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Turkey hunting is easy ! ... Ya right ! ( added more pic's )
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  Frown

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 )

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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 ! ) Laughing

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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 !  Frown

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 )

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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 .

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Here are a few frames of some local bird and pond critters that caught my eye that morning as well ...

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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 !  Frown

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 !

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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 ...  Laughing ( 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 !

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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 !  Laughing

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 ! )

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I got 10 bucks says " Sandman " dreams about this bird tonight !  Laughing

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 ?

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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 )

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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 !  Cool

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Like I said before ... They are "full time" turkeys , and we are "part time" hunters ! :lol::lol::lol:

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See Ya. ... R.J. > " Remember , Trophies are measured by the time and energy expended to get them , not the size or quantity of the quarry "
 
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