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  1. Awesome Don great work and congrats to your dad.
  2. Sounds like a great setup
  3. Seen a Jake smokey phase in NE a couple years ago No shot I have seen a few in SD there is an area we hunt and there is always one or two in the flock each year.
  4. Thanks I sure felt the same way but made myself get the 20 gauge out in march to make sure I had all set. Even more so this Saturday it was down pouring when I left and I had the 12 in the truck but the rain stopped so I just went and setup on the one bird I heard. My 20 with the new Winchester XR 3inch 5's pattern good out to 40 but I would hope not to test that . My 3.5 number 4's pattern the best out of my 12 gauge but I really feel good now after taking this bird to use the 20gauge more often.
  5. Thanks Anyfish and Don LOL No way I'm getting even for those critters from NE . But I really did like breaking out the old 20gauge man it sure shoots nice still and so light to carry around.
  6. Mn was silent for the nights I was able to hunt after work no gobbles at all and only seen one gobbler in those three days. I did have some hens come in strutting around the two hens I had out. Was cool to watch the hens circle and strut around them. Most the gobblers I’m seeing when driving around are henned up big time. Very quite first week of the season. I was able to take bird Saturday morning right out of roost. He was the only bird that could find in the first couple days on our property. I’m sure there are a couple more but he gobbled twice on roost that was it. I did a Fly down cackle and a little sweet sounds from the box call the hens he was with came running in with mr.gobbler. First critter I’ve harvested with this 20guage in 20 plus years. Sure feels good to carry around going this week to put a sling on the gun for WI seasons now. NE and MN are all done just two hunts left. I did a
  7. Well the spring started out well some of the guys only picked up one tag and a couple bought two tags. We tagged out in NE this trip with 7 birds it was a blast like always. Birds are really spreading out now and you are hearing them in the morning every direction. This trip all birds were taken out of the blind and used decoys. Most years going this early we do not use decoys and have great luck. This year birds were responding well to calls and decoys. We got lucky and pulled a double one evening, counted to 3 and arrows flew both dropped right there . Only down the count to 3 with a shotgun before so this was cool to pull off with the bow.
  8. Just like all the other teams do. He gets the same shot over and over against every team. Not sure how you let a guy with 18 power play goals float like that. Doesn't hurt Bakstrom is setting it all up. You leave him and just cover Ovi and he will light you up.
  9. Good luck Cheetah break that bad boy in this spring Just bought my main tag for WI yesterday and my surplus . Just got back from a quick scouting trip and shed hunting to NE this last weekend. Birds already breaking up down there was way ahead from years past. Seen gobblers out and about by them selves no other birds around was strange but very good for us coming up on our hunt.
  10. Birds have been on them move. Still some ice fishing to get through but the hunts are coming up fast.
  11. Like Don said make sure to have that Jake decoy facing you. Don't be afraid to try without decoys if birds are hanging up on you. I have more success without decoys but times I have tried with. If the location allows I like to have a hill or rise so the birds need to come and look closer than being able to just scan looking for the hen and then hanging up too far out. I most likely do it backwards I get setup without decoys first checking out how the birds are acting if I have not had time to scout. As the hunt goes on I might start to setup a spread of a Jake and hen or just the hen. Using a shotgun my decoys are little further out but with bow my decoys are close to the blind might look funny but helps so birds will not hang up out of range or trying to not have them hang up out of range.
  12. Results are in for MN I pulled my Season A
  13. It's getting close to the best time of the year. I'm getting gear ready for this spring this weekend, I broke one pole on a blind during Muzzy season so that is being packed up and sent in. Going to A-1 to get an order of arrows in then I should be ready for my archery hunt. Hoping to get a new shotgun before I get out with the smoke pole. Head to NE first, SD , MN if I get drawn for season A, WI(C)and then 2nd trip season E for WI. All my calls are ready do have to pick up one box of shells and that should be it. Ice fishing holding me over until I get to hear that gobble
  14. WI results are in. I received my card already in the mail. Spring is coming fast can't wait.
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