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by hawglips
December 27th, 2011, 5:14 pm
Forum: Huntin Tales
Topic: Clayton's first turkey hunt
Replies: 2
Views: 367

Clayton's first turkey hunt

On that Saturday morning several years ago, we arrived at the pre-designated listening post at about 5:20. I was taking a first-timer with me. He's a 19 year old young man from church who's a very experienced deer and waterfowl hunter, but he'd never been on a real turkey hunt. He's a pleasant young...
by hawglips
December 27th, 2011, 1:27 pm
Forum: GNTV
Topic: Scott Ellis- Osceola Public Land hunt
Replies: 5
Views: 788

Re: Scott Ellis- Osceola Public Land hunt

Enjoyed that one!
by hawglips
December 24th, 2011, 1:17 pm
Forum: Gobbler Talk
Topic: Gobbler Age
Replies: 28
Views: 959

Re: Gobbler Age

I also say BS to those who believe in dull spurs near rocky terrain. I've never seen a turkey hit it's spurs on rocks. Thats just not feasible. I've got a rooster chicken that has 2" spurs and we have rocks where I live. I have always kept my mouth shut when folks say this about rocks and spurs, bu...
by hawglips
December 23rd, 2011, 4:31 pm
Forum: Gobbler Talk
Topic: Gobbler Age
Replies: 28
Views: 959

Re: Gobbler Age

I suspect more 3 year olds are called 2 year olds than the other way around. I know for a fact of a 5 year old that had under 1 inch spurs. He lived where there were no rocks and had good nutrition. Genetics is huge when it comes to spurs.
by hawglips
December 21st, 2011, 7:15 pm
Forum: Handloading, Ammo & Patterns
Topic: 28 gauge for turkeys
Replies: 8
Views: 783

Re: 28 gauge for turkeys

Vaturkey, yes, I've loaded up the T9s duplexed with lead 6s in .410. Here is the 40 yd pattern out of my sporting clays gun with that 3/4 oz load. http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff168/hawglips/pattern4105-30-09.jpg I'll be putting together a .410 load that has about an ounce of shot in it shortl...
by hawglips
December 21st, 2011, 12:47 pm
Forum: Handloading, Ammo & Patterns
Topic: 28 gauge for turkeys
Replies: 8
Views: 783

Re: 28 gauge for turkeys

I tote a CZ Woodcock O/U.

I've got a Briley's extended X-Full and factory flush mount full.

Here's the 40 yd XFull pattern using a lighter load (1-1/8 oz T9s).

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by hawglips
December 21st, 2011, 10:48 am
Forum: Handloading, Ammo & Patterns
Topic: 28 gauge for turkeys
Replies: 8
Views: 783

28 gauge for turkeys

I just finished loading up some 1-5/16 oz 28 gauge (2-3/4") shells to send to the lab. That 28 ga is light and those shells will be nastier than most 12 ga loads out there. It's going to be hard to tote the 12 or 20 now that I got these worked up. :wink:
by hawglips
December 21st, 2011, 6:29 am
Forum: 2012 Gobbler Nation Turkey Hunting Contest
Topic: got my first entry for the contest
Replies: 13
Views: 857

Re: got my first entry for the contest

There were no snails, and just one rock. She liked beech nuts, sans husks. Not sure what the purple berries were, or the white ones. She picked up one half eaten (deer) large northern red oak acorn, a southern red oak acorn, and 3 willow oak acorns. A little bit of salad too. And two soybeans.
by hawglips
December 20th, 2011, 1:45 pm
Forum: 2012 Gobbler Nation Turkey Hunting Contest
Topic: got my first entry for the contest
Replies: 13
Views: 857

Re: got my first entry for the contest

looks very cool with the coloration. definite subspecies hybrid crap goin on. Her secondaries were light compared to most birds in the area, and her primaries were pretty dark. You can see that a little in this picture. http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff168/hawglips/IMG_0175.jpg But her white ba...
by hawglips
December 20th, 2011, 1:14 pm
Forum: 2012 Gobbler Nation Turkey Hunting Contest
Topic: got my first entry for the contest
Replies: 13
Views: 857

Re: got my first entry for the contest

I hope the kill story is soon to follow. Did he strut and gobble the whole way? On a string? Or did he come in silent? :struttin: It took me all day to kill it. I flushed a bird off the roost on my way in and since he didn't fly off but about 30 yds, I just sat down right there, got my calls out, a...
by hawglips
December 19th, 2011, 7:38 am
Forum: 2012 Gobbler Nation Turkey Hunting Contest
Topic: got my first entry for the contest
Replies: 13
Views: 857

Re: got my first entry for the contest

Maybe he will score better in the culinary division of the contest. Sometimes these kind entries are delicious. :thumbup: :D I'll enter him in that division then -- Christmas dinner. I've still got a couple bigger ones in the freezer from the spring but this one cut up so nicely I'm going to move h...
by hawglips
December 17th, 2011, 9:10 pm
Forum: 2012 Gobbler Nation Turkey Hunting Contest
Topic: got my first entry for the contest
Replies: 13
Views: 857

got my first entry for the contest

He's not going to score much though. Only weighed 8 lbs and he's got no spurs or beard. I don't know what's wrong him. But I'm on the board!
:salute:
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by hawglips
December 12th, 2011, 9:11 pm
Forum: Gobbler Talk
Topic: Mind Wandering!
Replies: 6
Views: 451

Re: Mind Wandering!

