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Re: NE turkey report
« Reply #45 on: April 22, 2024, 07:15:43 PM »
So some guys are saying that most of the hens were bred the 1st 2 weeks of April, and others are saying that it hasn't happened yet.... which is it?

Sounds like depends on area. We are going over on the 2 nd. But some reports say that might be too late.
I am more into a quality time in the woods with less folks around than I am into killing a bird.
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Re: NE turkey report
« Reply #46 on: April 22, 2024, 07:36:14 PM »
So some guys are saying that most of the hens were bred the 1st 2 weeks of April, and others are saying that it hasn't happened yet.... which is it?
I have no clue for sure.
But a week ago,I had a tom struting and gobbles,and hens clucking.
In the backyard. Now nothing,seen the hens this morning,no tom with it.
That's not to say he moved on to another herd.
Got shot by someone.
Or different elevation,may have different breeding times.
He was here about two weeks,now gone.
Last day he was here was Thursday.
I'll be looking for him,just to see him.
Very early spring this year.

Went out this evening,not one gobble,or turkey.

With all that said,I'm hoping that with some warmer nights,less wind,that a switch flips ,toms go into a frenzy.
Hen searching or whatever.
« Last Edit: April 22, 2024, 10:09:22 PM by hunter399 »

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Re: NE turkey report
« Reply #47 on: April 23, 2024, 09:11:06 AM »
We had similar observations about the cold snap.  Not a lot of activity after the fly down. Was able to get them going again after an hour or so.  Mostly just one or 2 gobbles from them mid day. Strangely, everyone in our group mentioned lack of responses from shock calling vrs yelping.  Started changing elevations which helped out.  Found an area where the Toms were alone and very vocal. As to coming back in May, one of the most fun years I had was when Covid opened up. Nobody was there and all of the gobblers were alone and came in on a string. 

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Re: NE turkey report
« Reply #48 on: April 23, 2024, 02:15:20 PM »
Three of us hunted last Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Toms were all fired up Friday evening roosting.  Saturday morning was mediocre and two out of three of us got our long beards.  Eerily quiet on the Saturday roost.  Then early morning Sunday, the wind picked up and the temperature plummeted and Sunday Morning was another quiet one.  Surprisingly, we saw two moose and elk where we hunted and lots of whitetail deer.  Seemed like it was the season for big game, rather than a turkey hunt.

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Re: NE turkey report
« Reply #49 on: April 23, 2024, 02:36:10 PM »
Three of us hunted last Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Toms were all fired up Friday evening roosting.  Saturday morning was mediocre and two out of three of us got our long beards.  Eerily quiet on the Saturday roost.  Then early morning Sunday, the wind picked up and the temperature plummeted and Sunday Morning was another quiet one.  Surprisingly, we saw two moose and elk where we hunted and lots of whitetail deer.  Seemed like it was the season for big game, rather than a turkey hunt.

Funny you mention big game. I was just talking with someone and I told them I think I saw kore whitetails hunting Colville area than turkeys! I really saw a ton, it seemed abnormal, in a good way. The ones I saw were healthy too!

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Re: NE turkey report
« Reply #50 on: April 23, 2024, 04:00:48 PM »
Three of us hunted last Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Toms were all fired up Friday evening roosting.  Saturday morning was mediocre and two out of three of us got our long beards.  Eerily quiet on the Saturday roost.  Then early morning Sunday, the wind picked up and the temperature plummeted and Sunday Morning was another quiet one.  Surprisingly, we saw two moose and elk where we hunted and lots of whitetail deer.  Seemed like it was the season for big game, rather than a turkey hunt.

Funny you mention big game. I was just talking with someone and I told them I think I saw kore whitetails hunting Colville area than turkeys! I really saw a ton, it seemed abnormal, in a good way. The ones I saw were healthy too!

Birds were quit for sure, your best bet is the evening roost and your set up in the morning and anytime between 7:30 am - 10:30 am when the hens are on their nest.
Always a lot of WT but now the worry is all about blue tongue this year with the looming drought issue. Not good, it’s so dry…

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Re: NE turkey report
« Reply #51 on: April 23, 2024, 05:17:12 PM »
Three of us hunted last Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Toms were all fired up Friday evening roosting.  Saturday morning was mediocre and two out of three of us got our long beards.  Eerily quiet on the Saturday roost.  Then early morning Sunday, the wind picked up and the temperature plummeted and Sunday Morning was another quiet one.  Surprisingly, we saw two moose and elk where we hunted and lots of whitetail deer.  Seemed like it was the season for big game, rather than a turkey hunt.

Funny you mention big game. I was just talking with someone and I told them I think I saw kore whitetails hunting Colville area than turkeys! I really saw a ton, it seemed abnormal, in a good way. The ones I saw were healthy too!

Birds were quit for sure, your best bet is the evening roost and your set up in the morning and anytime between 7:30 am - 10:30 am when the hens are on their nest.
Always a lot of WT but now the worry is all about blue tongue this year with the looming drought issue. Not good, it’s so dry…
Totally agree with iRem.
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Re: NE turkey report
« Reply #52 on: April 24, 2024, 11:15:16 AM »
They are active this morning for sure.
Backyard tom gobble and active today.
Seen another tom crossing a road onto private,public gate on the other side of road had a hunter parked there.
Seemed ironic. But still active today.
Turkey hunting is starting to be like deer hunting.
Where the most active days are mid-week.

