Post by "The Gob-Father" on Apr 21, 2005 3:23:08 GMT -5
Plan on going out to Midges this morning. Kristine and I are planning on setting up in the field that we spooked all those birds out of on Sunday. Want to get an idea of whether or not they go straight to that field in the morning or not. This weekend is looking like rain/thunder on Sat and 60% chance of rain on Sunday. More later.
Post by "The Gob-Father" on Apr 21, 2005 8:05:44 GMT -5
Wow, what a great morning! It's confirmed they head straight to that isolated field first thing off the roost. I have a feeling I pulled that gobbler last weekend down the trail into the field we were in last Sunday morning.
Well, we got there approximately 5:30ish. I was so tired this morning I didn't even think I was actually going to go. It's a good thing I did though as I got a few important questions answered. As soon as we got out of the car we hear a close, and I mean close gobble coming from accross the road on Midges side. Sounded like the bottom corner pines area of the box field. It couldn't have been more than a couple hundred yards away if that. Well, as we were getting our gear on I heard what sounded to be like clucking and a semi yelp or two. Wasn't sure if it was a duck or a turk but I was getting worried that the sun was coming up awefully fast and we might get busted on the way in. Well, we made our way up the path going up the ridge toward the isolated field and about half way up I was checking out the tree tops looking for roosted birds on our way to our destination. Just as I looked up at a blob in the tree a gobble rang out from that tree. It was a bird! Actually there were two birds gobbling there, a couple of double and triple gobbles to boot! I just stopped. We were clearly visable as the sun was almost completely above the horizon and didn't know what to do. My brain wasn't functioning this morning. It just couldn't compute what to do. We were half way to the field and the birds gobbling were only aboiut 50 yds away! I sat and thought about it for about 3 mins and just decided to sit right there. There wasn't alot of available cover to sit up against so I found the closest tree and Kristine and I just sat quietly and waited. It was about 10 mins of waiting and gobbles going on all around and then the first bird flew down. It rained last night so it was awfuly quiet in the woods. You could hardly hear these birds fly down. The next one flew down and then the next. There were three birds that were roosted right smack in front of us. I told Kristine to just sit motionless and pretend she was a tree. The birds weren't in sight for about 2 mins or so and then showed themselves as they were making their way toward the isolated field. From what I could see they all looked to be jakes. We then heard a hen yelping behind us. Possibly two of them. The jakes went right to her up the road and into the field. After about 5 mins of the last sighting of the jakes I looked over my shoulder behind me and saw about 5-7 birds flying down from the roost right into the field. They were roosted right on the fields edge in the treeline that bordered the field right in the corner. I heard a couple of gobbles from that direction and I'm guessing those birds over there were the Toms. Well, we gave them a few mins and when the coast was clear we left the area as to not spook them. We then made our way to the backside ridge to check for activity in the field we saw the tom in on Sunday morning. On our way we went by the fields that we saw the two big toms out in at noon on Sunday. No birds there. As we got to the backside ridge we made our way to the back fields and no birds there. I did hear one gobble come from the isolated field area so it was confirmed that that field is their preferred morning spot. We left and looped back around toward Midges and guess what... yup! "The Crow" made an appearance today!!! Yee haw! He's still struttin in the same field as last year. He had two hens with him feeding. It was great to see him again. I'm not sure if I want to go after him the first day or not. I do have a personal vendetta against that boy, but there are numbers on the other side of the road and I might want to get some quick action to get in the swing of things again and save him for after I get one under my belt this year. Hmmm.... decisions, decisions! Great morning!
Post by "The Gob-Father" on Apr 24, 2005 2:58:13 GMT -5
Uhhh,,, been up for about 45 mins now. What the hell is wrong with Kristine? I woke up this morning and the friggin AC was on! It was down to 60! Apparently she had a hot flash or something and I have to suffer because of it. I think I'm going to get pneumonia. Well, anyways, we plan to get back out to the one field that we attempted to make it to last Thursday. We're going to try to get there a little bit earlier this time and wait 'em out. They seem to be roosting right on the treeline so it's going to be a difficult task to overcome. Well, time to test the Nitros! Hopefully the conditions will be right. I bought a staple gun and some targets Kristine has got her Hevi-Shot ready to go. Should be some fun. I got Carl a bottle of Crown Royal as a sign of grattitude. Lots to do today. Going to try to leave here by 4ish as a test run to see how much time we actually need. More later.
