Spring Turkey Hunting with Decoy (gobbling and strutting tom turkeys fired up)
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Spring Turkey Hunting with Decoy (gobbling and strutting tom turkeys fired up)

August 11, 2019


(TURKEY GOBBLING) >>YOU GET IN DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE COUNTRY, ESPECIALLY THE MID-SOUTH DOWN IN THE OZARKS, TURKEY HUNTING’S A LONGSTANDING TRADITION. YOU COME UP IN THE UPPER MIDWEST WHERE WE’RE AT IN CENTRAL MINNESOTA, EVEN YOU LOOK AT IOWA, YOU LOOK AT THE DAKOTAS, EVEN PARTS OF WISCONSIN, YOU KNOW, THIS TURKEY HUNTING HAS REALLY ONLY BEEN GOING ON FOR MAYBE ONE GENERATION IN THE SENSE THAT 20, 30 YEARS AGO, WE DIDN’T HAVE A LOT OF TURKEYS IN A LOT OF THESE LOCATIONS. SO THESE TURKEY POPULATIONS HAVE JUST EXPLODED IN THE UPPER MIDWEST. (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) (MOOSE CALLING) (TURKEY CALL, GOBBLING) (GUNSHOT) (DUCK CALL) (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC)>>”PASSION FOR THE HUNT”IS BROUGHT TO YOU BYARCTIC SHIELD, SCHEELS,MATHEWS ARCHERY,DAKOTA DECOY,FEDERAL PREMIUM AMMUNITION,LUCKY DUCK PREMIUM DECOYS,CRESTLINER BOATS,QUICK-SET BY CLAM,AND POLAR TRAILERS.>>SO A FEW YEARS AGO, I’M UP IN NORTHERN MINNESOTA AND I’M FILMING UP ON LAKE KABETOGAMA OUT OF IDLEWILD RESORT AND I MEET THIS DOCK BOY. A YOUNG MAN THAT REMINDED ME A LOT OF MYSELF WHEN I WAS THAT AGE BECAUSE WHEN I WAS YOUNG, THAT’S ALL I THOUGHT ABOUT WAS HUNTING AND FISHING TOO. COME TO FIND OUT, HE’S AN OBSESSED TURKEY HUNTER. AND SO, I LOVE TO HUNT TURKEYS AS WELL, AND SO WE DECIDED TO GET TOGETHER THIS SPRING HERE AND SHOOT A SHOW. (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >>GROUND BLINDS TAKE SOME PATIENCE AND TIME, SO YOU HAVE TO KIND OF PICK YOUR SPOT, WAIT ‘EM OUT. BUT YOU CAN’T DENY THE EFFECTIVENESS OF HUNTING OUT OF A GROUND BLIND. THERE’S SOME LOCATIONS IF YOU SIT THERE LONG ENOUGH, TURKEYS ARE GONNA SHOW UP. SO THAT’S OUR STRATEGY HERE. WE’RE JUST SET UP ON THE EDGE OF A CLEAR CUT. WE’RE JUST USING ONE LONE HEN DECOY.>>USING A DECOY CAN BE VERY EFFECTIVE IN CERTAIN AREAS IN CERTAIN SITUATIONS. A LOT OF TIMES WHEN THEY’RE HENNED UP, IT CAN BE VERY DIFFICULT TO USE DECOYS BECAUSE THE HENS DON’T ALWAYS WANT TO COMMIT. BUT WHENEVER THE HENS ARE SEPERATED FROM THE GOBBLERS, THEN DECOYS CAN BE VERY EFFECTIVE FROM EVEN JUST A FEEDING HEN TO A BREEDING HEN, EVEN A STRUTTING TOM AND THE HALF-STRUT JAKE. THOSE ARE MY TWO FAVORITES. THE HALF-STRUT JAKE AND THE FULL-STRUT TOM, A LOT OF TIMES YOU CAN GET ‘EM TO COME IN AND