I did call at the backyard tom, definitely responded back.
Not really chasing me down,but was responding.
« Last Edit: April 24, 2024, 11:21:36 AM by hunter399 »

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Re: NE turkey report
« Reply #53 on: April 24, 2024, 01:46:26 PM »
This one was wandering around the back yard this morning

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Re: NE turkey report
« Reply #54 on: April 24, 2024, 04:08:42 PM »
Any recommendations on a taxidermist between Spokane and Colville that will do a fan/beard/spur mount?

Tried myself last year and, besides the fan being beat to crap hiking it out a few miles (lesson learned there) we just never got the feathers spread properly and looking decent.

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Re: NE turkey report
« Reply #55 on: April 24, 2024, 04:34:49 PM »
Any recommendations on a taxidermist between Spokane and Colville that will do a fan/beard/spur mount?

Tried myself last year and, besides the fan being beat to crap hiking it out a few miles (lesson learned there) we just never got the feathers spread properly and looking decent.
God's Creations would probably do it.

I've done a couple myself and the biggest thing is getting as much tissue around the quills cut off before pinning the fan out on the cardboard with sewing pins. Then put borax on the base of the quills for a week or two and it should hold good.

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Re: NE turkey report
« Reply #56 on: April 24, 2024, 05:53:43 PM »
Any recommendations on a taxidermist between Spokane and Colville that will do a fan/beard/spur mount?

Tried myself last year and, besides the fan being beat to crap hiking it out a few miles (lesson learned there) we just never got the feathers spread properly and looking decent.
God's Creations would probably do it.

I've done a couple myself and the biggest thing is getting as much tissue around the quills cut off before pinning the fan out on the cardboard with sewing pins. Then put borax on the base of the quills for a week or two and it should hold good.

I took all the tissue off every feather.
Layed them out the way I wanted.
Then put automotive bondo down at the bottom where they all come together. Till I had enough bondo to hold the fan together.
Seen it on some YouTube or something.
That way no tissue at all.
But its very tricky to get all the feathers to hold still ,while putting bondo on . You have to have someone hold them,or set heavy objects on them.
Bondo dry so quick,you really only got one shot at it.
So you better have em laid out the way you want.

If interested....
Look it up on YouTube, probably better tutorial then me there.
« Last Edit: April 24, 2024, 06:02:00 PM by hunter399 »

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Re: NE turkey report
« Reply #57 on: April 24, 2024, 07:14:55 PM »
Any recommendations on a taxidermist between Spokane and Colville that will do a fan/beard/spur mount?

Tried myself last year and, besides the fan being beat to crap hiking it out a few miles (lesson learned there) we just never got the feathers spread properly and looking decent.
God's Creations would probably do it.

I've done a couple myself and the biggest thing is getting as much tissue around the quills cut off before pinning the fan out on the cardboard with sewing pins. Then put borax on the base of the quills for a week or two and it should hold good.

I took all the tissue off every feather.
Layed them out the way I wanted.
Then put automotive bondo down at the bottom where they all come together. Till I had enough bondo to hold the fan together.
Seen it on some YouTube or something.
That way no tissue at all.
But its very tricky to get all the feathers to hold still ,while putting bondo on . You have to have someone hold them,or set heavy objects on them.
Bondo dry so quick,you really only got one shot at it.
So you better have em laid out the way you want.

If interested....
Look it up on YouTube, probably better tutorial then me there.
Did you put pins up toward the top of the feathers at all as well as halfway between the quills and tips? It's always worked for me but I've never done the bondo method. Just pin and let it dry out naturally and it'll hold forever.

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Re: NE turkey report
« Reply #58 on: April 24, 2024, 07:59:17 PM »
Any recommendations on a taxidermist between Spokane and Colville that will do a fan/beard/spur mount?

Tried myself last year and, besides the fan being beat to crap hiking it out a few miles (lesson learned there) we just never got the feathers spread properly and looking decent.
God's Creations would probably do it.

I've done a couple myself and the biggest thing is getting as much tissue around the quills cut off before pinning the fan out on the cardboard with sewing pins. Then put borax on the base of the quills for a week or two and it should hold good.

I took all the tissue off every feather.
Layed them out the way I wanted.
Then put automotive bondo down at the bottom where they all come together. Till I had enough bondo to hold the fan together.
Seen it on some YouTube or something.
That way no tissue at all.
But its very tricky to get all the feathers to hold still ,while putting bondo on . You have to have someone hold them,or set heavy objects on them.
Bondo dry so quick,you really only got one shot at it.
So you better have em laid out the way you want.

If interested....
Look it up on YouTube, probably better tutorial then me there.
Did you put pins up toward the top of the feathers at all as well as halfway between the quills and tips? It's always worked for me but I've never done the bondo method. Just pin and let it dry out naturally and it'll hold forever.
Honestly I can't remember,last year.
Your look great ,better then mine.
Great job on those.👍

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Re: NE turkey report
« Reply #59 on: April 25, 2024, 10:30:40 AM »
I say learn how to DIY and you will have more satisfaction knowing you created that! I take some examples from the web and redesign what I want. Here’s what I did with one of my birds last year.

 


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