Some general observations for my fellow Wisconsin hunters.
The weather — late spring and snowfalls, specifically — was unbelievable. Still, I found gobblers to be very responsive the first two periods ... even if you froze your fingers off while working friction calls.
I was unable to hunt third period because of a long trip and only hunted fourth season sparingly because of another matter. I'd be interested to hear more reports from these weeks.
Turkeys in central Wisconsin seemed to "get right" the last two weeks. Had some great midmorning hunts. Fly-down action was also very good, depending largely on your proximity to a gobbler and how many hens were nearby.
Jakes! Wow, we have jakes. Had a flock of 20 run off a gobbler that was 10 steps from meeting his maker. Then, the most violent turkey fight I've ever witnessed ensued. Needless to say, 20 whips one any day, so off he went. This fall and next spring could be spectacular.
Seemed like quite a variance in gobbler weights this year. (I say "seemed" because I quit weighing my birds years ago.) My second-period turkey was a fat, heavy 2-year-old that looked like a toad. A 2-year-old from the fourth week was very light. Subsequent birds seemed to be average. What'd you guys see?
In all, this year just confirmed to me that Wisconsin offers the absolute best turkey hunting in the country, in terms of bird numbers, quality of the experience and, especially, opportunity. I thought this spring was better than Spring 2012 and as good or better than Spring 2008, which was my previous high-water mark.
Oh, one more truism to take from this season: Don't ever shoot a tree in the company of a guy with a video camera and a Facebook account. You'll never live it down. Trust me.