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I have hunted turkeys since 1966 . This is the worst year that I can remember . I do not gauge a year by number killed. I have killed 5 in a year before ( Mississippi and La. combined ) . I gauge a year by the number of turkeys that I work and sit down to . So far none . Ive heard a few gobble in the distance -- a few pretty close in Mississippi and I have heard one shotgun shot in the distance north of my location in Mississippi once . The weather has not cooperated . It just has not been good . Does anyone have comments???
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This season
I killed two the first week, called two more up for others. It has been a good season for me as far as gobbling goes. I have only had two hunts out of ten that I didn't hear a turkey gobble at least once. However, gobbling sure slacked off after the first few days.

LB2
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Bad year in louisiana
Everybody I talk to around where I hunt in louisiana says they didn't gobble good this year. I wouldn't know though because the turkeys where I hunt packed their bags and left a couple weeks before the season opened. I've been hunting this place for 8 years and this is the first year that there wasn't a gobbler on it. Usually I can hear 3 to 5 gobblers opening weekend and this year was a zero. Good thing I hunt in mississippi too. My season in mississippi started off slow like you said I couldn't get close to one. In the last few weeks i've had alot of action. About every other hunt I'll have turkeys hammering away about 60 yards from me but the terrains killing me. They never come in the way you think. And its not just me. They had alot of hunters in there at the beginning of the season and didn't hear a shot. Now the other hunters just pass them up and go somewhere else down the road, even though the turkeys will gobble at least 100 times on a decent morning. I don't gauge a hunt by what I kill either, and thats why I can't leave these birds. I usually hunt by myself but im bringing a youth with me tommorrow. Maybe if he gets ahead of me and I stay a ways back he will get a shot. These are some good birds, I got a good look at them a couple of weeks ago, 5 yards, just couldn't get my gun around without being seen. Even if I don't get a nother one this year its been a good year for me in mississippi.
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Bad Year in LA.
Well, I saw a lot of jakes this year as well as last year. Frankly, the 2007 and 2008 seasons were less eventful as far as gobbling goes for the first week or so. This year that first week was everything that I thought it should have been. I got one on opening day, didn't have enough time on the second day to make it happen, but went back on the third day and killed another one gobbling. After that, I called one up for a friend; that turkey gobbled very well. After that, it sort of slowed down, which is about the time every year when we get that lull. You just hope the lull ends before the season does, not likely this year.

I heard more gobbling in one morning this year than I heard all of last year's hunts combined. So, I can't complain about that. Others I know have had just the opposite experience: 2007 and 2008 were good for gobbling, and this year was horrible. You just never know. Either way, it is almost a memory now.

LB2
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Spoke too soon...
because this morning my buddy called me around noon to tell me they heard seven different turkeys gobble this morning. Maybe the lull ended, but the two longbeards they did see had several hens with them still. I know at least six of those will be left for next year because we only have one more day to hunt them and that is the last evening. As such, they will all probably carry over provided none meet their demise by natural causes or some other predation.

LB2
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No turkeys for me
I have made 12 hunts. Sherburne, Clear Creek & private land. I heard gobbles for youth hunt Saturday and never again on Sherburne. Made two hunts on Clear Creek & never heard anythinig. Heard only a few gobbles on private land near Oakdale.
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I am pretty new to turkey hunting so I don't have much to go on. I now the Johnny Wayne were I hunt has said the gobblers heard appears to be down to 1 for every 10 last year where I am hunting. He has only killed one of this land and he has never failed to limit out before.

My last 3 hunts have been what I would call poor but then I talked to him and he hasn't even heard a gobble out there the last three weekends.
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Not sure!
Before today, I would have agreed w/ you. But I did hear two different birds this morning and my bird today makes #4 for the year on our lease, and we had 4 last year taken out, 2 of which were jakes, this year has been 4 gobblers. I have not seen a jake all year, but that is not unusual for us.