THEY GET ALL FIRED UP, START STRUTTING AND THEY WANT TO PICK A FIGHT. (TURKEY CALL) >>SOMETIMES YOU JUST HAVE TO SLOW DOWN, BE METHODICAL, AND JUST HAVE SOME PATIENCE. YOU KNOW, WITH TURKEY HUNTING, THAT HAPPENS A LOT AND IT’S EARLY IN THE YEAR, MID-SEASON, BUT IT FEELS EARLY SEASON BECAUSE IT’S JUST BEEN SO COLD. IT’S GETTING DOWN TO 20 DEGREES AT NIGHT, 30 DEGREES FOR A HIGH. THREE DAYS AGO, THERE WAS SNOW ON THE GROUND AND THESE BIRDS ARE IN A FUNK. TRY TO CALL AGGRESSIVELY, YOU CAN TRY TO HUNT AGGRESSIVELY, BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY, YOU JUST HAVE TO SLOW DOWN AND BE METHODICAL AND JUST WAIT IT OUT IN LOCATIONS WHERE YOU KNOW THOSE BIRDS ARE GONNA BE. AND THE HARD PART IS JUST SITTING STILL LONG ENOUGH, AND THAT’S A MISTAKE I’VE MADE OVER AND OVER WITH HUNTING, AND SOMETIMES YOU JUST HAVE TO PINCH YOURSELF, SLOW YOURSELF DOWN, DO WHATEVER YOU HAVE TO DO AS FAR AS PLAYING GAMES IN YOUR HEAD. BUT THERE’S DEFINITELY A SITUATION AND TIME WHERE PLANTING YOURSELF IN ONE GOOD SPOT IS A LOT BETTER THAN RUNNING AND GUNNING ALL OVER WHERE THEY’RE NOT.>>HUNTING TURKEYS EARLY IN THE SEASON REQUIRES A LOT OF SCOUTING, AND TRUST ME, IT PAYS OFF. SCOUTING CAN REALLY PAY OFF BIG TIME IF YOU FIND WHERE THEY’RE ROOSTING OR WHERE THEY’RE FEEDING.>>THE WHOLE STRATEGY WITH HUNTING A CLEAR CUT OR ANY TYPE OF A FOOD PLOT, ANY TYPE OF A OPEN MEADOW IS THAT YOU’RE JUST IN THE DAILY ROUTINE. YOU KNOW AT SOME POINT THOSE BIRDS ARE GONNA PASS THROUGH TO GET FROM POINT ‘A’ TO POINT ‘B’. POINT ‘A’ BEING THE ROOST, POINT ‘B’ BEING THE FIELDS WHERE THEY FEED AND SPEND THE REST OF THE DAY. AND IT’S JUST A NICE FUNNEL AND WE’RE SITUATED ALONG THE EDGE OF A RIVER.>>WHERE WE WERE LOCATED WAS OFF OF A RIVER BOTTOM AND THESE TURKEYS, THEY WERE ROOSTING NOT TOO FAR OFF THE RIVER. AND WHEN THEY STARTED COMING UP TO FEED IN THE OPENING THAT WE WERE AT, IT WAS UNREAL. THEY WERE FANNING, CHANGING COLORS. WE HAD JAKES, WE HAD TOMS, WE EVEN HAD HENS COMING THROUGH. (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >>WE SEEN A LOT OF HENS, WE SEEN A LOT OF JAKES. FINALLY WE SEE A REALLY NICE TOM THAT WAS JUST NOTICEABLY BIGGER THAN THE OTHER TOMS THAT WE’D SEEN THAT MORNING. SO WE JUST WAITED IT OUT. (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >>WE HAD TO BE PRETTY PATIENT BUT FINALLY THAT TOM CAME BY WHERE WE HAD A SHOT. (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >>(WHISPERS) HEY, THAT ONE IN THE BACK’S GOT A BIGGER BEARD. (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) (GUNSHOT)>>AND