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Sitting in the blind waiting for the sun and gobblers.
« on: November 13, 2021, 06:11:07 AM »
Sitting in the blind waiting for the sun and gobblers.

Oh I hear a chirp chirp chirp of an early rising Turkey Hunter. Shhhhhhh!!! :o


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Re: Sitting in the blind waiting for the sun and gobblers.
« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2021, 12:50:11 PM »
Hum. Elephant sized gun, to shoot a bird. I'll have to think about that one!
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Re: Sitting in the blind waiting for the sun and gobblers.
« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2021, 05:05:02 PM »
The day started with me easing out onto the street in pea thick fog, and it remained that way for the total of 37 miles to the hunting grounds. I sure wished I had yellow fog lights to help with seeing because the fog was so bad I slowed to 35mph in areas. Made it to the ranch, and climbed up the hills to about halfway where we'd be parking the trucks, and the fog suddenly lifted. I was rewarded with a spectacular view of the starry night sky. It's been a while since I've seen so many stars, and I was quite enamored by it. Kevin showed up a few minutes later, and we chatted about our plans, and minutes later, we set off to our blinds.

My blind was set up nearby overlooking a lovely green field and the creek,  and Kevin's was quite a hike away in the Grotto which was downhill, and it was very close to another creek.

I took a folding camp chair, the Bulldog, and a backpack with protein bars, left over GF pizza, and the ever important thermos of coffee. The coffee was still hot even though I'd brewed it the night before. It sure tasted good, and warmed the belly in the rather chilly and damp air. Once in the blind I opened most of the screens, rearranged the 5 gallon bucket I had originally chosen as my shooting chair and made room for the folding chair. As I settled in and my eyes grew accustomed to the darkness, I started listening and scanning the windows in front of me. Owls were hoot, hoot hooting, and other birds started stirring. Off in the distance I listened to a turkey call that seemed just a bit off, and too persistent, and I figured it was a hunter sitting in a blind trying to get the roosting birds to pay him a visit once the roost ended.

Then I got goose bumps as coyotes started yipping and howling and barking. They were down the hill and across the creek and off to the South. Seemed like they were working on taking down a critter. More owl hooting, and now it was finally starting to get light. The Turkeys started their wake up calls, and it was a bunch of hens chirping and then Toms gobbling away. I heard the guy working his slate caller, and I wondered if the Turkeys would pay him a visit, or if they were on to him, as I was. The sun started showing and the coyotes started back up, only this time they sounded like they were on my side of the creek, and just over my shoulder. Just in case they happened by I made sure the Bulldog was cocked and ready to go, but on safe. Then I was treated to the presence of a spike buck just over my left shoulder, maybe 15 yards away starring at me. I was trying not to move or make noises, but I figure he smelled me.  A few minutes later three does came by and made their way from the left side to the right or creek side of the blind. They were 15-20 yards away, and I knew I could zap one and fill the freezer with meat. Alas we can't hunt deer with airguns in California. Sigh.

Then another three deer showed up and I had six deer all looking at me as though I were a ghost. I froze and they calmly walked around the blind.

I could hear the Turkeys had left the roost and were close to the creek now, and I made a few calls. A tom or two responded. But no Turkey's ever made it to my field. Eventually I got itchy feet, and packed up my stuff, closed up the blind and headed to the truck to drop off my backpack. Headed back down to the tree line and heard no more turkeys, and saw nothing.

Then Kevin messages me with a picture of downed Jake. Cool! At least one of us scored!

I decided to take my beast of a truck down to help him pack up his stuff, as that was a huge hill to climb up carrying an Impact, backpack and a turkey.

Made it down the hill, picked up Kevin and his bird, and we headed back to where he'd parked his truck.  It was muddy but not too bad, and the Dodge surrounding a Cummins made up the hill with no muss or fuss. We parked it, and then I headed down to the creek to see if I could rustle up a turkey. I worked it pretty hard and called here and there, crossed the creek but never did see Turkey. I did spot a ground squirrel I took a shot at, but it ducked into it's den as I squeezed the trigger. Oh well. I kept on going, and crossed back over the creek and started my climb up the hill. That'll get your heart a pumping.

Met up with Kevin and soon we packed it in.

Awesome day. A turkey would have been icing on the cake for me, but today was not my day, and that's a-o-k.

