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 Post subject: Slump Buster
PostPosted: April 14th, 2016, 10:16 am 
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Well, I finally laid one down yesterday afternoon. Wheww...I was beginning to think it was just not in the cards this season. I know several hunters, serious hunters, that are experiencing the same thing.

I had some time yesterday afternoon and got to a spot where they like to travel through and hang out. I put two hen decoys out and Larry the ole Thunder Chicken. I had a hen come through the pasture in front of me to check out the set up. She was none to happy and let me know it with her sharp cutting and overall attitude.

From that point forward I tried to mimic her sounds and round about 3:00pm heard a distant gobble from an undetermined location. I waited about 10 mins and called again and he answered even closer. Given the way the year has gone, I was not very optimistic, so I waited some more. My third call to him came sometime later and he threw out a thunderous gobble, but was not yet in sight. I started seeing some hens making their way through the pasture, walking parallel to my set up at about 50yds.

Then there he was, coming at a pretty good clip. He had Larry in his sights and he was looking for a fight. Drumming, half strutting, studder stepping, all the stuff you see on TV. He was closing in fast and that white head was shining against all the green of Spring. Bam, 360, Sprint, Bam!!

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 Post subject: Re: Slump Buster
PostPosted: April 17th, 2016, 3:25 pm 
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:mrgreen: Congrats. I've only seen one bird that was 300-400 yrds. Just haven't seen them like years past. Just a few days left. Good luck.

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PostPosted: April 18th, 2016, 9:42 am 
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Congrats! I've had a terrible season. Not a single bird...they've gone silent this entire season. I've heard a few gobbles on the roost and a few random gobbles but just can't seem to get one to work this year.


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 Post subject: Re: Slump Buster
PostPosted: April 18th, 2016, 10:49 am 
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Congrats CS! Just returned from east Kansas empty handed... 4 of us went, and two guys got birds, but they acted absolutely different than last year. Nowhere near as aggressive. Good luck for the rest of the season guys! I know I'm gonna need it!

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