Second turkey for Team 3

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ads1
 
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Second turkey for Team 3

Postby ads1 » April 13th, 2013, 6:09 pm

Today was the start of second season in Illinois. It had rained 1.5 inches last Thursday and the temperature had dropped from the high 70s last week to the mid 40s this morning.The barometric pressure was rising, the wind was less than 5 mph and there was no cloud cover. It was a beautiful day!!
I got up at 3:30 AM, had a big breakfast and went through my checklist. After a long walk through last years bean field, I started setting up about an hour before sunrise. I placed 5 hen decoys and 1 jake decoy at a known corridor for turkeys in this area and then concealed myself in a honeysuckle vine patch. I knew I was well concealed when a bird landed on my gun barrel and stayed there for about one minute.
Last Tuesday when I got my first long beard, the turkeys were grouped up at the area; approximately 50 turkeys in this group. As the crows started sounding off the long beards were gobbling from all directions and it was obvious the turkeys has split up. At about 200 yards to the north 4 hens and a gobbler were heading my way. Then at about 50 yards the hens headed east and Mr. Longbeard went with them. Eventually 2 of the hens came back to my decoys and passed within 10 feet of where I was sitting, but the gobbler was not with them.
I call a little and a gobbler to my west responded each time I called. He must have seen my decoys. Some hens were also coming toward my location. All of a sudden the gobbler was at the edge of my decoys and the rest is history. I shot him with my Benelli Super Vinci with Indian Creek Choke and Hevi 13 Blended shot at 33 yards.
This was my second long beard in less than a week and only my second Illinois gobbler. He weighed 21 pounds, had a 10 1/2 inch beard and 1 1/4 inch spurs. This was a great rush but at the same time I realized that I would have to wait until April 25 (4th season) to go after one of these beautiful birds again. God has surely blessed those of us who hunt with the beauty of the outdoors and nature. The wild turkey is truly a wonderful bird. :D
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Re: Second turkey for Team 3

Postby Chief Many Longbeards » April 14th, 2013, 8:52 am

congrats, ads1. you are off to a heck of a start with two nice toms!

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Re: Second turkey for Team 3

Postby Gopherlongbeards » April 14th, 2013, 10:05 am

Way to go! 2 nice birds down already for you, i can't wait till we get started up here.

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Re: Second turkey for Team 3

Postby BluMtnGobbler » April 15th, 2013, 8:20 pm

Congrats ads1 thats a fine looking bird and a greatstory thanks for sharing.
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Re: Second turkey for Team 3

Postby ads1 » April 15th, 2013, 8:43 pm

Thanks everyone. This has been the most fun I have had in years. My next season will start in about 10 days and I intend to stretch it out even if I have to pass on a long beard. It is great just to get out and see such a majestic bird!!
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Re: Second turkey for Team 3

Postby cat396 » April 17th, 2013, 8:06 pm

Congrats Ads1!! Thanks for sharing your great story. What a fantastic start to your season.

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Re: Second turkey for Team 3

Postby ads1 » April 17th, 2013, 8:47 pm

Thanks Cat, I assure you that there was more luck than skill involved. One big advantage was the opportunity to scout every day and to know where the turkeys were. Tomorrow morning I will go out before sunrise and set up, but I won't have a shotgun. By the 25th (4th season) I will know the travel pattern and hopefully the strutting zone of Mr. Long Beard. :D
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Re: Second turkey for Team 3

Postby bcknuts » April 19th, 2013, 3:32 pm

Ads1 congrats on the second bird .Your on a roll get them while the getten is good.Love the story

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Re: Second turkey for Team 3

Postby kygobbler » April 19th, 2013, 10:16 pm

Way to go ads1, you are on a roll man. How many tags do ya get up there?
Is it turkey season yet?

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Re: Second turkey for Team 3

Postby ads1 » April 20th, 2013, 9:02 pm

We get to harvast one turkey per season. There are five consecutive seasons and you can apply for three seasons through a lottery system. This year I got the 1st, 2nd, and 4th seasons. 4th season starts on April 25. Thanks for asking. :D
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