Yep, I am heading out too, just for the opener Sunday. I will be taking my daughter (8) for her first Turkey trip. She said to leave the brother at home, since he got to go with dad for the last two years.....
I will post a pic or two, either way, bird or not.
Note to self: Pack some NoDoz in the truck for the ride home.
(Daughter sounds pretty good on her crow call, and her pump style turkey call!)
Sounds awesome! good luck to you..hope she has a blast.! As for me i am staying on the west side for opener... I went east Already...last weekend for youth weekend..My last year :(........so ill be going east again probably 3rd weekend..For my merrium! Got to get my eastern for my slam.
Here is a pic of my first bird this year.. i am going to do a full story in the turkey section though...
07 Rio... Near the Blue mountains, south east, WA 8 1/2 Beard.
Sorry was a camera phone pic... will have more when i get photos developed.
Here is my bird, shot this morning (adult opener, 07'), 1145am. Unknown weight. Made me and my daughter smile big time. Drummed all around us as we talked him in close. Unusually loud drumming, didnt know what the sound was for a long time, made the hair on the back of my neck raise for a long while.
If I told you, my daughter said I would have to shoot you. Sorry!
I will say the we found birds in the pine forest on ridges, not in oak. Pine near fields. Seems the birds headed to the fields early am to feed up, and then returned to the trees for some shade. I think this bird was looking for some companionship after the hens broke for their nests? Maybe? I am still pretty new to this.... We had followed groups of birds to the fields (private) and could not pursue them after first light.
When we walked out of the area with our bird, we saw lots of guys in camps hanging out, and not hunting.
If I go again in a few weeks I will be sure to keep at it, waiting for Toms to get a bit lonely in the middle of the day.
Pack a lunch, take a quick nap in the woods, keep at it, you can see camp later when you get a bird.
In the darkness, the hunter stumbles through the underbrush, making noise and leaving his scent seemingly EVERYWHERE!
Daylight will be here in 30 minutes and he wanted to be in the stand an hour before daylight.
"I know I left that stand RIGHT in this area last night," he mutters under his breath, "but where is it now?"
He traipses back and forth in a zig zag pattern, getting himself overheated and sweaty, but never finding the stand he left there the previous evening – and eventually sits on a...