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first tom of the year

Postby loner » Sat Mar 23, 2013 8:32 am

no leaves on the trees and no gobbling but i have seen this bird since opening day with hens and knew the area well he liked.raining last two days and yesterday he saw me trying to turn with poncho on.same spot today with rain but only my all weather camo jacket and turkey vest and no friction calls to get wet.waited until 6.55 am to do tree yelps.at 7.00am he came in full strut to my right rear across small pasture from his tree.beautiful strut looking for me.i am under small cedar,could not move and my gun was leaned on small cedar to my right.line of small cedars below me and he stepped into them out of the pasture.i reached for the 870 and shouldered to my left shoulder and he appeared from the cedars as i lined the truglo to his neck.the end of perfect morning at 7.05am.101/4" beard and 11/4" spurs .don't know what he weighted as i put him in the vest,but he felt pretty heavy after the mile walk to the truck.
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Re: first tom of the year

Postby nontypical » Sat Mar 23, 2013 8:42 am

Just what I wanted to see, I'm sitting in the house, nasty outside, not a turkey hunter, I lease my turkey rights out and have alot of respect for turkey hunters just wasn't raised turkey hunting and also its a way to eliminate a member and pressure on the deer lease which is very important to me. Hadn't been to much to report from the turkey hunters so far this year, definitely will get better when weather gets better. Congrats to you and your dedication on being out there, bad weather and all persistence always pays off.
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Re: first tom of the year

Postby gtk » Sat Mar 23, 2013 8:44 am

Congrats ! I just couldn't make myself get up and go this am.
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Re: first tom of the year

Postby Ironwood » Sat Mar 23, 2013 8:50 am

Congratulations on a hunt well done.
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Re: first tom of the year

Postby stickers » Sat Mar 23, 2013 9:39 am

Congrats and great story. Nice bird. These past 2 days have been my best as far as gobbling goes since season opened.
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Re: first tom of the year

Postby jv » Sat Mar 23, 2013 1:04 pm

Way to go loner....knew it wouldn't be long before you got the first of the season.

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Re: first tom of the year

Postby Smacko » Sat Mar 23, 2013 3:17 pm

way to go
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Re: first tom of the year

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Re: first tom of the year

Postby tgloden03 » Sat Mar 23, 2013 9:18 pm

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Re: first tom of the year

Postby BigRic » Sun Mar 24, 2013 7:40 am

congrats. no bird yet but did my buddy did end up with a hog. they just ain't doing much gobblin here and not with hens yet for some reason.

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Re: first tom of the year

Postby huntall » Mon Mar 25, 2013 7:02 am

Congrats :2TU:
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Re: first tom of the year

Postby BeardsAndBones » Tue Mar 26, 2013 1:00 pm

That is a fine bird, congrats
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Re: first tom of the year

Postby smuckers » Tue Mar 26, 2013 5:50 pm

Congrats on the bird. Can't hunt in this cold, maybe Friday.
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Re: first tom of the year

Postby dublelung » Sun Mar 31, 2013 5:28 pm

Congratulations on a fine one! Gobble or no gobble you gotta do what you gotta do.
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