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Who's getting ready for turkey season? #7225971
03/25/21 06:33 AM
03/25/21 06:33 AM
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West Cent IL
illinideer Offline OP
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Been hearing a few tom's here at home and started getting my calls tuned up and ready. Going to use my moms old JC Higgins mod 20 12ga pump this year. I made up a 2 3/4 1 3/8 oz load of nickle plated #6 that pattern excellent at 35 yards with the full choke tube. Hopefully the weather will cooperate I'll get to work a few birds.
Good luck to everyone this season
J




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Re: Who's getting ready for turkey season? [Re: illinideer] #7225986
03/25/21 07:09 AM
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west virginia
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Canít get here fast enough.


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Re: Who's getting ready for turkey season? [Re: illinideer] #7225989
03/25/21 07:19 AM
03/25/21 07:19 AM
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West Virginia
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I am. I never really had the "Turkey Bug" until this year. While out trapping and running my rabbit dogs I picked up some turtle shells and made slate pot calls out of them. I am excited to call in a tom with one. I had some strikers made to go with calls.
I made 4, kept 2 and gave the others to land owners who let me run my dogs and trap. WV law allows me to possess the turtle shells but it is illegal to sell them.
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Re: Who's getting ready for turkey season? [Re: illinideer] #7226078
03/25/21 09:18 AM
03/25/21 09:18 AM
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Central, SD
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Tags all lined up just working out the details with the other guys, seasons and blending it all together is a pain on who can do what and when.


Was born in a Big City Will die in the Country OK with that!

Jerry Herbst
Re: Who's getting ready for turkey season? [Re: illinideer] #7226122
03/25/21 10:22 AM
03/25/21 10:22 AM
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I had them gobbling in my back yard yesterday.
With all the good weather they are going nuts.

Re: Who's getting ready for turkey season? [Re: illinideer] #7226125
03/25/21 10:25 AM
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Always ready. Birds are starting to move out of the creek bottoms and into their spring ranges. Heard a few hens last weekend while I was clearing trails and dropping some dead trees. Still over a month away here. Will be here fast.

Re: Who's getting ready for turkey season? [Re: DugK] #7226172
03/25/21 12:05 PM
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Originally Posted by DugK
I am. I never really had the "Turkey Bug" until this year. While out trapping and running my rabbit dogs I picked up some turtle shells and made slate pot calls out of them. I am excited to call in a tom with one. I had some strikers made to go with calls.
I made 4, kept 2 and gave the others to land owners who let me run my dogs and trap. WV law allows me to possess the turtle shells but it is illegal to sell them.
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That's a cool idea for a call. Where do you get the slate?


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Re: Who's getting ready for turkey season? [Re: illinideer] #7226201
03/25/21 12:59 PM
03/25/21 12:59 PM
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Yep, sighted in my bow this morning with head choppers.

Re: Who's getting ready for turkey season? [Re: illinideer] #7226301
03/25/21 03:40 PM
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Seen a flock in field this afternoon tom in strut


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Re: Who's getting ready for turkey season? [Re: illinideer] #7226334
03/25/21 04:39 PM
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Got this one in Texas Saturday with a 62 Early Virginia that I built.

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Re: Who's getting ready for turkey season? [Re: illinideer] #7226352
03/25/21 05:06 PM
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Nice.


Was born in a Big City Will die in the Country OK with that!

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Re: Who's getting ready for turkey season? [Re: illinideer] #7226363
03/25/21 05:20 PM
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I would love to go but none of the land I have permission on has turkeys.

Anyone in Iowa want to help a fellow down on his luck, can give you a really good sob story top make ya feel bad for me LOL


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Re: Who's getting ready for turkey season? [Re: MikeTraps2] #7226384
03/25/21 05:39 PM
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Iíve seen a lot over by Rochester and along I-90.


Was born in a Big City Will die in the Country OK with that!

Jerry Herbst
Re: Who's getting ready for turkey season? [Re: illinideer] #7226554
03/25/21 08:52 PM
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The end of April for me. But have been busy making turkey calls and locator calls for folks. [Linked Image]


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Re: Who's getting ready for turkey season? [Re: Mike Yancey] #7226657
03/25/21 10:12 PM
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Originally Posted by Mike Yancey
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Got this one in Texas Saturday with a 62 Early Virginia that I built.

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Nice looking gobbler! Didnít realize Texas opened this early. I may head out there in a few weeks. Checking on some dates now.

Re: Who's getting ready for turkey season? [Re: WV Danimal] #7226934
03/26/21 06:36 AM
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Originally Posted by WV Danimal
Originally Posted by DugK
I am. I never really had the "Turkey Bug" until this year. While out trapping and running my rabbit dogs I picked up some turtle shells and made slate pot calls out of them. I am excited to call in a tom with one. I had some strikers made to go with calls.
I made 4, kept 2 and gave the others to land owners who let me run my dogs and trap. WV law allows me to possess the turtle shells but it is illegal to sell them.
[Linked Image]
[Linked Image]

That's a cool idea for a call. Where do you get the slate?

There are a few places online. I got mine from

https://www.brooksidegamecalls.com/slate.aspx

I found the Vermont Premium Slate does not work well in the shell.

Re: Who's getting ready for turkey season? [Re: illinideer] #7227231
03/26/21 01:07 PM
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Dunlap Tennessee
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Here's a few pics to get you fired up fro [Linked Image]
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m this week.

Re: Who's getting ready for turkey season? [Re: illinideer] #7227232
03/26/21 01:09 PM
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Last SD tag came in the mail today Iím ready to roll now.


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Jerry Herbst
Re: Who's getting ready for turkey season? [Re: illinideer] #7227319
03/26/21 03:22 PM
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West Cent IL
illinideer Offline OP
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Great photos guys I had a picture of 9 hens and 3 toms on my trail cam last week right in front of my Mom in laws pop up blind. She's 77 years old and is fired up ready to go. She has killed a bunch of turkey's through the years,.Use's a single shot 20 ga 2 3/4 inch 1 oz of #6 shot that I load for her. its either a old savage or revelation. She does all her own calling with a lynch box call
J




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RedFox
Coons
Bobcats 1 Released
Grinners All of them
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Re: Who's getting ready for turkey season? [Re: illinideer] #7227327
03/26/21 03:28 PM
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Originally Posted by illinideer
Great photos guys I had a picture of 9 hens and 3 toms on my trail cam last week right in front of my Mom in laws pop up blind. She's 77 years old and is fired up ready to go. She has killed a bunch of turkey's through the years,.Use's a single shot 20 ga 2 3/4 inch 1 oz of #6 shot that I load for her. its either a old savage or revelation. She does all her own calling with a lynch box call
J

Man thatís awesome! Canít wait to see pics of her behind a big ole gobbler!

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