Furthest you have seen a bird fly to get to your calls?

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Furthest you have seen a bird fly to get to your calls?

Post by TN-TurkeyTickler » March 28th, 2017, 9:57 pm

Had one fly across a 400 yard wide gorge. He just glided on over the to the ridge i was on and hammered as his fee hit ground 30yrds below me. Couple purrs and a cut you know the rest lol
Anyone else ever had one fly to you? Also he was not on the roost, just strutting a field.

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Re: Furthest you have seen a bird fly to get to your calls?

Post by Shooter » March 28th, 2017, 10:11 pm

Had one years ago in the MTs, come off of Iron Gap ridge to Cedar Ridge once. Almost landed in our lap. Wasn't ready of course.
Probably a good half mile.

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Post by TN-TurkeyTickler » March 28th, 2017, 10:37 pm

Shooter wrote:Had one years ago in the MTs, come off of Iron Gap ridge to Cedar Ridge once. Almost landed in our lap. Wasn't ready of course.
Probably a good half mile.
Thats a haul, their ability to pinpoint location still never ceases to amaze me.

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Post by appalachianassassin » March 29th, 2017, 1:11 am

very common in the mountains. had 3 together fly approx. 700 yds. and like yours they hit right in front of me.
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Post by soiltester » March 29th, 2017, 6:56 am

MMMMM .. I'll let you know when we hunt a mountain side in Mexico next week :cheers:
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Post by guesswho » March 29th, 2017, 7:32 am

I've flown a lot farther to them than they have to me.
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Post by redarrow » March 29th, 2017, 7:35 am

guesswho wrote:I've flown a lot farther to them than they have to me.
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Post by davisd9 » March 29th, 2017, 8:07 am

300 yards off roost across wheat field, shot him at 10 steps where he landed after having to get the gun past a small sapling


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Post by decoykrvr » March 29th, 2017, 8:39 am

Several years ago, I had a gobbler hammering back to my calls from a ridge across a large reservoir/lake, probably 1/2 -3/4 mile away. The gobbler flew across the lake and landed about 50 yards below me and came in gobbling. I once had a bird gobbling on an adjacent finger off of the ridge which I had climbed and it took me about 45 minute to get to the top of the ridge and get on the back side of the finger which he was on to get to him. I had given up on the gobbler when he didn't answer any of my calls when he started gobbling from the finger ridge which I had left about an hour before. I gave a series of calls on a slate and diaphragm and sat down on a log to contemplate my next move when I saw the gobbler flying toward me from the finger about 300 yards away. The gobbler flew within 35 yards and I shot him as he swung by. I could see his beard as he was flying. The gobbler crumpled in the air and his momentum carried him way down the ridge and it took me about 15 minutes to get to him. You flat-land hunters don't know the trials and frustrations of hunting gobblers in the mountains and ridges where you might have a bird gobbling 200-300 yards away which is a hazardous 1-2 hour up and down stomp to get within calling/killing distance which, in my experience, usually results in a fruitless long hazardous hike. With that said, I killed a nice gobbler last year on such a hunt which involved getting back to the vehicle, driving to the top of the ridge and a 30 minute stomp to get to the ridge he was on. I set up, called softly, and he gobbled 50 yards away, and came in silently to his death. It works enough to keep at it. It is, you know, a disease.

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Post by sportrep » March 29th, 2017, 1:02 pm

Had one fly across the Tombigbee river in West Alabama (about 300 yards). I was entertaining a buyer that I used to call on as a sales rep. He was the only turkey we heard that morning and he gobbled at everything I did. We stood on one side of the river and I really poured on the sweetness. I didn't think there was a chance in the world that he would fly that river. He landed within 50 yards. When I saw him in flight we both hit the ground and got ready best we could. That two year old died within a minute.
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Post by turkey_slayer » March 29th, 2017, 2:40 pm

Several over 400. One stumpy witnessed that busted me at 8 steps. He had to be close to half mile.

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Post by TN-TurkeyTickler » March 29th, 2017, 3:05 pm

decoykrvr wrote:Several years ago, I had a gobbler hammering back to my calls from a ridge across a large reservoir/lake, probably 1/2 -3/4 mile away. The gobbler flew across the lake and landed about 50 yards below me and came in gobbling. I once had a bird gobbling on an adjacent finger off of the ridge which I had climbed and it took me about 45 minute to get to the top of the ridge and get on the back side of the finger which he was on to get to him. I had given up on the gobbler when he didn't answer any of my calls when he started gobbling from the finger ridge which I had left about an hour before. I gave a series of calls on a slate and diaphragm and sat down on a log to contemplate my next move when I saw the gobbler flying toward me from the finger about 300 yards away. The gobbler flew within 35 yards and I shot him as he swung by. I could see his beard as he was flying. The gobbler crumpled in the air and his momentum carried him way down the ridge and it took me about 15 minutes to get to him. You flat-land hunters don't know the trials and frustrations of hunting gobblers in the mountains and ridges where you might have a bird gobbling 200-300 yards away which is a hazardous 1-2 hour up and down stomp to get within calling/killing distance which, in my experience, usually results in a fruitless long hazardous hike. With that said, I killed a nice gobbler last year on such a hunt which involved getting back to the vehicle, driving to the top of the ridge and a 30 minute stomp to get to the ridge he was on. I set up, called softly, and he gobbled 50 yards away, and came in silently to his death. It works enough to keep at it. It is, you know, a disease.
Yeah killed my fair share of mountain birds, often leave strutting birds in the valleys just to wander the spine of our old mountains, much more thrilling!

