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Old 05-11-2020, 11:05 AM
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Maine bird down and the hunting has been hard with our low numbers.. I have been on vacation last week and hunted everyday and never heard a bird gobble back. Not even one time and I saw two nice toms alone but no response. This morning I saw four jakes, two jakes together one alone in different areas. Then I went and tried another area and two hens showed up with two toms and a jake in tow. I did manage to get a shot at one of the toms. That one turns out to be my heaviest tom ever. Here a big Tom normally is 18 to 20 pounds. This one had a 10 inch beard with 3/4 inch spurs weighing 23 pounds! I am quite proud of this one. But then again I am proud of getting any bird anyway..
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Old 05-11-2020, 11:46 AM
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Nice one Phil!

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Old 05-11-2020, 12:07 PM
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well congrats to you
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Old 05-11-2020, 01:38 PM
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Thank you Jake and mrbb!
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Old 05-11-2020, 01:43 PM
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Wow that is a honker Phil. I have killed dozens of them and never hit 23 pounds. Great bird. I haven't hunted and been fishing. If I hear a gobble or see a flock I'll hunt for them but so far in the season no birds around my property.
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Old 05-11-2020, 02:53 PM
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Thank you CI but none of the birds that I have seen even today had not gobbled any. That makes for a very long hunt..

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Old 05-11-2020, 04:22 PM
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Nice Bird Phil ! Congrats !

What part of Maine are you in ? I have a house in Solon . About 10 years ago there were turkeys EVERYWHERE !
Sometimes you would have to stop the truck on the gravel road to let 100 of them cross. I couldn't figure out why there were so
many of them considering all the coyotes and fisher cats in the area. But the last couple years I hardly seen any .
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Old 05-11-2020, 05:10 PM
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a cold front came thru here last week and still cold
and it shut down all the gobbling here as well
haven';t heard one gobble now in about 5 days or so!
funny how weather makes them change how they voice things
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Old 05-11-2020, 05:33 PM
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SportsmanNH I am in Washington County near the Calais area. We had a lot of birds up here as well. Then we had a very hard winter with something like 160 inches of snow. Most of that was powdery and we lost a lot of birds. Then the bobcats also made a big rebound add that to the coyotes and everything else the turkeys had taken a big hit.. The added fall hunting season and the shooting of hens has hurt it as well..

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Old 05-11-2020, 05:34 PM
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Yes it is mrbb. Those turkeys shut right down completely.. We had 7 inches of snow this past Saturday and I was able to see two turkeys in the snowstorm. One was a hen and the other I think was a tom from the way it acted. But I really couldn’t tell as it ran behind a snow covered bush as I was leaving..

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