Gobbler Harvest Thread

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Re: Gobbler Harvest Thread

Postby Uncle Nicky2 » May 19th, 2014, 11:25 am

Back from Kansas & Nebraska, quite a series of highs & lows, all packed into 1 week.

Kansas- Hunted private land, Day 1 started off slow at the roost, and went downhill, had to quit early due to tornadoes in the area. The next 2 days were cold, overcast, and 30 MPH winds; while I spied numerous hens both days, I was never able to hear a gobble, and the only toms I spotted were with 15+ hens in a field on another property.

The farmer was generous enough to let me hunt a 4th day (no charge), and the wind finally died down. I hit the mother lode that morning, found a roost with at least 8 gobblers, and was able to hear numerous other toms in the distance. After fly-down, had 3 jakes come out into the field I was set up in, let them drift on & started to move on the toms I thought I had heard. Jakes came back in, had me pinned in an open field, so I set up behind a blowdown and took the bird in the lead. His buddy came back to give him a thrashing (seen this on TV but never experienced it before), so I let him have it as well. Not quite qhat I was expecting or hoping for, but a hunt I will never forget.

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Hunted the next 2 days in Nebraska. Day 1 was a bust, lots of jakes & hens, but no mature gobblers. Next morning heard some gobbles in the distance, snuck over to where I thought they were, and found them about 400 yards in the distance. Worked the creek bottom until I got close, and called in a group of toms. 1 came in puffed, strutting, & gobbling, saw a red head & beard & shot. Once I got closer, realized it was a jake. Oh well.

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That afternoon I spied a group in a field. Waited until they came my way, set up on the field edge, and when they crossed the fenceline, pulled the trigger on this mature Merriams. Pretty bird, 22#, 1 1/4" spurs, 9" beard. :D
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Re: Gobbler Harvest Thread

Postby Uncle Nicky2 » May 19th, 2014, 11:36 am

Trying again with the Merriams pics
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Re: Gobbler Harvest Thread

Postby ylpnfol » May 19th, 2014, 2:04 pm

Congrats on very successful season, sometimes you just gots to do what you gots to do.....beautiful merriams :mrgreen:
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Re: Gobbler Harvest Thread

Postby Chief Many Longbeards » May 20th, 2014, 7:13 am

nice lookin birds, nicky, congrats

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Re: Gobbler Harvest Thread

Postby WillowRidgeCalls » May 23rd, 2014, 3:37 pm

Congrats on a great season Nicky :D .
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Re: Gobbler Harvest Thread

Postby kygobbler » May 23rd, 2014, 5:24 pm

Congrats on a very nice season Nick.
Is it turkey season yet?

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