Mike “ZXTMike” Svoma from west Central Wisconsin here getting things rolling. Let’s get checked in, boys.
I will highlight your names when you check in.
Where are you guys located, what are your first names, what are your seasons?
I will be hunting the 1st and 3rd periods, in zone 3, in Wisconsin this year. Mostly just south of Neillsville, WI. I use a 2 hen, 1 jake, 1 strutting tom set-up from a Covert 64180 blind. I don’t have the resources to do any video production, so I won’t be able to do that. We have had a tough winter for the birds this year. Hopefully the flocks made it through ok.
MikeMike Svoma 2013 Mathews ZXT 30/60 camo riser, black limbs Flo green accessories Ultrarest HDX Green Axion Gridlock Stab Lost Camo G5 Optix Site CX Maxima Hunter 350 NAP Killzone 100Checkin in from Virginia here.
Our season runs from April 12 to May 17. I am not solely a bowhunter for turkeys. We are allowed 3 birds per season, and I typically get one on the ground with my shotgun first, then focus on the archery. I have been successful with the bow for a couple years straight, so maybe the blessings will continue this spring. I also have a 13 and an 11 year old that enjoys hunting, so I’ll be spending as time as possible with them. We’ll just have to see how it works out, they are my first priority, but I do usually get to squeeze in a few weekday hunts while they are in school. Forecast looks decent, not as many birds as we had 7 or 8 years ago, but seeing more this spring than in the last couple years, so maybe we’re back on the upswing. Best of luck and be safe!
Oh yea, my name is Chad.Good luck, Chad. Most of all…..good luck to the kids.
GabeMike Svoma 2013 Mathews ZXT 30/60 camo riser, black limbs Flo green accessories Ultrarest HDX Green Axion Gridlock Stab Lost Camo G5 Optix Site CX Maxima Hunter 350 NAP Killzone 100
Location: WisconsinChecking in from Wisconsin. My name is Ron and my season runs is the last week of April. I also take my kids, 12 and 10, the first couple of weeks of the season. We have had a brutal winter this year so I am curious to get out there and see how the birds made it through the winter once the snow melts. Glad to be on Team 2.
RonWelcome Ron. Where are you located? I am up in Bloomer. Are you going to Madison for the show this weekend?
We’re all here. Good luck, guys.Mike Svoma 2013 Mathews ZXT 30/60 camo riser, black limbs Flo green accessories Ultrarest HDX Green Axion Gridlock Stab Lost Camo G5 Optix Site CX Maxima Hunter 350 NAP Killzone 100Youth day is this Saturday, we have had a really warm spring week this week, and the turkeys are firing up pretty good. Heading out in the morning to do some locating. Early in the season they are very much flocked up, seeing multiple gobblers with gangs of hens, but the good thing about early in the season is they are often very predictable. They roost in the same areas and maintain a good pattern until the hens start nesting and splitting up. Hopefully I’ll find a flock on a property I have permission on tomorrow morning and be ready for Saturday. Lil Boomer, my 11 year old, is fired up about it. Sounds like both you guys have a little while to wait. Hope the winter wasn’t too bad on them and you have lots of birds with paintbrush beards and limb hanger spurs!Ol’ Boomer got ‘er done Saturday morning on youth day!
It was actually my daughters turn to go first this year, and we headed out after a bird we put to bed Friday evening. He was in a difficult location to set up on, and when daylight broke there were hens roosted between him and us. We weren’t as close as I’d hoped to be, as I misjudged his location the evening before due to the wind. It was very windy Friday evening and I had a hard time pinpointing him. Luckily we were able to wade through the hens, run them off, and close the distance to 100 yards without spooking him. We had him coming, when 5 jakes came in and ran him off. He moved to the next ridge and started gobbling again, so we were able to run the jakes off as well, and reposition on the tom. At that time it was nearing 8:00am, and I felt good about this set up. It didn’t take long, and the ol tom was just under the hill and shook the ground with a gobble. My daughter really got excited then, I could see her foot bouncing as she had it propped up on a small log to support the gun. Seconds later he came into view at 30 yards, I could see him, but he was behind a big wild cherry tree for her. I was whispering, be patient, he’ll give you a shot. There was something he didn’t like, I don’t know if he seen something he didn’t like, or simply didn’t like it that he didn’t see anything…… He alarm putted, and I cut hard at him, he gobbled and putted again, I cut again, and he gobbled and putted again. It was awesome watching him get confused. Finally, he chose to move around the side of the hill to our left and came out from behind the tree for her, and went behind the tree for me. I could see there wasn’t much of an opening on that side, as I hoped he would go to our right and be in the wide open. She whispered, I see him, I asked if she could get the bead on his head and she said yes. I said kill ‘em. She fired, and the ol tom took flight. Very disappointed she looked at me with big tears and said I’m sorry daddy……I smiled, laughed, and hugged her and said that was awesome, and the good thing is that he will still be here to hunt again. It didn’t help her much, but it was another memory of a lifetime for me to share that with my daughter.
