collapse
Advertise on Hunting-Washington Experience A Successful Turkey Hunt With Bearpaw Outfitters

Author Topic: I'm officially a hunter now!  (Read 971 times)

Offline dmv9

  • Past Sponsor
  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Longhunter
  • *****
  • Join Date: May 2013
  • Posts: 549
  • Location: Westside
  • Groups: NRA
I'm officially a hunter now!
« on: October 02, 2017, 10:36:07 AM »
I've been trying to get into grouse for the past couple of years with no luck. But to be honest I haven't really had the time to go out. I have to be opportunistic and just take a day here and there.

Yesterday, I hooked up with YJ Guide Service to do some turkey hunting. Craig was awesome. He showed me around the place and got me clued into all the other activities they support (muzzy, deer, coyote, and of course turkey). I had access to several hundred acres but I really only needed one because it was a blind hunt. I was hoping to go Steven Rinella style :) but given it was my first time I wanted to get meat.

Anyways, I show up Friday around 11a and then get to the blind. No real action, I saw birds but they were so huddled together that I didn't want to take out the whole flock in one shot (more on that later). So it was really windy and after about 2 or 3 sets of about dozen birds each, they stopped coming in and it was getting near dusk, so I left because I was afraid I couldn't find my way out. I was deep into their farm.

The next morning (today), I get in before dark and find the blind. Around 7a I see 3 does and a BEAUTIFUL 3 point buck. Then the turkeys came. Crap. They are all around each other.
Finally, I see a turkey break from the pack. I didn't see anything else around it so I beaded him and BLAM. I put the safety on and saw two birds flapping around.

Two birds one Long Beard #5. One 15 pound hen and second 10 pound hen.

THANK YOU ALL, I use this board and site quite a bit for guidance.

And a shout out Craig at YJ Guides, he was very patient and helpful.

Lessons learned:
 - 12 ga shotguns are heavy! I used a shooting stick on the second day.
 - I had too many toys (calls, etc) my pack was a mess, so I cleaned it at the motel on the first night.
 - First Lite clothing is awesome! Warm and comfortable. I used their pants, a pullover, a short cap, and a balacava of theirs. The balacava was great!
 - Turkeys take a long time to clean and one wrong cut and you've got poop all over. Steven's turkey cleaning youtube was really useful to prepare.
 - Now I want to stalk turkeys and not be in a blind. But being in the blind was a great experience. Prepping for the trip/shot and then the cleaning of the birds.


Offline h20hunter

  • Global Moderator
  • Trade Count: (+8)
  • Explorer
  • *****
  • Join Date: Jan 2010
  • Posts: 17450
  • Location: Lake Stevens
Re: I'm officially a hunter now!
« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2017, 10:37:44 AM »
Nice...Ill see what i can fo for that buck here in two weeks!

Offline jennabug

  • Non-Hunting Topics
  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Longhunter
  • *****
  • Join Date: Sep 2016
  • Posts: 808
  • Location: TriCities
Re: I'm officially a hunter now!
« Reply #2 on: October 02, 2017, 01:43:13 PM »
Congratulations!

Offline b0bbyg

  • Non-Hunting Topics
  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Scout
  • ****
  • Join Date: Jun 2012
  • Posts: 474
  • Location: SW Wa
Re: I'm officially a hunter now!
« Reply #3 on: October 02, 2017, 03:24:30 PM »
Congrats,
Mild correction you were a successful hunter :)

There are lots of hunters stumbling (me), hiking, driving or sitting in the woods.  On the good days we have success and it keeps us coming back for more.

 

* Recent Topics

Deer poaching question by Mr Mykiss
[Today at 05:29:12 AM]


Radio Collared "WOLF IN TOWN" this morning, WDFW called by STARVATION
[Today at 05:21:40 AM]


2018/19 Scoreboard by greenhead_killer
[Today at 05:07:07 AM]


FS- Mountain Mimicry Set $60 tyd by bowhuntersd
[Today at 05:07:07 AM]


FS- Max4 camo set $60tyd by bowhuntersd
[Today at 05:06:27 AM]


WTS S&W M&P 9mm by bobbydean
[Today at 04:41:55 AM]


Bands by plugger
[Today at 04:39:03 AM]


Opinions on Maverick 88 Shotgun by biggfish
[Today at 02:36:56 AM]


2019 spring bear? by Bango skank
[Yesterday at 11:35:05 PM]


2001 Chevy Malibu LS - beater by Boss .300 winmag
[Yesterday at 10:31:03 PM]


WTS/ 2 TC Black Diamond XRís muzzys .50 cal by Dirtnap
[Yesterday at 10:27:35 PM]


Not exactly a barn shot by lokidog
[Yesterday at 10:13:47 PM]


Montana 2019 Check-In by Tbob
[Yesterday at 09:56:07 PM]


Norman89 18/19 season by cem3434
[Yesterday at 09:51:27 PM]


Letís See Those Waterdogs! by h2ofowlr
[Yesterday at 09:16:32 PM]


Pressure sign and 300wm load by yorketransport
[Yesterday at 09:08:21 PM]


new to the trapping world by Norman89
[Yesterday at 08:48:41 PM]


3nails 2013 trapping pics by Trapper John
[Yesterday at 08:41:15 PM]


Garage Sale Leftovers by tonymiller7
[Yesterday at 08:37:41 PM]


Anyone watching the Phelps video series:Tradition? by bracer40
[Yesterday at 08:36:24 PM]