Post by "The Gob-Father" on Apr 7, 2005 11:06:28 GMT -5
158 didn't produce any gobbles. It was hard to hear and I only used the locator twice and stayed only a few minutes, not enough time to really make a judgement. Might get out there today... more than likely not, tired, calling for rain later today.
Post by "The Gob-Father" on Apr 8, 2005 11:42:17 GMT -5
Kristine and I are going to get her certified in Hunter Education tonight and tomorrow. I talked with the guy who is giving the course and he said that the course are alot different than it was way back when I took it. I guess they practice treestand safety and even shoot guns and help with the identification of cartridges. Sounds pretty cool actually. Tonight: 6:30-9:30 and tomorrow 8:30-5:30.
Post by "The Gob-Father" on Apr 10, 2005 3:53:23 GMT -5
Ughh... lack of sleep. Kristine got her Hunter Education certification yesterday. We went friday and saturday. It was actually pretty cool. Got up about 4:30 now and are going to Midges this morning to scout some. Game plan is to listen for some gobbles to locate where they have been hanging out on the roost lately so that we may know in the future what place to glass when the next chance comes around. We will be hiking a bit this morning and checking for sign. I really would like to get a blind or two set up and some shooting lanes cleared in advance. We'll see how we feel.
Post by "The Gob-Father" on Apr 10, 2005 17:50:18 GMT -5
A lot better day out in the woods today! Heard some good gobbles at about 10 til 6. Coming from about 3 or 4 different birds and locations. Clear across the ridge across from the Peterson's. One in the Upper East field, one from the middle and one over by the grass field. They really responded well to the crow call locator and seemed to be gobbling just a little more than the last time we went out last weekend. Also heard a couple of gobblers down in by the box field. Scouted the box field and no birds in the area. The ground is still relatively mushy and wet but not too bad. Did not find much sign other than the tracks in the cut corn. No tracks, droppings or feathers on the upper left border of the feild. Could not really identify a good roosting tree... or at least their was no sign to indicate such a spot. Did see a track or two on the logging road in the corner of the box field. Checked both the tree stands on the way over to the crow field and both are still in the same condition. No real sign of turkey in the woods there. No scratchings. Checked the crow field and didn't really check much for physical sign on the ground as I spotted a HUGE bird from across the road. He was right at the back edge of the field fanned out for his audience at about 1000 yds out. He looks really big, probably pushin 24-26 lbs! Nice beard, hard to really see it that far through the binos. He had about 4 hens with them that worked their way from right to left and then cut back in the woods directly behind the field. Horse farm produced a couple of gobbles and saw two hens far back behind the farm. No other birds were witnessed. Checked the farm on 158 and SECURED permission with Tommy. He explained the property lines and to beware of the tree huggin neighbors as they go out with their dog and don't really appreciate hunters. Tom seems like a good guy, really mellow and a talker. Mentioned that Keenerts own the back side of the property as well and might be a good place to ask permission as well as they own property that the Peterson's farm. Could be possibly an additional 300 acres to hunt. That should bring the acreage cout to about a total of 1200 + acres of private land that I can hunt and have access to. I still need to solidify the land of the guy that Midge knows so that I can get out on his land and scout at least one time before the season. My goal is to get out on the Peterson's next thursday hopefully and get in the grass field and scout that big boy. I'd like to get a better picture of where they are actually roosting and get a clearer picture of options for setup on opening day. Also want to get out to 158 and check out how the gobbling is next weekend. It is absolutely beautiful out there and Tom stated that nobody but myself really has permission to hunt out there!!!!! As Cartman would say...."SWEET".
Post by "The Gob-Father" on Apr 14, 2005 8:57:44 GMT -5
Went out this morning before sunrise. Got to 158 around 5:20. Heard lots of gobbles! Set up in the back of the first strip of woods in the "V" and heard the first gobble around 5:45 off to the left possibly over on Dunbar across the street on the ridge. Called in a nice tom from over there. He came all the way to me. Stopped gobbling at about 6:30. Got up to see where he went and he was gone. Kristine noticed a coyote in the same field on the far side. Our guess was that he saw it and booked. Saw a second coyote coming from the powerlines. The farmer said that there is a lot of them out there. Going to have to take some off!
Post by "The Gob-Father" on Apr 14, 2005 8:58:58 GMT -5
Went over to the Peterson's last night. Saw nothing on their side. Took the loop-around and found a nice gobbler on the back side of the ridge with 2 hens in a nice strut zone. This was about 6:30ish. No other birds to be seen though.
Post by "The Gob-Father" on Apr 14, 2005 9:01:24 GMT -5
Not a single bird to be seen on Peterson's this morning either even on the backside. We got there after being out on 158 around 7ish. Nice day today. Sunny. Also went past 29 on 158 and found some nice fields on that road that could possibly hold some birds. I would really like to see if I could get permission out there somewhere. Maybe this weekend we could make some attempts. It brings you right back out on 20 by the beagle club at the bottom of the hill.
Post by "The Gob-Father" on Apr 15, 2005 9:28:22 GMT -5
Nitros are on the way! Package of 10 H51013M, $46.95. Tim at the gun shop is a really good guy. He's sending without payment up front. Will bill me to send a check as he doesn't do credit cards over the phone. That's really cool!
Post by "The Gob-Father" on Apr 16, 2005 3:23:01 GMT -5
Ok, I'm the only member on here right now, but there are 5 guests?? So, everybody must be sleeping or getting ready to go out hunting. I'd LOVE to be doing either or right now! Man I'm f'n tired! Had a wake up call of 3:30 AM. Coffee hasn't really kicked in yet. Man, I swear to God, if someone walks up on my set up or trys working the same bird as I am this year like last year, I'm going to shoot their f'n tires out. I get up too early for that shit to happen and spend too much time researching and scouting to even tolerate it in the slightist.
