T-Minus...

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Postby charlie elk » September 13th, 2013, 9:27 am

kygobbler wrote:Where is the video camera when you need it. I would have paid to seen that.

Hey a guy does what he has to do. :D

Beautiful sight this morning as the sun was just breaking we crested a fold on an logging trail to see a lone strutter, head pulsing red, white and blue; thought it might have been spring again. He took off with Vic in hot pursuit as I remained a little confused why he was strutting alone for no apparent reason. Acorns were falling all around I thought the squirrels were out early or there was a serious mast going on. About 200 yards away Vic started yipping and barking up a storm as I moved towards him really hoping he didn't find a skunk-- the treetops erupted with turkeys scattering to the 4 corners of the world.
Apparently the turkeys were feeding on the acorns in the trees causing them to fall, after the turkeys were gone no acorns were falling. If we're not seeing any turkeys tomorrow, make sure to look up.
Good hunting everyone, it's only a few hours now.
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Re: T-Minus...

Postby Gopherlongbeards » September 13th, 2013, 6:17 pm

Good luck in the morning everyone, 12 hours from now I'll be listening to birds waking up on the roost.....gonna be tough to sleep tonight :D

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Postby ads1 » September 13th, 2013, 8:19 pm

Yep, time to hit the sack if we are going to get an early start tomorrow. I think shoot time is 5:58 am. Good luck everyone! :D
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Postby WillowRidgeCalls » September 14th, 2013, 4:39 am

Morning everybody, good luck today and keep it safe. :)
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Postby ads1 » September 14th, 2013, 9:16 pm

Today is the day we have been waiting for! For the last several months, actually since spring turkey season ended, we have been getting prepared for fall turkey season. For me, I had to enter the Wisconsin lottery to see if I could get a non-resident turkey harvest permit, which I did!! Now I have to find a place to hunt. Since my daughter lives in Wisconsin she said her next door neighbor has a dairy farm in Dunn County and that she would get me permission to hunt. So a couple of months ago our family traveled to Wisconsin to see the grand kids and also do a preliminary scout of the farm. I also got the coordinates so I could do some Google Earth scouting.
The season starts September 14 so we head back to Wisconsin a few days before the 14th to do some on the ground scouting. There are turkeys everywhere!!! Saw lots of poults and some nice longbeards. This morning I get up at 3:30 a.m. brew some coffee and head out to Dunn County which is a 36 mile drive. I was optimistic that I could get a big long beard because they were roosting in the same area every day and I had devised an ads1 plan to bust one of them. So I pack in my decoys, ALF NWTF Hunting Chair, Turkey Thug Blind, and other turkey goodies the day before hunting season. It was about ½ mile one way to my hunting spot and on opening day I walk in without a light. It was a great, cool morning; no wind and very quiet. I will be able to hear the turkeys fly down! At ground zero I set out three decoys hoping that they might help me score big. The gobblers were roosted further away this morning than they had been the previous two mornings, but I could hear them walking in the woods toward me. They were noisy! My hopes were high and the adrenaline was pulsing through my veins. My veins were bulging and my blood pressure was like a fire hose running full blast. This is going to be my big day in Wisconsin hunting turkeys. Two gobblers were about 100 yards away when a truck drove down the middle of the alfalfa field heading right toward the gobblers and past me, but he didn’t even see me or my decoys. The driver gets out, unloads his dog and gets two five gallon cans of corn and disappears into the woods. My hunt is over! I thought about going over to his truck and wait for him to return, but decided to take the high road and just see if he notices me on his way out. Interestingly, he drove past me and still didn’t notice me. Oh well those long beards will be there another day. I guess the driver of the truck was putting corn out for the deer. Didn’t know that was legal in Wisconsin??? I hold tight until about noon and a young hen comes down the other side of the woods. She was a little past my shooting distance of 40 yards and I couldn’t get her to come in, so score two for the turkeys and zero for ads1. I decide to move two hundred yards up the wood-line and set up again. Maybe I could entice another bird into my home range. I could hear hen chatter down by the stream in the woods so I thought I might at least get one for Thanksgiving Day. I was tired and sleepy and hungry so after I got set up I took a little nap. When I woke it was 2:00 p.m. and the temperature had increased from a low of 40 degrees to 73 degrees and the mosquitos were swarming. I could hear some turkey talk and some noise down in the woods but no signs of a turkey until about 4:00 p.m. and it started all over again. I was pumped because I still had a chance to score on opening day of turkey season in Wisconsin. I slowly looked to my right and there staring at me was a turkey. I didn’t dare blink or this little girl would be gone. Too late, I blinked and she was starting to head out. As she walked behind a tree I swung my 870 around with one hand and lined the red dot up on her head. The rest is history and a successful day of turkey hunting in Wisconsin. I came close to missing this bird because there was no shot in her body and only a few shot in her head. Without the SPS Remington I would not have been able to control the gun and handle this shot. Another plus was the Burris FF3 that allowed me to get on target so quickly. OK, what is next? Maybe I can go down to Fleet Farm and get another turkey permit for a Monday hunt!!! :D
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Re: T-Minus...

