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Re: 2018 Spring Turkey
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I breasted mine out, then kept the legs and thighs too. I think I'll do one breast in the crock pot tomorrow (butter and herbs and such) with mashed potatos and veggies, you know pretty classic. I took monday off work to hunt (lol!) so thinking I might brine the other breast then wrap it in bacon and smoke it? The legs and thighs I think I'll throw in the crock pot and make a veggie/noodle soup out of later his week.

I'm open to recommendations though!

Posted on: 4/21 21:25:21
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Re: 2018 Spring Turkey
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Sundie you were spot on, the Turkeys have turned on already just after a couple days of warmth!

I shot my first turkey today! I almost didn't go, the only time I had was a few hours this afternoon wasn't sure if the hour drive there and back would be worth it to hunt for 1.5 maybe 2 hours but what the heck better than not going at all!

I got set up and with my first call I instantly got a response from a few hundred yards and across the road. 5 minutes later a big old tom ( could see he long beard from 150 yards) walked across the road, took one look at my set up and bolted back across the road. I tried to call again to get him to turn back around but he was having nothing of it, but on that 2nd call a gobble from the opposite direction and close, real close! I waited about 5 mins, hadn't heard or seen anything and called again, the gobble was closer! Then I could see it off to my left, he was coming in directly on the deer trail I was set up for them to use. He stepped out of the tree line, strutted for what seemed like forever in an angle I couldn't shoot out of my blind, then he started walking right for my decoys. He walked directly in front of me, head out and I dropped him. It was close range 10-15 yards and all head/neck, the perfect shot! 15 minutes into my sit that's all it took!

I know he's just a jake, but I don't care! That's my first turkey! That was so much fun, I already can't wait until next year! OK what's everyone's favorite way to cook it?

Sorry for the long post, I'm a little excited still hours after I shot it.

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Posted on: 4/21 19:54:08
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Re: 2018 Spring Turkey
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orandausa wrote:
I will be east of Princeton shortly. The recon guy reports most the snow is gone. We have woods, field, prairie lands available. It will be interesting to see where they are.

From the reports here the normal patterns will not apply.


On thursday the snow was melting rapidly, I'd think most of it is gone by now. Obviously shaded areas and north sides of hills will still have some but I'd think it will just be sloppy without snow mostly from now on. I did some driving around thursday afternoon and talked to some other hunters. Find their winter food and set up between roost and food and you will do fine. They are still grouped up so getting a gobbler to come in on his own seems difficult but if you are in their way you will be successful. Hopefully with the snow gone and warm weather they break up some for me! I'll report back tomorrow after I'm out.

Posted on: 4/20 19:12:42
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Re: Vikings 2018 Season News
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Away games at packers, rams, eagles, patriots, and seahawks (although I think they will be bad this year feel like that's a tough place to win on the road). Ooofdah.

Posted on: 4/20 13:22:15
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Re: 2018 Spring Turkey
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Nice one Sundie! I was out yesterday. Heard gobbles at sunrise which got me excited but I was not on the way to where they were headed. Around 11:30 I got a call back from a long ways off, sounded like a group of them, they came within about 100 yards (through woods so i couldn't see them) and gave me some fun action until about 1pm but they never came any closer. Not sure if they had hens and were just trying to get me (my hen) to come to them or what.

I'll admit I"m a newbie, last year was my first year and I only hunted 2 days last year. Seems like on my land I get most my action between 11am and 2-3pm. Each day I've hunted that's the only time it seems the birds are interested in my calls. Unfortunately my schedule tomorrow doesn't allow me to get up there until around 11am so I'll see if not calling in the early morning makes a difference or not. I have tomorrow then monday and tuesday to hunt. Might have to try some public land. I had decided to yesterday until I had all that action around noon, now I don't know what to do.

Posted on: 4/20 13:14:07
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Re: 2018 Spring Turkey
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That's a good deal. The spray does take some planning ahead but also lasts through multiple washings. I usually just spray my hunting and hiking gear each spring (it was harder this year with the snow...) and then if I use my hiking pants a lot and wash them a lot they may get another application. When its time to buy new gear I'll definitley look into the elimitik stuff!

Posted on: 4/18 10:50:34
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Re: 2018 Spring Turkey
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Since I started using permethrin spray I haven't had a problem either. What is in the clothing?

Posted on: 4/18 10:36:44
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Re: 2018 Spring Turkey
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Please report back Logan! I'll report back as I get out too.

Posted on: 4/18 10:15:01
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Re: Inverter Generators
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I don't own one but I'll toss in my as I've been interested in buying one and probably will sometime in the near future.

I've seen the cheaper options fail time and time again (3 times now to be exact) on ice fishing trips. Only one that has been reliable every time is the honda EU2000, every time, no matter what, no matter the conditions. That's what I will be buying. It's worth the extra money to me so I don't have to be out in -20 tinkering with a failed one when i could be in a warm shack catching monster eyes.

Posted on: 4/18 10:13:38
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Re: 2018 Spring Turkey
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Big warm up over the weekend and very warm end to season A. Do you think that will be enough to break up some of the big winter groups over the weekend and lead to some great action Monday and Tuesday? I'm really hoping as any hope to hunt over the weekend is dwindling each day... I'm down to thursday, monday, tuesday now...

Posted on: 4/18 7:15:21
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