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Old 02-14-2019, 08:26 PM   #1
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Well....we're about 30 days out from the South Opener

This year will be a little different than years past. We'll be hunting some of the usual spots in Texas, but also making a trips to Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, and Oklahoma. With my work situation being a little different this year, my plan is to take advantage of the "free" time and get out of state as much as possible.

What are the chances any of you guys are familiar with public land in Oklahoma or Kansas???
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Old 02-14-2019, 08:31 PM   #2
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Oklahoma public is tough from what I’ve read elsewhere. Iowa should be great, based on what the “hunting public” boys did up there last year. If you have a kayak, take it up some of the creeks to access some stuff guys on foot would have a harder time getting to.
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Good luck, looking forward to it....
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Old 02-14-2019, 08:33 PM   #4
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Oklahoma public is tough from what Iíve read elsewhere. Iowa should be great (based on what the ďhunting publicĒ boys did up there last year.
We are lucky enough to be hunting private land in Iowa and Nebraska...My research is giving me mixed feelings on OK
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Old 02-14-2019, 09:01 PM   #5
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Definitely in for the adventure. This thread never disappoints!
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Old 02-14-2019, 09:04 PM   #6
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Sounds like a great line-up!! Good luck Clay!!

I’ll be hunting Atascosa county. Saw some big birds during deer season, just need to get them to come and play.
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Old 02-14-2019, 09:32 PM   #7
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Old 02-15-2019, 10:05 AM   #8
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Sounds like you got a full schedule Clay. That's awesome. OK public will have a lot of pressure especially from out of staters. KS gets plenty too but more spread out between more areas to hunt. Most people hunt the walk in turkey hunt areas compared to wma's and corps of engineer properties. Are you hunting merriams in NE? If so northwest or north central? Looking forward to your updates and Zima breaks
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Old 02-15-2019, 10:13 AM   #9
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Sounds like you got a full schedule Clay. That's awesome. OK public will have a lot of pressure especially from out of staters. KS gets plenty too but more spread out between more areas to hunt. Most people hunt the walk in turkey hunt areas compared to wma's and corps of engineer properties. Are you hunting merriams in NE? If so northwest or north central? Looking forward to your updates and Zima breaks
Smart already criticized me for the weak intro so I'll provide some more details when I get a minute

For Nebraska, I'll be hunting South Central on some private land. I assume those are all Rios.
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How the heck you gonna pack all yalls gadgets and gear into some
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Old 02-15-2019, 10:20 AM   #11
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How the heck you gonna pack all yalls gadgets and gear into some

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Well....

Iím gonna catch some hell for this but Iíll be doing quite a bit of my hunting with the 20ga. Iíll provide some details on the turkey gun I ďbuiltĒ
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Old 02-15-2019, 10:27 AM   #12
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Iím gonna catch some hell for this but Iíll be doing quite a bit of my hunting with the 20ga. Iíll provide some details on the turkey gun I ďbuiltĒ


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Nothing wrong with ďjellyingĒ a toms head to the fresh smell of burnt gun powder
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Old 02-15-2019, 11:05 AM   #14
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Nothing wrong with “jellying” a toms head to the fresh smell of burnt gun powder

There was 3 years ago when I was doing it..


Just sayin'..
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Old 02-15-2019, 12:42 PM   #15
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Alright, ready for this thread to kick off!
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Old 02-15-2019, 01:00 PM   #16
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Looking forward for the thread to kickoff, I’m counting down the days til the south opener myself.

What about trying NM instead of OK?
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Old 02-15-2019, 03:28 PM   #17
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Looking forward for the thread to kickoff, Iím counting down the days til the south opener myself.

What about trying NM instead of OK?
I didn't even think of that....until now


Are you familiar with NM?
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Old 02-15-2019, 03:30 PM   #18
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There was 3 years ago when I was doing it..


Just sayin'..
Superstar!!!
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Old 02-15-2019, 04:18 PM   #20
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You gonna show us this turkey gun concoction or just stand there with your teeth in your mouth?..
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I didn't even think of that....until now


Are you familiar with NM?
Several knowledgeable NM guys that post over at Old Gobbler.
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Old 02-15-2019, 11:58 PM   #22
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Do you use concur/worldtravel? I got an email from a rep about a flight change cost to Fayetteville. Let her know she has the wrong Wi...
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Old 02-16-2019, 11:07 AM   #23
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Sounds like a great season amigo, I was thinking about hunting the dakotas, Wyoming, and Montana this year but with the new house and all itís just not in the cards I donít think.
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Should be fun if hunting easterns, not sure i could pursue Rios with that much effort.
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Old 02-16-2019, 11:47 AM   #25
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Should be fun if hunting easterns, not sure i could pursue Rios with that much effort.
Killing birds on public land, regardless of subspecies is rewarding.
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Old 02-16-2019, 03:15 PM   #26
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Should be fun if hunting easterns, not sure I could pursue Rios with that much effort.