She had basketball games later in the day so I had to take her home. I traded my favorite daughter for my favorite son and we set out for a mid morning try. At 10:45, we stepped up on a big knoll in a field, about 10ft from where this picture is taken, and called. A lone gobble sounded from the top of the mountain across a deep valley. By the way a crow flies, probably 500 yards from us, but by the way a turkey walks, it was a country mile for him to come down that mountain and up the side we were on. With no leaves on the trees, we were kinda pinned down even though he was that far away. I told Boomer, lets just see what he wants to do. The next time he gobbled, he was halfway down the mountain. I said, he just may come over here, which I highly doubted, but ya never know. I called again, and he cut me off, in just moments I picked him out through the trees in the side of the mountain, he was coming fast. At that point, I was convinced he was going to come to us. A couple minutes later he popped out in the field in the bottom of the valley, and started the 300 yard climb to us. He began to angle up the hill and was going to top out to our right, when he went out of sight, we repositioned slightly and got ready. I cut a couple times and he gobbled, he was on top of the ridge with us and probably 50 yards out just over the turn. A few seconds later his head popped into view at about 35 yards. I whispered let him come. He came into full view at what I figured was 25 yards and Boomer said Dad, I can kill him, is he in range? I said yes, let ‘em have it. The little 20ga roared and the ol tom folded like a newspaper! Probably a 3 or 4 year old with razor sharp 1.125 spurs and a 9.75″ beard. I didn’t weigh him, but probably 19-20lbs, which is a good average bird for our non-agricultural area. Wow, what a morning with my kids!!! As you can see, Boomer was proud as punch, and had to rub it in a little with his big sis.Great job, Ol’ Boomer. And Equally great story, Chad. Good luck with your daughter the rest of the season.Finally in the blind this afternoon. Not much happening.
Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I747 using Tapatalk 2Opening weekend was a bust. Plenty of birds. lots of wind and rain. No shot opportunities. I also have another tag for the 3rd period in Wisconsin, The birds were not at all interested in the calls or decoys yet. Could not break them away from the hens.
I tore my knee up pretty good this weekend while moving my blind to a new location. Hopefully I will still be able to hunt third period.
My buddy shot a good tom on Friday.Hey, its not always about the killing, its about being out there. Hope the knee gets better brother, and you’re able to get back after them.
Opening weekend one of my old college buddies came in to hunt with me, I didn’t even take a weapon. Took the camera and my calls. We worked a couple birds but they were henned up and just couldn’t do anything with them. This past Friday, I took my daughter, and once again didn’t even take a weapon. We just had some daddy daughter time, chased a few around, but once again no luck. Didn’t get to go Saturday, Boomer had a baseball tournament so we baseballed all day….a game I love as much as hunting…..and even more when my boy is playing. Still have several weeks, and I like hunting the best when some foliage pops out anyway. Yall hang with em, and good luck!I have been whipped, beaten, and probably even laughed at by the turkeys this season. Although the season is not over yet, the fat lady is warming up. I am down to one day left to hunt. Season closes this coming Saturday, I get to hunt Friday, but not Saturday. Just as a thunder shower rolled in Saturday morning, I worked a bird in to about 25 yards, caught glimpses of him as he came, then he hung up spitting and drumming behind a large rose thicket and wouldn’t budge at the rain picked up. My ears were vibrating from his spitting and drumming he was so close. I sat in the rain behind my “mobile” blind, one that just sits up in front of you, for 45 minutes until the storm passed. When the hardest of it hit, I couldn’t hear him anymore, and honestly thought I’d sat there an eternity trying to be patient. I figured he would step out after the rain. After the rain let up, I called, and sat patiently listening and looking for another 10 minutes and decided he’d retreated during the downpour. I stood to gather my things and move on, and the sucker flew not 20 yards from me…..that’s just one of many close encounters I’ve had this season. I sat there and steamed a little, and pondered the last season I didn’t kill a spring gobbler, I think it was the spring of 2000, my senior year in college. Im not saying its over, but the thought is in my head. Still a great season though, I’ve gotten to spend time in the woods with my little buddy Boomer and my daughter Kacie, I’ve also gotten to spend some time by myself chasing them, so by no means has the season been a bust thus far. Hope you guys are enjoying your time outdoors as well, be safe and God bless.
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