I am surprised at how fast our birds shut up w/ pressure. It takes several days of silence to get them going again.
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first 2
first 2 weekends they gobbled well on our lease(in evangeline parish near the rapides evangeline and allen parish lines)first weekend i missed cause of work.had 1 good bird killed a few more called up but couldnt get shot and a flockof jakes. second weekend i had 4 different birds gobbleing. got too close to the first one i chose to hunt and bumped him the second one i went after i dont know if i misjudged the distance or if he statred coming to me as soon as he heard me yelping but we ran into each other on the highline....next morn i had i fired up i was headed to when another bird opened up about 100 yrds from me so set up on him instead and ended up having anothr gobbler join him and they both started coming to the calling and i ended up taking the 3 rd bird i heard gobbleing that morn he was a good 3 year old bird. While walking out with my bird at about a quarter to 8 that morn i had a fourth bird start gobbleing.....since then i havent heard a peep in our lease but have seen birds every hunt since,hens,called in some jakes, and even another gobbler but he hung up out of range but he nor the jakes ever gobbled coming in....
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Tough gobblers
Wow they have been really tough this year. I have logged some serious hours and heard a few birds but they have been the least responsive ever in a dozen years in my area of Mississippi. I have been fortunate to hear from 1 to 3 gobblers most mornings, usually one real mature bird and several jakes. As soon as the couple mature birds fly down it has been silence and been unable to reexcite them late morning or lunch. Still trying to kill one specific bird, definitely the baddest bird I've ever hunted in my life and definitely appears to have the thickest beard I've ever seen. I've been so close five times (less than 40 yards)but every time he just gets the lucky break and I can't believe it, unreal. Anyway will try to get him one more time. Good luck.
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poults
a friend told me he has seen hens with broods hatched out north east of Kentwood. Maybe they bred them all early. They should not be hatching out till mid to late may. Im going 2 more times in Mississippi and will endeavor NOT to get snake bit. One of the places has timber rattlers . Everywhere has copperheads and cotton mouths and every bug that bites and thorn that sticks is now in full bloom
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Final review
Well, today closed the season for us in Sabine PArish. We ended our season w/ 4 good birds w/ 6 shots (2 clean misses by other members). I for one think this year's crazy weather pattern played a huge factor with the longbeards activities. Opening day we had 30-35 mph winds w/ temps in the 30's, and then we had a weekend where we got 10" rain, then we close the season on hot muggy conditions. Just seemed polar opposites to me on weather this year, but I did not keep any records from last year to compare. I am still new to turkey hunting and I am learning that weather, hunting pressure, and patterns of birds change from day to day. I was lucky enough to take 2 Rios in Texas and one eastern in Sabine Parish.

I continue to learn everytime I go, and still can't figure out why we have birds gobble some mornings, and not the next w/o any obvious change in conditions. Hope eveyone had a safe and successful year, and now its time to put the Blazer Bay in the waters of Dularge.
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No Turkeys
Well i came home yesterday. This is the worst turkey season i have seen. I just started hunting them really hard. Before i would hunt a little while then go do work at the camp. Last year i started hunting them hard and limited out. Before i would hear birds reagularly. This year i heard birds gobble two mornings. One was way off in the distant, and the other one i screwed up and got to close to. The mosquito's are worst in Mississippi than they are in Dulac. I did get my food plots planted, and they are coming up good. Peas are about 2" high. And corn is about 5" high. Stocked my pond with 100 catfish Saturday. Next weekend off i'll put 20 F1 bass, and 100 more catfish.
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Great Season!
This was our best season ever! We took 6 good birds off of our place this year. We heard alot of birds this year, just about every morning that we went and I went ALOT!
I took my best bird ever and a good 3 year old.
The birds acted very vocal but didnt work on the calls as good as they should have but if they are vocal and you have patience, sooner are later they will make a mistake!
Cant wait till next season.
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smack-down year
excellent season...I got my first gobbler and the club as a whole did outstanding....
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Rotten start, Good finish
Unfortunately, I didn't get to hunt in Louisiana this year. I have 2 small leases that I'm on and really wanted to hunt them, but I got a few invitations to hunt in Texas so I went there instead. Had a real bad start, but ended up getting my 4 birds. All in all, had a good season and because I made SO MANY darn mistakes, I learned an awful lot which is also a big plus in my book. I know one thing, some people like the PRIMOS B-MOBILE, I don't. If "runnin' & gunnin'" is your style, B-MOBILE is just to much to carry around in my opinion. I know alot of people use it with success, but I just don't care to lug that thing around. I put mine in the classified section on here if anyone wants it.
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I love mine!
Longspur- I carried mine all year, except one morning when I knew it was more about stealth than decoying a bird. Every application has to looked at in general. The first bird I saw this year was on a road in south Tx, that came out in full strut. He took one look at the Bmobile w/ real Rio fan and didn't like it. I also shot the biggest bird of my life about 15 minutes later that came in to kick some butt! I have learned that you need to pattern your set up for each individual bird. If it's a dominant bird that you know, I say use it. If it is a vocal two year old in the heat of breeding season, you may want to scale it back or hunt in between the bird and the decoy since he will likely hang out there not to get his butt whipped.

