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Odd Turkey Behavior

Old 05-14-2020, 05:26 PM
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Default Odd Turkey Behavior

I put out a couple of trail cams about two weeks before the PA spring season which started on 5/2/20. I've checked them a few times since but hadn't really seen much in the way of turkeys. I see lots of does and yearlings and even had a bobcat pass by one night. However, when I checked them yesterday the camera in my orchard had over 500 photos from 5/3 through 5/13. Again, mostly deer but on 5/10 between 8:28 AM and 12:52 PM I had 179 photos of a group of four jakes. It averaged less than two minutes between photos. If anyone had told me turkeys would stay in one spot for almost 4 1/2 hours in broad daylight I would have said they were crazy. Not sure what they found so interesting there since the temp never rose above 48 the entire time so I doubt they were catching many bugs.

BTW, I took a gobbler on the first day of the PA season on my property at 7:05 AM. It had a 9" beard, 1" spurs and weighed 18 lbs. I was using a Tristar Hunter Mag O/U 12GA that I bought used on gunbroker.com back in January. The gun came with a pair of Carlson .665 chokes along with the five factory choke tubes. I added a set of Truglo sights which included a ghost ring rear sight. I also added a Limbsavers recoil pad and a sling. I was shooting Win Long Beard XR 3.5" 2oz #5 shot. Shot him with the top barrel at about 30 yards while sitting at the base of a hemlock and using an old Lynch World Champion box.
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Old 05-14-2020, 05:52 PM
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Great bird there. Congrats !
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Old 05-14-2020, 06:25 PM
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well congrats
and who knows with turkeys I seen them do many odd things over the yrs HAHA!
maybe was a cold night and took a while for them to warm up, or possibly a hen was laying on eggs and they were keeping her company, staying near by!

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Old 05-15-2020, 04:19 AM
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Nice bird blksnk!

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Old 05-15-2020, 09:56 AM
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Congrats on the tom!!
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Old 05-16-2020, 01:12 PM
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Congratulations! Nice bird!
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