How is everybody in CO doing w/turkey season so sar? I'm headed out for the first time tomorrow morning. I missed the first two days of season...apparently bad guys don't plan their activities around hunting seasons ,) .
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Sun, 2009-04-12 13:34
Sun, 2009-04-12 15:34#1
I got out yesterday and scouted an area I'd never been to. On my way out I found all the birds... bunched up 60 yards from someone's cabin on private property. Some huge toms and a dozen hens. The toms were full strut the entire time and fought a couple times. Good experience but a drag they weren't on public ground.
What did the bad guys do to complicate your plans? Good luck tomorrow if you get out.
Mon, 2009-04-13 21:13#2
I went out down near Pueblo saturday and sunday morning (sunday called it almost immediately due to weather). I want to go out around Denver-does anyone have any close gmu's with a decent amount of public land/that you can use unlimited tags on? I'm not asking for places anyone has scouted, I'm just trying to find some general areas close to where I live now.
Tue, 2009-04-14 20:16#3
As it did last year, success has found me before the second weekend of the spring turkey hunt has come and I am once again kicking myself for ending so early. It is bitter-sweet and after last year's early success I said that I would be very choosy so as to maximize my trips out into the turkey woods. Well next year I WILL be using my bow.
It was a good and very exciting hunt. I used a mixture of run-&-gun and sit-&-call tactics which turned out to be a little more fulfilling than last year's stalk.
I left my apartment at 4:30 this morning knowing that I had an hour long drive and a 30 minute hike in the dark. I found my way to a likely roost area before civil twilight. Come 6:00, I was sure enough on the dance floor. But the toms were roosted with a ton of hens and this early in the breeding cycle the toms will not be leaving unbred hens unless conditions are perfect. They got off the roost at 6:36 and although I was set up within 75 yards of the roost, I never got a look at them. Although we danced vocally for about 30 minutes, for reasons only known to toms, hens and jakes, the whole flock shut up and peaced out.
I held that position till about 7:30 and then my legs started asking for some work. I had covered about 3/4 of a mile over some very nasty ridge country when I noticed some hen calling coming from an adjacent ridge across a meadow. I was then treated to the sight of a band of elk feeding in a meadow about 400 yards from where it sounded like the hens were. I crossed the meadow (painstakingly slowly) and started up the ridge. I could tell the hens were just over the top of the knob I was working up to and all of a sudden a gobble scared me half to death. This tom was closer so I sat down and got ready. I pulled out my slate and did a little purring. Sure enough the first bird to show itself was a hen peaking over the knob. She didn't see a fellow feathered-friend and went back to where she came. Then Dr. Gobbler eased his way out of the brush and across the opening the hen had just vacated. He had a beard that nearly dragged on the ground and was the biggest wild turkey I have ever seen. I didn't have my gun up and couldn't take the shot although he was only at about 35 yards. He disappeared behind the knob.
Well, being aggressive worked last year so I took the opportunity to get my blood pumping. I started working around the low side of the knob. I then caught a glimpse of his fan peaking over a rock ledge he was walking under. He got behind a tree and I could see everything but his head at what turned out to be 52 paces. He finally raised his head and I let him have it. BUT.... there was another gobbler behind that rock ledge that got the hell out of the country after my shot. And it wasn't just another tom... it was the gobbler that I had seen minutes earlier with the massive beard. I didn't take the time to make sure I was looking at the same tom. Damn it! But it just means that I can help my brother and cousin get a shot at him later in the season. My bird is no slouch, with a less beat up fan and the same beard length of 7 inches as my bird from last year.
I got him dressed and I was heading back down to school for a calc quiz by 11:00.
I can't wait till next year when I can hopefully get another shot at the one that got away. Good luck to everyone that is going to make it out to chase birds this season.
Tue, 2009-04-14 21:31#4
Great job ! Great looking bird !
Tue, 2009-04-14 23:25#5
Great job Hawkeye! Hope you passed your calc test too. I remember you saying you didn't have time for scouting due to your course load, you must be really dialed in.
I got back a couple of hours ago. This is my first season so bare with me. I've been spending every spare moment scouting, only hearing one shock gobble, but seeing tons of tracks and some feathers.
Monday morning: Late start (in the woods at 9:45am) due to working late ,) . 15 minutes into heading for the area I wanted to hunt and my buddy spots a Tom about 70 yards away. We (both Turkey rookies) drop just out of sight and try calling. He ignores us and we never hear or see from him again.
We try runnning and gunning the rest of the day, getting no responses but seeing a ton of tracks. We did not hear any gobbling or vocal activity from hens. LOTS of walking, it felt like a hard elk hunt actually.
Today (tuesday) I went solo as I'm one of few people who has bizarre days off. Driving to where we thought a roost was there is a flock of about 6 hens and three toms in the middle of the road. They scatter off into the woods and I start after them.
The turkeys were going ballistic, activity everywhere. I set up approximately 50 yards away from the middle of it all and watch the toms strutting and hens yelping and feeding. I tried calling and was pretty much ignored. They slowly moved away and I lost sight of them. Coyotes were howling and the gobblers were screaming. It was a real treat to stumble onto.
I didn't hear any gobbling for the remainder of the day.
Went to the original area for the late morning hunt and got skunked. I went back to where I almost ran them over for the afternoon hunt.
After snooping around for a bit in unfamliar terrain I see four run scurry over an adjacent ridge. I get over the ridge top and they're feeding 50'something yards away. Set up, call, and nothing. They looked my way and continued feeding and moving with not a care in the world. I tried stalking, got within 40 yards. It was to thick to identify the birds for a shot and they crept into private property.
No bird, but I'm still pumped...this is as much fun as chasing elk with a bow!
Wed, 2009-04-15 09:45#6
That's a nice looking bird hawkeye. I'm kinda anxious to get a bird since this is my first season hunting turkeys here in CO but I know if I shoot one too soon I'll be bummed to have run out of excuses to get out hunting.
My first day out was Monday and I figured I'd try a spot I hadn't scouted yet since we have such a long season here. The first spot I didn't see much of anything, it seems that with the cold weather and all the snow still around up here that they are still sticking to the private land that lines the rivers and creek bottoms here.
The second spot I swung by mostly just to see what roads were open and were the snow line was and I ended up passing a group of maybe 20 birds with at least one time strutting around. True to form though they were on a patch of private land down by a creek. Hopefully this weekend I'll get a shot at them as I think they are roosting on some public land that surronds this tiny patch of private land.
Wed, 2009-04-15 12:35#7
Thank you... and I did pass the calc test so there is still hope of getting credit for this damn course. Stick with it RJ50... it sounds like you're in a good area and that isn't going to change. As the cycle progresses, and the hens get on nests, the toms will be much more responsive to your calling. There is just nothing we can do to out-compete living, breathing, unbred hens. After that starts though you won't be able to use the hen's talk to help locate gobblers as much. This turned out vital in my hunt but the general rule is the best is yet to come.
Good luck all.