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  1. paceman

    Wrist Slings

    I was wondering what your guy thoughts are on wrist slings. I have never used one in the past and I shoot just fine and have never had my bow jump out of my hand. However my new bow came with one. It is a soft cloth type that I have to fumble on when shooting. I will either replace it with a stiffer braided type or leave it off all together. I usually hunt late into the season so will have on thicker gear, gloves... Any pros to having one that I am not thinking of besides adding some cool colors to my bow
  2. paceman

    2018 gardens

    Will probably pull the peas tonight. Tomatoes and cucs are booming. I am really disappointed in the pumpkins, oodles of flowers but very few pumpkins. Not sure what is going on? last year was the same. In years past had piles of pumpkins.....
  3. paceman

    Last Season

    I guess he was showing that they can shoot multiple birds each season in Missouri?
  4. I have a spot that I would like to hang a set for my 13 yr son and I to bow hunt out of. wondering what the best option would be? I could place a double ladder or put 2 hang-ons pretty close together. I was thinking the hang-ons might give us more room to draw and would not stick out as much as the double ladder, or I could go with a single ladder and a hang-on. What has worked well for you guys?
  5. paceman

    2018 food plots

    Great looking plots and Set-ups! My early season clover plots are doing very well! This weekend I will work on the fall brassica plots, have 3 small ones, about 1/2 acre each to put in. Can't get to them with a tractor so will be doing the tilling with a walk behind garden tiller. Going to be a ton of work but this rain will be great to soften up the ground. I will also be sliding a few portables around and I need to finish to more enclosed permanent stands. I usually do all this stand work in April/May but this past spring I just did not get to it...
  6. paceman

    2018 trail cam pictures

    Nice! I will put a few out this weekend.....
  7. paceman

    Persistence Pays off

    This was the last morning my son and I could go out. We are glad we did. We took yesterday morning off as I needed to work and we were both dog tired from getting up at 4:00 Friday thru Monday. We had seen birds almost everyday but getting close was challenging. It seemed like the birds on this property really like to stay in the woods. So Monday when we left late morning I put the blind in the middle of the woods on a ridge top/pinch point where a couple mowed trails crossed. We heard birds in here both Saturday and Sunday morning and we could get in pretty quietly on the mowed trails. Kind of bold move as we knew we would be close to the roost and could bust them out but with this being the last day and I could only hunt for a couple hours it was worth the move. We got in pretty quietly about 4:50. I set up a hen and jake at about 15 yards. At 5:00 on the dot we had one gobble about 100 yards right in front of us. Perfect! he was pretty vocal. he was sounding off about 1 a minute. I was going to wait until about 5:15 as it was dark in the woods before I gave any soft clucks. About 5:10 a hen started clucking and she was really close. Maybe 50 yards but with the thick leaves we could not see her. Again perfect, I did not need to call as she was doing it for us. For the next 10-15 minutes every time he would gobble she would answer. It was kind really cool! Meanwhile we had others around us start gobbling. I seriously think this morning was one of the most vocal I have heard all season. We were trying to keep track. We think we had 7 different gobbles going in all directions. Guessing they were all within 1/4 mile. Kind of odd as we were here Monday Morning and only heard a couple a long ways way. About 5:30 the hen had been quiet for awhile so I gave a couple really soft clucks and a Tom Roared back from within 50 yards up in the tree. He must have been near the hen. Fun to see my son's eye almost pop out of my head. That dude was close! I gave a couple more, probably should not have as everything went silent. So I did as well. About 5:35 we heard 3 sets of wings fly down and away. Bummer. We sat silent for about 10 minutes. I was thinking of making a move to get in front of those birds when a 3-4 started gobbling to our right 2-300 yards. I clucked back and they answered every time and were slowly working closer. I think they were in the field but we were in the woods. Suddenly another one gobbled behind about 200 yards. My son wanted to move closer to him but I said we are in a good spot, a pinch point. And with birds responding we needed to be patient and see how it plays out a little longer. About 5:45 I gave a couple loud cuts and another gobble sounded back in front of us. The first Toms were coming back! Suddenly we spotted them at abut 75 yards. A hen, a Jake and 2 Toms and they were crossing in front of us but were not headed our way. So I gave a couple soft clucks. Both Toms puffed up, Roared, looked our way and as soon as they saw the decoys they sprinted up to them. Happened really fast! They again puffed up and circled the hen. I told Jake to wait for one to stop moving and then I clucked to get one to stick his neck out, as he did Jack dropped him ion his tracks! The other Tom trotted off a few yards and then came back to jump on him. Would have been an easy double! Jack's first Tom and a nice one to boot! Almost identical to the one I dropped a few weeks ago. 22 lbs, 9 1/4 beard. 1/2 spurs. Needless to say he was kind of pumped!
  8. paceman

    Last Season

    Went out a few mornings this past weekend trying to get my son on a bird. Heard a bunch, saw a few jakes/hens but nothing close. Very Hot and lots of mosquitos. May get out the next 2 mornings for short hunts. You just never know.....
  9. paceman

