter storm and are running behind. I just recently started seeing/hearing gobblers. Heck…a few of our honey holes are birdless With the nice weather, I expect things to get back on track here pretty quick!
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Old 03-08-2021, 01:45 PM   #2
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This is probably the flock Kayden will be hunting Saturday morning

3 big gobblers and 29 hens on Saturday morning
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Old 03-08-2021, 01:46 PM   #3
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My favorite thread of the year! In for updates and hope to get a few hunts in this year.
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Old 03-08-2021, 01:51 PM   #4
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Kayden’s jake from last year
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Old 03-08-2021, 01:52 PM   #5
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In to watch JFT and the real star PoPo!! We went from 1-2 gobblers on our place all last year to 8ish on the place this year based on cameras this season. We must have had a die off or a big kill of some sorts combined with a few bad hatches because we went from can't beat them off with a stick for 5-6 years to "where did all the birds go?" the last two. Might be another year before we can host Team PoPo with any success...



Good luck to y'all....If anything changes between now and then I'll let y'all know.
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Old 03-08-2021, 01:55 PM   #6
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In to watch JFT and the real star PoPo!! We went from 1-2 gobblers on our place all last year to 8ish on the place this year based on cameras this season. We must have had a die off or a big kill of some sorts combined with a few bad hatches because we went from can't beat them off with a stick for 5-6 years to "where did all the birds go?" the last two. Might be another year before we can host Team PoPo with any success...



Good luck to y'all....If anything changes between now and then I'll let y'all know.

Maaaan I could go for some jalepeno poppers, ribeyes and cobbler!!
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May never happen again but it dang sure would be cool to get another one of these!
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Old 03-08-2021, 01:58 PM   #8
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Old 03-08-2021, 02:04 PM   #9
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Maaaan I could go for some jalepeno poppers, ribeyes and cobbler!!



You and me both!!! Been awhile for me too..


Hopefully some more mature birds show.
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Old 03-08-2021, 02:09 PM   #10
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Good Luck Clay!!

Hope to get in the woods too. Not many birds this year, but seen a good one at the end of deer season that had some big hooks!!
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Old 03-08-2021, 03:09 PM   #11
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I'll be hunting a new place out west this year. Not high hopes but there are a few around. Had a couple of pretty bad storms this winter so curious to see how that affected everything.
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Old 03-08-2021, 04:21 PM   #12
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Let's do this!

I haven't done a lick of scouting or knocked the dust off my yelpers yet. DSD army is ready for action though. The gobbling I heard at the end of duck season in Medina county was bananas and means most of the jake cartel from last year lived. Hopefully they survived the ice storm. Got enough birds around some of the other places I hunt to keep things interesting anyways.
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Old 03-08-2021, 04:34 PM   #13
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Old 03-08-2021, 05:05 PM   #14
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Just got my Colorado tag in the mail today! I'm pumped to give that state a shot. I'll also be in New Mexico a couple of weekends when their season kicks off. Finally the best season if the year!
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Old 03-08-2021, 05:32 PM   #15
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Was thinking about knocking Colorado off my states to harvest a spring bird in as well. We’ll see how the spring shapes up. Texas and New Mexico will take priority. Time is limited this spring.
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Old 03-08-2021, 05:33 PM   #16
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One of my favorite threads of the year.

Tuned in and following along.

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Old 03-08-2021, 05:40 PM   #17
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Here we go!!
I'll be hunting my local spots in South Texas and the Hill Country during March/April. Then in May I'll be spending 3 weeks chasing after them in Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming.
Good luck to all.
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Old 03-08-2021, 06:45 PM   #18
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Hoping for a great season this year, can’t wait to get out in the woods! I drew Muse WMA this year, so I’ll get an opportunity for a Rio this year, mid April needs to hurry up. As usual, we’ll be working hard for an Eastern too. The man child is itching to fill a tag, and will shoot the first legal bird we get a chance at. I’m still vying for a big Eastern long beard, hope the stars align.

Good luck everyone!
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Old 03-08-2021, 07:18 PM   #19
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In! Taking my daughter my daughter youth weekend to try and get her first bird, we are North zone though so we have a few weeks to go. Good luck to you and your little girl this weekend, we will be pulling for her.
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Old 03-09-2021, 08:10 AM   #20
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Not sure if it’s just this spot but I’ve seen several mature gobblers with little beards lately.



Both of these fellas are sporting solid spurs but beards are just a few inches.
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Old 03-09-2021, 08:19 AM   #21
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Will be following along... Good luck to you and your daughter this weekend Clay!
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Old 03-09-2021, 08:29 AM   #22
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While it has been picking up lately, the birds seem to have been impacted by the winter storm and are running behind. I just recently started seeing/hearing gobblers. Heck…a few of our honey holes are birdless With the nice weather, I expect things to get back on track here pretty quick!
If I remember correctly you said last year was a slow start as well. Birds just weren't gobbling.

I'll be headed to New Mexico and hunting the Texas as well.

Anyone have any suggestions on seasons that run to the end of May? I know colorado does. I may be able to do another hunt mid to late May.
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Old 03-09-2021, 08:32 AM   #23
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If I remember correctly you said last year was a slow start as well. Birds just weren't gobbling.

I'll be headed to New Mexico and hunting the Texas as well.

Anyone have any suggestions on seasons that run to the end of May? I know colorado does. I may be able to do another hunt mid to late May.
Yep...I read through my notes from last year. It was definitely a weird year. Looking back, it wasn't that they were late as much as sporadic. They were hit and miss most of the season.
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Old 03-09-2021, 08:34 AM   #24
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Let's do this!