Some photos coming...
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Re: Sitting in the blind waiting for the sun and gobblers.
« Reply #3 on: November 13, 2021, 05:24:47 PM »
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Re: Sitting in the blind waiting for the sun and gobblers.
« Reply #4 on: November 13, 2021, 05:27:10 PM »
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Re: Sitting in the blind waiting for the sun and gobblers.
« Reply #5 on: November 13, 2021, 05:31:08 PM »
Fun morning. Being tucked into the ground blind and listening to the cacophony of the dawn creatures was cool. Steve had much more wildlife action around his set than I did. I had some 'yotes chirping in the draws around me and I thought I heard some soft hen clucks as the sun came up. The area we were hunting is on the side of a mountain above a valley/town and the fog was definitely low as Steve said. We were right on the edge of the elevation line between clear and pea soup; no demarcation between the two. Visibility was either unlimited or 50 yards. At one point Steve texted me that he was in full sun with zero fog and I couldn't see 30 yards. We were around 600 yards from each other.

I was using my FX .25 Impact with NSA 26.8 gr. slugs. Being in the ground blind makes shooting longer guns like the Texan unwieldy, so I chose to go with Impact. Easy to carry long distance, wicked accurate for precise placement, and I didn't plan on shooting past 50 yards. In the blind I had an oversize folding chair, snacks, and a good book ('Helmet for my Pillow' by Robert Lecke), and warm clothes. Very comfortable. I sat for a couple of hours and then had a whole flock of birds come ambling over the hill right into my lap. It was during the foggy period and I took the closest bird (there may have been 30 in the flock) that had a red head. It was about a 35-ish yard shot and I aimed right at the base of the neck. As soon as I shot it went down in a heap flopping. Having since this before I racked in another as the rest of the flock had the 'what the f&*$ was that?' look. The bird was spasming but not getting upright, so I backed out of the blind and made my way towards him just in case he decided to make a run for it, as so many have before. Not this time though. The flopping stopped and I had my bird. The wound channel was HUGE! Entry broke the wing joint above the breast on the left side, passed through, and exited out of the base of the neck on the right leaving a 1" hole.

I took a pic of the fog layer as we were leaving. The valley floor was still socked in, but as you can see we were maybe a 100' of elevation above it midmorning.
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Re: Sitting in the blind waiting for the sun and gobblers.
« Reply #6 on: November 14, 2021, 05:03:40 AM »
I've only hunted in California once, and once was enough. Unfortunately, I didn't have the scenery you all had, as it turned out to be the worse drought in many years at the time.

I do have, on the other hand, memories of the Muddy Creek area of Colorado (south of Rifle,) and those will stick in my mind forever. Yours should too!
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Re: Sitting in the blind waiting for the sun and gobblers.
« Reply #7 on: November 14, 2021, 12:31:14 PM »
I keep looking at the destruction that slug from FX Impact made in Kevin’s Turkey and I’m blown away. I still recall that Turkey that Kevin hit multiple times with his short lived .30 JSAR Raptor. It got up, was shot at least two more times and trotted away with both of us chasing after. But this Turkey went down for the count. Amazing.

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Re: Sitting in the blind waiting for the sun and gobblers.
« Reply #8 on: November 14, 2021, 01:38:42 PM »
I don't know what slugs he used before, but I can attest tp the killing power of the 26.8 Gr. NSAs, because I use them myself.
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Re: Sitting in the blind waiting for the sun and gobblers.
« Reply #9 on: November 15, 2021, 01:48:22 PM »
Not slugs in the Craptor, they were .30 JSB pellets. To be fair, I've also had more than one turkey run off after getting knocked with the .308 Texan. They're just tough birds.

On a side note, at some point my power selector on my Impact was turned to the lowest setting. I noticed that I was missing a lot this last week, both at ground squirrels with Steveoh and Euro doves at the dairy. The gun also just felt 'weak' and I could clearly see the pellet arching through the scope on every shot. I finally just took a glance at the power setting and...whoops!

I was lucky to kill that bird and am still amazed at the damage it caused.
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Re: Sitting in the blind waiting for the sun and gobblers.
« Reply #10 on: November 15, 2021, 02:49:12 PM »
Well Kevin, I'm not. At about 1,000 FPS, the NSA 26.8 Gr. slugs just splatter (unglue), and do exceptional damage. I'm convinced this is why I'm seeing so much red mist when shooting pigeons out to about 50 yards. Feathers? Like an exploding feather pillow!
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