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06-15-2020, 09:46 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 825
Posted By Strut&Rut

Phil - I just need to ask - but if the birds...

Phil - I just need to ask - but if the birds don't like to enter the fields - then why do you even hunt in the fields?

I don't think this is overly unusual in the Northeast. In all of the...
05-19-2020, 09:35 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,607
Posted By Strut&Rut

I never bought the Badlands - but noticed they're...

I never bought the Badlands - but noticed they're sold out on the Badlands site and have limited inventory everywhere else.


I gave my son the Nomad vest because (1) I felt he needed one, and...
05-11-2020, 04:42 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 625
Posted By Strut&Rut

Congrats on a hog Kelly! I would bet that...

Congrats on a hog Kelly!

I would bet that bird is definitely at least 3 years old.

Spur growth is a combination of spur length, curve and width - some birds grow wide fat spurs, others grow...
04-29-2020, 05:46 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,187
Posted By Strut&Rut

I received the Indian Creek choke this afternoon...

I received the Indian Creek choke this afternoon and immediately tested it, and my suspicions were correct - the Indian Creek with .555 constriction is too tight for the TSS #9 (at least for my son's...
04-27-2020, 07:09 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,187
Posted By Strut&Rut

Thanks for this tip Kelly! Bass Pro went out of...

Thanks for this tip Kelly! Bass Pro went out of stock shortly after you posted this, but I was able to get my local Cabelas to match the price for in-stock supplies. Don't forget to grab the 10%...
04-13-2020, 02:00 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 700
Posted By Strut&Rut

JW - you should not visit MI this year - most of...

JW - you should not visit MI this year - most of the Yoopers don't even want us lowlanders driving to the NLP or UP, let along nonresidents. Some cities up North have even asked residents in the SLP...
04-13-2020, 01:56 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 700
Posted By Strut&Rut

I had 2 conferences, one in VT and the other in...

I had 2 conferences, one in VT and the other in DC, and associated hunts planned in Upstate NY. I definitely won't be hunting NY the first week of May with my oldest brother. I may still be able to...
04-13-2020, 09:17 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 265
Posted By Strut&Rut

FYI, they make an Affinity 20ga compact with a...

FYI, they make an Affinity 20ga compact with a shorter stock and 24" barrel - you can then upgrade to a larger/adult sized stock. They make the compact in black and real-tree, so you may also be able...
04-12-2020, 08:23 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 972
Posted By Strut&Rut

I bought my son a youth SA-08 in black synthetic....

I bought my son a youth SA-08 in black synthetic. These are well-made guns out of Turkey. The same plant is now producing many guns for several makers including Weatherby, Winchester and Mossberg....
03-30-2020, 11:02 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,362
Posted By Strut&Rut

I use the Longbeard XR #5 out of my 12ga Ithaca...

I use the Longbeard XR #5 out of my 12ga Ithaca and my son's 20ga Weatherby. I prefer the non-magnum load in #5 because I prefer the extra velocity - I know from my bird last year that it's a lethal...
03-16-2020, 08:40 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,607
Posted By Strut&Rut

Actually, we're both just looking for a new vest,...

Actually, we're both just looking for a new vest, haha! I know Cal does quite a bit of run-n-gun and is therefore looking specifically for something that has a water bladder. We both commented to...
03-13-2020, 06:48 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 475
Posted By Strut&Rut

And to answer this question - if they will exert...

And to answer this question - if they will exert the energy to fly over the canal to roost, then they will definitely exert less energy to glide over it in the morning.

However...

Although I...
03-13-2020, 06:44 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 475
Posted By Strut&Rut

I think you're slightly confused about the...

I think you're slightly confused about the 'turkeys hate to fly' comment.

They will fly to get into the roost and need to fly to pitch out of the roost. With that said, they are typically lazy...
03-13-2020, 03:59 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,607
Posted By Strut&Rut

Cal - the vest in RealTree Edge is on sale for...

Cal - the vest in RealTree Edge is on sale for $77. The vest in the other 3 available patterns (MO Obsession, etc) is still regular price at $130.

For $80 I couldnít say no, especially when I...
03-12-2020, 05:27 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,607
Posted By Strut&Rut

I just ordered the Nomad vest, version 2.0. They...

I just ordered the Nomad vest, version 2.0. They currently have them for $77 in RealTree on their website.

If I donít like it Iíll give it to my son - its design is based on the Dixon vest.
03-10-2020, 01:57 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,607
Posted By Strut&Rut

Cal - I asked this same question on their...

Cal - I asked this same question on their website. Badlands has licensed dealers, but it's the dealer's decision to carry the vest - so some have the vest, some do not. Regardless, you can punch your...
03-10-2020, 11:13 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,607
Posted By Strut&Rut

The actual vest (in black and tan) is now...

