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Photo journal of our 2017 season ( Some Cool Pictures )
Topic Started: May 23 2017, 12:50 PM (423 Views)
R.J.
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3:30 am alarm goes off and I get ready to drive approx. 1.3 hrs North for an opening morning hunt with Frank V.

In our blinds by 5:30am > Starts to rain at approx. 6:15 am …. Multiple birds gobbling on the ridge West of Franks position ( a River Flats Blind location that I have posted about many times over the years ) ( forum member , VixChix knows the spot ) …

After the fly down Frank sees approx. 8 birds traveling the field edge along the ridge at 7:15 am > A series of calls and a mature tom comes in like a freight train ! > Then , as someone famous once said “ Boom End Game “ !

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I get a few pictures of misc Jakes curiously surveying the scene > cluck / gobble / move on … I take a few frames as they pass by Franks downed bird ( sorry not the best pic’s , they were 58 yards away from me and it was still raining )

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We meet with Chris H. and his son for breakfast > Swap hunt stories , then I Point my truck South and heads for better weather > I stop at one farm on the way home to chat with the farmer and walk the bush line ..

Oops , I get too close to possibly an Osprey nest area > he/she screeches at me and flies circles above me …

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As I drive South towards my afternoon spot the skies are clearing up nicely and I arrive to a beauty sunny afternoon ! We have taken many birds from this spot ( VixChix knows this location as well from years ago when she hunted there with me and had a real quick set up close encounter ! ) …

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This property that Im hunting this afternoon , is also special to me because it is home of a blonde bearded bird , I have been watching in past season ! ( I got a picture when he was a stub beard Jake and the stub was all blonde . I saw him a week ago and his beard is 4-5 inches long now and still has the blonde end on it > Cool !

Gotta love the smell of fresh flowers and fresh cut wood along the lane … Found no shed antlers today only some critter remains …

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As I head back to my position I see brids in the field and they nervously walk into the bush , so I leave my truck way South in the lane and sneak in along the trail edge … As I crouch walk up the lane and crest the rise …. a beauty Tom crosses within 7 yards of me … I am crouched down and cant get my Matrix 310 into position , but I get three awesome pictures as he heads towards the bush …
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Finally set up at the Sugar Shack approx. 3:30pm … I don’t have any luminocks with me so I load a white fletched carbon and settle in for a long wait !

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Hen Calling off and on all afternoon ... approx 5:30pm , I finally see movement coming towards me from the North West .

They come in fairly quickly and I have the bow to my shoulder …. What ! , I see blonde beard 2nd in line behind some hens and another Jake …

Now I’m usually cool under fire but man I’m shaking with excitement right now … The front Jake walks past me at 15 yards and the hens peck around the cover …

The front Jake looks right at me and starts to alarm cluck as he walks East … Blondie get nervous and starts to turn but he is in my ranged 20 yard opening when I slap the trigger of my Matrix 310 !

A solid hit and he flap/runs North past some trees > No pass thru but enough penetration to get the job done > the arrow fell out as he left and he was down within 7 yards past the trees that blocked my view ! …..

Sweeeeet ! What an awesome way to end the day on our Ontario Turkey Season Opening day !

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Have been in contact thru text with many friends today , so I snap a few pictures and text the news .

Then a quick trip home to start to download all the misc pictures from today … VixChix text me some pictures from her exciting day as well … She scored a beauty JAke this morning and had a hen walk by the blind for entertainment during the evening hunt > Congrat’s Moni ! > I’m sure you will post to tell the story , but I’ve included the pictures to the end of my thread non the less !

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Overall another exciting day in the field ! … Good Luck to all that are chasing turkeys > Hunt Safe / Have Fun and take lots of pictures !


April 26th , 2nd day into our 2017 Ontario Turkey Season Frank seals the deal on another beauty Tom in the morning fog ….

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I have a Tom coming down the trail when an ATV interrupts my hunt and the Tom flies right up over my blind …

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For an afternoon hunt , I spot a big Tom way back on a farm I have permission on . I stop at the house to check in > I confirm permission again for this year > they say no problem but I have to park at the barn and hike in .8 km ( approx. ½ mile ) to the back of the property ( freshly planted so no driving ) > Now .8 km ( approx. ½ mile ) doesn’t sound far but when you are packing a blind and gear , it seems a lot longer !

