2022 Spring Turkey Season in review (PIC HEAVY)

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I hunted Arkansas a few days last year and found some jakes, so I knew where I wanted to hunt. But I wasn't finding them in the older form when I returned. I did have another jake at 25yds on the second evening. 20220424_160939.jpg 20220425_124743.jpg 20220425_194110.jpg
Morning #3 I was first to my parking spot. A bird started gobbling and I slipped in as close as I dared. When I started calling - another hunter that had obviously parked next to my truck and knew I was in the area also started calling. This pissed me off to no end, because it was quite obvious he wasn't backing off. First off - I don't park on people - for this reason - it's inevitable you're going to end up on the same bird - turkey hunters go to the gobbling turkey. But I don't expect just because my truck is there you should stay out - it was a big enough area. But once he realized I was on it, I felt he should have backed out, that's the right thing to do. I would have, I guarantee you that. Eventually the gobbler went quiet and I was tired of listening to the two of us call back and forth so I left. I circled back around after noon and he was gobbling again. Now was my chance. I had him at 35yds and... I missed. That hurt, BAD. To make matters worse - I get back to my truck and find this lovely note. Almost implying that I was in the wrong and ensuring I could expect him there again tomorrow. Knowing that bird probably wasn't getting any easier after my miss, I sought a new bird.
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After minimal action - I returned late morning on day 5, my note buddy was not there so I went in and found my bird. Did not kill him, but I was able to roost him. The next morning, despite me being way off on where I thought he was roosted - I was able to catch up with him and finally secured my tag in the Natural state. This one meant a little "more" than your average turkey.

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While I didn't have a ton of days left before I had to return to work - I knew I wanted to hunt the eastern part of KY on my return home, so I thought I'd take the gamble and roll with Indiana thinking it wouldn't take too long. (don't ever do that). Indiana was fun. I was on birds, but trying to be careful to not shoot a jake I passed some potential opportunities, ran out of time and unfortunately never really gave Kentucky a fair shake.

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My final swing would be to the northeast, starting in Rhode Island. I can't say Rhode Island has been my favorite state. Too many people, not hunters. Just people, and they aren't particularly nice. Its that "Get out of the way or get run over" attitude.. meh. And there are turkeys there, and they like the populated areas for some reason. While I have targeted backyard birds in the past, its not my favorite.
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Day 3 I had called in a pair of jakes. Later that morning I had run through a big stretch of timber on a 4wheeler trail and was on my return to get back to my truck before quitting time (must be out of woods by 1pm in RI).. I learned that I had been followed, as the gobbler tracks right next to my boot tracks were absolutely not in that mud when I laid the boot tracks. Fairly significant clue.

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Don't forget to request your straws.
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He's just a chilling at a gas station.
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Hurts to see public lands treated this way.
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Day 4 I caught up with that bird that had followed my tracks with an absolutely excellent hunt. He gobbled so much.

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Next stop would be Massachusetts. Day 1 I heard zero turkeys and did not like my area I selected off maps.. I made a big move after quitting time and found birds right away. Next day I started with a close call on a bird that would soon get named "Spook".. because I kept spooking him, 5 times in 3 days. Finicky joker he was.


Seemed like a good place to start?
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5 minute walk through a clearcut... insane!
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After 3 days of focusing on spook - I finally committed to finding a different turkey as I was just wasting time. I roosted a bird that night and was close to him the following morning receiving an excellent show.
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Now that Massachusetts was finally in the bag - I had to get some closure with "Spook". I returned to his ridge and announced my presence expecting an answer that didn't come. I found some fresh scratching from that morning and as I slowly called my way through his domain he hammers a gobble back behind me in the direction I had been walking away from. I turned around and sat down at a tree facing him and before long here he comes. My next peep was to get him to stretch his neck up, and "spook" had his last chance to make a fool of me.

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The proudest self timer pic ever!
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Next would jump to NY. My first day in NY, similar thoughts with being around too many people in a hurry, so after not hearing a bird or feeling I was in the right location - made a really big jump. Instantly felt I was in the right area.


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Asked permission here, but no dice.
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Finding these tasty gems was a nice touch.
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