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2018 Turkey Hunting Picture Thread

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by kscharlie, Apr 25, 2018.

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  1. kscharlie

    kscharlie Member

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    Outside of SoonerMedic's thread about the upcoming turkey season, it has been way too quiet regarding the turkey season. Let's see your pictures/posts/stories about your season thus far.

    Opening day was Wednesday, April 18. My best friend and hunting buddy for many years was once again here in Kansas for the opener. We struck out for the morning hunt, but we each connected on a nice gobbler that afternoon. Where I am at in Kansas, there is an overlap in Rios and Easterns, with most turkeys here being hybrids. But as you can see, his bird (on your left) shows mostly Rio color traits, while mine (on your right) shows more of the Eastern traits.
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    I got my second gobbler Friday morning, about 5 minutes after fly down. When this one hit the ground, he started toward my buddy and his decoy. He must have seen something he did not like, turned around, started putting, and walked directly toward me. Shot him at about 8 yards. (Ouch!)
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    My first gobbler had only one complete spur, along with a nub on the other side. But he had a double beard, only the second one I have taken in nearly 25 years of turkey hunting. My second gobbler had both spurs to go along with his nice beard.
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    My buddy continued hunting hard the rest of Friday, Sunday (it rained all day Saturday), and Monday. He was always within eye and earshot of gobblers, but they just would not come within gun range. It's raining today, and the gobblers are still out there, gobbling and strutting. I think we had a good and fun turkey season, once again. It's always good to be with your best friend, sharing stories, telling lies, and sipping some good Kentucky bourbon in the evening.
     
  2. FL-NC

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    Went out 5 times this year, other than a few conversations with them I never sealed the deal. Our season ended Sun.
     
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  3. Armored farmer

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    20180407_072229.jpg my sons got their birds early in the season. I am still hunting for mine. I called two toms across 440yds only to have them balk at 65yds and wander off.
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    I haven't gotten my bird yet. I still have two weeks.
    I have enjoyed the hunts and the spring scenery, not to mention the Turkey nuggets from my son's bird.
     
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    I use an SP-10 gauge with Hevi-Shot. Choke is custom made by Tru-Lock specifically for Hevi -Shot #5’s. Most of the birds I’ve gotten were 45-60 yards. Longest was a lasered 67 yards. Bird flipped over on his head and never moved, twitched. Nothing. DRT.

    I have to drive 45 minutes to the farm and have limited time. Gotta make the days count. That was absolutely as close as they were gonna come. It was 50 yards or nothing.
     
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  5. Armored farmer

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    #1 son with his #2 bird of 2018.
    Going to try to get mine tomorrow.
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  6. SoonerMedic

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    This was a few of the toms I spotted when I showed up late. They were about 300-350 yds away on another property. I glassed them for about an hour before I called two jakes in. They looked at my decoys for a few minutes and decided they weren't very convincing and then moseyed on out. I then went home and took a 2 hour nap and came back out at about 4:25. Set up by 4:30. Shot this next bird by 4:35.
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    That was the only damn spur on that bird! The other was barely more noticeable than his scaly damn legs. I assume it was ripped off at one point in his life.
    This is my first ever bird, so regardless of 1 spur or 2, I'm quite proud of him. He was very delicious and I donated half of his breast to the land owner.
     
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  7. Captcurt

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    Didn't get a picture but I did get to hunt the last day of the season. I had surgery on my left hand and didn't know if I could handle my pump gun. Found a flock of 13 birds in a field and crawled within 150 yards. Messed with them for 15-20 minutes and finally one of the big birds started working my way. He finally got behind some brush along the fenceline to my left. The last time that I saw him he was about 60 yards out. I eased my gun around to cover him if he came down the fence and then cut on my slate. The next thing that I see is 6 jakes running to me. Stopped 15 yards out and started clucking and putting. I couldn't move. I had 12 eyes close enough to see them blink. Finally one slipped through the fence and worked in behind me. When he gave an alarmputt a head popped up just to the right of my gun barrel. The big bird had walked the fenceline and was in my face. I shot him at 20 feet. 22 lbs, 1' spurs, and a 9 inch beard. The Winchester Longbeards shoot like a slug at that range. That is why I have sights on a smoothbore slug barrel. Really easy to miss one when they are that close. Oh, BTW, I didn't need to pump the gun.;)
     
  8. ohihunter2014

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    you should share those videos!
     
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  9. Armored farmer

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    He has some good video.
    Maybe when we finish planting..
     
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  10. kscharlie

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    You are learning well, Grasshopper...:)
     
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    Glad you were able to make it out! Hope your hand heals quickly. I, too, was using Winchester Longbeards this year. Second gobbler was close enough that a big chunk of his neck was missing after the shot. :eek: It's OK that you didn't get any pics. Your story provided quite a few pics in my mind. Congratulations.
     
  12. sage5907

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    I didn't get to hunt but one evening. I heard a tom gobble but I never did see him. I had turkeys in my hunting area but this year it didn't happen. Too much work and not enough fun. MFDC8020.JPG The picture at one of my feeders was just before season started.
     
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  13. SoonerMedic

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    Where abouts are you?
     
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    SoonerMedic, I'm north of Elk City.
     
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  15. dmurdach

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    First year turkey hunting and we didn't get one, but at least my son (he's 8) got a bit turkeyhunt2018.jpg turkeyhunt2018b.jpg of a nap
     
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  16. Armored farmer

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    My lucky day.
    Hopefully our last day of planting started with a short hunt.
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  17. Shanghai McCoy

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    That's a Heck of a Nice bird. :thumbup:
     
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  18. Duster340

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    After an agonizingly long wait, my season (May 16-22) finally came here in Door County WI. Hit the woods at 4:30 am on day 1, crazy amount of gobbling from the roosts and all round the propery. At 1st light I do 3 soft yelps and few purrs. 10 minutes later I hear the birds coming off the roost and two hens fly down from the bluffs and land 40 yard away then proceed to walk across my spot from right to left. 5 minutes later a nice mature Tom flies down struts toward them and toward my shooting lane. Then a 2nd tom flies down to get in the action. I drop the 1st/bigger one and as I jack another round into the old Mossberg, the damn 2nd bird jumps on the one I just killed! So I dropped him too! 22.9 lbs and 21.3 lbs. Tagged out and my season ended in seconds. But exciting as hell!
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    Right where they fell!

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  19. kscharlie

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    Now that is a nice pair! Congratulations.
     
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  20. Armored farmer

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    That was poorly written. It should have said:
    What i hoped was our last day of planting,(and it was) started with a turkey hunt.
    We knew there were several birds on the property.
    I was lucky enough to get one on the next to last day of season. I am very happy. My second biggest bird ever.
     
  21. eastbank

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    end of a very quite season.
     
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