The Tom takes off as I hike to the back , but three Jakes show up within 5 mins of set up … Unfortunately , to ease the load , I had left my Pentax K100D Digital camera back at the truck , so no good pictures .

I have multiple sightings Toms / Jakes / a hen and a raccoon > the hen circles me many times , and finally walks off towards two mature Toms that were strutting in the next field … I watched multiple Toms strut and breed hens till the night is over but all on the next field over which is on another farm .

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I pack up , walk back to the truck and drive to the next farm over , to confirm I still have permission there > Farmer says no problem and “ Bonus “ the field has not been worked so I can drive right to the back to set up !

So I drive back and fill the ” Elevated Blind “ with some of my gear for the morning ,. The birds have moved off the field to their roosting area > Next 1.5 hour drive home to get some sleep > It’s gonna be another 3:30am morning start if I want to make it back to that location before next moorings first light ..

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My lovely wife made me enough food and beverage to fill my cooler because I was planning on staying the whole day now that I found a decent flock with many mature Tom’s !

April 27th > 5:00 am I arrive and drive right to the ” Elevated Blind “ and load it with food and gear including my good camera !

As on many previous hunts , I get to watch the sunrise look like fire thru the trees !

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Wicked wind makes it difficult to hear but on the other hand it carries my light hen calls to the roost area … I hear lots of gobbling on the roost , but nothing comes into the field that I am hunting .

First bird sighting is about 7:00am and wouldn’t you know , they come out way over to where I was set up last night ! …. Whatever , I continue to call off and on ( about every 15 mins ) .

Now I can see nothing in either field > So I take a bathroom break and a sandwich break > My wife packed me some Corn Chips and Salsa so I dug into them > Just when I finished the last one and was licking my fingers clean , I glance North and take that short deep gulp breath that comes when you see a big buck or nice Tom coming !

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It’s after 8:00am and I quickly get organized > My food away / camo mask and gloves back on / camera ready / gun ready …

This lone Tom is slow strutting/gobbling hoping the hen that I am pretending to be will come to him ! It seems like hours as he inches closer .

Then , more gobbles and I slowly turn my head to see other birds enter the field …

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Well to make a long story short , I spend the next ½ hour juggling camera / call / and gun ( BTW I’m shooting an old broken down Cooey Single Shot 12 gauge that I repaired and painted after it was going to be thrown out when my father in law passed away in February ) …. I’m sure he would have approved !

The Tom is in at 80 yards / the 50 yards when I take the last picture as he turns away from me so I can move to the gun … keep the gun on him.

Eventually he struts in to 28 yards > I tap my lunch bag with my foot ( it has my box call on top of it ) , the call squeaks one cluck and when he stretches his head to gobble , I drop the hammer and the Cooey barks a 2 Ύ Mag Round of # 6 shot . BBD Baby !

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He flaps a bit and next thing I know two other Toms run in to put the boots to him ! , I snap a couple pictures of them and then wave/yell to spook them away !

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What a fun season ! > Much quicker than previous years ! > We were in the right place at the right time > Weather was awesome ( only one rain morning ) > And lucky for me I finished early it the nice weather because as I type the sky has opened up and it is pouring out !

Of course that will knock out my rural internet connection and sure enough stalls my picture download !

Anyway > Good Luck to all that are chasing turkeys ! … Hunt Safe , Have Fun and take lots of pictures to share your hunt adventures with the other forum members !
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Clearing the memory card today … Added some more pictures to the tail end of this thread … Just some misc cool pictures that caught my eye while I was out during this spring season .

A group of young birds on a new property …
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Cool to see the moon out on a sunny day !
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Here is another shot of those two toms that came in to beat up my 2nd bird …

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A hiding hen that I bumped into during a walk in …
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A couple pictures of a tom crossing the trail at another property during a morning sit …
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And a fox den with pups that I came across West of Mt Forest …

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Well starting with a clear memory card now … Looking forward to some clear days after the forecasted rain coming … Should be able to get some unique pictures when all the misc critters try to dry out their dens after the downpour … Good Luck to all in the field !

Edited by R.J., May 23 2017, 12:51 PM.
See Ya. RJ
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R.J. just an awesome story and great pics. This from a non turkey hunter.
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Congrats on your birds , beautiful pictures , and tfs, sure is a beautiful time to be out there isn't it.
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great write up, thanks for sharing
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