Well, I plan on getting out there with Kristine this morning early. We are actually going to be setting up in the woods for a good up close, low impact recon mission. I'd really like to define what those birds patterns are. This year there seems to be a lot of "floater" birds out there. They just don't seem to be showing themselves in the same places at the same time throughout the day. I wonder if I'm missing something? I don't know but I'm fixin to find out today. I'm planning on really penetrating the woods and fields today for some good ol' fashioned hands on work. Should be interesting and open my eyes a bit more as to what they are doing throughout the day. Leaving here about 4:30ish. More later.
Post by "The Gob-Father" on Apr 16, 2005 15:06:27 GMT -5
Had a great morning scout! Lots of good things happened. Very exhausted and fatigued. No time to really log it in here right now. I'm surprised I can even type. Maybe I can take a power nap? I'd like to drink some beer tonight but probably won't get to. More later.
Post by "The Gob-Father" on Apr 17, 2005 3:32:43 GMT -5
Ok, yesterday worked out awesome! We set up in the grass field across from the petersons. Heard lots of gobbles. Called a few times to get some birds over in the area. The gobbles were coming from all directions and even down the road. Saw one bird across the street crossing over to the crow field from left to right. He entered the rub line pines. Didn't see it after that. It was freezin cold. So we got up and started checking out the woods for sign. Well, this is where the day started getting good. We made our way to the end of the eastern edge of the feild and proceeded down the steep ridge into the bottom and started following a tape trail uphill. It brought us and ran parralell to the stone fenceline inside the woods. We started looking around and found a bunch of good roosting trees. At least 5-7 of them with tons of droppings on the ground and feathers and scratchings on the ground. It was great. It was right behind the modular on a frame down in the woods behind it. We left and went to visit Midge. She asked if I have ever seen her other land that she owns and I hadn't so she asked if I wanted to take a drive over and she'd show us. I said "absolutely!" So we went down the road and she started pointing out in different directions. She was like "I own land right there, and there and over there and the field right there" I was like "Holy Moley". Then just as she pointed to the one field and said that she owned it and I saw two birds. They were big two and I was almost positive they were toms! So I just looked back at Kristine and smiled... she knew what was up! Well, come to find out Midge had also pointed out a couple of plots of land that I had seen before and always had wanted to hunt but didn't know who owned it. Well apparently she does! AWESOME. Great turkey and deer habitat! I had mentioned to Midge that I wondered why she didn't post her land and her response was "why should I?" and I replied "well, so people won't screw up my huntin" in a joking way. She goes, I'm not posting it, but you can if you want. You'll just have to pay for the posters though. I said..... "Oh, and I will!". Awesome. We went to Robinson's hardware and got a roll of 20 yellow posters and 4 stakes and 4 aluminum posters. The yellow paper ones were .45 cents and the aluminum were .99 cents. The stakes were $1.99 a pice. So for a total of $25 you can't go wrong for that kind of security! Well, had a wake up call of 3:30 am this morning and are planning to go to that spot we saw the toms in. We actually looped back after we left Midge's and brought out the binos and spotted the birds and there were 2 confirmed big ol' toms with about 5 hens all grazing in the field. The two toms were strutting for most of the time. So that's where we'll be this morning. We just plan to sit and listen. Get an idea of where they are roosting in that are as we are at square one again with some new plots of land. We saw them yesterday in that field around 12 noon so I'm not sure if that's were they are in the mornings. We'll see.
Post by "The Gob-Father" on Apr 18, 2005 14:23:59 GMT -5
Wow, it just keeps gettin better and better as we get closer and closer! Went out to the backside of the ridge where we found the good roosting trees. We made it there a little late as the first spot we went to (the ones with the 2 toms on it that Midge pointed out) produced no gobbles. It was just breaking daylight and the woods were already lit up with gobbles everywhere on that ridge... two specifically that were close. We rushed to get to the back field and we had never been out there before so it was unfamiliar terrain and very DANGEROUS! Well we got three quarters of the way there and I used the crow locator to see where the were at so not to bump them off the roost. No answer. Was kinda scared. We got set up anyway and tried again with no avail. Well, out of nowhere a gobble lets loose right on the ridge above us! Awesome, he wasn't spooked and hadn't seen us. We were tucked in on the opening that connected the two fields together and I yelped and cut a few times to bring him in for a closer look. Out of the corner of my eye I caught movement. All I could hear was the drumming of a bird right beside me but it was too thick to see through where he was at. I just caught a glimpse of him and he was all fanned out with a hen in towe. Spit and drum, spit and drum the whole time. It was great cause Kristine got to hear it first hand for the first time. Well, I just barely caught a glimpse of the rope he was carrying for a beard and then they left after about 10 mins of dancin they went off behind me and became a distant gobble. We were hearing gobbles and hens and jakes all around us up on the ridge... it's a prime spot up there! Well, we took off before we spooked any of them and went to post the one plot of land where the two birds were the day before. We posted all of that land and then went to post the land where we had the tom in front of us. Done and out of the way! So we then decide to go back out (this is about 9:30ish) to the field we were setup in and get familiar with the lay of the land and check for additional sign. We found a nice trail that lead to another little secluded field. Will make for great, easy, quiet access. When we got there I had noticed movement and heard a noise. It was a bird. Couldn't tell what it was but it was with about 7 others. They all looked big and probably Toms. Damn! Oh well, they didn't look too spooked. We found a great spot to sit in the morning though that will provide for a good shooting spot. We left right afterward. Great day that's for sure!
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