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Opening day turkey #6219078
04/16/18 03:51 PM
04/16/18 03:51 PM
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Posts: 499
West Cent IL
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illinideer Offline OP
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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.





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Re: Opening day turkey [Re: illinideer] #6219080
04/16/18 03:53 PM
04/16/18 03:53 PM
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potter co. p.a.
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very nice,can't wait.


quality over quantity

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Re: Opening day turkey [Re: illinideer] #6219091
04/16/18 04:17 PM
04/16/18 04:17 PM
Joined: Feb 2012
Posts: 485
Tazewell/VA
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Tazewell/VA
Still no luck here

Re: Opening day turkey [Re: illinideer] #6219102
04/16/18 04:34 PM
04/16/18 04:34 PM
Joined: Jan 2016
Posts: 1,308
Mi, Mecosta
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ambush32 Offline
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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....
Re: Opening day turkey [Re: illinideer] #6219127
04/16/18 05:04 PM
04/16/18 05:04 PM
Joined: Dec 2014
Posts: 1,463
SE Nebraska
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Posts: 1,463
SE Nebraska
Nice!! Ive passed up some jakes this year. Still holding out for a big tom

Re: Opening day turkey [Re: illinideer] #6219129
04/16/18 05:06 PM
04/16/18 05:06 PM
Joined: Aug 2013
Posts: 223
Chillicothe.Il
Trapper Dan2 Offline
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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.

Dan

Re: Opening day turkey [Re: illinideer] #6219187
04/16/18 06:19 PM
04/16/18 06:19 PM
Joined: Dec 2011
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snowy Offline
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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.

Re: Opening day turkey [Re: illinideer] #6219242
04/16/18 08:00 PM
04/16/18 08:00 PM
Joined: Feb 2013
Posts: 1,183
Northern Illinois
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Posts: 1,183
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!



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Re: Opening day turkey [Re: illinideer] #6219342
04/16/18 11:22 PM
04/16/18 11:22 PM
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Carroll County Va
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Carroll County Va
Nothing here .

Re: Opening day turkey [Re: illinideer] #6219346
04/16/18 11:30 PM
04/16/18 11:30 PM
Joined: Apr 2014
Posts: 364
southwest Alberta .Canada
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southwest Alberta .Canada
Nicely done ..congrats

Re: Opening day turkey [Re: illinideer] #6219353
04/16/18 11:44 PM
04/16/18 11:44 PM
Joined: Nov 2013
Posts: 3,815
Bland Virginia
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Bland Virginia
No luck and poor weather has me wishing I took vacation time next week


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Re: Opening day turkey [Re: 2 TRAPS] #6219360
04/16/18 11:57 PM
04/16/18 11:57 PM
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Morgantown, WV
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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.

Re: Opening day turkey [Re: illinideer] #6219365
04/17/18 12:02 AM
04/17/18 12:02 AM
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New Hampshire
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New Hampshire
Month of May ..in NH


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Re: Opening day turkey [Re: illinideer] #6219383
04/17/18 12:24 AM
04/17/18 12:24 AM
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Indiana
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Indiana
Nice bird, I can't wait!

Re: Opening day turkey [Re: illinideer] #6219386
04/17/18 12:27 AM
04/17/18 12:27 AM
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Southern WV
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Southern WV
Our opening day was today. Didn't hear a single bird this morning.mkilled one at noon.


Last edited by Anglinscreek; 04/17/18 12:28 AM.
Re: Opening day turkey [Re: illinideer] #6219398
04/17/18 12:40 AM
04/17/18 12:40 AM
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Fingerlakes New York
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Fingerlakes New York
We had a hen walk through the back yard tonight, just enough to get me exited for the opener


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Re: Opening day turkey [Re: Anglinscreek] #6219471
04/17/18 01:54 AM
04/17/18 01:54 AM
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Morgantown, WV
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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

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