The actual vest (in black and tan) is now previewed on the Badlands website:
...
03-03-2020, 09:17 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 446
Posted By Strut&Rut

Phil - spend more time scouting and less time...

Phil - spend more time scouting and less time complaining :poke:

In all honesty though - I agree with JW - I'm pretty sure I'll be dead before I stop turkey hunting...
03-03-2020, 09:15 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,607
Posted By Strut&Rut

I contacted Badlands - the production vest has no...

I contacted Badlands - the production vest has no red on it anywhere. The badge and logo are tan on black - the red was done for marketing purposes for the trade shows, so everyone walking by would...
02-28-2020, 05:36 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,607
Posted By Strut&Rut

I agree that they should replace the red with...

I agree that they should replace the red with yellow or green.

I posted this because Cal started a thread about vests - and this just hit the market...

From a price standpoint, most of the ALPZ...
02-27-2020, 02:12 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,607
Posted By Strut&Rut

Badlands turkey vest

The new turkey vest from Badlands gear is finally here! It includes a water bladder and carries (to the best of my knowledge) the Badlands lifetime warranty.

Writeup in American Hunter here: ...
08-26-2019, 10:25 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,941
Posted By Strut&Rut

I learned a few things: 1) I don't have a...

I learned a few things:

1) I don't have a 50yd gun - I have a 70yd cannon.
2) Expect the unexpected when taking new turkey hunters.
3) If you're not seeing birds in your honey hole, then scout...
05-13-2019, 12:11 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,942
Posted By Strut&Rut

Hey All, It's been that way in SW Michigan...

Hey All,

It's been that way in SW Michigan all spring.

Like JW noted, most of the birds are staying in the woods. There's not a lot of mast in the woods around me, and I haven't yet figured out...
04-09-2019, 07:54 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 482
Posted By Strut&Rut

Phil - the toms will still strut and gobble, but...

Phil - the toms will still strut and gobble, but the hens will change a few things:

1) Their eating habits will change, in that they will concentrate on the most convenient/easiest food source...
03-26-2019, 08:34 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 817
Posted By Strut&Rut

Also - the Longbeard XR choke (manufactured by...

Also - the Longbeard XR choke (manufactured by Carlson) designed specifically for the Longbeard XR shot has a constriction of .660 or .665 for most guns.

In my experiences the denser-than-lead...
03-26-2019, 07:47 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 817
Posted By Strut&Rut

To be honest - to me, it appears you're shooting...

To be honest - to me, it appears you're shooting low with some noticeable gaps in the pattern at 30+ yards. Do you have any optics or even adjustable iron sights (like Tru-glo, etc.)? Those would...
03-25-2019, 09:18 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,083
Posted By Strut&Rut

I'm almost 50 and, to be completely honest, I've...

I'm almost 50 and, to be completely honest, I've gotten much better in giving people the benefit of the double over the past 10 years. Much of it has to do with evaluating my own mistakes and...
03-22-2019, 06:46 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 986
Posted By Strut&Rut

Looks like the bristles originate from a single...

Looks like the bristles originate from a single pedicle so I would say single beard. It also looks split side-to-side, multiple beards usually follow the vertical axis of the neck.
03-21-2019, 10:06 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,083
Posted By Strut&Rut

You might have been first - but those other...

You might have been first - but those other hunters might have parked in a completely different spot and didn't even know you were there. Turkeys also establish home areas and roost trees - so those...
03-21-2019, 09:55 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,083
Posted By Strut&Rut

I no longer get mad when hunters get between me...

I no longer get mad when hunters get between me and a gobbling bird. I just take it as a compliment - they obviously thought my calling was an actual bird, and they were merely putting themselves...
03-15-2019, 09:52 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,056
Posted By Strut&Rut

Timber - I've also called them both directions -...

Timber - I've also called them both directions - but in general, it's much easier to call them up the hill than down.

The hens naturally go to the toms to begin with, and therefore when the hen...
03-14-2019, 11:49 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,056
Posted By Strut&Rut

Pull up the area on Google Earth maps and then...

Pull up the area on Google Earth maps and then look at topo maps on https://ngmdb.usgs.gov/

In addition to looking for streams and ridges, try to locate taller trees they might use for roosting. ...
03-13-2019, 09:15 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,495
Posted By Strut&Rut

Other than Browning, I believe the only people...

Other than Browning, I believe the only people producing a 10ga are private/independent gun manufacturers and gunsmiths.

FYI, the 10ga BPS is listed on the Browning site as a 'current production'...
03-12-2019, 06:52 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,495
Posted By Strut&Rut

While I appreciate the fact the OP is asking...

While I appreciate the fact the OP is asking where to find a 10ga - the question about a 10ga was posted to the Turkey Hunting Forum. Thus, I don't think the question is just 'where can I get a...
03-12-2019, 06:46 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,495
Posted By Strut&Rut

I recognize that sometimes it's nice to use a...

