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Michigan Turkey Season 2003!

Discussion in 'Hunting, Fishing & Camping' started by Michigun, May 2, 2003.

  1. Michigun

    Michigun Miss Michigan?

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    I took this gobbler at about 6:45am this morning here in Mid-Michigan.

    He cam into my decoys without gobbling once… he surprised me pretty good, but I ended up taking him @ about the 15 yard mark.

    I don’t have the weight on him yet, but he has a 11-1/2” beard & 1-1/2” spurs……. this is defiantly my best turkey thus far!

    I used a Winchester 3-1/2” Super-X with Remington’s newer 3-1/2” #4 Hevi-Shot ammo.
     
  2. noway

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  3. Michigun

    Michigun Miss Michigan?

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    duncan Lifetime Member Millennium Member

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    Great looking bird and story.

    I hunted and scouted a good 25K acres in Little Pend Oreille Wildlife Refuse and myslef and another dozen hunters could not raise one gobble that day!

    But it was still good to setup and call.

    Guess when the local sporting good store sells 300 second turkey tags for that area, only the puny I-can't-gobble jakes were left. they hammered that land!

    Next year, I'll be there on opening day. 44K of public land with a good 8K of awesome turkey spots.

    I held 4 hens with my gobbles trying to bait the ole gobbler to come down the hill in another spot, but he stayed out of sight just rippin loud gobbles and after two hours of working the hens, they wouldn't move and neither would ole tom.

    Maybe better luck next year!

    Glad you got yours though! Silent - guess it happens.

    So how did you decide where to setup and plant your decoys without hearing him gobble?
     
  5. Michigun

    Michigun Miss Michigan?

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    duncan, early scouting was how I knew I wanted to try that spot. I'd seen several toms running that area in the mornings prior to the season, it was private land by the way. However, I wasn't really sure if they had changed their habit's or not seeing how they had plowed in the corn stubble just a few days before. Come to find out, they were still hanging around! ;) I knew where they were going to go if they were there, so I just set up accordingly.
     
  6. trapfan

    trapfan Got Glock?

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    Only way I like to be flipped the "bird". Way to go Michigun, you are a true Michigan Hunt Master.:)
     
  7. Michigun

    Michigun Miss Michigan?

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    Why thank you Mr. trapfan! :)
     
  8. gemini

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    Nice bird.

    Took my bird on 04/28/03 about 10:45am at about 25yds with a 870 Remington Super Mag. Used Remington 3" 6 shot. Made the record books for Commemerative Bucks of Michigan as tied for 7th largest bird taken in Gratiot county. Bird weighed about 24 lbs,
    11 7/16" beard and 1 1/4" spurs. Roughly about a 3-4 year old gobbler. Largest bird I have taken, having a full strut mount done. These big ones don't come along that often.

    Sorry no pictures yet. Still in the camera.
     
  9. Michigun

    Michigun Miss Michigan?

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    Congrats gemini!

    That ones a biggy for sure. I may take longest beard for Saginaw county... still a lot of hunting left out there though.
     
  10. gwhuntr

    gwhuntr Glocked&Locked

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    Congrats Michigun,

    You were huntin in Saginaw Co. too eh?
    I harvested a nice one there too on 04/21/03, first day of the ZZ hunt.
    21#, 11 9/16" beard & 1" spurs.
    Not sure where it ranked @ tho.
    It also made the CBM record book.
    I am Gemini's brother btw.
    We got our bird's about 1 1/2 miles from each other a week apart.
    Happy Huntin too all goin for the late
    hunt!
     
  11. Michigun

    Michigun Miss Michigan?

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    gwhuntr, your bird whooped my birds butt then! :) I actually just found out yesterday evening that my bird was bumped out of any kind of running (There were actually a quite a few ahead of mine.) in Saginaw County... probably was your bird!

    It's all cool though, it's my biggest bird thus far & I'm very happy with it.

    I do believe that the guys with the later hunts may find the turkey hunting a bit better if anything. Same thing happened last year, the late hunts were on average better.
     
  12. CanyonMan

    CanyonMan In The Saddle

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    Michigun,

    Way to go Hoss!
    Very nice bird!

    We had a very lousy year here this spring.

    CanyonMan
     
  13. gwhuntr

    gwhuntr Glocked&Locked

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    Turkey huntin can be tough.
    I don't claim to be a trophy hunter, just a hunter.
    If a turkey is un-shaven, I'm pullin
    the trigger.
    Tommer, Jake or a bearded hen, any
    turkey is a trophy to me.
    Happy Huntin.