Everything Turkey 2018

Discussion in 'Iowa Long Beard Conference' started by Ishi, Apr 18, 2018.

  1. Daver

    Daver PMA Member

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    I hunted with my oldest boy on Friday, fair amount of gobbling on the roost, but pretty quiet shortly after fly down. Saw a couple of hens from the blind, but a LOT of deer, which was nice. Got one gobbling on the walk back and worked him for awhile, but never saw him. Spooked a couple more hens walking out. Overall, pretty slow.

    Youngest son joined us Saturday and the oldest and I sat about 300 yards away from the youngest. We had a little action early, called a gobbling tom up to 75 yards, but he wouldn't cross a deep ditch. Later, we had 4 jakes work around us, but no clear shot was presented although there were some close calls. Eventually, those 4 jakes ended up about 15 yards from my youngest son, but I guess he doesn't shoot jakes. So all turks survived this day. :)

    Seemed like classic henned up birds, kind of slow all around. Heard similar reports from others.
     
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  3. Bowtech84

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    Not much gobbling on the roost this morning. After fly down I had toms, hens and jakes in the field with me but the toms wanted nothing to do with the spread. I watched a couple toms strutting at 80 yards forever following a hen. The hen decided to go back into the timber and the toms stayed. I thought it was on but the toms didn't act too interested.

    The toms appeared to be leaving over the hill but for some reason the lead tom made a 180 and started feeding toward me with the second tom in tow. They got to about 40 yards and I could see they were going to try to skirt out and around me to get back to the hen.

    I drew my bow on the lead bird but he wouldn't stop so I shifted focus to the second tom. I let out a few yelps and got him to stop, settled the 40 yard pin and sent it. The bird did a backflip upon impact and laid there stone dead. There were still birds in the field so I decided to let them clear before I went out to retrieve him and that's where it got interesting.

    Around 5 minutes passed and another tom came from behind me and headed toward the downed bird. When he got to the "dead" bird he postured up and I thought he was just beating on him but evidentially he was administering CPR! The "dead" tom got up and took off running for the timber! At that moment all I could do was watch.

    I got the binos on him and could see he was dragging a wing so I decided to give him some time before I went looking. I got out of the blind and checked the point of impact/arrow and wasn't very happy with my findings. The arrow appeared to get little penetration and blood was non existent. The broadhead was packed with feathers and a couple small chunks of meat.

    I couldn't find any blood on the ground or on the feathers he lost so I decided to just grab the bow and head in after him. I walked the timber pocket and looked high and low but there was no sign of him so I went back to the point of impact to see if I had missed anything. After checking a few more feathers for blood and finding none I was starting to think it was a non fatal hit.

    With nothing more to go off of I headed back to the pocket to look again. I made the decision not to take the bow this time because I figured if he was alive in there he would of ran the first time I walked it. I got in the pocket again and started walking a ridge and I stumbled upon him laying next to to a tree trunk. At this point he is 5 yards away and we are in a stare down waiting to see who was going to make the first move.

    I started to analyze my plan of attack but luckily he decided to make the first move and it was to flee. When he took off instinct must of taken over because my first reaction was to chase him. We zigged and zagged through the timber and I figured out quick he still had a lot of life left. I knew there was a hog wire fence running through the middle of the pocket so I tried flanking him a little bit in order to herd him toward it hoping that I could catch him there.

    After a 150 yard chase he met the fence and I managed to put an end to it. Upon inspection of the bird I found that the broadhead (grim reaper) hit the bird square in the wing joint shattering the wing bone but never entered the body cavity. That explained the lack of blood but I'm still stumped on why he layed there motionless for 5 minutes. He ended being a really nice tom with one spur reaching the 1.5" mark but he had little beard rot. I'm damn lucky to have gotten him. Quite the hunt lol. Good luck to everyone still after them!

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    Yowsa, that was quite the hunt! Any video? I could use a good chuckle. :) Congrats!
     
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    Wow that is a heck of a hunt! Halfway through reading it I had to look to make sure it was Berbers
    Congrats on a nice bird. I’ve had to run down a few in my day, makes it fun.
     
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    Nice!!! You did the Fred Bear on one and Hussan Bolt on the other :) Very impressive
     
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    That's really doing it the hard way! Limbhanger to boot! Congrats!
     
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    Last kid crushed one at 0715 this morning. I can finally buy a tag and get serious about this contest
     
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    Congrats! Bet she didn't notice the kick no matter what load you put in.
     
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    She said she did, but she sure didn't act it. 8 yards didn't really matter what we had, he got trashed.
     
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    Giggity giggity giggity![​IMG]

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  12. goatman

    goatman I hunt days ending in Y

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    Really nice bird. Congrats.
     
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    Nice bird! Congrats on a great season!
     
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    If my luck doesn’t improve I might have to borrow some turkey meat for the Let’s Eat!!! thread
     
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    I'd like to report another murder[​IMG][​IMG]

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    You get up to bat and it is back-to-back home runs. Congrats.
     
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    Nice birds Muddy, you will be needing a new freezer soon with you and the kiddos all connecting! :)
     
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    No more shortage of wing feathers! Good work Muddy. If ya still need more wings there was 5 sets in the median and ditch between Kalona and Cedar Rapids Sunday
     
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    Hmm. Which road is that? 30?
     
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    Highway 1 and 218/380
     
  21. goatman

    goatman I hunt days ending in Y

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    Is there any corn left at the elevator? Another nice one. Congrats.
     

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