Not the BOSS - but a good one!

Discussion in 'Ohio Gobbler Hunting' started by jeffk, May 10, 2005.

  1. jeffk

    jeffk New Member

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    <P style="MARGIN: 0px">Sunday I took Mark and Mat in where the trespasser was on Friday, and where I had a big bird at 70 yards. The tom gobbled at 6:45 to a bird, then to a plane, a car, and a train whistle. Around 6:15 he came down right in front of Mark. Mat saw him roosted and watched three hens fly down. </P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">&nbsp;</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">Mark had the bird in his scope at 30 yards, but all he could see was his head bobbing behind a small rise in the ground. Meanwhile&nbsp;I was&nbsp;in a heated conversation with the hens. The tom never gobbled again and I had no clue what happened.</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">&nbsp;</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">Found out later the tom spooked one step before Mark was going to pull the trigger. The tom started running to the hens about 50 yards away. Mark said&nbsp;I started to yelp at the hens and the gobbler sppoked at the same time. </P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">I was 100 yards from Mark. Later he told me he regrets not shooting sooner.</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">The tom was in a semistrut right before he spooked out, and that was the reason Mark did not shoot.</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">&nbsp;</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">I went back in to the exact spot this morning. At 6:45 a flock of geese went over and the tom gobbled in the same tree as Sunday about 120 yards away.</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">&nbsp;</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">Earlier when I sat down(the leaves were dry) I heard a cluck close by in the dark.Thought I was too close.&nbsp; The big tom gobbled off and on about 25 times in the next 20 minutes. It was the hottest I have heard him in 5 hunts there.</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">&nbsp;</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">At 6:10 or so I heard a cluck right in front of me up in a tree. I clucked back</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">and a bird came fying down through the tree limbs 30 yards in front of me.</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">All I could see was a head bobbing. I put the scope up thinking hen and watched. Twice the bird went behind a tree and disappeared. The tom in the tree gobbled again. Next the bird on the ground walked through a low spot and with the scope I could see a really good beard. I clucked once on a mouth call and the bird walked in the open. A quick trigger pull and the tom was flopping. </P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">&nbsp;</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">Close inspection showed a 9 1/2 beard(about half the thickness shot off), 1 1/8 spurs, and the check station scale showed 21 lbs.</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">&nbsp;</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">I knew a bird was in a tree close but I never expected a gobbler. For a week</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">we only knew of one bird by the gobbles. This one never gobbled at all this morning. I had this one at 50 yards last Monday. I could tell by his beard thickness and white head cap. The other bird was still in the tree when I left or at least I never heard him fly down.</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">&nbsp;</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">Got checked by a county sheriff at the road loading my bird. Just wanted to see it and make sure it was tagged. Said there has been a lot of birds not tagged this year.(Defiance County). A real nice sheriff.</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">&nbsp;</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">Going to scout for Val and the&nbsp;boys for this weekend and hopefully get the big one. I am glad I am done. iIonly missed three mornings since the season started. The main check station in Henry County has had only 12 checked in</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">counting mine.</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">&nbsp;</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">&nbsp;</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">&nbsp;</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">&nbsp;</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">&nbsp;</P>
     
  2. Bshive

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    <P style="MARGIN: 0px"><FONT color=#0000cc size=4>CONGRATS!!!</FONT></P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px"><FONT color=#0000cc size=4></FONT>&nbsp;</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px"><FONT color=#333333>Sounds like you have put in a lot of hard work and time and it finally paid off for you.&nbsp; Goodluck with getting your kids a bird.</FONT></P>
     

  3. FOWLTALK

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    <P>The luck of the Irish.....nice work Jeff.</P>
     
  4. jeffk

    jeffk New Member

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    <P>Luck of the Irish. I like that. I was told by my Dad&nbsp;that his Great Grand Parents came from Germany.&nbsp; I can't figure it out. Plus my girlfriend is 100% German, Irish and German and German together, talk about a hot-blooded relationship!!(Just kidding). Besides Killian's Irish Red tastes like dog ___</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">to me. Give me Milwaukee's Best Light or Bud Light anyday. </P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">&nbsp;</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">Good Luck to everyone this weekend that has tags!</P>
     
  5. ToledoDean

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    <P>Thats a great bird! Congrats!!</P>