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Who is ready for some fun this Spring. This isn't a contest..No prize, well maybe braggin rights. Lets have posters sign up on who is going Spring Turkey hunting. I have thought and come up with the following criteria...any other ideas welcome....we got a while before it kicks off so here goes.

Sign up on this thread with the following info:

Hunters Name: Forum Name is OK...Bring the whole family...more the better
Gun you will use: Example - Mossberg 835 12 ga
Perferred ammo: Example - Federal 3" #6
Location where hunting: Example - Dallas County, Missouri, My land
Season Dates: Example - April 15 thru May 5, 1/2 hour before sunup till 1 PM.
Limits for you: Example - 2 Male or turkey with a visiable beard only

If you do any scouting and put out game cameras, as I do please give reports and post pics on this thread.

After you take one (or ever how many) a picture is required with naritave of the hunt. All stories of hunts are solicited, successiful or not. After the season gets underway a seperate thread will be started for the Pics and stories.

I shared my faliure with last years deer season and my success with fall turkey. So I will start this one off:

SWO1 (Frank)
Mossy 835 12 GA
Federal 3" #6
My place in Dallas County Missouri
April 15 thru May 5, 1/2 hr before sunup till 1 PM
2 Male or any bird with visiable beard

SWO1 Grandson (Carson)
Mossy 835 12 GA
Fiocchi 2 3/4 #6
My place in Dallas County Missouri
April 6-7 (Youth Season) 1/2 hr before sunup till 1/2 hr after sundown
April 15 thru May 5, 1/2 hr before sunup till 1 PM
2 Male or any bird with visiable beard

SWO1 Grandson (Cameron)
Mossy 500 20 GA
Remington 3" #5
My place in Dallas County Missouri
April 6-7 (Youth Season) 1/2 hr before sunup till 1/2 hr after sundown
April 15 thru May 5, 1/2 hr before sunup till 1 PM
2 Male or any bird with visiable beard

SWO1 Grandaughter (Carlie)
Mossy 500 410
Federal 3" #4
My place in Dallas County Missouri
April 6-7 (Youth Season) 1/2 hr before sunup till 1/2 hr after sundown
April 15 thru May 5, 1/2 hr before sunup till 1 PM
2 Male or any bird with visiable beard

Feeders and cams go out first of Feb....GOBBLE..GOBBLE..GOBBLE
 

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Four4D4 (Dennis)
Remington 870 12Ga.
Winchester 3" 2oz #6 or Remington 3'' 1 7/8 #6
Where ever I may roam in Central Florida
March 16-April 21 1/2 hour before sunup till 1 pm
2 beards
 

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WOW....Long Spring season in Flordia. Good Early start there Four4D4. I aint never seen one of them Oceolas. Get some big-uns.
 

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Oops thats april 21st not 31st :eek:
 

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First time turkey hunting. And with my
Wife and son.

Dads81-dl, Charlie
Ward Hercules/Stevens model 5000, 12 ga
Remington 2 3/4 #6 or #5
Ionia/Kent county
April 22-May 5
1/2 hour before sun up- 1/2 hour before sundown
1 male,


Dads81-dl Teresa
Mossberg 500 20 ga
Remington 3' #6 or #5
Ionia/Kent county
April 22 , May 5
1/2 hour before sun up - 1/2 hour before sundown
1 male


Dads81-dl Eli
Youth Remington 870 20 ga
Remington 3' #6 or #5
Ionia/Kent county
April 22 - May 5
1/2 hour before sun up - 1/2 hour before sundown
1 male
 

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It's up to about 34 and overcast so far. Think I'll have a walk around and look for Turkey signs and places to put up the feeders and cams this weekend. Supposed to be in the low 50s Sat and Sun. I have about 50lbs of corn so should be good for a couple of weeks in the feeders. I'm off to see what I can see.
 

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I think I better patteren my shotgun.and find out which shell patteren better.
 

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I just walked up to the North 20. Just as I got to the spot where I took the hen last fall it started to snow. Looking off down the small valley I could see 3 or 4 nice size ones. They were about 200 yds off but were all Black so I assume were Gobblers. My cheap camera only has about a 4X zoom and not clear. In the pic they look like small bushes at the bases of the trees. I watched em mill around for a few minutes. The temp was dropping fast and my fingers were starting to get numb so I headed back.
 