RIGHT WHEN THAT HAPPENED, IT STARTED FLOPPING ON THE GROUND, THAT OTHER TOM SPUN AROUND, STARTED POUNCING ON HIM, TRYING TO SPUR HIM, WING HIM. AND HE WAS WANTING TO PUT UP A FIGHT, BUT HE ALSO DIDN’T WANT TO LEAVE HIS BUDDY, THAT’S FOR SURE. (TURKEY GOBBLES) (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC)>>LOOK AT THAT. LOOK AT THIS BIRD. OH HO HO. (CHUCKLES) LOOK AT THAT BEARD.>>THAT’S AWESOME.>>JUST A COOL LOOKIN’ BIRD.>>BEAUTIFUL FAN ON HIM TOO, COLORS, WOW.>>YOU COULD PAINT A BARN WITH THAT. THAT IS A BEARD.>>YOU COULD.>>BIG OLD SPURS ON ‘ER. YEAH, JUST A GORGEOUS, GORGEOUS BIRD. I JUST LOVE ALL THE COLORS ON THESE BIRDS. YOU JUST NEVER GET TIRED OF LOOKIN’ AT ‘EM.>>I KNOW IT. THEY CAME IN SO NICE TOO.>>THAT WAS BEAUTIFUL. (CHUCKLES) WHAT A GREAT BIRD. THANKS, BUDDY. BEEN A PLEASURE, BEEN A PLEASURE HUNTING WITH YOU. (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC)>>IT’S A GOOD THING THERE ARE SEASONS IN DIFFERENT STATES WHERE YOU CAN HIT SPRING AND WORK YOUR WAY NORTH OR WORK YOUR WAY SOUTH, HOWEVER YOU WANT TO DO IT. FROM NEBRASKA, KANSAS, MISSOURI, IOWA. I MEAN, THERE’S JUST SO MANY GREAT PLACES TO HUNT TURKEYS. (CHUCKLES) AND WHEN YOU GET OBSESSED WITH IT AND IT GETS IN YOUR BLOOD, I MEAN, THERE’S JUST NOT ENOUGH DAYS IN THE SPRING.>>I’VE BEEN TURKEY HUNTING SINCE I WAS TEN YEARS OLD. MY DAD TOOK ME DOWN TO MISSOURI AND THAT’S WHERE I SHOT MY VERY FIRST TOM, RIGHT THERE. IT CAME IN STRUTTING AND IT WAS SO COOL, I COULD NOT BELIEVE IT. AND SINCE THEN, I WAS HOOKED ON TURKEY HUNTING. I’VE BEEN TO FLORIDA AND TEXAS WHERE I SHOT THE RIO AND OCEOLA. I’VE COMPLETED THE GRAND SLAM AND IT’S ALWAYS CHALLENGE TOO. EVERY TIME YOU GO OUT, IT’S NEVER THE SAME. EVERY HUNT IS SPECIAL IN ITS OWN WAY. THAT’S WHAT I ABSOLUTELY LOVE ABOUT IT. JUST OUT OF THE LOVE OF TURKEY HUNTING, ME AND MY DAD DECIDED THAT WE WANTED TO MAKE OUR OWN COMPANY AND DO CUSTOM CALLS. WE DO BOX CALLS, SLATE CALLS AND MOUTH CALLS. AND EVERY CALL IS DIFFERENT IN ITS OWN UNIQUE WAY, FROM THE WOOD DOWN TO THE GLASS. AND THEY’RE ALL CUSTOM MADE AND WE EVEN HAVE SOME LASER ENGRAVED WITH NAMES. IT’S KIND OF COOL, BECAUSE EVERY ONE OF ‘EM HAS A DIFFERENT PITCH AND A DIFFERENT SOUND. SO WE HAVE SOME THAT WE MAKE THAT WE WANT SPECIFIC JUST FOR SOFTER CALLS OR MAYBE MORE LOUD CALLS. AND THAT’S WHY WE KIND OF DO OUR OWN CUSTOM CALLS LIKE THAT. A LOT OF TIMES, I LIKE TO CHANGE UP MY CALLS. INSTEAD OF USING A MOUTH CALL, SOMETIMES I’LL SWITCH TO A SLATE CALL AND THE CHANGE UP CAN ALSO BE VERY EFFECTIVE IN LOCATING A GOBBLER. ALL OF THUNDER STRUT CALLS ARE ALL CUSTOM MADE. THE BOX, THE SLATE, EVEN THE DIAPHRAGM CALLS. IF YOU’RE WANTING TO GET A THUNDER STRUT CALL, ALL YOU GOTTA DO IS LOOK US UP EITHER ON FACEBOOK OR CHECK OUT OUR WEBSITE AT WWW.THUNDERSTRUT.COM.