    Bow Bird Down

    After 50-60 hours of sitting in the blind, a mature Tom finally came within bow range! It has been a frustrating season with not many birds seen and the birds just not being where they should be. But as it is in the hunting world, sometimes things just work out like they are supposed to. Friday Morning got up at 3:45, supposed to be strong SE winds, so I elected to go to a small field and set up in the SE corner. All set up by 5:00. I have a jake decoy at 20 yards, a strutter at 10 facing the jake and a hen about 8 yards facing to the side. The Jake is my yardage marker. It was a pretty quiet first 1/2 hour with a few gobbles to the east 1/4 mile away and a few to the SE about 1/4 mile away. They usually don't roost near here but they work this way as the morning progresses. About 5:30 I started hearing gobblers from both directions working closer. I let out a few soft yelps, not sure if they could hear me and the birds to the SE gobbled back everytime and were working closer. About 5:45 a spot movement out in the field N of me, looking through the binocs I see a hen come over the field rise followed by another hen, 2 jakes and a Tom. They were about 150 yards and feeding right towards me. Knowing I might get a shot, the old ticker started to beat pretty good! As they picked towards me I would a couple soft chirps, clucks to keep the first hen on course, meanwhile the Toms behind me were gobbling and getting really close. Eventually the lead hens walked right to me and slightly to my right, to about 10 yards. The Tom ran up to my Jake decoy circled it and as he did I was able to draw without being busted by the others and he turned and puffed up and walked towards the strutter decoy. I also thought i could here spitting and drumming behind me, so that Tom was close as well. At about 12 yards I soft clucked with my mouth call, he stretched his neck out to Gobble. Pretty darn cool! That was the last sound he made as the arrow sliced though the base of his neck and he flopped around and did the upside down bicycle. As I stood over him I could still hear 2-3 other gobblers and they were fairly close, I still want to put my son on a bird, so I took a few pictures and quietly slipped out carrying all that junk I drug in, It was a good work out! He was right at 20Lbs, 9 inch beard, 3/4 inch spurs. This is the first morning this season that they acted like they were supposed to! Needless to say a very fun morning!
  10. paceman

    Anyone else getting whooped?

    Nice Job Don! So that's what they look like At first glance in your second picture I thought the arrow was stuck through your boot
  11. paceman

    Bait for the opener

    Spot tailed shiners on a short snelled lindy rig, small bullet weight, 8-10' of water along the immerging weeds usually does very well on the lake I will open on. If no shiners are available, then will try a jig with a fathead...
  12. paceman

    Anyone else getting whooped?

    Yes, getting my hind end whipped thoroughly! I have been out probably a dozen times. Have seen birds on half of them. Mostly jakes and hens and some of them have come right in. Only 4 Toms all season and they were always with a hen and showed zero interest in my setup. Getting up at 4-4:30 is getting old. I kind of think the numbers are lower around here then expected. I am bouncing around on 4 properties and just can't find any patterns, Some mornings they gobble there fool heads off but none come my way, they probably do after I leave. Usually sit until 9-9;30 then head into work. Other mornings on same property, very few heard...Frustrating but at the same time really enjoyable sitting in the blind with a thermos of coffee watching the world wake up, lots of deer seen. One afternoon I had 2 hens roll around in the dust bowls for 10 minutes, at 15 yards. Just like little pigs. I had never seen that before so that was cool. Perhaps I should ditch the early morning thing and hunt late mornings. Once the fishing opens I will go out less and less...
  13. I actually hunt turkeys sort of like deer. I look for pinch points, field corners, ridges in between swamps... Find places where they want to be. One of my favorite spots where I have killed a bunch of birds is a little clearing beside a field. swamp on one side, woods on 2 sides and the other is a plowed field. The turkeys will walk along the swamp and cross the clearing to get into the woods or walk along the woods edge. It is only 35 yards wide and about 60 yards long. usually out of the wind unless it is Easterly. The birds and deer feel safe in there...
  14. paceman

    MN Turkey 2018

    My last 2 mornings have been great as for gobbling, just nothing that came my direction. Usually they roost on neighbors property then work my way as the morning progresses. Bu the last 2 time they simply stayed over there... They don't let others hunt it so I just have to be patient. I did some scouting on a public piece not to far away. It is a hike, about a mile in but I found some really good turkey sign. will keep that in mind for future sits or for fall deer. Great looking spot! This week looks super busy with work so not sure when I will get out again....
  15. paceman

    MN Turkey 2018

    Sat on a different property yesterday morning. With the recent snow melt I can finally drive close to it. I sat until 11:00. Had gobbling near me most of the morning. Finally about 9:00 4 jakes and a hen came out to the field followed by 2 large Toms and another hen. The jakes came cruising in to me dekes. Got as close as 7 yards but the big Toms kept there distance. I don't think they liked my strutter decoy. It is one that spins and the tail raises/lowers. Might be a bit to aggressive for this early season. They eventually walked off with the hen following them., never getting closer then 75 yards. Depending on this rain I might get out this evening/otherwise will have to wait until Friday/Saturday morning with my son...