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    Wisconsin Bird

    Nice bird - your uncle owes you one;)
  2. Our season started Saturday. I don't think there was a bird within a half of mile of me. Yesterday we had some nasty weather, so I said today is the day. I started making some pot calls calls a few months ago and hit the woods with an arsenal of them this morning. I had several birds answer and move in but not enough to close the deal. After about 20 minutes of nothing, I get up to leave. I cross over into another field and see a gobbler about 400 yards away strutting alone. I called with everything I had and the bird wouldn't budge or gobble. I started walking to my truck and the bird crossed the field going to the spot I had just left. I was uttering several 1 syllalble words at this point. I tried the only call I had left - a mouth call and the bird turned. I got out my decoy and held it above the weeds and then stuck it into the ground. I yelped again and the bird started trotting to me. I shot him at about 20 yards laying flat on my stomach. I am pretty terrible at mouth calling and I told the guys at work that either he was tone deaf or thought the hen was dying and was coming to rescue her . I had sweet visions of posting a kill with one of my calls, but this was not to be today. Talk about things not going as planned. All in all a good hunt. 20#, 10" beard, 1" spurs Good Luck, Chris
  3. I saw this bird on the roost once it started getting light and I felt like he saw me. He stayed in the tree for almost an hour after it got light but flew down in my direction. 16.5 lbs. - he must have been a smoker - his growth appears to be stunted . 10 1/8" beard and 3/4" spurs. This will probably do it for me this season. Great photos everyone. Thanks, Chris
  4. Tucker301, I'll try to post a pic of the call tomorrow. This is my best "Mudhen inspired" photo of that bird with the call. I bought the pot, the aluminum surface, and the slate sound board from Brookside for a total of about $12. Another $10 in finish and glue. I used a mandrel from a drum sanding bit in an electric drill to turn the call for sanding. I know this description sounds bad but it turned out great. I now have a lathe and hope to turn some great calls.
  5. My 2nd bird of the season killed this afternoon. Called in with an aluminum pot call I made
  6. Sorry didn't see this. I have a 28" barrel.

  7. 28" barrel. Good Luck. Our season opens in the morning.
  8. do you have a 26 or 28 inch barrel on your benelli?

  9. If you can shoot # 7's in your state, I would get some HEVI -13 #7's. I have a SBE2 w/ a Jelly Head and put 338 pellets in a 10" circle @ 40 yards. Good Luck.
  10. I picked up some Hevi-13 #7's in 3.5" yesterday. Here is a shot @ 40 yards w/ Jelly Head. 338 hits. Last week the WIN XR #6's were 153 hits. The POI was a little off (the smaller dot was my best guess at the range of the pattern center). The shells are almost the same price so I think I'll be switching . Hope this helps.
  11. I've hunted all my life but just got into Turkey hunting a few years ago. I have an older Primos vest. I was told "this is the one to get" by a hunting buddy and I got it. I like it but would probably like anybody else's also. I think a good vest offers some advantages - a padded back strip to help when sitting against that tree and also a nice drop down seat. My vest has a large back pocket for carrying a decoy or a dead turkey (I'm not putting a bleeding bird back there) and more pockets than I can use. As far as calls - I think it is hard to beat a good box call for beginners or for experts. A few old timers told me to try a Lynch box call when I first got started and when I called in and killed my first bird it was a great feeling. That was a $20-$30 call. I have since purchased an $80 pot call, (2) other pot calls, $50 in mouth calls, and been fortunate enough to have had a couple of custom made personalized calls given to me. My success hasn't improved but I sure feel better equiped. I think spending time around the birds and listening is priceless for calling. I was much more lucky than skilled the few times I've called a gobbler in to shooting range. It is great fun and I'm counting the days until our youth hunt on 3/27 for my oldest son. Good Luck. Chris
  12. http://www.midsouthshooterssupply.com/department.asp?dept=%41%4D%4D%55%4E%49%54%49%4F%4E&dept2=%53%48%4F%54%53%48%45%4C%4C&dept3=%48%45%56%49%2D%53%48%4F%54&dept4=%48%45%56%49%20%31%33%20%54%55%52%4B%45%59 Looks like they have # 7 also. Glad they are right up the street
  13. As far as turkey hunting goes - a pistol grip and a shooting stick (like the V-pod from HS Strut) would let you shoot using just your right arm.
  14. I thought I heard one time that it was a little like steel shot and would damage the barrel on an older gun. I have an old Winchester Ranger 20 ga that I wanted to try Hevi-Shot in for my son to use this year. Thanks, Chris
  15. Been very tough for me. Saw a 2 gobblers during the youth hunt with my oldest son but they were far away and not interested. Have had gobbles all around me on morning hunts only to call in jakes. Got off early last Friday afternoon and hit the fields around 1:30. Within minutes I hear gobbles close by. I start sneaking and finally see a very nice bird. I start belly crawling and we actually are moving towards the same point. About 85 yards later of belly crawling (and I mean belly crawling) I hear him make some excited clucks and look up to see a big coyote chase him away. That single experience has pretty much summed up my season. Good luck.
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