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    Default OOD 2022 BIG GOBBLER FUN CONTEST LEADERBOARD - official thread to post your scores and pics

    Post your story, pics and measurements here.
    The Leaderboard will be periodically updated, showing the standing over the 5 week season.

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    Quiet morning for me. Saw 4 hens on the ground, and another still roosted at 8:45am! Never heard a gobble, and the rain held off, packed it in at 9am.

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    My first entry of 2022. In the blind at 5:15am, heard the first gobble at 5:45am. Soft calls were responded to immediately by a Tom and 2 Jakes. They popped out of the opposite corner of the field and started heading towards my decoy setup (1 Tom and 2 hens) They hung up half way across the field but a hen b-lined it towards my decoys and the boys all followed her into 15 yards away from my pop up blind. As soon as she cleared, I took aim and let the Tom have it. I love when a plan comes together. I think I am going to bring the crossbow out next time.

    Scoring-

    Spur- 1 1/4" (1.25 x 20= 25 points)
    Beard- 8 1/2" (8.5 x 2= 17 points)
    Shotgun- (0 points)

    Total points= 42

    I hope I did that right. Just as a side note it weighed 21 lbs (Measured with my fish scale)

    Good luck to everyone.


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    Last edited by Jerryklimczuk; April 25th, 2022 at 01:11 PM.

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    Well, call it beginnersí luck but I had an exciting hunt and managed to pull off a major fail followed by a major win today.

    I got into my blind by 5:10am this morning. Nice and early I thought. There was no wind, no rain but it was slightly overcast.

    After opening the blind, I had time for a coffee and watched a large mink run past the front.

    I called a little on my box call, very faint, not knowing how much I should be calling. At just before 7am I could hear a hen calling to my decoys from my left about 100 yards away. I answered back a few times really softly, not wanting to overdo it.

    After about 10 minutes of calling back and forth she walked by the front of blind at about 10 yards. She took a good look at the decoys and stuck around for about 5 minutes before slowly moving along. I thought that was kind of cool. If nothing else, I had an experience. Not what I was looking for but cool, nonetheless.

    Things got quiet again and I looked at the solunar tables on the ood website to see what the major period was Ė said about 8:10am Ė so I waited.

    It was pretty quiet until about 9:00 when all of a sudden to my left, I see a gobbler in full strut approaching my decoys. I had limited visability there and He didnít make a sound. I remember thinking the thing is HUGE!

    I managed to pull the shotgun up as it approached the decoys at slightly over 20 yards away. Clear shot, open field, all looked good. I lined up the shot, pulled the trigger andÖ.missed!

    The thing went airborne and flew away totally unscathed. I couldnít believe it! Iím thinking to myself ďhow could I miss a chip shot like that!Ē. I was kicking myself!

    I got out of the blind and went to see if I could find any trace of a hit. No feathers at all. I found the shot cup and went to look where the turkey flew to just in case. No sign whatsoever. I must have shot over him.

    At this point Iím thinking I just blew my chance. Should I pack up and go home?
    Nothing to do at home but work, so I thought, nah, stick it out a little longer.

    I got back into the blind, poured myself a coffee and started to make some more turkey sounds on the call. What the heck, might as well try I thought.

    At about 10:30am I hear a Very distant gobble - like 400 yards distant. What the heck, I hammered the call with a bunch of very loud clucks, trying to project the sound as loud as possible. About 15 seconds later the thing answered my call with another gobble that seemed to be closer!

    This went on for about 30 minutes, back and forth, closer and closer. At about 200 yards I stopped answering his calls. Iíve never called turkeys before, so I didnít want my sucky calling to scare him off. He made a few more gobbles, seemingly coming closer and closer.

    Suddenly, heís right in front of the blind, to my left at about 10 feet, and his head is all red and blue and in full strut!
    He took a step into the open and I let him have it. I didnít miss that shot!

    If Iím measuring right, he has a beard with the longest hair at 10 3/4 inches and the biggest spur slightly over 1 ľ inches.

    Thatís it. Thatís my hunt for today. I hope you enjoyed the hunt as much as I did.