>>WELL, IT’S SPRINGTIME HERE IN WISCONSIN, WHICH MEANS ONE THING, TURKEY SEASON. I’VE GOT MY REMINGTON 879 HERE. I’M JUST GONNA DO A PATTERN TEST. I’VE GOT A MODIFIED CHOKE TUBE IN IT NOW AND I’M GOING TO PUT A PRIMOS JELLY HEAD IN AFTER I TAKE THIS FIRST SHOT, AND WE’LL BE SHOOTING THE FEDERAL 3RD DEGREE. THESE LOADS ARE AN OUNCE AND THREE-QUARTER AND THEY HAVE A FIVE, SIX, AND SEVEN SHOT IN ‘EM. THEY’RE A PRETTY DEVASTATING TURKEY LOAD. SO I’VE GOT MY TARGET AT ABOUT 30 YARDS DOWNRANGE. (GUN CLICKS) MAKE SURE YOU’RE ALWAYS WEARING EYE AND EAR PROTECTION. (GUNSHOT) >>DEFINITELY GOT A PRETTY WIDESPREAD PATTERN HERE. I’VE GOT MAYBE FIVE BB’S IN THE KILL ZONE. SO I’LL SWITCH UP AND PUT THE JELLYHEAD CHOKE TUBE IN THERE AND WE’LL SEE WHAT KIND OF DIFFERENCE THAT MAKES. GO AHEAD AND TAKE OUT THE MODIFIED CHOKE. ONE LITTLE TIP I GOT FOR YA IS BRING A NICKEL. IF YOU FORGET YOUR WRENCH, A NICKEL WORKS REALLY WELL. FITS RIGHT INTO THE GROOVES AND YOU’LL HAVE YOUR CHOKE TUBE OUT IN NO TIME. ALL RIGHT, NOW THAT WE’VE GOT THE TURKEY CHOKE TUBE IN, GO AHEAD AND LOAD UP AND WE’LL PUT ONE DOWNRANGE AND SEE WHAT KIND OF DIFFERENCE THAT MAKES. (GUNSHOT) >>PRETTY MUCH SAYS IT ALL, RIGHT THERE. YOU CAN SEE THE PATTERN’S REALLY CONDENSED RIGHT AT THE TURKEY’S HEAD. THERE’S BB’S ALL OVER THE KILL ZONE. WITHIN THAT 50 YARD RANGE, REALLY GONNA MAKE A DIFFERENCE IF YOU SHOOT A GOOD TURKEY CHOKE TUBE AND A GOOD TURKEY LOAD, LIKE THE FEDERAL 3RD DEGREE. (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >>JUST GOT EVERYTHING PACKED UP IN THE TRUCK. HERE WE GO, WE’RE ON THE ROAD. WISCONSIN TURKEY SEASON, 2017. (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >>ALL RIGHT, SO WHAT WE GOT HERE IS A CUT CORN FIELD. AND A LOT OF TIMES AFTER THE RAIN AND BAD WEATHER STOPS, THESE TURKEYS WILL COME OUT INTO OPEN FIELDS, TRY TO GET THEIR FEATHERS DRIED OFF, PLUS THERE’S FOOD OUT HERE FOR THEM TO PICK AT. OVER THE YEARS, WE’VE SEEN A LOT OF TURKEYS TRAVELING OVER THE TOP OF THE RIDGE RIGHT THROUGH HERE. IT’S BEEN RAINING, SNOWING. 