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Are any of you guys getting Gobbler Fever? :?:

I've been putzing with my gear, tuning calls, checking decoys & blinds; and making several trips to the patterning board. :lol:

I've had GREAT success with the new Federal "Grand Slam" loads in my 20GA. The new 1&5/16 oz copper plated #6 are awesome. Using a Hastings® 570 choke tube I got 61 pellets in the kill zone at 30yds. With performance like that I'm leaving my 12GA at home! That 20ga sure is easier on the shoulder and my molars! :mrgreen:

I'm hunting the Klickitat for Merriams this year.

YELP, YELP, YELP; HERE TURKEY, TURKEY, TURKEY....... :wink: :wink:

BANG!!!!!!!!!! :mrgreen:
 

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My camo and Mossberg 500 are ready to go.Just hope it doesn't rain .
 

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I'm rarin' to go. Scouted up a roosted gobbler early last Sat. morning and will be back this coming Sat. when the season opens. Will be using my trusty Ithaca 37 pump gun this time. It has a 2 3/4" chamber but, with the Briley full choke tube and 1 1/2 oz. of #4s, will kill gobblers at 40 yds. Sometimes I use my old A.H. Fox double with 2 3/4" chambers, but mostly use a Winchester 101 O/U with 3" shells. Good luck with your gobbler chasin' fellas!
 

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Same old spot, always seem to produce sooner or later ;) and my trusty Rem 1187 premere 3 1/2 good to go. Aim small hit small. RAMbo.
 

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My camo and Mossberg 500 are ready to go.Just hope it doesn't rain .
I too use a Mossberg 500 only in a 20GA. I have installed a Hastings® Super Full Choke and am very pleased. I use Federal Grand Slam® 1&5/16oz of Copper Plated #6's. I have a self-imposed limit of 30yds. At that distance I put 61 pellets into the kill zone of a Turkey pattern target. Using the same load with #5's I get 27 pellets into the kill zone. Have not had a lot of success with #4's however.

I know that Turkey hunting is a big deal in upsatate NY; (I'm originally from Syracuse). Here in Washington State we only started Turkey Hunting in 96. Mostly it's Merriams and Rio Grandes in the Eastern half of the state. In 96 only about 300 birds were taken; last year the kill was above 4,500.

The Mossberg® 500 is a great gun, excellent value for the money. Very versitle and a sure "Gobbler Getter".

Good luck in your quest for Tommy Three Toes!
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Well, the season opened and I hunted Saturday and Sunday only to be bested by the ole gobbler. He wasn't roosted where I found him roosting during my scout the week before and, by the time I found him, he was already on the ground with his ladies. I could see him strutting and showin off for them but, needless to say, he had no interest in leaving the harem for one lonely hen. Same deal both days. I ain't givin up yet though. I'll be back next weekend and will see if his majesty likes an invader horning in on the girls (me with a gobbler caller). I'll be real careful with it. There's hardly anyone else in this area, and I will use the call sparingly if nothing else works. Really would prefer to hear him gobbling on the roost at dawn and have a chance to set up close by, for a change.
How you fellas doing so far?
 

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Well, the season opened and I hunted Saturday and Sunday only to be bested by the ole gobbler. He wasn't roosted where I found him roosting during my scout the week before and, by the time I found him, he was already on the ground with his ladies. I could see him strutting and showin off for them but, needless to say, he had no interest in leaving the harem for one lonely hen. Same deal both days. I ain't givin up yet though. I'll be back next weekend and will see if his majesty likes an invader horning in on the girls (me with a gobbler caller). I'll be real careful with it. There's hardly anyone else in this area, and I will use the call sparingly if nothing else works. Really would prefer to hear him gobbling on the roost at dawn and have a chance to set up close by, for a change.
How you fellas doing so far?
Well our season in WA State opens Apr15th. I'll be scouting the next 2 weekends. Because of my work schecule I will scout on Thurs, Fri, & Sat. On the Season opener I'm setting up camp on Wed afternoon and plan to hunt on Thurs, Fri, & Sat with the wife and a friend from work. Will try for a WA SLAM this year: Rio Grande, Merriam, and Eastern.

Lossking where are you located?
 
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The season here in PA starts May1 and runs to May 29. So, scouting this weekend and the Saturday before Easter. Problem is, Trout season also starts the 17th of April....so fish or shoot turkey?? Nice dilemma! :lol:
 

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Took me an hour Saturday to call in the old boy, and then I shot and just plain missed him. Still don't know quite how I managed to do it but I did. Saw him again or another one on Sunday but a cutting hen got between us and that was "all she wrote". Oh well, back to the drawing board, er turkey woods.
 
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Well, I still ain't caught up with the boss yet but I brought his little brother home for dinner today. He weighed 17 lbs. with a 9 1/2" beard and 7/8" spurs, a two year old bird probably. The best part about it is, the boss is still gobblin' and the season is open for another week.
I'll bet you guys are looking forward to the start of your seasons. Good luck and let us know how it goes.
 

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Well, I still ain't caught up with the boss yet but I brought his little brother home for dinner today. He weighed 17 lbs. with a 9 1/2" beard and 7/8" spurs, a two year old bird probably. The best part about it is, the boss is still gobblin' and the season is open for another week.
I'll bet you guys are looking forward to the start of your seasons. Good luck and let us know how it goes.
That's Great LossKing! You are a patriotic American; doing your duty to help that Gobbler's transition from being a rooster to a roaster! I'm proud to know such a fine Cajun American! :D

Four days & a Wakeup til the hammer falls on Tommy Three Toes! :mrgreen:
 

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Thank you, Dawei, for your kind remarks. I sincerely hope you mash a Merriam's shortly! Let us know how it works out. Good luck and good hunting.
 

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Thank you, Dawei, for your kind remarks. I sincerely hope you mash a Merriam's shortly! Let us know how it works out. Good luck and good hunting.
Two days & a WakeUp!

Also will be playing with one of these:

http://www.casscreek.com/products.html

Good luck to you too! (And thanks for your continued support of the ammunition companies :wink: )
 

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Any luck this past weekend, Dawei?
Very different hunting. Steep canyon country much like they Salmon River Breaks. Birds were very call shy and hardly gobbled at all. I read that Merriams gobbled more than other birds but found that wasn't the case.

While I didn't bust one I learned a lot & will try again in a week or so. In the meantime I'll be going locally & chasing Easterns.

I'll send you a private message with more info.
 

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Hang in there, Dawei, and enjoy your hunts. Like they say, it ain't over until the fat, er gravitationally challenged lady sings.
 

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You guys made this thread a long time ago, but its yelp yelp time again here in Ohio! Only another week! Two weeks for my big trip to piedmont. Keep me posted on this years turkey action. :)
 
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