I recognize that sometimes it's nice to use a different gun, but in large part the body is not well-equipped to absorb the excessive recoil forces. The recoil force of a 10ga is approximately 63ft...
02-28-2019, 12:52 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,032
Posted By Strut&Rut

I grew up in NY and still have family in the...

I grew up in NY and still have family in the Southern tier, about 4 hrs from NYC. Coincidentally, I recently had my DNA tested and am now constructing my family tree - I can date my Dutch ancestors...
02-11-2019, 11:28 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 617
Posted By Strut&Rut

Hey Joe - Not to put a damper on your high...

Hey Joe -

Not to put a damper on your high hopes - but there are ~240 pellets in a 1 3/4 oz #4 LB shell. You should be seeing 50-60% of the payload hit the target between 25-30 yards, so 120-140...
02-11-2019, 11:02 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,520
Posted By Strut&Rut

I've been on this site for almost 20 years,...

I've been on this site for almost 20 years, started when I was in graduate school before I even had kids. My oldest daughter has now graduated HS and is in the middle of a 'gap year' before starting...
08-17-2018, 12:22 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 841
Posted By Strut&Rut

I recommend the following: 1) If not done so...

I recommend the following:

1) If not done so already, get the current soil pH. If you got the pH on the ground while it was covered by native plants, note that clearing it will generally result...
Forum: The Archives
08-14-2018, 08:04 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 7,705
Posted By Strut&Rut

Pine squirrels are referred to as 'tree rats' for...

Pine squirrels are referred to as 'tree rats' for two reasons - they eat everything hence their destructive little ba$turds and they (at least to me and quite a few other folks) - taste like crap...
Forum: The Archives
08-06-2018, 08:33 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 7,705
Posted By Strut&Rut

Does this include all squirrels, or only the ones...

Does this include all squirrels, or only the ones harvested for the table?

I ask, because MI has an open season on red squirrels and I've taken 20+ over since June 1. Those flea-infested little...
07-09-2018, 07:38 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 788
Posted By Strut&Rut

Yes. I was out one foggy morning in CT when a...

Yes. I was out one foggy morning in CT when a great-horned owl swooped in about 1ft above my head and attacked my hen decoy. She picked it up and dropped it a few yards away; I suspect she didn't...
06-08-2018, 04:08 PM
Replies: 277
Views: 10,156
Posted By Strut&Rut

Acorns are good, but they love beech and hickory...

Acorns are good, but they love beech and hickory nuts. If you have any of those trees where you hunt, hit those areas heavy when the nuts start hitting the ground...
06-08-2018, 06:31 AM
Replies: 277
Views: 10,156
Posted By Strut&Rut

Hey Jake - Just a word of advice - if you're...

Hey Jake -

Just a word of advice - if you're shooting the bird to eat for Thanksgiving I recommend you still try to shoot a tom, a jake or even a young poult. It's almost impossible to determine...
06-07-2018, 06:46 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 773
Posted By Strut&Rut

Mine seems to prefer the domed lead pellets, in...

Mine seems to prefer the domed lead pellets, in the typical ~7-8gn weight range or the heavier 10+gn. I've had good luck with multiple brands (Gamo, H&N and Crossman) of lead pellets in the 7gn...
06-01-2018, 06:06 AM
Replies: 143
Views: 6,411
Posted By Strut&Rut

JW - I also saw your double with 'the judge'...

JW -

I also saw your double with 'the judge' story posted to the Michigan Sportman's forum.

Congrats on a great season, you are the ultimate turkeyslayer!

:hail:
06-01-2018, 06:01 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 895
Posted By Strut&Rut

Congrats!

Nice job TSS - well done. It's not often you see 75% of your team, on any turkey hunting forum, bag birds. :hail:

Enjoy the victory - we'll be back next season to reclaim our throne!
05-31-2018, 06:38 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,887
Posted By Strut&Rut

Kelly - the magnum version of the Longbeard XR...

Kelly - the magnum version of the Longbeard XR came out in 2015 - they're not new by any sense of the word. http://www.winchester.com/library/news/Pages/long-beard-xr-magnum.aspx

However, finding...
05-30-2018, 08:27 AM
Replies: 277
Views: 10,156
Posted By Strut&Rut

The actual burning of the repellant will not...

The actual burning of the repellant will not spook turkeys - HOWEVER - the button to turn it on makes a noticeable 'click' and it takes 2-3 clicks to actually ignite. I've scared birds that were...
05-30-2018, 08:24 AM
Replies: 242
Views: 11,876
Posted By Strut&Rut

Yep, big prize! You get to add '2018 turkey...

Yep, big prize! You get to add '2018 turkey hunting champs' to your signature line :rock:
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