Post by "The Gob-Father" on May 1, 2005 2:05:00 GMT -5
Playtime is over bitches! Today is the day. It's opening day today and I am more than excited to say the least. I'm a bit tired though (2:30) wake up call, but the adrenaline is already pumping and waking me up. Should be a good day today. We put a couple of birds to bed last night and should be in the same area as they have been in for the last couple of weeks now. Plan is to come in from the back side and set up real early and wait out the sunrise and that beautiful sound of the first gobble in the woods. All the gear is ready to go and so am I! Pumped doesn't even begin to explain how awesome it feels on opening morning! More later!
Post by "The Gob-Father" on May 8, 2005 10:22:59 GMT -5
This season is kicking my ass! Lots of birds and not one of 'em is tagged yet. Had a nice bruiser in front of me this morning. Another hunter screwed me again... go figure. I really hope I get my second chance at him tomorrow. He has to have at least an 9 inch beard and weigh at least 20 lbs or more! I have to stop thinking about him or I'll go crazy.
Post by "The Gob-Father" on May 9, 2005 13:50:47 GMT -5
[glow=blue,2,300]Finally! The day has arrived and what a beautiful spring morning in May in Upstate New York!
The starlit night was quickly slipping away and ready to dip below the horizon accompanied by a dawning new day breaking the tips of the oak and pine tree silhouettes as I arrived at my hunting spot around 4:40 a.m. The sky was clear to the east painted in magnificent crimson blues, greys and orange brilliance. The anticipation was running rampid through my veins as I gathered up my equipment in a rush to get to my setup before daylight. Something about this morning was magical and a confident feeling ran through me as I walked quietly through the dew filled grass toward my destination. I used a hedgerow that separated two fields to camoflauge my entrance as I figured the birds were roosting very close to the open field and didn't want to take any chances. I arrived at a spot on the edge of the woods that was well within range of where I saw them yesterday as they pitched down into the field and decided that this would be my front row-center seat to heaven. The time was approximately 4:55 as I postitioned myself quitely in anticipation of their expected route into the field.
In an instance the woods became alive with life. Song birds were singing and chickadees winging by my head at 100 miles an hout and could almost feel the breeze they left as they glided by. This morning was feeling right! As the branches in the trees around me started to become more visible I started looking up and around me for possible blobs in the brances that may be a bird. I noticed one in paticular that was off to my immediate right about 45 yds out. I stared at it intently trying to determine if it was in fact a bird. Thinking back that was the exact tree one hen flew out of the day before so I kept a close eye on that paticular blob. About 15 mins go by without any movement from the black ball in the trees and so far no gobbles around me or in the distance for that matter. Then, all of a sudden I catch movement from the branch I've been watching. It was a bird! I couldn't tell at the time what it was but it looked like a hen to me from where I was sitting. I had been worried that the birds might not be there since yesterday they ended up flushing out from the field from a close range shot that rang out from the neighbors property and they bolted out of there as if they were the ones being shot at. So this put me at ease to a certain degree.... but where was Mr. Tom? Was he there, or did he move off to another area? I only saw one bird roosted and yesterday there were 3 hens and 1 Tom so there were still 3 birds missing from the equation at that time.
5:25 a.m. ... The bird in the tree looks as if it's ready to fly down and then decides not too. I'm thinking at this time that it's light enough to fly down now and wondering why it's not. I wondered if my entrance was spotted or that it could see me in the woods down below it? I started to think about my setup and strategy and whether or not it was a good plan. Before I went out this morning I decided I would do very little calling, if any at all, and that I wouldn't use ANY decoys. I was taking a chance and going against the traditional methods of turkey hunting, but this hasn't been a traditional type of turkey season for me! I knew that the birds wanted to be in this field and that they would more than likely make their way there without the assistance of my human interferance. So I let mother nature take it's course and hoped for the best. About 5:30 a.m. I hear the first bird fly down directly behind me about 50 yds into the woods. Yesterday showed that the first birds down were the 3 hens that were roosted right on the edge of the treeline overlooking the field and that the Tom was roosted farther back more towards the area I heard the flydown this morning. So I was pretty confident that it might just very well be him! Within about 2 mins of that flydown a booming gobble rings out across the country side directly behind me!!!! It was him! He was still in the area! I said a little "thank you" to God above and said to myself I'm gonna kill him today. Knowing my luck for the past 2 years though, I wasn't going to count my eggs so-to-speak.