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Post by Andy S. » March 29th, 2017, 7:59 pm

redarrow wrote:
guesswho wrote:I've flown a lot farther to them than they have to me.
:lol:
That's funny Ronnie, but so da*n true. :)
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Post by killerstump » March 29th, 2017, 9:37 pm

turkey_slayer wrote:Several over 400. One stumpy witnessed that busted me at 8 steps. He had to be close to half mile.
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Post by 202P&Y » March 29th, 2017, 11:31 pm

Called one across the Black Warrior river in Greene Co, Alabama. He landed about 30 yds away and I was as surprised as he was! Got the gun up and made the shot before he could retreat
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Post by Jaybird » March 30th, 2017, 5:46 pm

Around 150 yards that I killed. I filled the first morning of a 3 day hunt on Private land, so I went scouting to see if I could locate birds, and get to know the land for the following years hunt. Early in the morning I called, and got a Gobbler to answer far in the distance. I walked that way, and came to a deep ravine with the other side at least 400 yards away. Hiding behind a fir tree, I called again, and no answer. Being I roughly knew where he is at, I start to walk away, when that sucker landed within 4 feet of me. Scared the crap out of me.
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Post by ccleroy » March 30th, 2017, 6:33 pm

Jaybird wrote:Around 150 yards that I killed. I filled the first morning of a 3 day hunt on Private land, so I went scouting to see if I could locate birds, and get to know the land for the following years hunt. Early in the morning I called, and got a Gobbler to answer far in the distance. I walked that way, and came to a deep ravine with the other side at least 400 yards away. Hiding behind a fir tree, I called again, and no answer. Being I roughly knew where he is at, I start to walk away, when that sucker landed within 4 feet of me. Scared the crap out of me.

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Post by quavers16 » April 1st, 2017, 11:37 am

About 10 Springs ago, I heard just 1 gobbler sounding off on private land that was across a 4-lane highway--Rt. 17A in Sterling Forest,NY. I did not think he would make it to my side- but he was the only tom gobbling- so I took all my calls out-maybe 7-8 of them and worked them all for over 1 hour. I was only 100 yards away from Rt. 17A and he was maybe 50 yards or so on the private land. He flew over 4 lanes of road--medium heavy use -so I do not think he ran over. Now he was on my side! Still took another half hour to get him to show himself. I used whit-whits with my natural voice and he hobbled forward and I nailed him. Yeah- he hobbled forward-- one of his middle toes had broken some time in the past and healed up in a crooked manner. He could still roost- but was reduced to a slow-hobble. He only weighed around 16 1/2 pounds- but had a long beard on him. Glad I took him as he was probably by himself for a very long time- not being able to walk well. I made a wingbone from one of his wings and label that--RT. 17A FLYER.

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Post by Jaybird » April 3rd, 2017, 3:38 am

ccleroy wrote:
Jaybird wrote:Around 150 yards that I killed. I filled the first morning of a 3 day hunt on Private land, so I went scouting to see if I could locate birds, and get to know the land for the following years hunt. Early in the morning I called, and got a Gobbler to answer far in the distance. I walked that way, and came to a deep ravine with the other side at least 400 yards away. Hiding behind a fir tree, I called again, and no answer. Being I roughly knew where he is at, I start to walk away, when that sucker landed within 4 feet of me. Scared the crap out of me.

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Post by Spuriosity » April 3rd, 2017, 7:22 am

Mountain bird (WNC); estimate 400 yds. Landed within 30 yds of me and promptly died.

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Post by flinginairos » April 18th, 2017, 7:17 pm

Awesome stories. The bird I killed last year flew roughly 250 yards off a ridge and landed 60 yards from me. He died rather quickly! Lol


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Post by Shellwaster » April 18th, 2017, 7:27 pm

Wish I could add to these success stories but I've had birds fly the other direction and several probably still flying.

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Post by hoobilly » April 18th, 2017, 7:46 pm

I can tell you how far away a tom flew when he heard my calls.. :lol:

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Post by Shooter » April 18th, 2017, 8:07 pm

hoobilly wrote:I can tell you how far away a tom flew when he heard my calls.. :lol:
I knew THAT was coming!!!!! Right there with ya brother!!! :LMAO: :LMAO: :LMAO:

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Post by Shooter » April 18th, 2017, 8:15 pm

Jaybird wrote:
ccleroy wrote:
Jaybird wrote:Around 150 yards that I killed. I filled the first morning of a 3 day hunt on Private land, so I went scouting to see if I could locate birds, and get to know the land for the following years hunt. Early in the morning I called, and got a Gobbler to answer far in the distance. I walked that way, and came to a deep ravine with the other side at least 400 yards away. Hiding behind a fir tree, I called again, and no answer. Being I roughly knew where he is at, I start to walk away, when that sucker landed within 4 feet of me. Scared the crap out of me.

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