I carried both the Bmobile and Shemobile in the sack that came with it and had no problems. They hardly weigh anything at all and I find them useful. Do I set them out on every set, no, but I do have them w/ me. I made a fold up Eastern fan, but the real Rio fan that is dried is much, much better looking. The Obama bird I took, came running in at full strut and I saw him 150 yards out. But I was in his strut zone and knew a little about this bird. I was hesitant to set up on this bird on a open road that the bird traveled since I didn't know how comfortable he would be in the open. In the end it worked for me.
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YEP
Yea, you're right FFF. I'm sure it would be dynamite in alot of situations, but the few times I used it the birds shyed away from it. I do move around alot and most of the time there's not enought time to determine whether or not you've got a true "Boss" gobbler answering your calls. So I'd rather play it safe and not use it. I am also VERY unbiased when it comes to a gobbler's age. Some folks won't shoot a 2 year old gobbler, they would rather wait for a +3yr old bird and that's fine. I'm not a professional gobbler chaser by any means nor do I consider myself to be a seasoned veteran(yet), but I think most hunters can't REALLY determine the age of the bird they've got strutting in front of them while their heart is about to jump out their chest. I will absolutely MASH a 2 year old at any time of the season and not feel bad about it at all especially if one comes in doing what he's supposed to do. Those rascals sure don't play by the rules.....so neither do I....hehehe. So you got a Blazer Bay huh????
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Last day hunt
I commented earlier that it was a really bad year in kentwood were I hunt, but it all changed yesterday. I will post pics and story later today.
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Jakes to!
I tell you what, there's no guarantee that jake will live to see his two year birthday if I'm around!lol - All kidding aside, if a I work a bird, and he comes in, I'm shooting. As a good friend of mine would say - "it's all about the sausage".

Maybe later in life when I get a few more under my belt, I will wait and measure a bird before pulling the trigger. Until then, the Browning is gonna bark.

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JAKES
I'm guilty of that too!! I have smoked a few jakes before but I think I got it all out my system.......I THINK. That friend who's "all about the sausage" wouldn't happen to be a certain taxidermist from Lafayette we went to Del Rio with who scratched on that trip huh??
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Ha!
I wasn't gonna say any names!!!!!

Just got off the phone w/ the store in CP ordering some bread! Bringing some to Houston on Wed, mMMMMmmmm, good business gift!
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gumbo
I'm half crippled and have to hunt ground blinds.....a jake is a dead bird. I've spent way too much time sitting and rottening....heck....legalize a HEN, and I'll tell ya what she taste like in GUMBO !!! (kidding of course)
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jewlery
Especially if they have a little bling-bling in the belly button!
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lol
heeeeehheeeee - lol -- fff
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