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2018 Hunting Thread

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by MikeD, Apr 23, 2018.

  1. MikeD

    MikeD I'm Your Huckleberry Staff Member Global Moderator "Philanthropist"

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    Got a chance to do a little out of state hunting this year. Last week was my yearly Lake Erie fishing trip and was kind of a bust with bad weather and just no action so I made an impulsive decision and hooked up with some friends to do some hunting in KY (Sorry JohnA it was the other end of the state and was kind of a last minute thing else I would have tried to meet up.)

    Got this guy the second evening of a short hunt. Two came in and we might have had a double but it happened fast and my buddy didn't even get a change to put down his call and pick up his gun before it was over.

    He was 18 pounds with a 10 1/8" beard.

    Got him with my 930 using Winchester Longbeard 3" #6's and a Primos Tight Wad choke. He was about 10 yards away when I shot him.

    We weren't really even seriously hunting, it was more of a scouting mission to see where they were roosting for the next mornings hunt. He gobble behind us so I had to move around to get a shot. He then went silent so I thought I had been busted when all of a sudden I heard leaves rustling and he ran in with a buddy. They passed behind a root cluster of a blown over tree and when they stepped out on the other side I busted him.

    My 930 ejected the round but failed to load the second I didn't realize this until I got back to the truck and unloaded. I realized I had the OR3GUN parts set up for really light loads so I wonder if it cycled to fast with the 3" mags due to little pressure on the bolt. I found the ejected casing about 15 feet from where I was sitting which leads me to believe it was ejected with a lot of force. I'll play with it and figure it out. My MI season does not start until May 7.

    We had one close the next time out in the same area but I failed to fill my second tag. We are only allowed one in MI.

    So far the hunting season is off to a great start.

    As a side, the group that went out a few days after us limited out on Walleye in about an an hour two days in a row. The water temp increased a bit, the wind and snow died down and the water cleared up. We just missed that window.


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  2. John A.

    John A. I'm "THAT" guy Staff Member Global Moderator Forum Moderator

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    That is a huge turkey. Most don't usually get as big as that in my parts.

    You done good on that one for sure.
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  3. Rossignol

    Rossignol The Original Sheriff Staff Member Global Moderator Sponsor Forum Moderator

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    Wow, nice bird!

    The weather has been all over the place here. Either rain or snow or freeze warnings. That was right up to 3 days ago with the overnight freeze. It may yet dip into the 30s in the next day or so.

    So far this year, my hunting has been during the winter. I’d rather hunt when it’s frozen than soggy mush and knee deep mud. I hunted every evening and night every weekend during the winter. I saw my fox twice and each time he looked right at me. I’m mostly an unsuccessful hunter but you know, blind squirrels and all... I did hear him running and barking the other night, he covered some ground pretty fast.

    Turkey season looks like a bust this year, so scouting places for coyote. Thought I had something lined up with another guy but he’s dropped off the planet it seems.

    In any case, I just do my thing to keep predators away from my own animals and it’s working. It seems to be less like hunting and more like shepherding.
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  4. Elbert Garrett

    Elbert Garrett 20g Supporter

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    Nice bird...congrats!
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  5. cmcdonald

    cmcdonald Forum Moderator Staff Member Forum Moderator Supporter "Philanthropist"

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    Nicely done Mike!
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  6. MikeD

    MikeD I'm Your Huckleberry Staff Member Global Moderator "Philanthropist"

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    Got my MI Thunderchicken today!!

    My season started on Monday but this was my first chance to hunt. I got out well before light and got set up in the deer/turkey blind I have been using for the last few years. I had not had much time to scout this season so I figured I would hunt here this morning and adjust accordingly.

    It was a pretty loud morning with lots of geese and cranes chattering all around the field, silenced only by the intermittent rainfall. I got out a bit before shooting hours so I had a chance to just sit and take in the sounds of the morning before I got into hunt mode. Once it got light I could hear an occasional gobble in the distance but nothing responded to my calls. I had two decoys set up. One was a hen and the other was a strutting tom with a real fan as the tail. I normally don't like to use this first off but I figured what the heck.

    About 90 minutes had passed from the start of shooting hours and I was watching some geese in the field when some motion caught my eye and I looked up to see a tom checking out my decoys. By the time I saw him he was looking a little nervous but I was able to get a shot off before he decided he didn't like my decoys.

    He came in totally silent so I do not know if he came into the call or the decoys, either way the plan came together. and after about 90 minutes of hunting I tagged out in MI.

    He was only about 10 yards away, if that, when I shot him. I had run out and gram him as he did a fair amount of flapping around. I was covered in mud by the time he was done.

    When I hunted in KY I used my Mossberg 930, for this hunt I grabbed my Remington 870, Longbeard XL #6's and a Primos Jellyhead choke. I've had that 870 since college but this was the first turkey I've taken with it.

    He did not have very big spurs but he was a nice bird

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  7. John A.

    John A. I'm "THAT" guy Staff Member Global Moderator Forum Moderator

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    A little mud and dirt won't hurt nuthin' ;)

    Well done indeed. Glad you got another one. You're really on a roll this year.
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  8. cmcdonald

    cmcdonald Forum Moderator Staff Member Forum Moderator Supporter "Philanthropist"

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    Yeah, nice job Mike!!
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