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Old 05-04-2021, 12:25 PM   #12
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MGC: My opening weekend experiences were very similar, without the snow. I had the same 15yo with me for the opener, but he could only hunt until 9am. We sat in the wind, sleet and snow until he got cold and when we moved, we bumped a Jake. We heard a tom before we headed out but I could not pinpoint it.

Sunday was a different story. I went back to the same spot and was just getting ready to call when a hen popped out. A few minutes later a gobbler sounded way off. After two or three gobbles I had a good idea where he was and let the box call rip. Ten minutes later he was circling me, and close. He finally stepped out at 15 yards and I let him have it at 6am! He was a good one, 21.5 pounds with an 8.5 inch beard.

Saving my second tag for a "friends" hunt next weekend, unless I get a look at big tom I've been after with a paintbrush beard. Meanwhile, I plan to call for my brother and the youth this weekend.

I did hear of a turkey hunting incident in Orange County on May 1, no details yet. Be safe, and get some gobblers!
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