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In Full Strut

I drive tractor trailer for work and this morning March 18th as I was doing my run's I happen to glance into the tree's just off the highway and next to a field when to my supprise I seen a couple tom's in full strut. Now this is not new but isn't it a little early for that? I've always wondered that and say to myself, I sure hope they're still doing that on May 1st when the season opens. It makes me nervous if you get my drift. Kinda like seeing the buck are in rut and a week left till opening day.

What nice looking tom's they were to. I tell ya, seeing this really get's the itch going and bad to. I've taken a few turkeys now since I started hunting them only a few years ago and certainly am not an expert by any mean's but I can get by. Just curious as to what your thought's are on seeing this? Think

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Heck, I see them all the time

Heck, I see them all the time when I go scouting.

Full strut, half strut, no strut, they are everywhere.

However, whenever the season rolls around, they disappear.... lol

5 days till my season opens..... Wink

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nice!

I have seen a few flocks while driving and I am thinking about getting out there again soon.

Once this snow gets off it will FEEL like spring turkey season.

It will sure be good to get back in teh woods with a gun in hand again. 

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I know what yoiu mean about

I know what yoiu mean about the snow, remember I said I drive tractor trailer,lol. But seriously this winter just will not release its grip.

I see them struting as I drive by and holler out the window, HEY.......NOT YET!!!!!, They wont listen, I just keep thinking I sholuld be sitting along the side of that field or little wooded area. MAN, I'm getting it bad. CA, you're lucky you dont have to wait long.Seems like its been a long time since deer season huh? HOw long is your season CA? Counting down the days!!!!

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Well, our deer season ended

Well, our deer season ended December 31st, and Turkey starts the 26th of March, so it's not even 3 full months in between seasons.  Wink

I think the turkey season is 5 weeks, plus another 2 weeks after that for archery hunting, which I d partake in.  So, that's 7 weeks of season.  Then I might go pig hunting once or twice, until our Dove season opens Sept. 1st, and our archery deer that weekend (Sept. 3rd).

That's about the only thing I like in California, is that the seasons are quite long.  It's a good thing to not feel rushed, and have to fit all of your hunting into a couple of weeks.

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No rhyme or reason

Just when you think you have these big birds all figured out, they change up on you.  I used to get excited when the toms started strutting early, but I don't pay much attention to it now.  The only thing that really bothers me is when the season opens and we still have a lot of snow.  I do think the snow makes a difference with them.

Our season opens here in Washington on April 15th.  I used to think I needed to be in the woods at the crack of dawn on opening day.  The birds would not be disturbed and I would have the first crack at them.  So for several years, that's what I did.  The only way I got a turkey was by sitting in ambush and hoping I got one as they "strutted" by courting some lovely little hens.  I was not able to call them or lure them in to me.

Then I found that the later in the season, (up to a point) the better the odds of calling one in.  Our season runs from April 15th to May 31st.  I like the first and second weeks of May the best now.  I think the majority of hens have been mated and the toms are out looking for late season hens and are much easier to lure in.  And I've found that doing it at mid day makes it even better.  All the pre-conceived ideas I had when I started have been blown away.

I don't think I'd get too excited by seeing toms in full strut.  Well, let me take that back, I would get excited seeing some toms in full strut.  I get all excited about seeing any game animal.

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I agree with you on the snow,

I agree with you on the snow, I've seen where it does make a difference. A couple years ago it was so cold trying to turkey hunt and they were just silent. A couple days after that it warmed up and man what a difference, couldn't shut em up............well, that was until my shotgun went off Thumbs up

CA, you're really killing me with your seasons, MAn you gotta consider yourself lucky to have so many. I"d love to go pig hunting spometime myself, Someday

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