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Hunting 2019

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by MikeD, Mar 15, 2019.

  1. Djcala

    Djcala .30-06 Supporter

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    Firesiggt has to,be one of the best add-ons ever love them.
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    Have you or,would,you
    Take your set up, and pattern a 3.5, 3, 2 3/4. Side by side at say 35 or 40 yrs love to see the results.
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  2. MikeD

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

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    Maybe after the season is over. I just patterned against the backside of a roll of wrapping paper with a bullseye drawn with sharpie. LOL. I didnt keep the results.

    The 835 with 3.5" Longbeard #6s kept a pretty dense pattern at 40 yards.

    I also changed the choke in this gun this year to an Indian Creek after hearing their praise for several seasons from a friend. I like the results.
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  3. MikeD

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

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    Almost perfect, picture book hunt this morning.

    Saw two male birds pop out into the field at the opposite corner, prob 600 to 800+ yards out.

    Called and they were sorta kinda moving my way but very slow. They kept lookin up so I think they may have picked out my decoy. I had a hen and a strutting tom with my real fan.

    After a while they started turning back towards the woods. I only had 1.5 hours til I had to go to work so I pulled out the gobble call. That got their attention and they picked up the pace.

    They cleared the list rise, got a good look at my decoy and came in on a full run. At this point my decoy was out front to my right and the birds came from my left. I thought they may have been jakes because they hesitated to much initially, but once they cleared the hill I could see the beards swinging. Both were pretty nice toms.

    They stopped about 20 yards from the decoys and right in front of me. I should have waited to see if they would move past me closer to the decoys but I had the bigger one square in the sights at about 5 yards.

    Easy shot......Nope!. The took off running for the woods and I got a another pot shot off before he got in the trees. Overall it was prob an hour from first sighting to the shot.

    I'm bummed, they were nice birds that have now been educated and prob wont come in again. They never gobbled but puffed up a lot on the way in.

    I should have just waited to see if they would advance more on the decoys, thereby moving furthur away. I also should have aimed more at the base of the neck, at 5 yards its like shooting them with a slug.

    I didnt notice the recoil of the 835 but I sure feel the sting of defeat. I've missed a few with a bow but this is the first with a gun. DOH!!

    I will be back out on Saturday. There have to be more then two out there, and maybe after a weeks cooldown these two will forget.

    Hunting something with a brain the size of a pea shouldn't be this hard yet somehow our brains have the ability to overcomplicate things.
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  4. John A.

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

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    It wasn't your brain over complicating things.

    How smart you are has no bearing on instinct.
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  5. Djcala

    Djcala .30-06 Supporter

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    Love the story @MikeD , often the one that got away educates us most, dont feel great though. Tommorrow is another day. Ive told more than one running super tight shotty choke careful on really close shots, your shooting a rifle for 10 yards. The wife missed one few years ago from a blind off a stick at about 7yards, my son was home on leave and hunting with her, he reminds her of it often still:doh:
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  6. MikeD

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

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    Finally tagged out in MI!!!

    22#, 8.5" beard and 1" spurs

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    Got up at 0330 and got set up before light. Set out a tom decoy and a hen. Heard lots of gobbling early then it all just went silent.

    Finally I saw movement to my left and four hens came running in. The ran right in and milled around the decoys for a long time.

    After a time I caught movement on my right. Two hens came running out of the woods and made a big circle in the field then ran out of sight. The turkeys in the decoys didn't seem to affected by this and continued eating and milling around.

    They finally started to move off to my right and started making a lot of noise. I leaned a bit to see around the window of my blind and there was a tom there strutting like he owned the place.

    I watched him for a while and he never came out of strut. Finally I got him broadside and leveled him. Only ended up with one pellet through the breast.

    After the shot all the birds hung around and just kept feeding and milling around. Seemed like it took them forever to move on. I didnt want to flush them as my buddy is stull hunting the area.

    It seemes lime it too a long time to play out but shooting hours began at 0537 and I was done by 0650.

    Its been just an awesome season.
  7. John A.

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

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    Dang man. You've been busy this year.

    I'm hoping that's a good sign that this fall will be better than the last couple of years too.
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  8. Elbert Garrett

    Elbert Garrett 20g Supporter

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    Nice one Mike, congrats!
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  9. Djcala

    Djcala .30-06 Supporter

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    Fantastic Mike D what a gorgeous gobbler :perfect:. Well done you putting in work bringing home thr groceries. You are the official resident Turkey Master !!!!
    Very good lookin mature bird, great season
  10. MikeD

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

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    Now that the season is over not sure what to do with myself.

    I forgot to cancel the alarm on my phone and it went off at 0330 this morning. DOH!!
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  11. John A.

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

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    Yeah, that was bad. I've seen your pictures. You need all the beauty sleep as you can get.
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  12. MikeD

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

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    I get more done at the office if I look like I will cut you if you talk to me. ROFL
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