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    Nice birds guys congrats. Some big spurs there.
    "Give a man a fish and he eats for a day, Teach a man to fish and he eats for the rest of his life"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Markster View Post
    Well, call it beginners’ luck but I had an exciting hunt and managed to pull off a major fail followed by a major win today.

    I got into my blind by 5:10am this morning. Nice and early I thought. There was no wind, no rain but it was slightly overcast.

    After opening the blind, I had time for a coffee and watched a large mink run past the front.

    I called a little on my box call, very faint, not knowing how much I should be calling. At just before 7am I could hear a hen calling to my decoys from my left about 100 yards away. I answered back a few times really softly, not wanting to overdo it.

    After about 10 minutes of calling back and forth she walked by the front of blind at about 10 yards. She took a good look at the decoys and stuck around for about 5 minutes before slowly moving along. I thought that was kind of cool. If nothing else, I had an experience. Not what I was looking for but cool, nonetheless.

    Things got quiet again and I looked at the solunar tables on the ood website to see what the major period was – said about 8:10am – so I waited.

    It was pretty quiet until about 9:00 when all of a sudden to my left, I see a gobbler in full strut approaching my decoys. I had limited visability there and He didn’t make a sound. I remember thinking the thing is HUGE!

    I managed to pull the shotgun up as it approached the decoys at slightly over 20 yards away. Clear shot, open field, all looked good. I lined up the shot, pulled the trigger and….missed!

    The thing went airborne and flew away totally unscathed. I couldn’t believe it! I’m thinking to myself “how could I miss a chip shot like that!”. I was kicking myself!

    I got out of the blind and went to see if I could find any trace of a hit. No feathers at all. I found the shot cup and went to look where the turkey flew to just in case. No sign whatsoever. I must have shot over him.

    At this point I’m thinking I just blew my chance. Should I pack up and go home?
    Nothing to do at home but work, so I thought, nah, stick it out a little longer.

    I got back into the blind, poured myself a coffee and started to make some more turkey sounds on the call. What the heck, might as well try I thought.

    At about 10:30am I hear a Very distant gobble - like 400 yards distant. What the heck, I hammered the call with a bunch of very loud clucks, trying to project the sound as loud as possible. About 15 seconds later the thing answered my call with another gobble that seemed to be closer!

    This went on for about 30 minutes, back and forth, closer and closer. At about 200 yards I stopped answering his calls. I’ve never called turkeys before, so I didn’t want my sucky calling to scare him off. He made a few more gobbles, seemingly coming closer and closer.

    Suddenly, he’s right in front of the blind, to my left at about 10 feet, and his head is all red and blue and in full strut!
    He took a step into the open and I let him have it. I didn’t miss that shot!

    If I’m measuring right, he has a beard with the longest hair at 10 3/4 inches and the biggest spur slightly over 1 ľ inches.

    That’s it. That’s my hunt for today. I hope you enjoyed the hunt as much as I did.

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    Congrats on a great hunt! You’re hooked now !!!!
    ďIf youíre not a Liberal by twenty, you have no heart. If youíre not a Conservative by forty, you have no brain.Ē
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    A couple of dandy entries, congrats!

    Markster is in the lead with 46.5
    Jerryklimczuk in close second at 42

    Both really great stories. Jerry, those are great pictures, especially the feather spray behind you in the last pic. And those hooks! Markster, there are two types of turkey hunters: those who have shot and missed a close bird, and those who haven’t, yet. It’s so easy to do when they are close, nice job turning it around.

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    Couple of cool stories there Guys, Congrats on the birds and Markster, we've all been there and done it, none likely ever got so quick a chance at redemption....Awesome recovery!!

    TurkeyJohn

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    Hi guys,
    A member reached out to me about the missing pictures. I posted them originally but the attachments didnít seem to ďstickĒ.
    Anyways, iíll try again.

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    Sorry for the mess up. Likely something i did wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Markster View Post
    Hi guys,
    A member reached out to me about the missing pictures. I posted them originally but the attachments didnít seem to ďstickĒ.
    Anyways, iíll try again.

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    Sorry for the mess up. Likely something i did wrong.
    No, it wasn't you, I had a few end up as broken links and had to "edit" my original post to get them to load.

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