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I added my 9 yr old grandaugher, Carlie, to the Turkey Hunting List. This will be her first Hunting trip. She is an accomplished fisher(person). Cleans fish with the best of em. Also helps dress deer and squirrels. Picked up a box of #9 for her to practice with. As soon as the weather clears up will take her out. I have taken a Turkey with the same Mossy 410. Got him at about 25yds with a 3" #4. It has a full choke barrel and it also has scored at turkey shoots for the youngest grandson.
 

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I got the first feeder out with the game cam. It will take 24hrs for the photocell sensor to learn sunup/sundown times. Then it will feed twice a day, 1/2 hr after sunup and 1/2 hr before sundown.

The other feeder has a low battery, have it on the charger. And the gamecams batterys are DEAD. Will have to get some next week and get that one out.

The bushy-tails will find the corn first, then the crows. The turkeys will hear/see the crows feeding and come to investigate. Since there were very little or no acorns this fall the deer will probley be there also. Hope to have some pics in a week to 10 days.
 

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Took the grandaughter out with the 410. She was shooting 3" Win #9 AA Trap loads. Lots of pellets. The full choke barrel on the gun will do better with smaller shot. First two were center, but a little high. I dont have any Turkey sillouites, aiming at the center of the neck at 20yds she would have done GREAT. I then had her aiming a little low of the bull and NO PROBLEM.

The gun is a full sized stock so she has to use a shooting stick. Took a few more rounds to get her to pull it back into her sholder. Later on I will sneak in a 3" #4 and not tell her. I want her to get used to the gun, holding on target, and squezzing the trigger.

She was done after 8 rounds. I will pick up some turkey sillouites for the next session. When she wants to, I wont push her. We have plenty of time till April.
 

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Checked the game camera at the feeder. NO TURKEYS.....:(

78 PICS of deer, squirrels, *****, crows and a couple other interesting critters.

First pic is a Button Buck with the dark colered doe I MISSED THREE SHOTS in the fall. She continues to haunt me.....:eek:

Second is a Big Ole male Bob Cat... Right at dusk so he's out huntin.

Third is a good sized Coyote...Streakin across the frame. Hear em all the time back in here.

Still about a month till Turkey season. Havn't heard any Gobbles yet. Soon tho.
 

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I would try to hunt coyotes and bob cats there not helping you with the turkeys.
 

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Why do gas prices always go up around hunting season?????
 

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I shoot every coyote I see....mangy critters. To many of em and they Take new-born calves.

Bob-cats I leave alone. My one rule...Other than harmful varmits.....If I don't eat it, I don't shoot it, same for fishing....catch and release on the undesirable table fare.

Oh....and gas has dropped .12 here in the last week, paid $3.43 today.....
 

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Going on my first turkey hunt this year, Only land loving birds I`ve hunted are Pheasant & Grouse..I saw 6 turkeys today by a small town called Raineer,WA. It got me a bit siked up..A friend of mine and his son are taking me to show me the ropes. They also invited me on there Elk hunt in Eastern,WA this fall..you bet I`m goin.
 

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Good luck on the Thunder Chickens oldbrass. I love it when the target talks to ya.......:D Best thing is when a big ole Tom sneaks up in back of ya and lets go with a big ole GOBBLE....from about 10 yards. Bring an extra pair of britches.......:p
 

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I shoulda known SWO1 would be get'n Burkey Tird stirred early! I think I'll just shoot one with a .22 from the highway. I've been seeing 5 -35 or so everyday back & forth from the house to Sedalia and on the return home. One group of 9 were all short-bearded jakes not 30 yds off of Hwy 50. Must have had a better recruitment last spring than the Conservation folks said. Darn dark birds are everywhere!

Talked with a local Marketing Rep this afternoon. He mentioned it won't be long until the triple header. Spoonbills & Crappie, Shrooms and of course Spring Turkey hunting. Do all three in a day within a few miles of each. Wish I had a grandkid that was interested in setting still long enough for me to lure another bird into hand shaking distance. That's the fun of it. Furtherest I've every shot a spring Tom was about 7 yds in days gone by :p Don't have much of the blue and white head left to admire, but eats just the same! Had to kill 'em in self-defense! Those were all western birds. The Eastern strain seems a little bit more wary so I guess 20 yds would be OK?!? Gut, health and all allowing...I WILL KILL me a bird this spring...Good Lord willing and I can get my mouth to take a diaphram call again ;)
 

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Got an extra full turkey choke for the 12 ga. 870.(Primos tight wad)
A diapfram call (scared hell out of the dogs)
Remington 3" Nitro turkey loads #4 shot. Now to install the choke and see how it patterns..fun fun
As an added bonus they also had small rifle primers WOOHOO !!!
 
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