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Contributors to this thread:
Ziek 14-Apr-18
Paul@thefort 14-Apr-18
Ziek 14-Apr-18
Ziek 14-Apr-18
Ziek 14-Apr-18
Ziek 14-Apr-18
PECO 14-Apr-18
Ziek 14-Apr-18
t-roy 14-Apr-18
stick n string 14-Apr-18
Brotsky 14-Apr-18
kluzakd 14-Apr-18
SB 14-Apr-18
WV Mountaineer 14-Apr-18
Peter Denzin 14-Apr-18
Treeline 15-Apr-18
Ziek 15-Apr-18
Ziek 15-Apr-18
Ziek 15-Apr-18
HUNT MAN 15-Apr-18
WV Mountaineer 15-Apr-18
Treeline 15-Apr-18
Rob in VT 15-Apr-18
Ziek 15-Apr-18
t-roy 15-Apr-18
Ziek 15-Apr-18
turkey talker 15-Apr-18
jordanathome 15-Apr-18
Dan Mallia 15-Apr-18
buzz mc 16-Apr-18
Ermine 16-Apr-18
Ziek 16-Apr-18
Bob 16-Apr-18
EmbryOklahoma 16-Apr-18
Stoneman 16-Apr-18
Ziek 16-Apr-18
EmbryOklahoma 16-Apr-18
From: Ziek
14-Apr-18

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Hard to poke around very far without running into some of the boys!
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Hard to poke around very far without running into some of the boys!
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Always nice to find one of their discards. ;-)
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Always nice to find one of their discards. ;-)
Went out last Tuesday to visit with a neighbor and have a look around. Found a few birds.

From: Paul@thefort
14-Apr-18
I am waiting for the wind to calm down and hunt next week.

From: Ziek
14-Apr-18

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Hope these guys are still around on Saturday.

From: Ziek
14-Apr-18

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Got a blind up on Wednesday, before the wind started. May or may not hunt Saturday morning.

From: Ziek
14-Apr-18

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Just after fly down.
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Just after fly down.
Got up this morning (Saturday) and not too much wind. Temperature about freezing.

From: Ziek
14-Apr-18

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Didn't take too long. That's Cindy's bird just past the decoy. Head on shot, dead center, just below the wattles, from about 10 yards. Went over backwards and flapped a couple of times. Now if I can get it done in the next few days.

From: PECO
14-Apr-18
Took my brother out this morning, 15 degrees. Heard some gobbles. Got set up, I backed up a little and called. Gobbling stopped, but a bird came in from direction of gobble. Looked at decoys and kept going. I could not see the bird. Brother did not see a beard, so did not shoot.

From: Ziek
14-Apr-18

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18.5#, 8 6/16" beard.
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18.5#, 8 6/16" beard.
Her 7th bow killed turkey, 5th Merriam's, and first opening morning bird.

From: t-roy
14-Apr-18
Congrats to your wife, and good luck to you, Ziek!

14-Apr-18
Awesome deal, congrats! Some beautiful country there. Good luck gettin urs!

From: Brotsky
14-Apr-18
Congrats to your wife Ziek! Beautiful country! Good luck on your bird!

From: kluzakd
14-Apr-18
That is some beautiful country. Would like to find a spot to hunt birds in the Mountains.

From: SB
14-Apr-18
No snow in Colorado?.....and we're in the middle of another blizzard here in Minnesota!

14-Apr-18
Congrats to the wife Zeik. Good luck to you

From: Peter Denzin
14-Apr-18
Congrats to her and best of luck to you! Looks nice there...Here rain, sleet, power out for 7.5hrs... thankfully back on and now changing to snow through Sunday night.

From: Treeline
15-Apr-18
Congratulations, Cindy! Hope you can follow up this morning, Mike!

Guess I ought to at least try to hunt a turkey in Colorado one of these days. Never think about them much in the spring. Too busy fishing!

From: Ziek
15-Apr-18

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Well, I went out mid day yesterday and set another blind for this morning's hunt, but decided to sit for the afternoon while I was there.

From: Ziek
15-Apr-18

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Always fun to see what comes by. While this guy's name begins with turkey, I bet he tastes like $hit.

Second photo is a smokey phase Merriam's jake. Hens are more common in this color.

From: Ziek
15-Apr-18

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21#, 8 10/16" & 4 14/16" beards.
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21#, 8 10/16" & 4 14/16" beards.
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Almost exactly 12 hours after my wife killed, I dropped this guy in his tracks at about 9 yards challenging my jake decoy. Both of us done on opening day.

From: HUNT MAN
15-Apr-18
Man same spot same results every year opening day. Congrats to the both of you!!

15-Apr-18
Well, that was quick man. Congrats to you both

From: Treeline
15-Apr-18
Jeez, now what you gonna do seeing’s how y’all killed turkeys so fast?

From: Rob in VT
15-Apr-18
Awesome birds, congrats!

From: Ziek
15-Apr-18
Thanks guys. Yeh, there are pluses and minuses to having a good spot. Some years we just go back down, watch them and take photos. Got a busy week ahead this year though. Picked up the blinds this morning.

From: t-roy
15-Apr-18
Congrats on the double beard, Ziek! I’ve killed piles of turks, but have yet to kill a multi-bearded tom.

From: Ziek
15-Apr-18
I've killed two with double beards. The first was a Rio. I've also killed a Merriam's with 3 beards. It's always a nice surprise.

15-Apr-18
Congrats to you and your wife on getting it done!

From: jordanathome
15-Apr-18
Sweet!

From: Dan Mallia
15-Apr-18
Congrats!!

From: buzz mc
16-Apr-18
Congrats to a short season. Thanks for the pics and story.

From: Ermine
16-Apr-18
Congrats! You guys got it done quick. You got yourself a nice honey hole there!

From: Ziek
16-Apr-18

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Well, we got done processing the birds today. I was pleased to find that on my broadside shot, the arrow broke the wing, shredded the lungs, severed the spine, was stopped by the off-side wing, and never even touched the breast or legs. One recipe we like calls for sliced turkey breast. Both sides of the breast looked perfect from the outside after filleting them off the keel. The one I happened to pick for the slices - not so much inside. Don't know what caused this, but I'm not overly fond of green meat.

From: Bob
16-Apr-18
Nice job Ziek, Congrats to you both !

16-Apr-18
Could it have been a small caliber rifle shot, Ziek?

From: Stoneman
16-Apr-18
Congrats to both of you Ziek! Do those birds stay around all season or break up an move away? Those spots don't look to appetizing for sure...

From: Ziek
16-Apr-18
Embry, that's what I think, but it must have been a while ago. No evidence of any wound from the outside. Don't know what else it could be. Probably a through-and-through from the front. Just glad I didn't cook the breast whole.

Mostly around all year. They tend to move up out of the valley and disperse some when the hens go off to nest.

16-Apr-18
I hunted the Rosebud res up in SD several years ago. I was after this one tom for a couple days. He was always with a bunch of hens. I shot him the last day and he had the same type of hole through both breasts. Thinking back, he lived close to some tribal houses, just wonder if some locals took a pop shot at him, resulting in the wound?

Congrats to you and your wife!

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