No other birds flew down yet and I was thinking that this could get really good really fast because he didn't have any hens with him yet and he was on the ground. So I yelped a couple of times and was immediately honored by a double gobble behind me still about 50 yds back in the woods. He stayed back there for a bit and gobbled on his own a few good times. So I let out a good fly down cackle and then stayed quite. I promised myself that it would be the last call I made this morning. The woods were quite for about 10 mins and then I heard the leaves behind me crunching and getting closer and closer and closer! My heart was pounding out of my chest and I'm surprised it didn't spook everything within earshot. I stayed absolutely still and told myself to be a rock. The sounds from the crunching leaves were now directly behind the oak I was sitting in front of!!! I couldn't breathe. Any move now and the hunt would be over. Then, I hear something to my left that sounded awfully close. I looked out of the corner of my eye and there was a bird literally standing beside me with it's head within one foot of my ear and side of my face. I've had them within a few yards of me before and walk right past me, but never THIS close!
I moved my head a fraction of an inch to get a better view and then heard the dreaded sound we all hate to hear.... an alarm putt. The next thing you know the bird is putting non stop and moving back into the woods. I said to myself that the bird would still be awefully close to me if I turned to see if it was a Tom and possibly get a shot at it. So I did and it caught my turn around and headed into the field. It was just walking, not running and when it placed it's first foot into the open I could see that it was a longbeard!!!! All I could see was this nice beard and a beet red head. I didn't have my gun shouldered yet and slowly raised my cannon into position for the shot. He went into a clearing between two trees but I didn't have a bead on him yet. I saw out of the corner of my eye the next clear shooting lane and swung my gun into postion ahead of the gobbler and the very second his neck was directly in front of my sights I dropped the hammer on him and blasted his head rolling him over at about 35 yds!!!! The time was 5:45 a.m.
I got right up and went over to him as he was running on his back and saw this beatiful bird cleanly harvested as I had just taken a nice Gobbler with my brand new gun and broke her in good!
A sigh of relief took over me as it has been really rough just to get this bird. I stood over him in victory and pointed up to the sky to whomever was watching me above and let out a big "YESSSSS!!!!".
Vindication is sweet.... especially when it has a nice rope swinging from it!
9 1/16" beard 3/4" left spur, 7/8" right spur 20 lbs 7oz [/glow]
Today's weather conditions:
UV Index: 0 Low Wind: From S at 2 mph Humidity: 44% Pressure: 29.98 in. Dew Point: 49°F Visibility: 10.0 miles
Post by "The Gob-Father" on Jun 2, 2005 10:04:41 GMT -5
Boy oh boy! What a season. Got a nice one this spring and worked hard for him at that! Saw and heard TONS of birds this year. Patterns definitely changed as time progressed from the preseason. Hunted primarily on the ridge's end by the orchard. 3 Jakes always up there. One had a nice beard for a jake. Opening day brought 3 hens, 3 jakes, and 1 Tom to the orchard field. Missed him! He was missing a few feathers from the left side of his fan. Nice bird. Richie from down the way, got one not too much longer after I shot at him. Said that it weighed 28 lbs.!!! WHAT! I knew there was a big bird out there but not that big! People around there say he doesn't fib about that kinda thing. He said it had an 8 inch beard and one inch spurs.... but didn't have anything to show for it... said that he put it in the woodstove as he thinks they are ugly... yet he has a fan mount on his wall?? Doesn't make sense to me but oh well. Found out that Richie was in a major accident working on the Freeway Toll booths. Apparently he was handing money back to a motorist and an 18 wheeler ripped by and pulled him by the arm. I guess he was in the hospital for over a year recooperating from it. Also found out from Midge that as a child his mother would feed them with road kill because they were that bad off. I will definitlely want to provide him with some game meat. He gave me permission to hunt his little field at the bottom of the ridge. Heard some good gobbling the whole season from down in there plus behind the orchard. Saw lots of tracks and what not down in below on the logging road leading to the back fields. Didn't hunt much accross the street behind the Petersons. Although the last week I did. NICE Tom over there. Missing feathers also, may be the one from opening day. Had a nice beard couldn't tell how long but he is absolutely huge... probably 25 lbs or more. The Cave produced this year and saw 2 nice toms in the preseason. When I actually hunted there I only found one to still be in the area. Not anymore. He's on my wall! Haven't seen a single bird there since. Charmin has got lots of good land that I can now hunt and will be planning on getting out there this fall for deer. We are setting up our guiding service right now and we have to go take a look at the 400 acre property he has up north sometime in the next month or so. Food plots to be completed. I'm still working on his website for him. It's under construction right now and looking good so far. I have some really good ideas that I want to run by him about it before I add them to the site. Lots to do!
Over all the turkey season was a success and lots was learned and a good chunk of land was acquired to hunt this year as well. Next year should be even better for me as I will have many more options than before. Looking forward to it!!!!
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