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    your a good brother to visit your sister on her birthday, but do you have to visit her at sunrise? maybe go for the morning hunt and bring her some turkey!
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    my plan is like always, hunt as much as I can and try not to miss any birds this year! lol. I would also like to try a couple new spots that I have never hunted or haven't hunted recently.
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    @newbiehunter - once you master the mouth call, I think you will hardly every use anything else. So nice to have your hands free, and minimal movement. I do use my pots or box calls when I am trying to "reach" out further, when just searching for wandering toms, or on windy/rainy days when the extra volume is important.

    I have always wanted to try "fanning" a tom, something about belly crawling across a field behind a turkey fan sounds like fun.

    Over my turkey years I have gone from roosting birds at night, barely sleeping, up hours before dawn, hauling around blinds, chairs and multiple decoys, tripods, gopros, etc., and with some success, but alot of work and sleep deprivation when compared to my current midday minimalist, run and gun approach - no decoys, no blind, no cameras, just camo, gun, thermacell and mouthcall.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lenny View Post
    @newbiehunter - once you master the mouth call, I think you will hardly every use anything else. So nice to have your hands free, and minimal movement. I do use my pots or box calls when I am trying to "reach" out further, when just searching for wandering toms, or on windy/rainy days when the extra volume is important.

    I have always wanted to try "fanning" a tom, something about belly crawling across a field behind a turkey fan sounds like fun.

    Over my turkey years I have gone from roosting birds at night, barely sleeping, up hours before dawn, hauling around blinds, chairs and multiple decoys, tripods, gopros, etc., and with some success, but alot of work and sleep deprivation when compared to my current midday minimalist, run and gun approach - no decoys, no blind, no cameras, just camo, gun, thermacell and mouthcall.
    Thanks. That's exactly the type of hunting style I am after as well..
    Used to setup blind, decoys, only to find that I leave those behind whenever I need to move closer to birds [emoji12]

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    Looking forward to this season, planning on taking my 6 year old son on his first official hunt, been scouting my property to find the best spot, set up a camera a week ago to see when the gobblers seem to be around. Hoping for some action to keep the little one interested. Lots of activities on the camera between the Coyotes, deer, and turkeys this time of year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tom gobble View Post
    Iím thankful every year to be able to hunt turkeys. I havenít harvested one in the last two years so my goal this year is to get the monkey off my back and end this curse lol
    Only two years ? Not too bad, try a 5 year dry spell and not for lack of trying either. Hurt my back last year and didn't get out until the last two days. Or nothing but hens would come to me , missed a big boy because he was too close and once had a huge Tom and 3 of his girlfriends out in a field but then a coyote and a monster size Buck showed up and I swear I could hear that Spaghetti Western music playing as the tres hombres had their stand off.
    Good Luck & Good Hunting !

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    So just got back from a scouting/prep mission and looks like its going to be a weird opener. Got to my go to spot well before sunrise and found it quiet....too quiet . Took a drive to the back side and at least saw 3 toms and a couple of jakes basically 2 farms over. Strange though no hens around them and they all had a calm demeanor. Turned around to head to my secondary spot and saw a couple of lone hens crossing the fields 2 farms over from where I hunt. Swung by a public bush and found a tom with 4 hens around him, 2 satellite toms and lone jake off in the distance in the adjacent private property field. If the bush wasn't so destroyed by old blow downs and not so visible would consider it might still check it out if other options don't pan out. Got to my other spot and saw a decent lone tom pasturing infront of my usual spot and had to wait a good hour till he strolled away to set up my popup as it'll be my cold/wet weather option spot. Making my way home had a hen try and cross the 400 just north of the north bound service center. She change her mind at the last second. Popped into Basspro to pick up my license for a no hassle tag purchase managed to pick up this years regs book and a reminder from the clerk to report by June 4th.
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    Monday to Wednesday I have some heavy scouting planned for a couple of new areas. I'm staying out of my regular haunts to not spook anything. I'm still scouting with a rifle and coyote calls hanging around my neck to take advantage of any eventuality.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Markster View Post
    Opening day with crossbow for me
    Curious...do you use the guillotine set up, or a regular arrow?...and typically are you aiming dead center of the bird? Hoping to get out for crossbow a few times

    Thanks

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    ihunt you are correct and last sunday the farmer told me he bought a new farm over the winter that has more turkeys than the other places he has, so I have decided to go out in the morning to this new spot and visit sister in afternoon. One sleep left, vehicle load except for gun. forecast -4C and light winds for when I plan on arriving. Good luck all

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