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steveoh

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Turkey Hunting with Kevin
« on: March 30, 2019, 06:33:53 PM »
Awesome day turkey hunting with Kevin today.

Showed up at Kevin at 8 am to find him calling Turkeys in the driveway. Cool! We got our stuff and spent maybe an hour calling and stalking. No luck. Loaded up Kevin’s truck and we headed to the first farm.

I tried to pack light but of course carrying s small tank, extra bullets, binoculars, range finder, water, protein bars, bipod , shooting stick, and a 12 pound Texan it was anything but light. I quickly found that hauling extra stuff is just exhausting.

Note to self check battery for range finder before leaving the house. Doh!

Rather a play by play description of the whole day, let’s just say we saw way more Turkeys than we actually got a chance to shoot at. We stalked rather than sit in a blind all day. I easy got my Fitbit mandated 10,000 steps in and that involved an awful lot of climbing up hills. My wagon is draggin.

We sat watching a flock maybe 250-300 yards away for quite awhile, when Kevin calls in two Turkeys from the woods directly behind us. He excitedly gestured to me to take a shot. I grab my Texan, swing around and afirst I couldn’t see them, when I did the had a layer of branches separating us, then I lost sight again and had to move over behind the tree next to me. They were hightailing it away and by the time they were in good alignment and I had settled down by leaning against the tree, they were maybe a hundred yards away. They were quartering away and I decided to take a Hail Mary shot. It smacked the mud next to the turkey and made it flinch. Well shucks.

We hung around a little more and high tailed back to Kevin’s.

We pull in, put stuff away, Kevin says was that a turkey or a dog? Well it was a small group of turkey s and I say your turn for a shot. Kevin runs and fetched his Texan and sneaks up and whacks a jake. I try to get a bead on others in retreat but did not get a clear shot.

Awesome day! I learned new stuff and got to hunt with Kevin again. And boy did I get exercise.

Much more happened but I’m ready to go drink some cognac and get off my feet.

« Last Edit: March 30, 2019, 06:50:26 PM by steveoh »


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Re: Turkey Hunting with Kevin
« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2019, 07:03:03 PM »
That was a pretty cool day. I just woke up from much needed nap. Now I'm walking like Redd Foxx because my feet are sore. Definitely saw/heard a lot of birds. Learned a lot. I think I have trenchfoot from all of the wet ground and mud. Tough walking when the heifers have created a mine field by sinking to their knees with every step and leaving water-filled craters.

You'll get your bird. It was actually really fun to watch you get so worked up when those two toms came in out of nowhere. You definitely got buck (bird) fever. When the action was over and you were holding your heart, panting to catch your breath (we'd been stationary for 20 to 30 minutes) and couldn't keep your voice down it was clear you were having fun.  ;D

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Re: Turkey Hunting with Kevin
« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2019, 05:22:32 AM »
Now I'm walking like Redd Foxx because my feet are sore. Was this a "I'm coming Elisabeth!" moment?
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Re: Turkey Hunting with Kevin
« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2019, 02:25:04 PM »
Ha Ha Alan

You guys go out this morning? The turkeys around my place disappeared this week. I'm going to have to throw out some grain.
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Re: Turkey Hunting with Kevin
« Reply #4 on: March 31, 2019, 04:24:40 PM »
I took advantage of the sun today and went to Bodega and scored on some fresh crab today. Had to work to get 13 for two of us, but the weather was beautiful. I'm giving the turkeys a rest for a bit. Two of the three ranches I went to yesterday had guys hunting close to the property line and in one case on the same ranch. I'll wait until the pressure eases up a bit and the birds calm down. The limit is only three so there's no rush.

Pasta and turkey sausage meatballs tonight, crab cioppino tomorrow. Loving the bounty of the area.
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Re: Turkey Hunting with Kevin
« Reply #5 on: March 31, 2019, 06:25:15 PM »
I took advantage of the sun today and went to Bodega and scored on some fresh crab today. Had to work to get 13 for two of us, but the weather was beautiful. I'm giving the turkeys a rest for a bit. Two of the three ranches I went to yesterday had guys hunting close to the property line and in one case on the same ranch. I'll wait until the pressure eases up a bit and the birds calm down. The limit is only three so there's no rush.

Pasta and turkey sausage meatballs tonight, crab cioppino tomorrow. Loving the bounty of the area.

Yay crab dinner!

The Turkeys will be there when you are ready.
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Re: Turkey Hunting with Kevin
« Reply #6 on: March 31, 2019, 08:12:57 PM »
Threw some grain out and a hen showed up when I was leaving to town, the toms will be around soon. I usually have a hen or two in the back nesting, Oprah will find them if they are. She doesn't bother the nesting ones. She just likes ducks and C doves. ;D
Guess I'll break out the FT BSA and waste a couple .177 pellets. But then I'll have to clean it, cancel that.
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