25 Below Turkeys

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25 Below Turkeys

Postby charlie elk » December 31st, 2013, 9:59 am

The truck's thermometer said 25 below I as stepped out into yesterday's unit 3 sunrise. The frigid air started crystalizing around my face instantly and the snow screeched with each step of my snowshoes. All I could think is how dangerous a turkey addiction can be. But waiting for a warmer day is not an option with the season closing in only 2 days.
Last night a farmer had called inquiring why I had not been out to his farm. Last time on this farm there were no turkeys. As of a couple of days ago he said there had been a turkey invasion. OK time to squeeze in a unit 3 trip.
Oh man there were turkeys roosted nearly everywhere along the field edges and they could all easily see me coming so all the noise of my approach did not matter. I set up along a woody point that had frozen wild grapes, dogwood berries and elderberries. After a long 20 minute wait I belted out the first series of assembly kee's to the still roosted turkeys. A bunch of turkeys sailed off roost to me- a gobbler rolled dead at the shot. A lot of things don't work in this kind of cold and that included my camera. The turkey was frozen by the time I returned to the truck for the drive home. This was my coldest turkey hunt ever.
It warmed up to 5 below that afternoon so I went out locally in unit 4. There were turkey tracks all over the valley so I figured they had moved up the hill towards the west fields. The snow squeaks loudly at -5 too. Just before I crested the top that feeling hit me,
the turkeys must be just up a bit out of sight. So I set up and kee'd on Willowridge special kee kee pot. Barely had time to set it down before 9 turkeys heads were staring at me. A jake and a jenny made a nice pair. Had I gotten a hen with the morning's gob it would have been a turkey full house.
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The temp is suppose to be zero today, when it reaches its high I'll be out to say good bye to season 2013. Maybe there will be a New Year's Eve turkey - maybe not... That is not always the point, reflection on a past season is good for the soul even as the post season melancholy sets in.
Happy New Year Turkeys Seasons to All!
later,
charlie
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Re: 25 Below Turkeys

Postby ads1 » December 31st, 2013, 12:16 pm

Charlie,

You are a dedicated outdoorsman to brave those kind of temperatures. Congratulations on your great season and Happy New Year! :D

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Re: 25 Below Turkeys

Postby kygobbler » December 31st, 2013, 1:40 pm

Charlie, I tip my hat to you sir. If I got up and it was -25° I would roll over and stayed warm.

Congrats on having a successful fall/winter season. I hope you get another tag or two filled today. Have a safe and happy new year.
Is it turkey season yet?

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Re: 25 Below Turkeys

Postby WillowRidgeCalls » December 31st, 2013, 4:12 pm

Congrats on a great 2013 season, charlie. Sounds like a few birds took a dirt nap this fall ;) .
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Re: 25 Below Turkeys

Postby Gopherlongbeards » January 1st, 2014, 4:17 pm

The season went fast as usual Charlie, as usual you put a hurting on the birds. You're the only other one I know nuts enough to be out chasing turkeys this late season. Man was it a cold year all around this year, it was -16 yesterday for my last hunt but we had a gobbler group gobbling like it was May. Had them so worked up they were shock gobbling at crows :D can't wait for April!

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Re: 25 Below Turkeys

Postby charlie elk » January 2nd, 2014, 9:45 am

Maybe we should form a Turkey Hunting Nut Club? Or a Zero Hero Turkey Club, entry allowed to those who hunt at 0 or colder.
But take heart gopher, we are not as crazy as those polar plungers- see the videos and pics here http://www.wisconsinoutdoorfun.com/ Only in WI or MN will you see girls in bikinis on snow covered beaches diving into ice chunky water. :roll:
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Re: 25 Below Turkeys

Postby Gopherlongbeards » January 2nd, 2014, 3:36 pm

charlie elk wrote: Only in WI or MN will you see girls in bikinis on snow covered beaches diving into ice chunky water. :roll:


Or, apparently, Ice fishing :D

https://www.facebook.com/bikiniicefishing

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Re: 25 Below Turkeys

Postby kygobbler » January 2nd, 2014, 6:16 pm

I never had the craving to go ice fishing but now I do. :lol: :lol:

As far as jumping into ice cold water in sub degree water......They are nuts. NO how NO way would I do that.
Is it turkey season yet?

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Re: 25 Below Turkeys

Postby Duke0002 » January 3rd, 2014, 5:00 pm

Congrats, Charlie. Nice hunt and bird!


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