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Great opening day #7554991
04/11/22 10:10 AM
04/11/22 10:10 AM
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My brother and I were both able to harvest nice gobblers on Saturday. All of our hens have already been bred and we found several sitting on nests. Seems like our season needs to be 3 weeks earlier. Had to hunt them more like deer than turkeys but we got them!

Neither had long beards but both had great spurs. Both had 9" beards. His had 1-5/8" spurs and mine had 1-1/4. Both birds over 20lb

Two of my buddies were also able to get birds with my loads. The little guns sure did shine this weekend

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Re: Great opening day [Re: coondagger2] #7554996
04/11/22 10:13 AM
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Congrats.Thats some big spurs.


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Re: Great opening day [Re: coondagger2] #7555017
04/11/22 10:33 AM
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Wish my head's looked that nice after the shot. Congratulations on a good bird

Re: Great opening day [Re: frank1969] #7555020
04/11/22 10:35 AM
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Originally Posted by frank1969
Wish my head's looked that nice after the shot. Congratulations on a good bird

Little holes and all of the pellets pass completely through his head. Perfect for taxidermy. I am selling the heads for $20 a piece to a taxidermist

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Re: Great opening day [Re: coondagger2] #7555026
04/11/22 10:40 AM
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Nice bird the new trend here is to move the opening dates towards the end of April. WY did that I expect SD might do the same it seems the dispersal gets later and later every year now. The hens were in the trees at the end of the season last year still at the end of May.


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Re: Great opening day [Re: coondagger2] #7555027
04/11/22 10:41 AM
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Western pa
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Lol I love 20 yards and under no matter what I shoot there shot up or just a stump, how are the numbers there ours are still flocked up and not talking much

Re: Great opening day [Re: coondagger2] #7555036
04/11/22 10:50 AM
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Yeah at 20yd they aren't sellable! My bird was at 35yd

We have a good bit of birds around this year but they are very tight lipped. They know they've already bred all the hens and it seems like their interest is gone. If they see a decoy they just go the other way


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Re: Great opening day [Re: coondagger2] #7555040
04/11/22 10:54 AM
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Looks like the season must have been perfect . You did kill one opening day right? Never understood hunters wanting the season earlier. IF the hens are setting the boys will come. From the moment they hit the ground they are looking for a hen. Around here it is tougher when the hens are still feeding every day all day long. Gobblers that are "henned " up are lot harder to kill. Last weekend of the season has always been better for me. Ours comes in Saturday but the smallmouth are biting so turkeys got to wait..

But dang those are some nice birds congrats...

Re: Great opening day [Re: coondagger2] #7555042
04/11/22 10:56 AM
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I like hearing them gobble jbyrd, I'm a little greedy I guess grin


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Re: Great opening day [Re: coondagger2] #7555130
04/11/22 12:49 PM
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Re: Great opening day [Re: coondagger2] #7555132
04/11/22 12:52 PM
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nice! looken birds

Re: Great opening day [Re: coondagger2] #7555201
04/11/22 02:09 PM
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Nice,our season opens this Wed,but we have a big winter storm forecasted for opener 5" to 10" of snow and wind then a cool down so I think I will waiting for the last week in April or May before I will get out.

Re: Great opening day [Re: coondagger2] #7555242
04/11/22 02:46 PM
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Right on!


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Re: Great opening day [Re: coondagger2] #7555250
04/11/22 02:57 PM
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Well done coondagger2.

Re: Great opening day [Re: rick olson] #7555334
04/11/22 04:45 PM
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Thanks gents!

Originally Posted by rick olson
big winter storm forecasted for opener 5" to 10" of snow and wind

I can't say I've ever turkey hunted in anything like that!


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Re: Great opening day [Re: coondagger2] #7555350
04/11/22 05:00 PM
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Awesome Birds ...congrats


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Re: Great opening day [Re: coondagger2] #7555383
04/11/22 05:34 PM
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Congrats and nice pics. A few birds starting to fill in in my area, maybe the population will grow.

Re: Great opening day [Re: coondagger2] #7555396
04/11/22 05:44 PM
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WTG was watching a few big toms today at my house

Re: Great opening day [Re: coondagger2] #7555494
04/11/22 07:10 PM
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Fantastic, congrs to all..

Re: Great opening day [Re: coondagger2] #7555581
04/11/22 08:30 PM
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Spectacular! Nice photos. Thanks for posting them.


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