Can't imagine what it would be like to have a decent place for that long. What a blessing.
by hawglips
December 8th, 2011, 1:53 pm
Forum: Gobbler Talk
Topic: handling this?
Replies: 9
Views: 788

Re: handling this?

Well, here's what I decided to do. And humor me a bit here... Like I said before, I never considered leaving him or waiting or busting the hens. The hens didn't bother me at all, except to keep me from going where I wanted to. I felt penned down with very few options as far as setting up was concern...
by hawglips
December 8th, 2011, 10:01 am
Forum: Gobbler Talk
Topic: handling this?
Replies: 9
Views: 788

Re: handling this?

Both of those responses are very interesting, and to be honest, I never even considered any of the things mentioned so far in the first two responses. :o Thanks for putting those out there. I think it's natural to get in a comfort zone, and it's good to hear other ways of approaching the same situat...
by hawglips
December 7th, 2011, 9:56 am
Forum: Gobbler Talk
Topic: handling this?
Replies: 9
Views: 788

handling this?

Ronnie's discussion about pecking order brought to mind a situation I encountered a while back. Since there are a lot of ways to skin a cat, I was wondering how others might have handled it. I located a gobbling bird at daylight my first morning of a 3 day hunt in TX. I was way off, and by the time ...
by hawglips
December 7th, 2011, 8:50 am
Forum: Gobbler Talk
Topic: Merriams and Rios
Replies: 6
Views: 541

Re: Merriams and Rios

Some of the western states have both subs.
by hawglips
December 6th, 2011, 8:45 pm
Forum: Gobbler Talk
Topic: Reasons?
Replies: 21
Views: 849

Re: Reasons?

I have convinced myself that the pecking order can be a big obstacle. I think in some cases MacDaddy has drawn a line in the sand or in this case the turkey woods and certain birds are afraid to cross it. How far fetched does this seem to some of you? Be honest, if you think its a load of crap say ...
by hawglips
December 6th, 2011, 5:51 pm
Forum: Gobbler Talk
Topic: The season's over...
Replies: 26
Views: 953

Re: The season's over...

Congrats to Andy! Great pics!
by hawglips
November 29th, 2011, 2:45 pm
Forum: Hunt Strategies
Topic: Whats your thought process?
Replies: 10
Views: 721

Re: Whats your thought process?

I don't live close enough to turkeys to do any scouting, other than to familiarize myself a bit with the land. But here's what I typically do. I first look at the area on Google Earth and get a feel for the drainages and trees, roads and fields, etc. I mentally mark areas I want to try, and come up ...
by hawglips
November 29th, 2011, 2:35 pm
Forum: Hunt Strategies
Topic: What is the plan for afternoon hunting?
Replies: 23
Views: 1282

Re: What is the plan for afternoon hunting?

I've got one area I've hunted that last couple years that are a hot mid-day/afternoon gobbler hang-out. I've hunted there 4 times, with 4 dead gobblers coming to the call to show for it. I recommend finding a place like that to spend some time in the afternoon.
by hawglips
November 1st, 2011, 11:35 am
Forum: Gobbler Talk
Topic: NWTF
Replies: 6
Views: 623

Re: NWTF

I quit a while back due to the shift from being a turkey hunter's organization to something I didn't really recognize. That along with the feeling that they were more about the money than the wild turkey. But I recently joined back after the magazine started improving and they appeared to be listeni...
by hawglips
November 1st, 2011, 11:29 am
Forum: Gobbler Talk
Topic: Bearded Hen In Virginia
Replies: 12
Views: 860

Re: Bearded Hen In Virginia

Awesome! Congrats Brian!

Are you going out anymore, or will you save your remaining tags for the spring?
by hawglips
October 30th, 2011, 7:47 pm
Forum: Gobbler Talk
Topic: ITS FALL TURKEY TURKEY SEASON IN VA........
Replies: 10
Views: 599

Re: ITS FALL TURKEY TURKEY SEASON IN VA........

Turkey Talker wrote:Leave the hens alone
I went in the rain, and probably should have stayed in bed instead.

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