It's all about the spurs and fan pics.......
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Old 02-17-2019, 08:27 AM   #27
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It's all about the spurs and fan pics.......


Bingo!

(But mainly the fans)
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Old 02-17-2019, 08:29 AM   #28
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Birds are exactly where Iíd hope/thought theyíd be....28 hens and 9 gobblers
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Birds are exactly where Iíd hope/thought theyíd be....28 hens and 9 gobblers



niiiice!
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Old 02-17-2019, 08:39 AM   #30
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12 hens and 2 gobblers on the other end of the field

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Old 02-17-2019, 08:47 AM   #31
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So 11 Gobblers......8 big ones for me and PoPo.... so that leaves three of the smaller ones for you and Luke...
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Watched a bunch of hens this morning



Check out the rope under this girls neck, best Iíve seen.....
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Heard birds gobbling on the roost this past weekend. I’m sure this cold weather has set them back a little. I can’t wait! May try to get up to some distant family land in Kansas this year along with Texas and New Mexico. We’ll see.

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Heard birds gobbling on the roost this past weekend. I’m sure this cold weather has set them back a little. I can’t wait! May try to get up to some distant family land in Kansas this year along with Texas and New Mexico. We’ll see.


Good luck! They were hammering on the roost this past weekend in Johnson City, saw a few gobblers but they were still grouped up....




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Old 02-20-2019, 08:47 AM   #35
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Watched a bunch of hens this morning



Check out the rope under this girls neck, best Iíve seen.....


Thatís a solid beard for a hen!
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Clay, think I saw ya at the rodeo last night with the fam.
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Old 02-20-2019, 09:14 AM   #37
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Clay, think I saw ya at the rodeo last night with the fam.


Should have yelled at me!

My nephew won the mutton bustin
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Old 02-20-2019, 09:23 AM   #38
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Should have yelled at me!

My nephew won the mutton bustin
You were with your family, didn't want to intrude! I'll shake your hand one of these days. Maybe we can grab a beer with Nate when he's in town.

That boy made one heck of a run! Congrats!
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You were with your family, didn't want to intrude! I'll shake your hand one of these days. Maybe we can grab a beer with Nate when he's in town.



That boy made one heck of a run! Congrats!


Sounds good to me!
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Old 02-20-2019, 10:45 AM   #40
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Deer protein paying off, check out those spurs



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In.... already been getting amped up for April!!!! Bring on SPRING THUNDER!!!!
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I made need to start feeding protein!!!!
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Great hooks on that bird James! Double down?!?🤣
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With the amount of short hunts and public land in the schedule, I decided to get a turkey gun put together.

I already had a youth model 20ga Remington 870 so thatís where I started. The gun was a little short so I added a a shurshot synthetic stock. I also added a Burris red dot site and a Camo job from Mossy Oak graphics.



Iíll be shooting the new Federal TSS #9s (or #7s in Iowa).





Only thing I need to do is decide on the choke. Iíve been playing with a Primos Tightwad, Remington Super Full, and Indian Creek. Theyíll all kill a turkey but I need some more time to pattern them. The IC and Super Full setupswill easily kill turkeys at 40+ yards but that comes with a very tight pattern at 15-20.
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Shoot them walking away. Or maybe try some federal third degree loads or heavy shot mag blend. Honestly though, I’d take the good pattern at 40 with an overly tight pattern in close than a more open pattern in close, but not feeling confident when a bird hangs up at the edge of range.
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With the amount of short hunts and public land in the schedule, I decided to get a turkey gun put together.

I already had a youth model 20ga Remington 870 so thatís where I started. The gun was a little short so I added a a shurshot synthetic stock. I also added a Burris red dot site and a Camo job from Mossy Oak graphics.



Iíll be shooting the new Federal TSS #9s (or #7s in Iowa).





Only thing I need to do is decide on the choke. Iíve been playing with a Primos Tightwad, Remington Super Full, and Indian Creek. Theyíll all kill a turkey but I need some more time to pattern them. The IC and Super Full setupswill easily kill turkeys at 40+ yards but that comes with a very tight pattern at 15-20.


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Interesting shot choice.
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Interesting shot choice.


The weight of the tungsten allows for the smaller shot and excess amount of pellets.

If I recall correctly, the #9 TSS shoots like a lead #4...except you have over twice amount of pellets
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