Got one with the stickbow at 10:45 this morning,had to work him awhile and left the blind and made a move on him,he was strutting on a logging trail,got a better position and hid in some thick stuff leaninig against a tree with my leafy poncho on.
Finally saw him coming and when he went behind 3 big trees i drew my bow and didnt have to hold long,12 yard shot right through the wings,then the chase was on lol he was dead running though went about 40 yds.
22# 10-1/4 inch beard and 1-1/8 spurs.
I was fugging excited first bird with the Widowmaker!
Thanks! Dont think i have been that excited in awhile,been trying on and off the last few years,have come close but finally got it done today.
Making that move on him and setting up again is what finally got him in range.
Kept thinking ...well how can i fuck this hunt up.Lol
Congrats again to everyone . Alot of birds died today so I'm sure I'll miss someone .
Headed out to try and roost one . Got 2 property I'm gonna check . If I can't find one there I'll hunt a different place I heard birds at both times I was there this weekend . Not exactly sure where they are roosted but I got enough of a idea to be slightly dangerous .
I ended working one for about an hour and a half from 9:30 on. We played cat and mouse and hopscotched around 3 ridges. Couldn’t catch up with him and seal the deal but had a bunch of fun doing it! Couldn’t ask for better weather for an opener either. Congrats to all who got it done. Also a huge shout out to @Bigslam51 for making me a call in memory of my brother. Would’ve had it with me this morning if the post office wouldn’t have delayed the delivery 😒 oh well, it’ll be we with me this weekend. Thanks Chad!
No luck roosting a bird tonight . Checked a couple spots . May have figured out why one normally dependable property hasn't had a gobbler on it yet . Seems the neighbors have taken up riding Razrs and I think they put the loudest aftermarket factory exhaust they could find . I could see two of them zipping around in the valley , well ...their headlights anyway . They weren't on the property I can hunt but they were riding the property lines and I'm sure that explains the lack of birds there .
I hate ATVs . They have their uses but to many idiots who would normally be to lazy to walk out in the woods use em to zip around and tear shit up .
Had to ride out a brief thunderstorm but now I'm back in the blind. Sitting at a property that doesn't have a ton on potential, but there are birds on the adjacent piece so it's not a total shot in the dark. Probably sit here a couple more hours and see what happens.
Buddy and I doubled up yesterday morning. A loudmouth hen drug in a gobbler to our decoys. When she got close I could see she had a good beard on her. My buddy shot the Tom at about 25 yds and then I swung around on the hen. She stuck around a wee bit too long. 😂
Came close today . I picked the wrong side of a well road and the bird I set up on skirted me low at 70 yards .
Moved to another property band there was a bird gobbling. I had to move a couple times on him but finally here he came . I couldn't see a bird on him and he locked up at 40 yds . He walked off and got up on the ridge and was gobbling bhis head off again . I moved in a called him in again and couldn't see a beard ?
I kinda think it was a mature Tom with beard rot but he never strutted for me . He was solo and had a good gobble . So I don't think he was a Jake bit who really knows . He was strutting for a hen before I made a big circle on him , buy thru the timber I couldn't really see his fan either
Nice job ! I did not hunt today . Was nice sleeping in till 545 . Lol . I stopped and listen at a spot close to the house where I usually take my son . Birds have not been coming out where I can hunt like the last 2 yrs . They roost in a no hunting area . They were in there gobbling good . Hopefully as the woods green up they start coming out to where we can hunt