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Fish Eating Creek 2017

Post by Gobbler » March 6th, 2017, 9:13 pm

I have always wanted to draw the special op hunt at Fish Eating Creek southern zone. Its has legendary history associated with it. This year my dream came true and I was one of the lucky 10 guys that got to hunt it opening week. So I got to thinking because this is such a rare opportunity, why not film it? So I called a good friend Shane Simpson of Calling All Turkeys. Shane jumped at the chance to go so we made our plans and the pictures that follow are a brief preview of the 2017 first episode of Calling All Turkeys.

This is our camp. All the modern conveniences of home.
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I scouted two days before the hunt. the first day we learned the 10 hunt areas and then we had a drawing to determine who hunted where.
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Here is buggy the FWC takes us in and out with to acess our hunt.
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I drew last out of 7 that showed up first day. SO the spot I wanted got taken. BUT then after the drawing the guy that picked the spot I wanted said he changed his mind and picked another spot. I then asked if I could swap my pick and take his spot and so I ended up where I wanted to hunt. What luck! That afternoon Shane showed up and we got ready to scout the next morning.
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We scouted a big Cypress head at daybreak and located two gobblers not even 200 yards into the head right off the buggy path!!
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We tried to over think it but the layout dictated just go there in the morn and located them and set up right off the buggy path. We arrived in the dark and only one Gobbler was in the Cypress head. He was right where he was the day before so we got set up I did not even get a call out because I had the Minnesota State champ behind me filming. When the sun came up the Gobbler was strutting and drumming on a Cypress limb 85 yards away. We called to him to let him know we were there. Finally He pitched down and then we heard some hens. Three hens flew down and came to Shane's soft yelping and cluck and purrs. We had a Jake out to my left that Shane had put out in the dark. But this guy was strutting to the hens and I thought I was just about to shoot him when he saw the Jake. He came out of strut and headed to the Jake. I had to swing my gun back around a tree to get into position and he came into view. I put the dot on his head at 20 yards and hunt over.

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Re: Fish Eating Creek 2017

Post by crenshawco » March 6th, 2017, 9:22 pm

I think your tape measure is off. Those look longer than 1 3/8. Congrats!

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Re: Fish Eating Creek 2017

Post by HunterGKS » March 6th, 2017, 9:25 pm

Great bird & hunt. Congrats. 4 year old?

I hunted that area 2 days on the same hunt & killed 2 real nice birds. That was before the state took a lot of land from Lykes Bros.
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Re: Fish Eating Creek 2017

Post by hookspur » March 6th, 2017, 9:33 pm

Awesome, man! That is a GREAT bird, too!!! Congratulations!

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Re: Fish Eating Creek 2017

Post by fountain » March 6th, 2017, 9:33 pm

Congrats D

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Post by pedro » March 6th, 2017, 9:43 pm

Nice job. Some good hooks on that bird!

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Re: Fish Eating Creek 2017

Post by LeadSlinger » March 6th, 2017, 9:43 pm

Awesome!! Congratulations on a beautiful bird. Loved the pictures, I can't wait to see the video. :thumbup:
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Post by JTown21 » March 6th, 2017, 10:11 pm

Great story of the hunt with awesome pics to back up. Sounds like a you guys had a blast. Congrats on an awesome start to 2017.

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Re: Fish Eating Creek 2017

Post by Fatmo » March 6th, 2017, 10:17 pm

Congratulations, Doug! You too Shane. Even this Yankee knows Fisheating Creeks rich history. :thumbup: :thumbup:

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Re: Fish Eating Creek 2017

Post by devastator » March 6th, 2017, 10:24 pm

Congrats Doug and Shane. :thumbup: :thumbup:
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Re: Fish Eating Creek 2017

Post by Grumpy » March 6th, 2017, 10:39 pm

Good story to go with the pictures.
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Fish Eating Creek 2017

Post by WV Ridge Reaper » March 6th, 2017, 10:46 pm

Dang didn't know you was a pro hunter now!!! I'm gonna need you to sign my shotgun sometime

Good pics good story,love to see the tents up ahh turkey camp!!


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Re: Fish Eating Creek 2017

Post by aristico » March 6th, 2017, 10:47 pm

Congrats Doug and Shane

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Post by 2Shooter » March 6th, 2017, 10:50 pm

Awesome!!! Way to go!!!! :old_glory:

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Re: Fish Eating Creek 2017

Post by Spurtaker » March 6th, 2017, 11:02 pm

Congrats! Nice Bird!!

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Post by appalachianassassin » March 7th, 2017, 2:26 am

hell yeah gobbler!!! way to go!!! I still got almost a month to go, but they gonna pay for makin me wait. :thumbup:
gotta love turkey huntin!!!

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Re: Fish Eating Creek 2017

Post by hookedspur » March 7th, 2017, 6:26 am

Great Job Doug !!
A hunt and bird like that makes you a part of the history now .. Congrats.

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Re: Fish Eating Creek 2017

Post by Toddmann » March 7th, 2017, 6:28 am

That's a beautiful place. Congrats on a great bird.

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Re: Fish Eating Creek 2017

Post by soiltester » March 7th, 2017, 7:23 am

Great goin Doug w/helper Shane :thumbup:

Did you get a chance for the second tom or is it 1 only for the draw??
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Re: Fish Eating Creek 2017

Post by MAK » March 7th, 2017, 7:39 am

dang son!!! - great bird - he's more than 4 IMO and i'd remeasure those spurs - look longer. CONGRATS
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Re: Fish Eating Creek 2017

Post by guesswho » March 7th, 2017, 8:08 am

Congrats! Nice Spurs. Most birds you kill don't have beards that long!!!
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Re: Fish Eating Creek 2017

Post by Turkinator » March 7th, 2017, 8:29 am

:thumbup: man, that's a set of hooks!

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Re: Fish Eating Creek 2017

Post by gotcha » March 7th, 2017, 8:44 am

Remind me to never go to "Vegas" with you.

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Post by gotcha » March 7th, 2017, 8:52 am

Remind me to never go to "Vegas" with you.

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Re: Fish Eating Creek 2017

Post by timbrhuntr » March 7th, 2017, 10:10 am

:thumbup:

Just looked at Shane's site but the vid isn't up yet ! :cry:

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