Well over the last few days I've been out with some forum members , chasing turkeys and trying to get some more trophy pictures ....
Nine hunts / set-ups total , and only one Tom to show for it ... That's about our average though ... who said , turkey hunting was easy ! ( I definately need more practice calling ! ) Last Thursday , Set up in a blind , to video a morning hunt with Excalibur forum member "VixChick" ... in a spot I was sure was going to produce !We saw
a doe crossing the foggy field and four crows that seemed to be laughing at us , but that was it ! ... We had a great time exchanging hunting stories , but overall the birds didn't cooperate I did go back
and scout a day after and got this picture of a hen sneaking in the bush line ... ( bottom right of picture / we had been set up in the area just inside the bush at top left )I was confused
on what went down that morning ( where did the birds go ? ) , I scouted yesterday afternoon from the other end of the property and found them lurking there ... ( lets face it ... they are "full time" turkeys , and we are "part time" hunters ! ) Saturday morning , Set up in another blind location , to video a morning hunt with Excalibur forum member "TPM" ... again , in a spot I was sure was going to produce !Although we had
a couple gobblers working in the same bush lots as us .... nothing came in ! We did see a hen after we packed up
... a hen my wife and I call "Velociraptor" , because she has been seen many times on her own and is always stalking around in a manner that reminds us of the VR .. ( here is a picture from this afternoon )Later that morning
, TPM and I drove around for some more scouting , and although we never did find a suitable turkey target , I did get a few pictures of the local wildlife ...Three young deer
cross a field ... spooked from our scouting the opposite end .Here are a few frames
of some local bird and pond critters that caught my eye that morning as well ...This morning ( Monday ) , Set up in a blind , to video a morning hunt with Excalibur forum member "Sandman" ... in a spot I was sure was going to produce ! , while forum member "CH" hunted the next field over from us Sandman
and I were surrounded by birds ... got to see some cool fly downs , and the morning was looking great until three other hunters crossed the field about 1.5 hrs after sunrise and messed the whole plan up ! We did hear a shot
from "CH" 's location , and It wasn't long before I got an excited text message " big bird down baby ! " when he tagged out on his second bird of the season !Congrat's Chris .... another beauty Tom !Well to make a long story short
.... Sandman and I , covered another five farms and saw a total of 12 toms and jakes for the day ... got drenched in the rain , but never got a shot off all day ...
( Some real close calls though ! )The high lite of the day
, was the fact that we secured permission on two new farms , and I got two cool pictures of a newborn fawn when a doe crossed our path in the rain ...The doe crossed the trail
... snorted us and acted crazy like she was messed up , trying to lead us away , and then the fawn crossed and layed down in the grass till we passed by and eventually got up to follow / rejoin the doe ... Man , that was worth the day out in the field !And to top the day off ...
We put some birds to roost
at one of the new farms ... so things are looking good for tomorrow ! Here are two frames
that I took , to ID the dominant Tom ... Hope he gives " Sandman " an opportunity in the morning !
( Full tail and long beard , he's a beauty ! )I got 10 bucks says " Sandman " dreams about this bird tonight ! Page Break ... Tuesday morning May 24th .
We watched a dull overcast sunrise ,
set up at the bush we roosted birds at last night ... but everything was quite ? Once the sun was all the way up
crows kept alarming in the trees behind us .. turns out two large " Great Horned Owls " , were perched approx 60 yards from our location ... I walked back to checked them out and watched them fly thru the bush , but couldn't get the camera on them quick enough ... I guess that explains the absence of the turkeys ? ( it was a small bushlot and I'm guessing the presence of the owls forced the turkeys to move to the next bush ? )Sandman and I scouted a few more farms
and set up at another location where we saw a group of toms / jakes from previous day . While we were setting up a turkey flew out of the tall grass two fields away from us ? .. We were wondering what spooked that bird ? .
( later a wandering coyote came from that direction .. maye he had the turkeys on alert , because , nothing came our way )Rest of the day ...
every time we scouted for a new set up , we got busted and had birds moving away from us ... fun just getting out for the hunt though ! Like I said before ... They are "full time" turkeys , and we are "part time" hunters !