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#6219078 - 04/16/18 10:51 AM Opening day turkey
illinideer Offline

Registered: 12/31/15
Posts: 383
Loc: West Cent IL
Shot this tom at 7:30 this morning. Crap weather snowing and windy 20mph temp was 33 at sunup. Got in the woods just before sun up heard a gobble across the creek. After getting set up had 3 toms and a bunch of hens roosted across the creek and one tom behind me on top of the ridge. The only call they would answer was my box call. Only one they could hear once they hit the ground the toms shut up I got the boss hen so worked up she finally came across the creek total of 4 hens and the 3 toms. 2 of the hens came right beside me and went up the ridge the other 2 were getting run around by the toms finally got within 35 yards and I rolled this guy. 1 5/8 buffered hand load 3 inch 12ga.
10 inch beard 7/8 spurs 19lbs.

USN AE2 VF-31 Tomcatters
Retired SMSGT IL ANG 183 Fighter Wing
Coyote U Class #4

#6219080 - 04/16/18 10:53 AM Re: Opening day turkey [Re: illinideer]
pcr2 Offline

Registered: 05/17/10
Posts: 11799
Loc: potter co. p.a.
very nice,can't wait.

#6219091 - 04/16/18 11:17 AM Re: Opening day turkey [Re: illinideer]
bandy Offline

Registered: 02/15/12
Posts: 442
Loc: Tazewell/VA
Still no luck here

#6219102 - 04/16/18 11:34 AM Re: Opening day turkey [Re: illinideer]
ambush32 Offline

Registered: 01/03/16
Posts: 1114
Loc: Mi, Mecosta
Great job...some good eating there....canít wait for my season to start....
Thought I was a good trapper until I started trapping coyotes......
Thought I was a good bowhunter until I targeted mature bucks....

#6219127 - 04/16/18 12:04 PM Re: Opening day turkey [Re: illinideer]
possumcatcher Offline

Registered: 12/16/14
Posts: 1353
Loc: SE Nebraska
Nice!! Ive passed up some jakes this year. Still holding out for a big tom

#6219129 - 04/16/18 12:06 PM Re: Opening day turkey [Re: illinideer]
Trapper Dan2 Offline

Registered: 08/07/13
Posts: 166
Loc: Chillicothe.Il
Congrs on the bird.

I killed a bearded hen this morning north east of you a few counties.
When I left at 9:00 the snow was about an inch deep.It was the strangest
turkey hunting weather I have ever seen.

Note-Bearded hens are legal in Il.


#6219187 - 04/16/18 01:19 PM Re: Opening day turkey [Re: illinideer]
snowy Offline

Registered: 12/26/11
Posts: 4618
Loc: MT
Great and nice bird!
I didn't go I have been busy with others things. I like to go when it get warner it seems the gobblers are more cooperative.

#6219242 - 04/16/18 03:00 PM Re: Opening day turkey [Re: illinideer]
huntrap247 Offline

Registered: 02/16/13
Posts: 1165
Loc: Northern Illinois
Nice bird!

I was out this morning, 24 degrees, 4 inches of snow on the ground and snowing and blowing!! That was a first for me!

Saw lots of birds, were still in their winter group, and couldn't get them to respond to calling at all.

I'll be back out there tomorrow!

Some people refuse to see the truth when you bludgeon them over the head with it.

Member FTA-17I and NTA
NRA life endowment member

#6219342 - 04/16/18 06:22 PM Re: Opening day turkey [Re: illinideer]
red webb Offline

Registered: 01/02/08
Posts: 729
Loc: Carroll County Va
Nothing here .

#6219346 - 04/16/18 06:30 PM Re: Opening day turkey [Re: illinideer]
RKH Offline

Registered: 04/26/14
Posts: 349
Loc: southwest Alberta .Canada
Nicely done ..congrats

#6219353 - 04/16/18 06:44 PM Re: Opening day turkey [Re: illinideer]
2 TRAPS Offline

Registered: 11/10/13
Posts: 3781
Loc: Bland Virginia
No luck and poor weather has me wishing I took vacation time next week
HMC Mfg.

#6219360 - 04/16/18 06:57 PM Re: Opening day turkey [Re: 2 TRAPS]
Dfabs Offline

Registered: 02/12/15
Posts: 1692
Loc: Morgantown, WV
Terrible opening day this morning here. We got a couple inches of rain last night, and it was torrential downpour and fog all day long. I stayed out until 9am. By that time, I was froze, and the fog was so thick I couldn't even see my decoy 20yds away in the field. I never heard a bird. There are some still grouped up in their winter groups here. I saw one group of gobblers out scouting on Saturday and they responded to a call really well, and I watched a gobbler breed a hen on Saturday also. I wish I could still post pictures on here because I took a picture of him, and a couple of videos. It's hit a miss still here though. It's snowing right now. They are calling for less than an inch of accumulation though. We will see what happens in the morning. Kevin, I'm waiting for a nice day to take your dad's box call for a walk, but I won't carry my boxes when it's raining. Good luck everybody.

#6219365 - 04/16/18 07:02 PM Re: Opening day turkey [Re: illinideer]
Nessmuck Offline

Registered: 11/14/11
Posts: 8136
Loc: New Hampshire
Month of May NH
It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees.

#6219383 - 04/16/18 07:24 PM Re: Opening day turkey [Re: illinideer]
Huntall76 Offline

Registered: 03/07/18
Posts: 228
Loc: Indiana
Nice bird, I can't wait!

#6219386 - 04/16/18 07:27 PM Re: Opening day turkey [Re: illinideer]
Anglinscreek Offline

Registered: 01/07/16
Posts: 218
Loc: Southern WV
Our opening day was today. Didn't hear a single bird this morning.mkilled one at noon.

Edited by Anglinscreek (04/16/18 07:28 PM)

#6219398 - 04/16/18 07:40 PM Re: Opening day turkey [Re: illinideer]
robert.d12 Offline

Registered: 10/13/15
Posts: 1522
Loc: Fingerlakes New York
We had a hen walk through the back yard tonight, just enough to get me exited for the opener
The beauty of the second amendment is it wont be needed until they try to take it. -Thomas Jefferson

#6219471 - 04/16/18 08:54 PM Re: Opening day turkey [Re: Anglinscreek]
Dfabs Offline

Registered: 02/12/15
Posts: 1692
Loc: Morgantown, WV
Originally Posted By: Anglinscreek
Our opening day was today. Didn't hear a single bird this morning.mkilled one at noon.

Anglins, it looks a lot drier there than it was up here. I don't see any water puddles anywhere. You definitely weren't going to be sitting on the ground anywhere up here. Nice birds everybody. Congrats