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Why my public land birds don't gobble...
Turkey
Contributors to this thread:
elkmtngear 04-Apr-16
Chip T. 04-Apr-16
Tndeer 04-Apr-16
Jaquomo 04-Apr-16
writer 04-Apr-16
elkmtngear 04-Apr-16
Brotsky 04-Apr-16
Wayniac 04-Apr-16
elkmtngear 04-Apr-16
jjs 04-Apr-16
Destroyer350 04-Apr-16
elkmtngear 04-Apr-16
Dyjack 04-Apr-16
Jack Harris 04-Apr-16
Bowfreak 04-Apr-16
Drahthaar 04-Apr-16
brianhood 04-Apr-16
drycreek 04-Apr-16
Timbrhuntr 04-Apr-16
Z Barebow 04-Apr-16
LUNG$HOT 04-Apr-16
weekender21 04-Apr-16
bdfrd24v 04-Apr-16
WV Mountaineer 04-Apr-16
SteveB 05-Apr-16
Fuzzy 05-Apr-16
elkmtngear 05-Apr-16
elkmtngear 05-Apr-16
brianhood 05-Apr-16
weekender21 05-Apr-16
Brotsky 05-Apr-16
elkmtngear 05-Apr-16
bigswivle 05-Apr-16
From: elkmtngear
04-Apr-16

elkmtngear's embedded Photo
elkmtngear's embedded Photo
I think I figgered it out...this was taken at about 8 feet!

Best of Luck, Jeff

From: Chip T.
04-Apr-16
That will do it anytime

From: Tndeer
04-Apr-16
my advice, you should stop gobbling too! That's awesome!

From: Jaquomo
04-Apr-16
Jeff, PM sent.

From: writer
04-Apr-16
Wow, when the season's on you could hunt the...

Oh, wait, you live where mountain lions are more important than people or pets, huh? :-)

Great photo, that had to be a thrill.

From: elkmtngear
04-Apr-16
My heart was hammerin' pretty good, Writer. He came in from my right side. Two more steps and he'd have been in my lap. When I realized what it was...I got a bit of the "fight or flight" rush for sure.

He watched me patiently as I futzed around with the phone...and started rapid firing lol.

Finally he decided I wasn't edible...and walked away. Liberals all over the State could be heard cheering I'm sure...although they probably would have cheered louder if I would have become lunch ;)

Best of Luck, Jeff

From: Brotsky
04-Apr-16
Good thing you don't taste like meow mix Jeff! Great shot and an incredible encounter for sure. I've had coyotes and a red fox come to my calling before but never a lion!

From: Wayniac
04-Apr-16
That is wild!!

I've had yotes, bobcats, & deer come in, and that gets some adrenaline going.. can't imagine a cat like that - especially that close!

From: elkmtngear
04-Apr-16
Brotsky...last Year, I was sitting in a natural blind (a downed cedar tree)...and had a coyote walk about three feet in front of me and stop, staring at my decoys. Never did know I was there, I just froze.

Same general area...those birds don't have a chance up there!

Best Wishes, Jeff

From: jjs
04-Apr-16
Had a honey hole on public and set up early morning with my decoy out about 15 yards and couldn't figure out why no gobbling and then a dark mass stated to approach and as it was getting lighter it was a black bear, sniff the decoy and sat by it for a few minutes before it amble off, I figured he owned the honey hole without any argument.

From: Destroyer350
04-Apr-16
Holy crap! I called a few in turkey hunting here in Colorado but not that close. I would have been going for my sidearm instead of my camera lol. Imagine how many you haven't seen!

From: elkmtngear
04-Apr-16
Destroyer, it sure made me think about the fact that I had walked in there a couple miles in the dark.

It wasn't my first "close encounter"...I had one stalk in on me to about 15 feet when I was bowhunting elk in Colorado about 15 years ago...in a crouch with ears laid back when I finally saw it.

I actually drew my bow on that one, but it turned tail and walked off.

Best of Luck, Jeff

From: Dyjack
04-Apr-16
I bet that was a rush! Think I'm going to buy a tag to have through the year. NM lion season is the entire year. I've only had a small bear come in when I was calling turkeys.

From: Jack Harris
04-Apr-16
That would be a pants crapper for me.... Great shot

From: Bowfreak
04-Apr-16
If I was in your situation I sure as heck wouldn't have posted a picture of my underwear. :)

Simply awesome encounter!

From: Drahthaar
04-Apr-16
Awesome, thanks for sharing. Forrest

From: brianhood
04-Apr-16
I've had some oh shit moments while turkey hunting. Most involved bears.....some with cubs.

The main reason they don't gobble a lot on public here is the people. The stupidity killing a turkey breeds in my home state is legendary.

From: drycreek
04-Apr-16
The deadliest predator in my turkey hunting grounds is a diamondback. That explains why I'm always looking at the ground when I should be looking for turkeys !

From: Timbrhuntr
04-Apr-16
Wow thats too cool. A few years ago I was turkey hunting in New Mexico when just at first light I saw a light colored animal about the size of a yote go by at about 35 yards and just got a glimse of its long tail and thought it looked more like a big cat than a coyote. Later in camp I was talking to my hosts and they said it was a lion it never even dawned on me that I was hunting in lion country Duh !

From: Z Barebow
04-Apr-16
You need to stop using the call "Here kitty, kitty, kitty!"

From: LUNG$HOT
04-Apr-16
Wow! Did you poop? I would have.

From: weekender21
04-Apr-16
Wow, great picture! I had a 10 yard encounter a few years ago. I did not reach for my camera though. I drew my bow and held my top pin on the cat until he made the correct decision to depart the area. That is an excellent picture!

You should have titled the thread "I almost crapped my pants".

From: bdfrd24v
04-Apr-16
Brian

Isn't PA hunting grand!

04-Apr-16
Wow. I reckon you guys out west have more steel in your nerves than I do. I feel like I would have felt threatened for my life and, handled it as such. Call me a wimp. God Bless men

From: SteveB
05-Apr-16
Now that is too cool!!

From: Fuzzy
05-Apr-16
I know around here the coyotes will make them quiet. Great pics!

From: elkmtngear
05-Apr-16

elkmtngear's embedded Photo
elkmtngear's embedded Photo
Another pic...

From: elkmtngear
05-Apr-16

elkmtngear's embedded Photo
elkmtngear's embedded Photo
And another. In response to some of your inquiries...my underwear were spared, mainly because I think I was too puckered to poop. :^D

Best Wishes, Jeff

From: brianhood
05-Apr-16
bdfrd24v

When you think you have seen it all…….Someone does the unthinkable and raises the bar of stupidity. Pa is a beautiful state and I love hunting the mountains.

From: weekender21
05-Apr-16
Those pictures are excellent!

From: Brotsky
05-Apr-16
Jeff, looks like a young lion or maybe a small female? Or maybe you were too scared to lift the tail and check? Ha!

Young, hungry lions are always the ones that scare me when I'm at home here hunting in lion country. Unpredictable.

From: elkmtngear
05-Apr-16
Yeah Brotsky, I was a little too rattled to check for "junk" when it finally walked away.

Definitely looked like a mature adult, but could have certainly been a female (maybe she had cubs to feed)?

I had been seeing a lot of tracks in the area...I'm guessing she's been eating turkey on a regular basis since the spring thaw.

Best of Luck, Jeff

From: bigswivle
05-Apr-16
God bless Florida

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