43 DEGREES, A LITTLE BREEZY. SO WE’RE JUST NOT TALKING MUCH. SO JUST KIND OF PLAYING THE WAITING GAME. HOPEFULLY OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS, THE TURKEYS PICK BACK UP AND START TALKING A LITTLE BIT. THE WEATHER’S SUPPOSED TO GET BETTER, BUT FOR RIGHT NOW, I”M JUST KIND OF STUCK IN A BLIND. (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >>THAT DIDN’T TAKE LONG. GOT A HEN OUT IN THE FIELD COMING TO CHECK OUT THE DECOY RIGHT NOW. TOO BAD SHE DOESN’T HAVE A TOM WALKING BEHIND HER. (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) (TURKEY CALL) (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC)>>FOUR JAKES. A HEN AND FOUR JAKES. NOT A BAD AFTERNOON, SITTING ON A CORNFIELD. KINDA FEELS LIKE DEER HUNTING. I WOULD IMAGINE THE TURKEYS ARE GONNA START MOVING TOWARDS THEIR ROOST NOW. BUT GOOD TO SEE SOME TURKEYS MOVING FORWARD IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC)>>THIS MORNING’S ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL. YOU CAN SEE THE FRONT MOVING OFF TO THE EAST AND THE TURKEYS ARE GOBBLING. THAT’S ALL WE COULD ASK FOR.>>THEY’RE GOBBLING LIKE CRAZY DOWN THERE. I THINK WE SHOULD PROBABLY SET UP SOMEWHERE.>>WELL, IT’S APRIL 29 HERE IN WISCONSIN. IT’S THE SECOND WEEK OF THE TURKEY SEASON. WE STARTED UP ON TOP OF THE RIDGES. IT WAS PRETTY QUIET UP THERE. HAD A COUPLE GOBBLING RIGHT AWAY IN THE MORNING AND THEN NOTHING. WHEN NOTHING HAPPENS UP ON THE RIDGE, YOU COME DOWN OFF THE RIDGE AND SEE WHAT’S GOING ON. WE’LL GO OUT AND AROUND HERE AND JUST CHECK TO MAKE SURE THERE’S NOTHING AT THIS UPPER FIELD ON THIS FARM. AND THEN WE’LL DRIVE IN AND CLIMB UP ON THE RIDGE AND SIT THE RIDGE THIS AFTERNOON AND SEE IF WE CAN MAKE SOMETHING HAPPEN. THIS PLACE HAS ALWAYS BEEN A GOOD PLACE FOR ME. KILLED A LOT OF TURKEYS HERE.>>OH, LOOK AT THAT! THAT’S WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR. THIS IS WHAT WE SHOULD BE DOING INSTEAD OF TURKEY HUNTING. LOOK AT THAT. COUPLE MORE UNDERNEATH THERE. THERE’S ANOTHER ONE OVER THERE. OH, YEAH. AT LEAST IF WE DON’T GET A TURKEY, WE GOT SOME GOOD EATIN’. QUITE A FEW MORELS RIGHT AROUND HERE. I THINK WE’LL GO MUSHROOM HUNTING. HECK WITH THE TURKEY HUNTING. THERE’S SOME NICE ONES TOO. (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >>WELL, WE JUST GOT ON THE ANDERSON PROPERTY. ANOTHER FARM THAT WE HUNT. IT’S A LITTLE BIT DOWN BELOW HERE, SO WE’RE GONNA HIKE UP ON THE RIDGE AND GO UP TO WHAT WE CALL THE ‘T’ WHERE ALL THESE, THERE’S LIKE THREE RIDGES THAT COME TOGETHER UP ON TOP. AND USUALLY A PRETTY GOOD TRAVEL ROUTE FOR TOMS, ESPECIALLY LATER IN THE DAY. ON OUR WAY UP TO THE TOP OF THE RIDGE HERE, WE SPOTTED THREE GOBBLERS OUT IN THE FIELD. THEY WERE JUST BEE-BOPPIN’ AROUND. SO WE KIND OF WORKED OUR WAY UP. WE DECIDED IT WAS BEST, INSTEAD OF TRYING TO