Spring Turkey 2007 Season with the G-man

100% Harvested on SD Prairie Hunts!

April 14-16 (SD Prairie Package) 4 bird harvested

        Day One - Started with blue bird sky's and the gobblers going wild on the roost.  Our game plan for the morning was to have Vance setup in a known travel route, while Sean and I set up on another location.  the morning was really exciting with a couple close call, but no birds.  We spend the rest of the morning checking some other locations. In the afternoon we set out at 2:00 to our set for the afternoon.  Early in the evening Sean and I call in a great bird. Around the same time frame we also heard a shot from Vance. When we met up with Vance, had scored a young Jake. Only because the older bird had doubled back and sent in the Jake first from a group of birds.  

        Day Two - Started with Sean and I setup on another area where we had roosted some bird from the night before.  The birds were quite on the roost, but really lit it up when they hit the ground. We had to move several time to get in to position.  At one point of the moves, we had six Jakes within three feet of us gobbling their heads off and pinning us down. After they moved off we moved into our final sit and harvested yet another great bird. Vance did not have as much excitement as us that morning, so we brought him over the the location we had been at earlier. We were able to get back into the birds but no luck. 

             

        Day Three - Started pretty much the same as the first two. However, at about 2:00 we spotted some bird from the cabin while eating. so Vance and I proceeded to cut them off, In the end Vance harvested his final bird.

Thank Guy for a great hunt, Hope to see you both again Next year

April 20-21 (SD Prairie Package) 4 birds harvested that wanted to be Movie stars. Hosted Hunting with Penn's Woods TV Show.

         Day One - Started with blue bird sky's and the gobblers going wild on the roost.  Our game plan for the morning was to start with Ron being the shooter and Gig the camera man.  We setup close to known roost However, the bird were further up the canyon. Since we were shooting video, we chose to just hang tight and see if the bird would come to us.  THAT DIDN'T WORK. We ended up moving to another location, while in route we spotted six bird with two good tom's in the bunch. We proceeded to move into position. The bird would only gobble at us at only 60 yards away just over a little rise. finally Ron & Gig crawled up the rise and positioned the camera. A little calling produced our first tom on tape. Later that day we had several other sets but no more star for the day.

        Day Two - Started with us having no luck at fly down. However, on the way back we spotted some bird moving down a draw. I instructed Gig & Ron how I thought the bird would move up the draw and dropped them off.  I proceeded to move to higher ground to watch the show. Thirty minutes later, I heard the results. A SECOND MOVIE STAR. Later that Day we set up on a afternoon set. from the set we heard some birds gobbling a ridges away, so we decided to move on them.  One DEEP CANYON and Two little draws later, we set up.  Two hours later, here they came. Ron shot the strutter and Gig moved the camera to get the second running away, while picking up his shotgun and hammered the second bird. TWO more movie stars and ours first Double for all of us.


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Ron & Gig with the Double

        Thanks Gig & Ron for a great hunt, Hope to see you both again Next year. The Show should air sometime this fall.

April 24-25 (SD Black Hill Package) 0 bird, one shot, 5 close calls

        Day One - Started with blue bird sky's and the gobblers going wild on the roost.  Our game plan for the morning was to setup on the same level as the roost about 80 yards away. Well the birds decided to fly down to the bottom of the hill. We spent the rest of the day tailing behind, but could not get the boss gobbler to break away. We did have several Jakes come close.

        Day Two - Started with us having no luck at fly down. However, the bird were coming to calls. We set up on top of a rise with two gobblers below us. they came in gobbling and strutting. Once they came into range and were about to top the rise, they decide to skirt the hill and try to locate the hen on top. Finally they popped out on the flat at about 55 yards. Bang!! Both bird ran off, I do not know what happen, there should have been one bird on the ground.

April 28-29 (Donated hunt to Children's Home Society) 0 bird, 1 close calls

  Day One - Started with blue bird sky's and the gobblers going wild on the roost.  Our game plan for the morning was to set up in the middle of two gobblers that I had roosted the night before. one of the gobblers only gobbled twice on roost, while the second could not quit gobbling.  at fly down, here he came straight toward us. Our location was 80 yard back from the draws edge. a great location for the close gobbler that only answer twice, but bad for the excited one.  As the vocal gobbler closed in on us, he swung wide to the right. putting him 80 yard away once he hit the top of the draw. He provided quite the show for about Five minutes. then decided to move our direction. Just as he was coming in to range, the gobbler dropped just down off the top. So all we could see was his Fan while he strutted by in front of us. we stuck with him for an hour, but he would only gobble at us and not come back to us.  about 9:30 while on a set we saw some turkeys feed in our direction, then they just vanished. five minutes later we spotted a Mountain Lion coming down the logging road we were set up on. He stayed out in the open for about two minutes, then slipped back into the canopy just as silent as he had appeared. This was the whole groups first sight of a big cat.

        Day Two - Started much the same as the day before, but we just could not get the gobblers to break away.       

April 30 (SD Prairie Package) 4 bird harvested by 11:30 a.m.

