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Offline jennabug

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Re: First turkey hunt, Newbie story
« Reply #25 on: October 29, 2016, 09:12:23 AM »
We had the best day ever yesterday, and I officially feel like a hunter.  My husband and I went to the home of another HW member who has too many turkeys in his neighborhood.  We were utterly shocked at the number of turkeys that were there when we arrived in the morning.  Shocked and slightly giddy, we started with a turkey depredation harvest.  My hands were shaking I was so excited.  We tried to do a "1-2-3-shoot", but I forgot my safety was on.  :chuckle:  :chuckle:  :chuckle:  My husband got the first shot and the flock panic ensued.  Once I figured out the problem and got my first target down, my husband also got his second shot off too.  I pumped for my second shot and the shell from my first shot had stove-piped and failed to eject.   :chuckle: By the time that was corrected, I couldn't catch up with the birds fleeing into the woods. Still, I was satisfied with a well placed neck shot on a nice beardless turkey.  Nick had one that was a neck shot and one that was a body shot.  The one shot on the body was a mess on the inside, so we just saved the legs and breasts and tagged/bagged the rest of the carcass.

Our host (not sure if he wants to self-identify, so I'm keeping him anonymous for now), was amazing.  He not only let us field dress the birds at his place and helped, he also took us out for a while.  We went with him to change memory cards on game cameras, heard lots of great stories, saw lots of property and wildlife.  We tried to call in some coyotes in one area, but they didn't respond.  This was probably my favorite part of the trip... hiking around, observing, hunting.  On our way out of this area we came across a grouse in the road.  So, I hopped out and the grouse flew up into the trees.  As I neared, I saw that there was a huge grouse still on the ground near the road.  I still/only had turkey loads, and had reloaded those.  I took the shot and it looked like a pillow exploded. I really wondered if there would be a body left at all.  Fortunately, I found a gorgeous grouse at the bottom of the embankment.  Eventually we got back to the house and said our thank yous and goodbyes.

On our way home, we stopped to visit my husband's grandmother and gave her the legs/breasts that were already cleaned.  After we got home last night I finished plucking and dressing the two other turkeys and the grouse.  The grouse did have some internal damage, so I ended up just taking the breasts and legs.  But it was definitely a nice sized bird.  Next time we'll be sure to bring some more appropriate shotgun shells for other game. ;)  We're still on a bit of a high from the whole day yesterday, full of gratitude and excitement for our next outing.  Thank you all again for sharing this journey with me.

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Re: First turkey hunt, Newbie story
« Reply #26 on: October 30, 2016, 09:39:16 AM »
Congrats!
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Re: First turkey hunt, Newbie story
« Reply #27 on: October 30, 2016, 12:57:40 PM »
That's great, congratulations!  Always go for the "sure thing" because often it isn't....   :chuckle:

Also, the next time you get a hen turkey chick, wait to butcher to the second year if you have the space.  We had one that laid 104 eggs as a 1+ year old.  :tup:

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Re: First turkey hunt, Newbie story
« Reply #28 on: October 30, 2016, 01:30:52 PM »
That's great, congratulations!  Always go for the "sure thing" because often it isn't....   :chuckle:

Also, the next time you get a hen turkey chick, wait to butcher to the second year if you have the space.  We had one that laid 104 eggs as a 1+ year old.  :tup:
Good to know.  We're limited on poultry space in the current place.  Hopefully in a few years we'll more space for birds; layers and meat birds. I'm considering putting together a second pen for spring cornish cross chickens.  They are so tasty and quick to grow out.

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Re: First turkey hunt, Newbie story
« Reply #29 on: October 30, 2016, 02:05:05 PM »
Jenna and her husband are great people. It was great spending time with them..and maybe more time in the future. :hello: 
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Re: First turkey hunt, Newbie story
« Reply #30 on: October 30, 2016, 05:29:05 PM »
Jenna and her husband are great people. It was great spending time with them..and maybe more time in the future. :hello:
Rick, I hope you got my email too.  We were just 'over the moon' happy with the whole day.  We'd love to come back for another visit and hopefully help with some of the coyotes.  :IBCOOL:

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Re: First turkey hunt, Newbie story
« Reply #31 on: November 14, 2016, 08:45:23 AM »
 :whoo:      Great news - congrats !       :tup:

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Re: First turkey hunt, Newbie story
« Reply #32 on: November 14, 2016, 08:56:52 AM »
well damn, looks like one hell of a trip. not helping the itch I already got  :bash:

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Re: First turkey hunt, Newbie story
« Reply #33 on: November 14, 2016, 09:58:04 AM »
Thanks!! It was a lot of fun.
Turkey opens back up next week in a few GMUs. ;)  I hope to get back outside soon too.

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Re: First turkey hunt, Newbie story
« Reply #34 on: November 14, 2016, 10:03:47 AM »
 :tup: Awesome job
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Re: First turkey hunt, Newbie story
« Reply #35 on: November 20, 2016, 01:46:21 PM »
Perfect!!!

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Re: First turkey hunt, Newbie story
« Reply #36 on: November 30, 2016, 08:49:25 AM »
Just saw this post, congrats on a great hunt!!!  :tup: and thanks for the awesome journey, I feel like I was there with you guys reading this! I'm still working on getting my first turkey, you give me hope! Congrats again and happy eating  :)
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Re: First turkey hunt, Newbie story
« Reply #37 on: December 02, 2016, 01:05:22 PM »
Saw your avatar pic and I have a similar one.. Only this is a wild tom I caught by hand. He and two other toms were fighting in the woods behind the house and I wanted to get a video of a turkey fight. Anyway they were so focused on the fight that I moved in and grabbed this one , carried it to the lodge and had my wife take a pic. Released it and it ran back uphill into the woods and started fighting again. I have a turkey fight video on my website. Good luck on your quest..
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