Postby Gopherlongbeards » September 14th, 2013, 9:44 pm

Congrats on the bird ads1! way to stick with it :D. Nice to get on the board on the first day. Looks like you got some deep fried turkey in your future, I'm jealous. I had a nice morning out as well, but could only hunt till 2:00 pm today. It was pretty windy which made hearing difficult, but I did run into a couple flocks of birds, but never had an opportunity for a shot. The birds did seem to stay up in the trees later than usual as you and charlie noted yesterday. It was too nice a day out in the woods, I had hunts busted by outside intervention 3 times today as well (dairy cattle, horseback riders, and a farm truck), but it's all good. The hunting only gets better as the season goes on :D. I'll be back after them in the morning. How did everyone else's opening day go?

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Postby charlie elk » September 15th, 2013, 7:53 am

Congratulations ads1 that will make a fine Thanksgiving dinner. Just hunch, it sounds like WI might become a tradition for you? Grandkids and excellent turkey hunting; What' not to like :D

Yeah baiting deer is legal in WI. You did the right thing by just ignoring him. In some quarters of the bowhunting group there are those who think the purchase of their license gives them "first" rights to hunt. Unfortunately he probably saw you and chose his course of action.
You can be proud hanging in there and getting a fine bird on the first day. Vic and I did not, close calls, and there is always tomorrow. Hope you get more tags and get in some more hunting. Congrats again. :D
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Postby WillowRidgeCalls » September 15th, 2013, 9:11 am

Congrats on gettin your bird ads1 on the opener, good job ;) . I hunted most of the day without hearing of seeing a bird until I walked out at the end of the day and busted a single bird out of the tree at the parking lot. It must of looking to bomb my truck again :x . I had planed on going back in today but got rained out, and it's still raining, no need to get soaked it's a long season.

The bait guy probably did see you but didn't care. Dunn Co. is legal for baiting, but only 2 gallon limit of bait per 40 acres. Most of WI. southern counties are closed to baiting/feeding deer and wildlife other than food plots, 33 of our 72 counties are closed to baiting/feeding any wildlife, including birds unless it's in an enclosed elevated feeder and has to be within 50 yrds of an occupied dwelling.
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Postby ads1 » September 15th, 2013, 2:24 pm

It was a tough decision but I just returned from Fleet Farm with another Turkey Permit. Cost was $15. :D Even if I don't get a turkey tomorrow I can come back up after the Illinois gun season. The corn should be harvested by then! Good luck to everyone for the rest of the season!

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Postby kygobbler » September 15th, 2013, 4:34 pm

Congrats on a fine hen, ads1. Good job on hanging in there.
Is it turkey season yet?

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