        Day One - Started with blue bird sky's and High winds.  Our game plan for the morning was to setup on some birds that we had roosted the night before.  Gary would have the lower end, while Robert and myself chose a draw parallel to the birds. Robert and I watch the bird fly toward Gary direction, So we moved on some other bird located over the hill. We never did find those bird, but Gary harvest a bird that he had heard further down the draw. We proceeded back to the truck about 7:00 a.m.
    On The way back to the ranch house, we spotted a loan gobbler coming of the roosting area.  So I dropped Robert off in a near by draw, while Gary and I moved to the High Ground to watch. The Bird strutted, Gobbled, Strutted, finally about fifteen minute later we heard Robert shot. 8:00 we are heading to the ranch house for breakfast.
    Around 9:30 we gathered up our stuff and proceeded to a location over the hill.  Just as we stopped and let out a locator call. A gobbler answered us across the canyon and on top of the hill. So Gary dropped his vest and only took his decoy, mouth Call and shot gun with him to try his luck with the love sick bird. Well, Robert and I thought it would be good if we moved further to the north and check out a canyon over there. Not five minutes into our sit at our new location, we heard the report from Gary's Shotgun. So we loaded back up and went back to where we had dropped Gary. Here he came dragging back up and out of the canyon with that same love sick bird. by this time it is 10:30.   
    Once Gary regained his composer, we headed back over the the location where Robert and I had left. five minutes into a set we located two gobblers further down the ridge. So we started walking in their direction and calling every so often to get another location. At about 500 yard, we ran out of tree to continue the move. We decide to set up and see if we could call the bird in. Half hour later, here he was at 30 yard behind a cedar tree. Bang!! Game over. 4 bird by 11:30 in the morning. What a morning for action. 

Comment From My Hunters Robert and Gary

May 2 (SD Black Hill Package) 24 Jake at 15 yards, 0 birds harvested

        Day One - Started with blue bird sky's and the gobblers going wild on the roost.  Our game plan for the morning was to have Troy set up at the bottom , while Ben and myself moved to the same level as the roosted birds. Well, troy got quite a show fifty bird few right down to him. However, with that many birds he could not pick out a clean shot on one of the four boss gobblers. Ben and I made loop around the top but no taker this morning.  by 9:30 the action was over for the morning.  Our afternoon set went well, I positioned Ben and Troy in a know path for the bird to make their way back to the roost. The plan almost work, if it had not be spoiled by a curious calf.  Once the bird split up Ben and Troy move to get around the bird.  They managed to get in front of the birds, but when the bird came to with in 15 yard all 24 bird were jakes and the long beards were off with the hens.  

May 6-9 (SD Black Hill Package) 1 out of two  

         Day One - Started with blue bird sky's and the gobblers going wild on the roost.  Our game plan for the morning was to have Merlyn setup in a known travel route, while Rex and I set up on another location.  the morning was really exciting with bird just over the rise gobbling.  At Fly down the bird flew down hill again to all the hens in the bottom, then proceeded to clam up.  We hunted the afternoon in the same area with three hen moving past us but no gobbler in toe.

        Day Two - Started with Rex and I setup on another area where we had roosted some bird from the night before.  The birds were quite on the roost, with only a really vocal hen sounding off. Merlyn stay near the roosting area, while Rex and I move to cover more country to find a vocal bird.  the evening hunt was cut short so we could go have a birthday meal for me and my family.

        Day Three - Started pretty much the same as the first two. However, at about 6:30 p.m. we cranked up a bird about half mile from our location. As we moved toward the gobbler, he continued to gobble and gobble.  We closed gap to a 150 yards. finally we had a hen moving in our direction, pretty soon here came the gobbler. He gave us quite a show across the flat coming toward us. BANG!  one in the bag. we made our way back to Merlyn however, we ran out of time to hunt.

May 10-12 (SD Black Hill Package) 0 bird, 10 Gobbler in under hundred yards

        Day One - Started with blue bird sky's and the gobblers going wild on the roost.  Our game plan for the morning was to set up on some roosted bird. We move several time to get close to the birds but could not close the deal. That evening we check out another location and roosted some bird for the next day.

        Day Two - Started with us only a hundred yard from the roost with two gobbler. They seam interested at first then the hen started to call. At Fly down the hens took the gobblers over the hill. We swung wide and tried to call the gobbler away, with no luck we move up the canyon. We had several close calls but could not get the gobblers to come to us.  That evening we check another location and roosted birds

        Day Three - Started pretty much the same as the first two. We had three gobbler going crazy not sixty yard below us up until first light. then the hen started to call lower on the ridge. at fly down they flew down to the hen that were 100 down the hill. Once we determined that the game was up we headed off to another gobbler down the ridge. He seemed to be coming then a hen cut in front of us and took the big boy away. The evening hunt produced not gobble any where in the area where 10 gobblers had be heard the morning.

May 19-20 (SD Black Hill Package) 0 bird, 10 Gobbler in under hundred yards

  Day One - Started with blue bird sky's and the gobblers going wild on the roost.  Our game plan for the morning was to setup in a known travel route.. We had Six gobblers in the canyon, each sounding off with each call I made. around 8:30 the woods went silent. That afternoon we check out another area but had little luck.

        Day Two - Started with us setup in the same area we had be the morning before, except we tried the other side of the canyon. We managed to get some gobbler to answer but no takers.  The afternoon hunt was rained out.

What a Spring, Thank You every one that hunted with me. I hope to see all of you again next year.  

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