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    • Well my last season of hunting turkeys was good but very wet. Bird numbers are down big time but also did not help we had to dodge a few tornadoes. This made hunting a little tougher but can't control old mother nature. I would rather have a foot of snow over the rain but we dealt with . First day of the season we were able to get one bird down after making a move around the property. Birds were staying out in the field with the rain so we came up on the edge of the woods they were by. We only had one shot to take wanted to try for a double but didn't work out. First day and morning everything was going good but we could not get any more male birds in sight. Put miles on and hunted 3 different properties nothing going.   We get to Friday nothing happens again that morning .  That afternoon I was able to get 3 birds fired up and two would come close but never commit to killing range. So I played around with these two birds starting at 2:30 and I was finally able to get them to break at 6:30 and come in. After a lot of cat and mouse going on. I would setup they would gobble their heads off and seem like they were coming in then get further away and shut up . So I would walk about 100 yds away start calling again and they would fire up so this went on for hours. My last move I went as close as I could get without bumping them or hoping I didn't hit the call one time and they were within 50 yds. I sat down fast got ready and they were within 25 yds. I was greedy trying to get both lined up for one shot since I had two tags but just wouldn't happen. One dropped out of sight and now the bird left is 32 yds. Waited till he cleared couple small trees and dropped him right there not a wing flop. The other bird was gone with no shot to have. This 20 gauge is sure fine and knocks the heck out the birds. .        
    • Three of the four eggs have hatched
    • I also use grass clippings. But straw works just as well. Not hay......full of weed seeds. Put the mulch around them after the small tomatoes and peppers start to appear.the mulch helps keep moisture level and helps prevent blossom end rot. Right now they need heat .
    • There are TONS of sights out there to choose from.  Really comes down to personal preference.  I shoot an Axcel with .10" pins.  It has 5 pins that I take out to 60 yards.   If I was strictly hunting the big woods in MN, I would probably only have a 3 pin sight that I take out to 40 yards.     You can spend 30$ or 300$.  If you like multi pin sights, try to find one with the pins on a track, much easier to adjust.  
    • Nothing better than a successful trip even if the hunting was rough.   Not looking good for me today to be successful. Saw 4 a couple hundred yards out early this am and didn't hear a gobble intil 10. He has gobbled a 3 times since then, but seems content across the river where he is at and he doesn't seem to like what I am saying to him.
    •   Mike, I have used the brown sugar cure from Curly's to cure a hind leg and it made the best ham I've ever had. They have very detailed instructions on their site, too. I cured it 8 days and it took 18 hours to smoke. Worth every second!   https://web.archive.org/web/20150915234555/https://www18.corecommerce.com/~csk/uploads/file/Smoked Ham or Picnic Recipe(1).pdf
    • i dont use newspaper but use alot of grass clippings. and by late fall there pretty much all rotted away..........good for the garden too!!!!   if you know someone with a lawn care business get ahold of them, i went to a recycling place that takes grass clippings, and in the town i live in anyway, once they get there they dont allow people to come and take them. apparently something to do with potential lawn chemicals. i now get them from the city, they come from the baseball park in town!!!!!
    • Good luck walleye, sorry about the miss, but we all know what a tough road archery hunting can be.   My good friend Dave and I headed to Wisconsin Wednesday afternoon.  We have two tags each. We hunted hard for most of 5 days while enduring some of the worst weather we ever we had to deal with. 40 degrees ain't bad, and a little rain ain't bad, but a hard rain at 40 degrees just plain sucks. Add in some wind and it was pretty miserable.   Wednesday we got to our hunting spot mid afternoon and set up. We weren't intent on spending the evening with plans to scout a bit and get the permission we needed for another farm.  We actually heard a couple gobbles and they seemed to be coming closer, then the rain started.  Do we wait till it quits, or do we leave before it gets worse? Dave said lets get out while we can. Sure enough, as soon as we got out of the blind there was a big tom looking at us.  Game over.  Oh well.   Next morning we were back at this same spot. Nothing going except a lone hen way out, not even a gobble...till 10:00. This bird would gobble and come closer, then gobble as he went farther away. Over and over again.  Finally he showed himself at the end of the field 80 yds out.  He'd gobble then head back into the woods to gobble some more.  In and out like that for what seemed forever. Finally he came back out again and ever so slowly headed our way. Closer and closer, then - "there's another one!"  Another big tom came to see what all the noise was about.  The first one was inching closer and closer, right to the edge of my shooting range. He stopped and lifted his head and turned around. I couldn't wait to see if he'd come closer, a few steps would put him out of range.  My trusty old 870 barked and he was down.  Sweet!  I looked at the clock, it was 11:30. We'd been working this bird for an hour and a half! I later paced it off at 45 yds.  Haven't shot very many beyond that.   The other bird didn't even flinch, he was coming to see why his bud wasn't getting up. Closer and closer till Dave couldn't wait anymore.  He shot. The bird started running, then took flight.  He shot again and that bird was in the woods, never to be seen again.   Two missed opportunities on our first two sits.   Though we hunted hard the next few days and saw some birds, we never had another chance.  Tough, tough hunting.   My bird tipped the scales at just under 24 1/2 lbs. Spurs both right at 1" and pretty sharp, beard just over 10". Probably a 3 year old.       My bird came from the far corner, just to the right of the blind.     Here's my buddy Dave all loaded up for the long walk back to the truck.     Red sky in the morning, hunters take warning.     Big heavy bird, second heaviest I've ever taken. Just starting to rain.  Again.         Take a close look at the headgear already on this nice buck.  
    • Went to the DNR site. Got my tag for area 47 after 4 Years!!  YEA!!   Rockn Randy
    • Lost 40 a few years back. Forget diets, you need an entire lifestyle change. Think of food as either slowly killing you or helping you live longer and healthier. Just because someone is skinny does not mean they are healthy. Personally I stick to a lot of fruits, veggies and wild game, very little carbs, dairy, beef or pork. Not that I don't love ribs, steak & the like but it's not a regular meal. After a while you don't really miss the bad stuff because you feel so much better.   Let me guess, you sell diet supplements in on of those pyramid scheme multi level marketer deals.
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