I haven't done a lick of scouting or knocked the dust off my yelpers yet. DSD army is ready for action though. The gobbling I heard at the end of duck season in Medina county was bananas and means most of the jake cartel from last year lived. Hopefully they survived the ice storm. Got enough birds around some of the other places I hunt to keep things interesting anyways.
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Should have ran an arrow through one or 2 of em
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Old 03-09-2021, 08:38 AM   #25
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Looking forward to it.....

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Old 03-09-2021, 08:38 AM   #26
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Heard some early gobbles and saw a few starting to puff up and strut around last Saturday in Medina county so hopefully the weather cooperates and my oldest will get a shot at one this year. It will be his first turn on the gun this year. He did good in practice with the .410 so we will see how it plays out. It’s a lot of fun not knowing who’s more excited, me or him!
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Old 03-09-2021, 08:53 AM   #27
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I’m pretty mad at them this year! My little honey hole is looking very promising just south of San Antonio. Have a few other hunts lined up. Come on March 20



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Old 03-09-2021, 09:22 AM   #28
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Good luck! Just picked up a new property for this year, excited to see how it turns out. Headed up this weekend for youth and then to the new place next weekend for the opener.
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Old 03-09-2021, 09:33 AM   #29
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Clay. Did you put in for Iowa?

I am seeing more birds this year despite a cold winter. We must have had a good hatch last spring. The Coyote hunters have been doing a good job in this area also.
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Old 03-09-2021, 09:41 AM   #30
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Nice shots

Should have ran an arrow through one or 2 of em
I video what I can when I'm hunting but typically don't bring out the big camera until all my tags are filled. They were all already filled when those pics were taken

My second Kansas bird was laying about 10 yards out of the camera frame on those Eastern pics. They would go back and forth from flogging the dead bird to beating or standing on that jake decoy. They did it for over an hour. Fun hunt.
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Old 03-09-2021, 10:46 AM   #31
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Clay. Did you put in for Iowa?

I am seeing more birds this year despite a cold winter. We must have had a good hatch last spring. The Coyote hunters have been doing a good job in this area also.

Hey Mike

I didn’t put in. My dad and I just couldn’t get the season dates to work out.
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Old 03-09-2021, 10:51 AM   #32
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My 13 year old drew a tag at James Daughtrey, so we will be kicking off the season this Saturday on Choke Canyon Lake. He had an awesome deer hunt there a few years ago, so we're pretty excited to get to go back.
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Old 03-10-2021, 06:52 AM   #33
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Birds were on the ground at 6:23 this morning. Kinda cloudy and overcast here in Wilson county.....
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Old 03-10-2021, 07:42 AM   #34
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Birds were on the ground at 6:23 this morning. Kinda cloudy and overcast here in Wilson county.....

Kayden said “thanks for scouting for me”
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Old 03-10-2021, 08:02 AM   #35
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Kayden said “thanks for scouting for me”
Hell ya! They were talking early despite the breezy cloud cover. Usually makes them later to warm their vocals.....
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Old 03-11-2021, 06:24 AM   #36
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Got a text from Chels last night saying Kayden picked out her turkey


I’ve been in Baltimore all week and should get home late tonight. Gotta pack everything up, pick up Kayden tomorrow at 3:30, and then we’ll be heading south to roost birds and set the pop up. Looking forward to an awesome weekend with Kayden and popo
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Got a text from Chels last night saying Kayden picked out her turkey


I’ve been in Baltimore all week and should get home late tonight. Gotta pack everything up, pick up Kayden tomorrow at 3:30, and then we’ll be heading south to roost birds and set the pop up. Looking forward to an awesome weekend with Kayden and popo
They are laying already and I heard the first gobble at 5:28a this morning. Better hurry up!
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Old 03-12-2021, 07:42 AM   #38
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For those of you and n the market for a new pop up blind....

This Barronett Ox-5 seems to be the real deal.

Huge
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Half the price of others

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Old 03-12-2021, 08:05 AM   #39
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Would like to find a nest and put a camera on it. Our hatches have been way down the past couple of years in west Texas. Any pointers on locating nests?


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Old 03-12-2021, 08:33 AM   #40
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For those of you and n the market for a new pop up blind....

This Barronett Ox-5 seems to be the real deal.

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Half the price of others


Wow Mr. "Smart you better go with a double bull or you'll be sorry" has changed his ways....
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Old 03-12-2021, 08:43 AM   #41
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Wow Mr. "Smart you better go with a double bull or you'll be sorry" has changed his ways....
Come on Smart!!!

We've talked about how their quality has gone to crap. They don't make em like they used to
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Come on Smart!!!

We've talked about how their quality has gone to crap. They don't make em like they used to

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You aren't packing this thing in though....weighs almost 35lbs I think.Big enough for me, you, PoPo, and an ice chest
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Old 03-12-2021, 08:55 AM   #44
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You aren't packing this thing in though....weighs almost 35lbs I think.Big enough for me, you, PoPo, and an ice chest

Daaaaang! With PoPo's ice chest it has two be at least two rooms large then..
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Headin south
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Old 03-12-2021, 02:55 PM   #47
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Old 03-12-2021, 03:10 PM   #48
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Old 03-12-2021, 03:10 PM   #49
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Good luck JFT, PoPo and Kayden!
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Old 03-12-2021, 03:43 PM   #50
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Good luck!

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