FORCE THE ISSUE WITH THEM, TO GET ABOVE ‘EM AND TRY CALLING. (TURKEY CALL) >>I THINK THE BEST THING ABOUT TURKEY HUNTING IS THAT YOU’RE ACTUALLY GETTING THEM TO TALK TO YOU. THERE’S NOTHING MORE EXCITING TO HEAR ‘EM GOBBLING AND THAT GOBBLING COMING CLOSER. THEN WHEN THEY GET SO CLOSE, YOU CAN HEAR ‘EM STRUMMING. THAT’S WHEN IT’S FUN. (TURKEY CALL) (TURKEY GOBBLING)>>SO WE GOT TO THE TOP OF THE RIDGE AND WE HAD A TURKEY GOBBLE ON TOP OF THE RIDGE. SO WE HAD TO KIND OF HURRY UP AND SET UP BECAUSE HE TURNED AND STARTED COMING AT US. (WHISPERING) I WONDER IF WE SHOULD JUST SET IN AND SEE IF WE CAN PULL HIM THIS WAY. WE’RE JUST GONNA HAVE TO WATCH OFF TO OUR LEFT IN CASE THEY DECIDE TO COME UP. IN MY MIND, YOU HAVE TO GET OUT THERE AND GET ONE FIRED UP. YOU GOTTA GO FIND THAT TOM THAT’S BY HIMSELF, NOT WITH HENS. AND ONCE YOU GET ‘EM FIRED UP, GAME ON. (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) (TURKEY CALL) (TURKEY GOBBLING)>>SOUNDS LIKE HE’S RIGHT, RIGHT OVER THE EDGE HERE. WE GOT SET UP. JUST HAVE TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS. (WHISPERS) HE’S COMING RIGHT DOWN THE ROAD. (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >>GOT HIM. (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >>(WHISPERS) GOT A LOG IN FRONT OF HIS HEAD. (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) (GUNSHOT)>>(GIGGLES) DID THAT WORK OR DID THAT WORK? I TELL YA, THIS ANDERSON PLACE, I LOVE IT. ALL RIGHT, WE DID IT. IT CAME TOGETHER. LET’S GO SEE WHAT WE GOT. I NEVER DID SEE THE BEARD ON HIM. ALL I COULD SEE WAS HIS HEAD AND HIS FAN WHEN HE WAS STRUTTING UP THE ROAD. PRETTY BIRD. WORKED LIKE IT WAS SUPPOSED TO. YOU GOT UP ON TOP OF THE RIDGE AND CALLED, HE GOBBLED. CALLED AGAIN AND HE GOBBLED. AND WE COULD TELL HE WAS COMING AT US, SO WE HURRIED UP AND SET UP. GOT ALL SET UP AND HE COME RIGHT DOWN. THERE’S A LITTLE LOGGING GOING ON TOP OF THE RIDGE HERE AND HE COME WALKING RIGHT DOWN THE ROAD. GOT A NICE SET OF HOOKS ON HIM. NICE OLD BIRD. RIGHT NOW, WE GOT ANOTHER ONE GOBBLING BELOW US, SO WE’RE GONNA GO GET SET UP AND SEE IF WE CAN MAKE THIS A DOUBLE DAY. (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >>WELL, WALKING ON OUR WAY OUT, STARTED NOTICING A BUNCH OF DEAD ELMS AND STARTED LOOKING AND BY GOLLY, FOUND SOME MUSHROOMS. SO THEY ARE UP BUT THEY’RE HARD TO FIND BECAUSE THEY’RE BURIED UNDERNEATH A LOT OF GREEN STUFF. SO YOU GOTTA REALLY LOOK TO FIND ‘EM. THERE’S ONE. PRETTY NICE ONE. CLOSED CAPTIONS BY CAPTIONLINK
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