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  1. I thought the birds in MN ran pressured or stale most of the season. Past couple years they were much more responsive to calling (decoy or no decoy). This year some nice Toms seemed very decoy shy. Son's wet bird was shot at the end of Season E ... 8 PM at night, steady rain, and very windy. Came in very slow and quiet. Son's wet bird. I did not get out until "E" again. Last year was done at sunrise first day, this year it took longer (last day of season F). I hunt a different zone/area than when I am with my son (outskirts of metro). This year the birds in my area just were not around in normal numbers or not very vocal even on the roost. Will admit I did not work extra ordinarily hard the days I was out. Just can't run & gun like I used to ... especially when the woods run rather silent at dawn. My last day bird Saw plenty of hens about - so that bodes well if the weather dries up and stays mild in temp. Few jakes seen. Most Toms running solo this year. Last year they were more often in pairs if not larger groups. I have found that generally speaking there is nothing easier to bring in than a pair or trio of toms or jakes.
  2. My son has killed three Toms now in three years, with each subsequent bird shot a little later in the day. 10:30 AM, 3 PM and 8 PM. Morning is certainly more entertaining if they are gobbling, but I have found evenings are less taxing on a school aged kids. Hunt in a blind and they can even do home work. If you are able to pattern the birds, the odds of success improves - but they are turkeys so nothing is a guarantee.
  3. Roadside roosting. Actually was over the road.
  4. Do most of these companies (mentioned above) actually make their own reels or do they simply provide their designs to an outsourced manufacturer ?? In many industries, competitors actually use the same production lines.
  5. Plenty of strutters out there in all their regular metro area places.
  6. Tough winter for turkeys at this point deep snow and cold :(
  7. Site link: https://gfp.sd.gov/shooting-preserves/ Scroll down and you can see the number of birds reported to be released on preserves. This number would not include any birds released on non-preserve areas designated as wild bird only hunts (some are, some not so much).
  8. Juneau4: If it is a SD game farm with a Sept - March season, the game farm MUST release birds. From the SD G&F site:
  9. State of Louisiana is advising hunters stop using deer urine lures because of possible ties to chronic wasting disease. State of Michigan has just banned the use of all natural deer urine lures because of ties to chronic wasting disease. Baiting (which is very prevalent in Michigan) is now banned in the counties where CWD has been found.
  10. I would be careful calling last year a peak quite yet. Ms. Roy should be careful predicting the future. That would be the first peak ever in a year ending in "7". Peaks occurred in '52, '58, '72, , '78 & '80 (dip in '79), '89, '98, and 2009. Some cycles have very distinct peaks will others are broader in nature. "Shoulders and pulses in the curves occur with some frequency. On top of the lower drum count ... this spring has been "not good" for upland birds ... fall count may be lower than one would hope for. Both pheasants and grouse may depend more on second (late) hatch. One never really knows until you get out there. Looking back 2004 and 2006 were two of my best seasons in birds taken. Last year the fall population was much lower than anticipated across most of the MN grouse range with little explanation. Both DNR and RGS biologists ate lots of crow for their predictions. RGS national hunt out of GR had one of the poorest ruffed grouse harvests ever recorded. I see that the DNR is asking for voluntary participation in a West Nile study on ruffed grouse (see the DNR HSOforum). West Nile must be one of the suspects ...
  11. brittman

    Last Season

    I would be out a morning or two if I still had the tag. Afternoons must be a sauna in a blind. We hunted in shorts and t-shirts in early May and were still hot when afternoon temps reached around 82 - 85 degrees.
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    Assume you were in a blind since you are bow hunting. That is a long time ... active bird or no bird. Very Nice.
  13. brittman

    Season e

    Bird by work living big in a non hunting zone.
  14. brittman

    Season e

    Started Season E up where I have hunted in the past. Wanted to hit the old and maybe some new woods where I have killed grouse, woodcock and several turkeys. Up before 3 and on the road. By 4:15 I am parked and working a little on my laptop. Chatting / skyping Europe. Shut that down around 4:30 get out and put on my tick sprayed camo. I am parked by the big woods with a good half mile walk in before turkey territory is found. Well I am either getting older, lazier, or smarter ... but there is not enough gobbling to pull me down that trail road. Quickly drive to another spot about 3 miles away. Stop, listen ... nothing. Another 2 miles and I am parked again at a spot where I have set up in the evening with my son ... Public land or well at least unposted trust type land that has been partially logged. Get out and I here gobbles to the N, NE and S. Head about 150 yards from the truck. Just me, my gun and my favorite call. It is around 5:15AM and birds are on the ground. Gobbler to the NE must only be about 100 - 150 yards away ... I cannot see him though. I am out in a mostly open "field" ... find a small pine tree and sit down in the swale / depression in front of the tree. Call and he answers hard. At times it seems like he is closing the gap and then not. I figure he is on a strutting ground ... he is moving back and forth and when he is close and facing me ... load ... further away and turned away ... softer. There is a willow thicket between us, but a trail road that could bring him to me. Anyways he seems hung up. Hen behind me starts long cadence yelping and I decide to copy her. She is far enough behind me that it will take her time to walk towards me. As I hit those long cadence yelps the gobbler to the north starts gobbling ... wait there is two and they are getting closer. Lot's of taller grass patches in this over grown "field" ... around 5:40 or so two Toms pop out of the grass at around 45 yards. They quietly move towards me looking for that hen. Lead bird goes into full display for about 5 - 10 seconds. When he comes out of fanning I drop him. Walked off exactly 30 paces. Saw three separate groups of birds on the drive home and these were in areas where turkeys should be seen, but usually you don't. Lot's of birds around this area this year.
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    Season e

    Season E ... Early morning for me. Up before 3 ... bird down by 5:45AM. May did not disappoint this year. Will share later. Birds gobbling pretty heavily this morning. This was a public land bird. Come to the conclusion that the hatch two years ago was really good. Lot's of 2 year old Toms around.
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