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Who Else Tagged a Bird This Fall?

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While bowhunting one weekend, there were some goose hunters across the road from me.  Every time they fired,  the neighbors woods exploded with gobbles. (love hearing gobbles in the fall)  The next chance I got to hunt there, I brought my shotgun - just in case.

First light, there goes the guns and there goes all that gobbling again.  LOT'S of gobbles!  I waited an hour, just hoping a deer might show, knowing they wouldn't fly down for a while, then ran to the truck for my shotgun.  I set up between two groups of birds and waited. Didn't even have a call, so all I could do was scratch in the leaves and hope. 

Soon I hear leaves crunching. Closer and closer.  First bird to step into an open lane had about an 8" beard and I wasn't going to wait for something bigger.  At the shot the woods exploded with turkeys! They were running and flying and cackling everywhere.  Had to be 40 toms in this group.  What a great experience.

Let's hear your success stories. 

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Nice job I didn't see any this year while I was bowhunting

Last year the one year I didn't buy a fall tag I was sitting I the deer blind and had about 30 walk past me at 15 yards single file one by one.

 

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  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • Pumper don't forget to register your bird.
    • Had 3 long beards come out gobbl8ng and running but not to me.  Had them all fired up but they obviously had another destination in mind.
    • I didn’t know grackles fished either.  Interesting. 
    • Was checking back to see you with a bird pic @Borch
    • So this is not a new thing!  Interesting.  I keep finding more and more complex behavior in so many of these "dumb" animals!  So many of them are anything but dumb.
    • When I was a kid, we used to have a pond in our yard. We would keep fish and minnows in there. The grackles would clean in out! We had to resort to putting a cover over it.
    • Last Thursday on a visit to my sister in Rock Rapids IA, we made a circuit through the Island Park there.  At the low dam just past the former railroad bridge which is now a walking path we saw a group of grackles fishing at the edge of the white water where it ran against the rocks at the shore line.  There probably were a dozen or so all told moving back and forth and some on the rocks at the other shore line.  In something like half an hour or less we saw various of the birds bring out minnows and eat them on the shore to a total of at least 8.  They also contested for the better fishing spots and tried to horn in on other birds' catches;   they would fly out to quite a bit up on shore with a catch to eat it there. I never expected to see grackles fishing.  I never heard of that before, but then it wouldn't be the first time I didn't know about something relatively common.
    • I've seen deer there, too.  I go by there on my way to work about 3:30 am S S & M.
    • Now they're gobbling...  seem to be getting a little closer.