Mathews Inc.
ALMOST, PART 3
Turkey
Contributors to this thread:
Paul@thefort 26-May-19
Bowboy 26-May-19
Paul@thefort 26-May-19
Paul@thefort 26-May-19
Paul@thefort 26-May-19
Paul@thefort 26-May-19
Paul@thefort 26-May-19
Scoot 26-May-19
buzz mc 26-May-19
midwest 26-May-19
Brotsky 26-May-19
Errorhead 26-May-19
fastflight 26-May-19
Beav 28-May-19
Fauntleroy 28-May-19
spike78 28-May-19
Florida Mike 29-May-19
Paul@thefort 29-May-19
Dan Mallia 01-Jun-19
From: Paul@thefort
26-May-19

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a recent snow storm changed the landscape and made for cooler temps
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a recent snow storm changed the landscape and made for cooler temps
I arrived in Nebraska on Thursday afternoon in time for an afternoon hunt. This time I would take my Double Bull T-2 blind and a single hen decoy, attached with a motion string back to the blind. The previous hunt I had tried multi decoys but without good results. Off I went for the mile and a quarter hike in and would set up in the same location as before.

From: Bowboy
26-May-19
Keep it coming Paul.

From: Paul@thefort
26-May-19

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I placed the hen decoy 15 yards from the t-2 blind and ran the motion sting back to the blind. The string was attached around the neck to create a slight bobbing action.
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I placed the hen decoy 15 yards from the t-2 blind and ran the motion sting back to the blind. The string was attached around the neck to create a slight bobbing action.
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as before I hen called every 15 minutes but it was not until 6:30 did these two hens show up and later came within 10 yards of the decoy. No tom in tow!
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as before I hen called every 15 minutes but it was not until 6:30 did these two hens show up and later came within 10 yards of the decoy. No tom in tow!
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it was almost dark when I hear one weak gobble from high on this hill. Only the Big Horned sheep ;in the area could make that climb so unless he came down he was out of "range".
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it was almost dark when I hear one weak gobble from high on this hill. Only the Big Horned sheep ;in the area could make that climb so unless he came down he was out of "range".

From: Paul@thefort
26-May-19
There was no doubt in my mind that the mating period was reaching an end or maybe had ended. Hiking back to the truck, I figured I would just hike up into a different part of the canyon and see if their were other toms around. Last time, I had only heard two toms and I knew where one of them was. As before, 4 am comes early. but I was climbing up into the canyon just before first light. The wind was heavy and the temps were cool for this time of year. Some snow patches still lingered.

From: Paul@thefort
26-May-19

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tom was WAY over there, high up and heading away
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tom was WAY over there, high up and heading away
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moving away solo
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moving away solo
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heading somewhere but maybe nowhere. only he knew but hens were not on his mind and if so, just a distant memory.
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heading somewhere but maybe nowhere. only he knew but hens were not on his mind and if so, just a distant memory.
The sun took its time coming up but later it's warmth brightened up my attitude and maybe the turkey's also. I cackled on the box call and received one gobble from the tom, the afternoon before. Again he was in a position I can not get to and when he flew down I had no idea where he had gone. Time to look for the other tom.

Later along the rim, I cackles again and received a return gobble way off in the distance and on the other side of the canyon. I spotted him high up and moving away. Moving away to nowhere.

From: Paul@thefort
26-May-19

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Later these three mule deer were worth a photo
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Later these three mule deer were worth a photo
I looked for more action while hiking farther along the rim but only saw these three hens feeding. No other tom sighted or heard.

From: Paul@thefort
26-May-19

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Around noon I took a cat nap in the sun and as you guys know, those are some of the best naps one can have. Feeling refreshed, a drink of water and a Cliff Bar, I headed back, crossing over two deep ravines, and two pastures back to the blind.

I did have another day to hunt but weighted the odds of having a close encounter with a tom that afternoon or the next day. I head back to the truck, headed to town for a chocolate milkshake and cheese burger.

The decision was made, go home and come back another day, (next season), and maybe the ALMOST will turn into a DONE DEAL!

Now is the time to get ready for trout fishing in the high mountains of Colorado.

Thanks for following along. my best, Paul

From: Scoot
26-May-19
Sounds like a fun season Paul. Thanks for sharing.

From: buzz mc
26-May-19
Paul, thanks for taking us along. I always enjoy reading about your hunts. Good luck fishing this summer. I'll be out doing some myself. Time to time some rubber-legged stimulators.

From: midwest
26-May-19
Thanks for the last turkey hunt recap, Paul and good luck with the trout. Maybe I'll see you in July.

From: Brotsky
26-May-19
Any hunt you enjoy is a good one Paul and I get the feeling you enjoy them all! Thanks for sharing and good luck chasing trout in the high country!

From: Errorhead
26-May-19
Time spent in country like that was not wasted time! Turkey or no turkey. Thanks for the pictures!

From: fastflight
26-May-19
I would rather read Paul's unsuccessful hunts than others that include a kill. You have a way with words and just the right amount of pictures.have fun fishing

From: Beav
28-May-19
Good effort Paul and thanks for sharing your adventures!

From: Fauntleroy
28-May-19
Congratulations on another well earned season of lessons and experiences.

From: spike78
28-May-19
Fastflight x2. Paul I thought I was the only one who craved a chocolate milkshake after a hunt or fish! Nice pictures!

From: Florida Mike
29-May-19
As always it's a pleasure to follow along with your stories Paul. FM

From: Paul@thefort
29-May-19
Thanks guys. Cleaned out the truck and returned the blind and decoys to the space over the garage. I keep glancing at the fishing stuff on the other wall but have a few things to do before Tricia and I head for California to visit for a few days. Speaking of California, I recently read a report that 45% of those in California want to leave that state. If Colorado keeps changing in a negative way, we might be in the same boat but the where does one go? My thoughts of the next archery elk season keeps me here.

my best, Paul

From: Dan Mallia
01-Jun-19
Almost........

A story all turkey hunters can relate to!

Thanks for sharing.

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