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The Last And Best Day of 2008’s Spring Turkey Season

Turkey season is now over, but I had a very good last day. On the morning of the last day, I walked into the woods on an ATV trail to a spot near the area where I had spent the last Saturday hunting. After almost reaching the field, I set up next to the ATV tail. Because of the short ranges of the open areas near by me, I decided not to set up my decoy.

Around 7:30 am I heard a gobble about 200 yards away, so I answered him with my mouth call. Then the next time he gobbled he sounded a little closer. As before I answered him, but when I did I heard some other sound, but it did not register in my mind what it was. Then another gobble sounded out and as I answered I heard that sound again — it was a hen, but it was between me and the gobbler! I remembered how that some times if you copy a hen it will get worked up so much that it will come in to try to find you, some times towing the gobbler in behind it. So I start calling doing just what the hen did. This cared on for quite awhile, and as time went on I started thinking how much the hen sounded like another hunter using a box call. That thought worried me, because if it was another hunter, we were probably both over calling which would scare the gobbler away. After thinking that, I quit calling and so did the hen. Awhile later I started hearing the sounds of something walking in the woods, soon two turkeys appeared. The combination of 50 yards and the thick woods made it impossible to tell if either of the turkeys had beards. A few clucks from my mouth call made the lead turkey stop in its tracks and stare me down for a minute of two, after which it just mozied on, not paying any more attention to me. They proceeded to walk past me and go behind me purring as they went

A good while after the turkeys were gone I decided to walk in the direction of were I had heard a faint gobble, I set up but never heard anything more. After walking in a big circle I came back to where had I started out in the morning. Instead of having some one pick me up in a car, I decided that with a half hour left till noon and the end of turkey season I might as well walk home. On my very hot walk (1 mile+) home I jumped one deer in the edge of the woods by a field, I did not see if it was growing any antlers or not.

Spring turkey season is now over, but I look forwards to next year with more knowledge on hunting them.

Hunting in the Jr. Deer season

Well, I have spent three days hunting in the Jr. Deer season as often as I could.

I saw nothing the first day. A small buck walking through the fog in the morning on the second day (why did I bring my rifle instead of my bow). The third day in the evening guess what? I saw ANOTHER buck out in the field I was watching, rifle in hand of course.

So much for the Jr. Deer season, I guess I will have to go back to bow hunting now that Jr. Deer season is over.

So far this fall I have seen around 10 bucks and 3 does (one of which may have been a buck). Seems like the antler restriction is working as far as killing less bucks goes.

Now all I need to do is to get into bow range of one of those bucks.