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    #16
    Originally posted by nebgoosehunter View Post
    I got out yesterday afternoon looking for a turkey to shoot. County roads were a mess but I made it along ok. Popped over a hill and saw a big group feeding in a wheat field about 100 yards off a shelter belt. I quickly backed up and parked on one end of the belt and high tailed it to the other end of the belt to set up hoping they would feed towards me. Sure enough they did and once they got within 150 yards they really started responding well to my calling. There were 18 birds in the group and it looked like only 1 tom and the rest jakes and hens. The whole time they were coming I could see the tom was in the back but once they got within 100 yards they went behind a little rise but they would still see my decoys. The tom must have not liked my jake with two hens because he was the first bird to show up and he was in full strut. Let him have it, and then the jakes came and beat him up as he flopped around. I've seen that on shows many times but that was the first time it's happened to me. Pretty funny to watch. He wasn't very big with only a 6" beard, but he was still beautiful and wasn't getting a pass.
    That's pretty cool when you get to see something like that happen in person that you normally just see on hunting shows. Good work!

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ID:	1199390 I hunted the Wyoming black hills and tagged out early opening morning so headed for Nebraska where I had already purchased a tag. Roosted some public land birds Saturday night. Luckily two different groups.

      It was 10 degrees Sunday morning and I watched my "plan A" birds sit in the tree until 9:15! The bitter cold must have kept them up there. Very weird....and miserable as I had in every piece of clothing I brought. After fly down they sailed a half mile dead away from me. I couldn't find them so I went towards plan B.

      Nobody had been there! Sweet!!!! I worked my way in calling sparingly and actually saw birds before I heard them but a hen was answering me. I slipped in where they had been as they loafed off. Two series of real soft yelps brought this guy and a buddy into range. His buddy was strutting, whereas he came to within 40 yards so he got the hammer!
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        #18
        I was able to get my daughter out Thursday after school before the weather turned bad. We had a hen come in first strutting around our hen decoy. 15 minutes after she lost interest this big guy charged in and beat up our Jake decoy. She dropped him at 18 yards. We managed to get it on video. I thought he felt exceptionally heavy so I decided to weigh him. He tipped the scale at 24.8 lbs.

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        • mike fink
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          Great story and congrats to the youngster. Hope you can get the video up, here.

        #19
        I was able to make it out opening day of shotgun season! It was a balmy 35 degrees with mist in the air. I watched this guy for 50 minutes before I could get a shot at him! Darn deer almost ruined the hunt at 40 yards. Good thing he was more worried about his hens walking off.
        We should be enjoying the outdoors!!!

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        • mike fink
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          Had deer mess me up quite a few times.

        #20
        Went out around 9am, on private land. I had multiple gobbles to my calls but the toms are still henned up pretty good.

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          #21
          Not many reports, how is everyone doing? I went for a couple hours this morning to a new property. Heard gobblers on the roost on the neighboring property and went to the fence line and called and called and nothing came over. Everything responded to the call and I counted at least 7 toms in the group. The hens were pretty bossy also. I had two separate toms start to come my way and they would get about 20 yards my way and then just stop and strut. I think once this group breaks up and they get away from the house that they are roosting at it will improve at this place. The landowners son has been trying to get one so I'll probably wait a couple weeks to ask to go back if I still haven't filled that tag elsewhere by then.

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            #22
            We got two on Saturday in Custer county. We didn't get started until 2:00 (Soccer...), but I was able to get on a flock and call them in after about an hour or so. Jakes, hens, two mature toms. Toms were strutting as them came in, but only gobbled twice the whole time. My son took a well placed shot and got his first turkey. After that bird was cleaned and in the cooler I went back out by myself. Called in two hens the first set, wandering around together. The second set I could hear a tom spitting and drumming over the ridge from me but never saw him, he eventually wandered off without ever gobbling. About an hour before sunset I got a response and from a bird moving away from me, I was able to sneak in to about 60 yards behind him and called, he gobbled and came strutting right in.

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              #23
              I tried another new place this morning with my oldest boy. Sounded like there were 2 possibly 3 toms in the creek bottom but couldn't tell. First tom pitched down and strutted about 100 yards away across a small wetland. He finally wandered off and then his hens pitched down. They went around the wetland and went behind me and fed in a corn field. Soon after two toms came up out of the creek bottom but didn't follow the hens. They proceeded to strut in the same spot as the first tom for quite awhile. I had one of those hens come in and check out my decoys and the toms sat and stared at us forever until she left and then they decided to follow her. In the dark I couldn't really tell that wetland was there or I would have set up away from it so they didn't have to cross it. It was just a wet spot with some cattails but sometimes those toms seem a little lazy lol. Had to give up the hunt to get back to work but my boy and I still had a very fun outing.

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                #24
                Hunted in the Niobrara valley up in Cherry County Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning. Long story short, we walked a long ways, saw fair numbers of birds, and I came home empty handed. Had one chance at a giant bird that I ended up putting a sneak on but could not tell how far he was because I could only see the top of his head in the tall grass and he was sitting right on the edge of the river. I was a little worried he was too far or he would fall into the river. They flew across without me shooting and my buddy came up and ranged where they were standing and they were 35 yards. Other than that I thought they were kinda grouped up still. The group we set up on off the roost had 23 birds and saw other groups that had around a 8-12 birds. Guess I'll have to keep hunting.

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                  #25
                  Anyone have any reports lately? I'm heading up to one of my spots in the Pine Ridge Saturday with my dad. We both have tags to fill still. Temps are supposed to be pushing 90 so it won't be very fun hiking around if we can't get one right away in the morning. Hope the toms are still talking some.

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                    #26
                    Originally posted by nebgoosehunter View Post
                    Anyone have any reports lately? I'm heading up to one of my spots in the Pine Ridge Saturday with my dad. We both have tags to fill still. Temps are supposed to be pushing 90 so it won't be very fun hiking around if we can't get one right away in the morning. Hope the toms are still talking some.
                    Report I heard from a few days ago was birds are gobbling pretty good in that area.
                    Good luck.

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                      #27
                      Originally posted by nebgoosehunter View Post
                      Anyone have any reports lately? I'm heading up to one of my spots in the Pine Ridge Saturday with my dad. We both have tags to fill still. Temps are supposed to be pushing 90 so it won't be very fun hiking around if we can't get one right away in the morning. Hope the toms are still talking some.
                      Keep going after you think it may be too warm. Hot gobblers don't care

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                        #28
                        Last report of they year for me. Dad and I got on a bird right away on the roost and set up about 100 yards away. Called him right in and he gobbled the whole way in. Was going to let dad shoot him and right as he stepped out of a little patch of trees at 65 yards he stuck his head up, looked at our decoys, and turned around and walked back into that little patch. He proceeded to call for another 5 minute before walking off. I knew we should have just left the decoys in the truck this late in the season but we took them anyway. We heard quite a few gobblers before shooting light but as we set off to hike around the property the wind really came up and we couldn't hear anything in the pines. Hiked 3-4 miles and heard one gobbler once but could never find him. Frustrating way to end the season. Really wish that wind wouldn't have come up like that so we could hear but that's the way it goes. I'm eating a tag for just the second time ever, but I'm thankful to have got a bird opening weekend and had a lot of really fun hunts since, just couldn't seal the deal.

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ID:	1202665 Roosted this pair last Wednesday, listened to them gooble in the early part of the morning right out of the tree. Set the decoys on a ridge called a couple of times from the backside of the ridge didn’t gooble one time coming to the decoys.

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                          #30
                          Actually two of us shooting a little confusion on calling the shot but they were so close it worked out ok for us!

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