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Old 05-18-2020, 01:35 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Oh snap, you need a good air rifle. 😉
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Old 05-18-2020, 04:02 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Also, after another day of long hunting and seeing not a freaking feather... this is what I saw two doors down from me when I got home.

The chase would have begun. Lol. Does bare hands count as legal weapon? Lol


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Old 05-18-2020, 05:42 PM   #13 (permalink)
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This is what I saw last night in the exact spot I hunted the night before. It's frustrating to say the least. I'm not a patient person and I have a hard time sitting in one spot for any period of time. I know I need to just sit and hug a tree and they will eventually come through the area. I see 25-40 every day, just haven't been close enough to pull the trigger yet.
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Old 05-22-2020, 02:09 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Found a nested hen this morning. Almost walked right over her scared the hell out of me.

Thinking of setup close to it in the morning with a hen and half strut Jake decoy. Anyone with experience think that might be a pretty good idea?


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Old 05-22-2020, 03:15 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Found a nested hen this morning. Almost walked right over her scared the hell out of me.

Thinking of setup close to it in the morning with a hen and half strut Jake decoy. Anyone with experience think that might be a pretty good idea?


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My $.02's...dont disturb her. She's working on next years opportunities, so go elsewhere. There's really no reason for a gobbler to be hanging around a nesting hen as far as I know. They will be looking for other hens to service.
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Old 05-22-2020, 03:37 PM   #16 (permalink)
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My $.02's...dont disturb her. She's working on next years opportunities, so go elsewhere. There's really no reason for a gobbler to be hanging around a nesting hen as far as I know. They will be looking for other hens to service.

Not going to setup close enough to disturb her. Just around the area. I have read a couple articles that Toms will visit nesting areas trying to get a straggler or something like that. Just dont know how accurate that is or if someone had any experience with that.


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Old 05-24-2020, 11:12 AM   #17 (permalink)
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The info from lone is really good advice. I’d add a few things.

I also hunt Utah County for turkey and have had a harder time than last year. The DWR said it on their website and I have found it to be true, the turkeys are down lower this year than you’d expect. I’ve seen them in areas around 5400’ when I normally see them around 6200’. Hope that helps.

My strategy is to be as mobile as possible in the mornings and evening when scouting. I’ll string together 5-6 waypoints and either hoof it or take the truck between the spots. I’ve found that I can move fast and be somewhat noisy between spots if the last 100-300 yards is in stealth mode.

In the afternoons I cover as much ground as possible looking for sign and making note of interesting places to come back to.
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Old 05-24-2020, 05:41 PM   #18 (permalink)
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The DWR said it on their website and I have found it to be true, the turkeys are down lower this year than youd expect. Ive seen them in areas around 5400 when I normally see them around 6200.
What was the reason the DWR stated turkeys are lower? Seems like they are following the snow line in areas I hunt, just like they do every other year.
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I can promise you any bird in Utah county at 5400’ right now is tuned up beyond belief! I don’t think they stayed low this year. I’ve got trail cam pics of turkeys at 7500’ mid April and saw several birds today above 8500’. They follow the snow line, especially in public lands. If there are any birds down low still, odds are they are behind a locked gate with 5 visible signs that say “no trespassing” on very private land
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Old 05-25-2020, 09:31 PM   #20 (permalink)
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Well you weren’t wrong. I pulled into the trailhead this morning and there was a big no hunting sign. No wonder they’re hanging out there.
I had to call a real quick audible before shooting light. Ended up hearing a bird at 6200’ but couldn’t get him to commit.
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