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Keep after them.  We had two

Keep after them.  We had two of them down by 9am on Saturday in the snow/rain and cold.  Perhaps that is what kept them moving. 

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Soco: I just got back, I was

Soco:

I just got back, I was northwest of you, a bit higher in elevation.

We saw a bunch on Friday while trying to roost birds, all hens.  Yesterday woke up to 40 mile per hour gusts and couldn't/didn't hear a thing all day.  Winds continued and left this morning.  It's almost impossible to hunt in those conditions.  Ran into DOW, they said nobody in the mountains was getting into birds, and said the activity hasn't really picked up yet.

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This year's opening weekend

This year's opening weekend was not like those of the past 3 years. I backpacked in to the same area that I got my bird last year the day before opening day. I set up my tent and did a little scouting and heard some gobbles about a half mile away as the sun set and the birds went to roost. I went to bed feeling good... then things changed. I woke up three times throughout the night to puke and... well let's just say have some questionable bowel movements. I can laugh about it now but it was probably one of the most uncomfortable nights I have ever struggled through. Needless to say... no turkey hunting got done.

I just got back from my successful hunt though. I'll get a post up soon.

SoCoKHunter: Great find man. Those are some awesome sheds!

RJ50: That's some really good info for newbies looking to get into the sport.

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I've had the last 2 weeks off

I've had the last 2 weeks off of work, and have spent about 9 days of it hunting.

2 days in Kansas, saw a ton of birds, and a ton of big toms (they grow them BIG out there).  They were on hens, but had a few shot opportunities on jakes.  Passed on them for the first day because I wanted to shoot a big one (you can see where this is going).  The second day the jakes would not cooperate either.

Hunted my normal areas here and found out my "honeyhole" isn't such a secret after all.  Heard less activity and have seen more hunters than ever.  I've spent a couple of days scouting new areas to get away from people, so not much hunting has been done.  In short, I've managed to not shoot a bird yet, or really call one in.

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Just got back again (been

Just got back again (been hitting it hard), and it was crickets.  Meanwhile my brother in law walked onto some customer's land 30 minutes from his house, shot one, and was at home by 9 am.  No scouting, KS trip, or loads of money spent for him.  Oh well...

The tough season continues.  Will be back at it next week on my days off.

How's everybody else faring?  Hawkeye, got a pic of your bird?

 

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Keep it up... there's still

Keep it up... there's still lots of time left.

The first bird is from my backpacking hunt on my limited tag.

The second bird was taken on my OTC tag.

Now I gotta try and get my girlfriend her first bird.

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Finally!

Nice dude.  Way to go.  Two more weeks before I halfass it out there.

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This is starting to read like

This is starting to read like a sob story.  Got out for 2 days this week.  Buddy brought his 10 year old along, which I'm totally cool with.  Had action, but could never seal the deal.  They were absolutely going nuts!

Same buddy, who I showed the area to, knocked one down this afternoon.

I can't get out again until the 19th, hopefully they're still fired up.  I've always had early sucess, so I have no idea if they're still going crazy at the very end of the season...

It's been a humbling season.  I've blown set-ups from getting up to move to soon, had them sneak in on me without making a peep, battled the wind, and have had more hung up gobblers than I can shake a stick at.  But it's been an absolute blast.

One, maybe two hunting days left for me.  Then I have to remind work I still exist, save money for elk season, hopefully draw a mulie tag, and start summer scouting trips.

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