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vmthtr in Green Bay  
#11 Posted : Wednesday, April 16, 2014 1:30:57 PM(UTC)
vmthtr in Green Bay
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Mine starts next week. Hunting outside of Greenleaf.
trapper  
#12 Posted : Wednesday, April 16, 2014 5:57:27 PM(UTC)
trapper
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No Turkeys or Trout here..none or Deer
Get Reel
kschaefer3  
#13 Posted : Thursday, April 17, 2014 8:09:10 AM(UTC)
kschaefer3
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trapper wrote:
No Turkeys or Trout here..none or Deer

Luckily there's plenty of beer though!
big_river_bum  
#14 Posted : Thursday, April 17, 2014 8:31:58 PM(UTC)
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shot a tom at 6:37am wed. morning.

will post more details later
Pete  
#15 Posted : Friday, April 18, 2014 6:38:57 AM(UTC)
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big_river_bum wrote:
shot a tom at 6:37am wed. morning.

will post more details later


Congratulations! Connecting so early opens up a lot of fishing time. We'd love to see photos.
big_river_bum  
#16 Posted : Friday, April 18, 2014 8:47:04 PM(UTC)
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parked the truck at 5am and walked down into a valley with a small plum creek trib, then back uphill. we were told by the landowner of a long finger of woods where the birds roosted and that they'd move east to a long field on a ridge. we were set up by 5:30 looking out into a field with and island of trees. heavy wind in our face. heard gobbles to the south and north by 6 that were a ridge or two off. the gobbling to the north seemed promising so we dropped down into the OPEN woods to our right.

the big ol' tom was gobbling but only in response to another tom gobblin' further north and to the multiple hens he was obviously with. lots of puttin' and cackling made me think we'd never get close to this bird. I was leaned up against a massive oak tree leaning into the hillside so I felt exposed. luckily I'm left handed and as I was thinking about future movements against the big tom i saw an almost unnaturally red object move to my left. I instinctually moved my hand to my trigger and the bird froze, staring at me for a few minutes. it continued moving to my right and as it got behind a few clustered trees I swung around and got my gun up. I had an initial shot opportunity, but waited a minute more for a perfect shot at 35 yards.

pulled the trigger and the bird went downhill. I couldn't tell if it was running or flopping so I ran after. I saw it at about 20 yards with its head still held high, so I shot again. it flew 3 feet in the air and did a backflip. might've aimed a bit low Flapper

weighed in at 22 pounds. average beard. nice spurs, and a neck and head disproportionate to its body size. we never knew he was coming in on us. must've thought he had a nice opportunity to move in on a hen while the big boy was occupied. will be smoking this bird like I did last years. got lots of compliments on it

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thanks dad for callin' it in

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big_river_bum  
#17 Posted : Friday, April 18, 2014 8:48:52 PM(UTC)
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Pete wrote:
big_river_bum wrote:
shot a tom at 6:37am wed. morning.

will post more details later


Congratulations! Connecting so early opens up a lot of fishing time. We'd love to see photos.



fished halls branch and copper creek with dad Thursday. mixed results....

Jared  
#18 Posted : Tuesday, April 22, 2014 6:44:57 AM(UTC)
Jared
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Location: Appleton

Beautiful bird man, congrats. I scouted out some land for my season this weekend. Got a couple weeks to wait though now..........
"I often wonder why anyone as lazy, as fond of fishing and so little concerned with dogma as myself should have chosen such a hard path"
-Roderick Haig-Brown
big_river_bum  
#19 Posted : Tuesday, April 22, 2014 9:09:24 PM(UTC)
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bird is smoking as we speak.....wrapped in bacon
big_river_bum  
#20 Posted : Tuesday, April 22, 2014 9:13:05 PM(UTC)
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Jared wrote:
Beautiful bird man, congrats. I scouted out some land for my season this weekend. Got a couple weeks to wait though now..........


thanks! and good luck to you. might buy a later season tag along with my dad, but between weddings, troutin', morel hunting, and a vacation to Nashville I might be overbooked
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