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Backpacking turkey success

Opening weekend was filled with puking from some nasty bug that I came down with and thus I didn't really get to chase the birds. Thursday morning, after my 2nd midterm in my Wildlife Biology capstone at CSU, I took off on a long drive to an area that I had never hunted.

I didn't get to the trailhead till 5:30 and I had 6 miles to carry camp on my back before the sun went down. In researching the area I found out that there was a cabin that could be used by people in the area. I was planning on making it all the way back to the canyon that held the turkeys (as reported by the CDOW) but darkness was falling quickly and so I decided to stay the first night in the cabin. And as luck would have it, one night is all I would need.

I woke up a little late Friday morning. I started off on the 2 mile trip from the cabin to the canyon in atleast 45 MPH WINDS! By the time I made it down into the canyon, the wind had died down but the birds had gotten off roost and shut up. I had only gone about a half mile down the canyon when I heard a hen clucking not far off to my left. I froze and sure enough, a lone hen walked within 25 yards of me. She must have been one of the first hens bred and she was looking for a secluded place to nest. Not long after that I heard my first yelps coming from a creekbed about 200 yards further down the canyon. I closed the distance to 100 yards and set up my jake and hen decoys and started my calling sequence. Instantly a gobble rang out. I'd yelp... he'd gobble. I'd cut... he'd gobble. I'd purr... he'd gobble (all the while getting closer and closer). I caught movement at about 50 yards and sure enough it was him in full strut. He was shrouded by brush till he got within 20 yards. He was in full strut when he cleared the vegetation and I gave him one last purr. He raised his head and I pulled the trigger. The hunt was over quick but it was a blast.

But my legs will be recovering for a while as the GPS said it was 17.5 miles roundtrip in just 19 hours!

My turkey season isn't over yet as I've still got my OTC tag to hunt on. We'll see how it goes.

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That is a great read!

That is a great read! Congrats again! It sure gets me fired up!

HC Out!

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That is onr turkey hunts for

That is onr turkey hunts for the bokks you just do not hear alot of people getting to the back country for some turkeys...you may start a new trend.  Congrats on what sounds like a hunt that will live long in your memory.

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Congratulations on your hunt,

Congratulations on your hunt, I don't know of anyone elsr that has packed in for a turkey hunt but as hard as they get hit on public land around here I can definately see that it may be the way to go.

Good job.

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Great story, Congrats on your

Great story, Congrats on your bird, looks like a dandy, Your a freaking die hard, I dont know if i would pack in like that for a turkey. Sounds like fun though.

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Yes

very good read! You are the definition of 'hard hunting' and I like and admire that. Keep hitting it hard and get that second tag filled and post pics. Thumbs up

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Congrats!

Congrats on a nice bird!  :=D>   I bet that turkey felt like it weighed a ton by the time you carried it clear back to your vehicle. 

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Very Nice !!!!

Hawkeye,

Congrats on the pack trip on a great bird ! Very cool you are that dedicated on working that hard for a bird. Just think what you will accomplish on big game when the time comes. Thumbs up

Congrats again and good luck on the OTC bird !

Quinton

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Thanks all! Quinton: So far

Thanks all!

Quinton: So far my elk and deer hunting hasn't produced any monster trophies(except the uniqueness my nontypical clubber bull) and so I'm kind of left wondering if all my hunting luck is stacked up in turkeys ha. If it is, I want to spread it around a little bit!

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Congratulations on the nice

Congratulations on the nice turkey. That sounds like it must have been one heck of a turkey hunt.

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Congratulations on the nice

Congratulations on the nice looking gobbler you have there. You must have had one heck of a hunt going all that way to get your turkey. Good job. 

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