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Millriver

Since my knee replacement on April 2, I've had to vicariously hunt turkeys by all of you who have shared their stories here. Just wanted to thank you for taking me along.

 

I was able to get out during our second week here with a friend who dropped me off with his UTV in his field. I lasted 2.5 hours on that 42 degree morning before I got so cold and my leg stiffened up so much I spent the rest of the day on the couch icing my knee! Heard some gobbles, but nothing came in.

 

This was the first opening day in probably 20 years  I wasn't in the field and I've missed being out there, but have really enjoyed seeing the pictures and reading the stories from all of you. One week left here, I'm hoping to get out once or twice, but until then, thanks to all of you on UJ for the hunts!

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gunsrus

It sucks when you're sick and can't hunt . I just scheduled my right knee replacement for Dec 1 , after grouse season . Should be ready for Spring . Now that the heart is good , I just can't take the pain anymore . Good luck recuperating .

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Brad Eden

Glad to be of service. Keep at it if able. It can all come together when you least expect it.

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CzechSM

I am somewhat in the same boat as Millriver. I had a foot overhauled on April 12 and have 3 weeks to go of no weight bearing on it. It makes for a long spring with turkey hunting and a pup. My wife has run the pup as much as she can and I'm grateful for that. It helps that she adores the little guy and he seems to do no wrong..in her eyes.:)

 

For turkey hunting I had my son set up a blind for me that was 4 wheeler accessible. This was my first season I had a license for so I use the crutches to get to the wheeler and hop on. I drive within a foot of the blind, unzip the blind door and hop off. In the blind my son put a swiveling office chair that I place my knee on and then I swivel on that to another chair where I plop my butt on. I then take the swivel chair, move it to the front and sit with my foot up. I figure I can either sit in front of the TV or computer or sit out in the blind.

Today when I got to the blind I quickly became aware that there was a massive mosquito hatch and they were thick. I put my hood up to try and deflect them for the most part. The first couple hours were slow and as the breeze picked up the mosquito's settled down and a couple of birds started working their way towards me. I am not gifted at writing but I had a video camera set up to tell the story. Sorry about the quality but out internet is quite slow and for longer clips I upload at a lower resolution. If you set the quality at 480 it will help.

 

 

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Irishwhistler

DAVE,

FEEL BETTER SOON.👍

 

Mike 🍀🇺🇸🇮🇪

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Brad Eden

You do what you gotta do when you age and want to still participate in outdoor drama.

 

I've been a bit handicapped myself this season. Suffered an eye injury followed by a  "dramatic" vitreous detachment in my right eye during winter. Very discouraging and frankly depressing, and is taking a long while to correct (typically it does but can take 3-6 months and then possible surgery). As is I can't tolerate any ultraviolet light or fluorescent lights and have to wear sunglasses with 3/4 blocked on right side due to stuck floaters...and blank glasses with same area blocked out periodically in house just to let my eye rest. Eyesight is generally back to baseline but was tough turkey hunting and shooting taking sunglasses on and off and dealing with the distracting floaters while working any birds. I haven't mentioned this on UJ til now because, well, just haven't, and am relying on the care of a couple ophthalmologists, one a specialist/surgeon.

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Millriver

As I have said during my recovery, there are people far worse off than me. Sounds like you are in that boat Brad. Best wishes for your recovery, though it doesn't sound easy. I can only imagine what you're going through and how difficult it is to function on a daily basis. Hang in there.

 

And great hunt CzechSM, cool video. Felt like I was sitting in the blind with you. 

 

I guess part of the reason I haven't rushed back out to hunt again is because there are few birds around in the places I hunt. We had a very wet spring last year that really took a toll on the nesting birds. Late summer poults were almost non existent unfortunately. My inability to run and gun like I would normally do to find them has just kind of not made it a priority like hunting turkeys usually is. This too shall pass.

 

Good luck to all the UJ'ers nursing various aches and pains.

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gunsrus
2 hours ago, Brad Eden said:

You do what you gotta do when you age and want to still participate in outdoor drama.

 

I've been a bit handicapped myself this season. Suffered an eye injury followed by a  "dramatic" vitreous detachment in my right eye during winter. Very discouraging and frankly depressing, and is taking a long while to correct (typically it does but can take 3-6 months and then possible surgery). As is I can't tolerate any ultraviolet light or fluorescent lights and have to wear sunglasses with 3/4 blocked on right side due to stuck floaters...and blank glasses with same area blocked out periodically in house just to let my eye rest. Eyesight is generally back to baseline but was tough turkey hunting and shooting taking sunglasses on and off and dealing with the distracting floaters while working any birds. I haven't mentioned this on UJ til now because, well, just haven't, and am relying on the care of a couple ophthalmologists, one a specialist/surgeon.

I've had some issues but always depended on Modern Medicine to fix me ....... and they have . I have never had eye issues , that really scares me because it never goes away . Prayers for a full recovery . 

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WPG Gizmo

It is not easy getting old seems we all have our share of aches, pains and other issues for me Shoulder surgery on my Right side may we all be much better come opening day in the fall

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CzechSM

Another hunt for you.

 

Midmorning Friday after the storm rolled through the wife and I headed to the turkey blind. As we drove the four wheeler out across the field we pushed a hen one way and a tom another way. Interesting to note that the four wheeler does not alarm them at all as long as you keep moving. I did the handicap maneuver into the blind while the wife put out a strutting tom decoy, a jake decoy and a hen decoy.

 

We waited for a short while and called. The tom came back up top of the rise and checked out the calling and looked at the decoy set up. He appeared that he was going to walk right in. At about 70 yards or so he hung up and strutted and did what tom's  usually do and hung up and waited for the hen to come to him. The decoy stayed put ... and after a while he headed back up to his strut zone again.

 

He soon was strutting again and another hen appeared. They stayed up high for quite a while and then the hen walked  down the hill and to our right. Again she kept her distance and the tom stayed out farther, well out of shotgun range. She fed towards the woods on our side of the field and he strutted and followed. She decided after a while to feed our way and perhaps  visit with the decoys. As he followed I sensed he was again going to head above her and get out of range so I pulled the trigger. 

 

We had in excess of 1 1/2 hours of footage so I edited quite a bit. The bird was 24# on the scale here at home. I can still hunt until Tuesday but the weather is forecasted to be in the mid nineties. I'm not sure if would be enjoyable.

 

Here is some footage of the hunt.

 

 

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