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NH's Youth Turkey Season

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Coalman

NH's Youth Turkey Season is the weekend of April 27 and 28th. This will be Nate's last year as a youth. He has gone 2 gobblers for 3 years here at the Farm. This year his dad is bringing his younger sister Tessa.

 

While setting up blind #1 yesterday where Nate has had all his action I was treated to some turkey porn. There were three adult toms and four hens.

 

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After setting up blind #1 couldn't think of a better place to set up blind #2 then where all the action was taking place. Note the trees.

 

While I was driving the tractor over 2 toms started doing their best impressions of Rocky. I was able to drive up to them, shut the tractor off and then walk up to them.

 

 
 

 

 

 

Blind #2 is now set up where all the action was. Note the four trees.

Will update the tread after youth weekend.

 

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Marc Ret

Very cool. Hope the kids have a great opening weekend. 

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MAArcher

My son's got a turkey every year he was eligible for youth day, eight or nine years maybe.  This will be the first that he can't do youth day.  I don't think it stuck, don't know if I'll be able to get him to go out this year.

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Coalman

When my son turned 16 he didn't go hunting for 11 more years. Now he is my best hunting bud.

 

You did it right...Teach them young...They will remember.

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MAArcher
2 hours ago, Coalman said:

When my son turned 16 he didn't go hunting for 11 more years. Now he is my best hunting bud.

 

You did it right...Teach them young...They will remember.

 

Just made my day. Thanks and good luck to you and your boy!  

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Brad Eden

I think many of us who started out being mentored in hunting at a young age, drifted away in our mid to late teens and early twenties. Girls, friends, parties, work, college, marriage, etc., etc. I did too but came back to hunting with a fever in my mid to late twenties after I was somewhat established in my work and family.

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Millriver

What a beautiful spot. You're going to have a day to remember this weekend. Looking forward to hearing about it. Good luck!

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Coalman

Checked the cards last evening. When I pulled into the Farm there were two adult gobblers, one jake and three hens in the field.

 

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Got videos of turkeys, deer, coyotes, cottontail rabbits and raccoons. One hen has at least a seven inch beard. One camera is set on an active dusting site. It was very educational watching how the birds create and maintain their dust bowls.

 

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Two kids, two toms. My most favorite hunt of the year, youth season.

 

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Coalman

Nate capped off his last season as a youth hunter with a nice tom. His sister, twelve year old Tessa, was witness to how it is done.

 

With her the tradition will continue. Long live youth turkey hunting.

 

 

 

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WPG Gizmo

Congrats to Nate nice bird does it have 2 beards 

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Coalman

No unfortunately it found a pond in the field upon its demise. 9 3/4 inch 1/2 spurs. Nice two year old.

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Millriver

Congratulations on a great hunt!

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rudyc

Way to go Nate!!

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Coalman

This is our story and I'm sticking to it. :)

With Nate and Tessa along with their dad, Dan, nested in the ground blind by 05:10, I took my chair and set up above them so I could watch the action.

 

Action? Hmm. By 05:30 and not hearing a single gobble I took a walk to the property boundary to listen in the Sanctuary, the non huntable piece to the south where they traditionally roost. Then above the highway noise of Rte. 101 I heard a far, far away gobble. By 06:00 and not hearing any turkey talk I started to let out some very loud assembly yelps. Then just by chance in a small opening through the trees I saw a couple turkeys enter the Sanctuary field. I let them know I was in the next field over with continued assembly yelps. When I got a response I headed back to my roost. I texted Dan and let him know game on.

 

I did some yelping from my position with no responses so about 07:00 I did an end around through the woods back to the property line. Some aggressive yelping mixed in with some fast cutting got them to gobble. I took a short cut back through our field and settled in.

 

When I heard a gobble where the trail enters our field, I did some clucking and purring on my slate. Things went silent for a while, so I turned very slowly to look in the field only to see a long beard and turkey breast not 10 feet behind me. That was the beginning of agony. For at least a solid hour I was pinned down. I took the chance and peered around the tree a few times and the turkey was standing there watching the decoys in the youths field on the other side of a ravine.

 

As things started to look hopeless, I heard a turkey gobble further up the field. I peered again around the tree and my turkey was still there. I very carefully took my cell phone out to let Dan know the situation by text. Since my turkey was keyed on my position, I texted Dan to call. He gave out a few clucks and yelps.

 

Then from my elevated position I saw two long beards come around the point in the field and start walking to the decoys. I sent Dan another text to let him know to get ready.

 

This is the third year in a row I have watched turkeys approach the blind and Nate did not disappoint for the third year in a row. After the shot I turned to look at my turkey and saw it was a jake. Don’t ask me where the long beard went?  Seeing his brethren flapping in the field the jake was coming hard to cross the ravine to give some more insult to injury. That was the same time Dan was unzipping the blind. I yelled for Dan to hold up hoping Tessa would get a chance but that was too much for the jake. He putted, turned and ran back to the Sanctuary….along with two other jakes I never knew were there.

 

 

 

 

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MAArcher

Sounds like fun morning.  And as Paul Harvey would say "and now you know the rest of the story."

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