My aggravation scale is red lining

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Re: My aggravation scale is red lining

Postby Cut N Run » April 28th, 2012, 7:38 pm

Went hunting with one of my best friends in the world to a new spot of his. I struck 3 gobblers at daybreak with my Q.B. boat paddle box call and one headed our direction, but wouldn't come any closer than 125 yards or so. I asked my buddy if there was a fence, creek, or anything that might hold him up...he wasn't sure because he hadn't walked the entire property yet. We moved closer to the hottest bird and he wouldn't budge. Eventually, he lost interest and we investigated the terrain further. It turns out there was a swamp with flowing water between us that he refused to fly across. Why not? That seems to be par for the course this Spring. We don't have permission to hunt the other side either. At least I got to hear three birds gobble back to my calls.

I'll be trying the swamp behind the horse farm with my crossbow again tomorrow morning.

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Re: My aggravation scale is red lining

Postby RCTaylor » April 29th, 2012, 7:57 am

Jim at least you got to talk to some birds. my birds are not talking to me. here them gobble but when they hit the ground not so much. was hearing a lot of hens. now seeing some hens by there self , and some toms by there self but they don't want to play.
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Re: My aggravation scale is red lining

Postby Cut N Run » April 29th, 2012, 10:37 pm

I hunted behind the horse farm this morning back where I was on Opening Day. It's just too pretty and there's too much sign there year-round not to hunt it more. I waited near the planted pines to decide where to go depending on where any gobbles were coming from. A gobbler sounded off with a lazy sounding gobble a little after 6 this morning. The low brush blind I built beside that downed tree was as close a place as any to start to his roost. Since we are limited to hunting with archery gear on private land in NC on Sundays, I brought along jake and hen decoys and a small stake blind to give me as much concealment as possible. The gobbler continued to sound off, though he wasn't sounding very serious about it. I couldn't tell if he was on the ground yet or not, so I tried him with a cutt and yelp series from my boat paddle box call. He gobbled back, much more interested this time. Just a couple of minutes later I heard something coming down the horse trail, but it was definitely NOT a turkey. It turned out to be a man and woman jogging on the horse trail (at 6:30 in the morning?!?). They passed without seeing my decoys or me. Of course they shut the gobbler down (jackasses). Un-freakin'-believeable!!! Who knows where they came from or who told them about the trail? All I could figure is they were visiting some neighbor from out of town.

I decided that since the trail gets some horse traffic and the joggers were moving steadily, I should ride it out since the only bird I heard was now quiet. I waited a while and called again, but got no answer. About 9:30 I heard a cluck behind me coming up the draw. I clucked back and it turned out to be a jake. He was very timid acting like he'd has his @$$ kicked a few times before. He was ducking and bobbing his head as he got near the jake decoy. Just then a squirrel barked and the jake jumped back startled, like that decoy might come after him. Next, the jake went periscope up with his head, then he putted and took off running uphill. I wasn't sure what made him putt, but I could hear something coming my way. I have permanent split double vision anytime I look to the right from a vehicle wreck I was in in 2007, so I couldn't tell what was coming through the small trees and vines, but it was black with a little white at the top and it was walking towards my set up. I got the crossbow up and ready. My heart was pounding hard because I was finally going to get the gorilla off my back and at least get a shot at a turkey. WRONG. As the rustling in the leaves grew louder, I closed my left eye so I could get a clear look at what was approaching. It was a skunk...and it was heading for my brush blind! I couldn't move for fear of it spraying me. I decided to hold tight and sit as still as a stone. It walked around towards the front of the blind and became interested in the smell of where I last put my foot before I stepped across the log. That pesky squirrel barked again and the skunk's head and tail came up. I was fearing the worst. The squirrel finally quieted down and the skunk started moving around closer towards me. Right then I was wondering how to get skunk scent off a crossbow. The skunk was walking along the edge of the blind, but the stake blind I set up was acting like a wall and keeping him from coming into the blind with me. He got interested in the smell where I pushed the last stake into the ground. He was less than 2 feet from me. The skunk continued around behind the rootball of the downed tree though I could hear him rooting around. A pair of Carolina Wrens flew in, landed on the limbs of the blind and started scratching the leaves at the base of the blind. They made enough noise that it was hard to keep track of the skunk. I decided to just wait until I was sure the skunk was gone before I moved out of there. About 40 minutes after the wrens left I worked up the nerve to stand up. the skunk was long gone. I high tailed it home, a little disappointed, but thankful at the same time.

Today was further proof that almost anything can and will happen in the turkey woods. I am 0 for 8 trips in 15 days of turkey season. Things have been tough for me, but at least I don't reek like a skunk. My work schedule is almost totally full for the upcoming week too, so Saturday May 5th might be my next time out.
*heavy sigh*

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Re: My aggravation scale is red lining

Postby WillowRidgeCalls » April 29th, 2012, 11:49 pm

Wheeew that could of been nasty!! Good thing he moved on and didn't curl up for a nap just out side the blind. Hope that's a sign your luck is changing? The birds are really acting goofy this year all over, some guys are covered up with them and some couldn't find a bird to save their life that wants to play? Been a strange spring so far.
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Re: My aggravation scale is red lining

Postby Cut N Run » April 30th, 2012, 3:52 am

WillowRidgeCalls wrote:Wheeew that could of been nasty!! Good thing he moved on and didn't curl up for a nap just out side the blind. Hope that's a sign your luck is changing? The birds are really acting goofy this year all over, some guys are covered up with them and some couldn't find a bird to save their life that wants to play? Been a strange spring so far.


^^Quoted for truth. It has been a very long time since I had as much trouble tagging gobblers as I've had this year. Getting shut out of the lease when I expected to be able to hunt there hurts too. I'm happy to be able to hunt as much as I have this year, but I'm frustrated by how so many things have been working against me.

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Re: My aggravation scale is red lining

Postby TurkeyJohn » April 30th, 2012, 9:36 am

Great story and glad to hear they at least said thanks,

Worries me though if the Gobbler swung wide, into a cross fire would someone have gotten hurt?? :(

At least you know your calls are working and perhaps next time, someone may call one into you.

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Re: My aggravation scale is red lining

Postby Cut N Run » May 1st, 2012, 3:35 pm

Yesterday, I got a call from the horse farm that one of the horses was out and could I come help catch him. One of the female riders latched the gate improperly, so he took a walkabout. I tracked the horse across the neighboring fields edges across to the other side of the swamp and I found a few areas that were obviously being used to bait turkeys. The leaves were kicked clean down to bare dirt and there was a blind overlooking each of the three spots. Now,I totally understand why the turkeys left the area they had been roosted in right before the season started and why there were three shots from that same area on opening day about 45 minutes apart from each other.

I'm totally pissed off that someone is poaching those turkeys and stealing from those of us hunting by the rules. I don't know who is "hunting" in there, but I intend to find out. I'm not sure whose land it is either, but I have a friend at the courthouse who will be finding out for me. It may be too late to do much about it this year, but I intend to show a game warden so he can do a little hunting on his own if it keeps up next year. Maybe I can collect a reward from NWTF too.

I hate I've spent so much time and effort scouting and hunting for those birds the right way, only to have somebody else cheat me and the turkeys. A--holes will get theirs.

I did catch the horse and return him home. he went over a mile from his pasture proving that the grass is always greener. He got a small ding on his right foreleg that didn't require stitches. We're lucky he didn't run into one of the old barbed wire fences strung through the woods around here.

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Re: My aggravation scale is red lining

Postby MAKEemQUIVER » May 1st, 2012, 7:39 pm

Jim I wish you the best on the rest of your season, I have to laugh just a little at some of your bad luck. The only reason though is because I had a season very similar about 7 years ago, nothing at all went right.

That sucks that those people baited those birds, hopefully the game warden can take care of them.

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Re: My aggravation scale is red lining

Postby Gopherlongbeards » May 1st, 2012, 9:51 pm

You just can't make this stuff up Jim, keep at it, it has to get better sooner or later.

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Re: My aggravation scale is red lining

Postby onpoint » May 4th, 2012, 4:10 pm

Talk about "snakebit" :shock: Loo!!ks like I need to include u on my daily prayer list
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