Coalman's 2008 Turkey Hunting Diary
Posted 24 March 2008 - 06:33 PM
A whole year has gone by. Where does the time go? If I look forward to any hunting season of the year it is for turkey. This year has started out on the same note as the last. I asked a friend for some help about woods I have visited before but never had time to explore. We traded maps and discussed the lay of the land.
Saturday I used that knowledge to execute a plan. I climbed the mountain for a hardwood look, see. I was not disappointed. I made this spot mission #1. I will be hounding this hill when the snow melts. The long point on the right is east facing. Find the land....... the turkey will come.
This mountain range is surrounded by brood habitat.
A brook runs down this hollow ....................
It merges with these fields which will be Mission #2.
The views were spectacular. The wind chill was not. I didn't stay too long.
I think this is Mt Monadnock.
And this the Presidential Range. I could see a hundred miles.
Mountains are like magnets to me. Special things happen in hardwood hollows on humid spring mornings. I can see myself standing in the same spot and listening for the first gobble during a pre season scouting trip.
They need to give away those roost areas. When they do I study the maps and find the easiest access. The next scouting trip I need to know how far a hike it is to get to the best calling area ie. open hardwoods. I need to find a place where I can hear the most real estate. I time the hike in.
If I get there and a turkey gobbles I taunt him with hoots and crow calls.
I do not make any turkey noises. I listen.
I make them tell me where they are. I will try and get close without saying a thing. Let him show me what he likes to do.
My advice when you are scouting and there is sign but the birds are not to be found? Stay with it. Trust your area. Twice I have had thunder reveal a gobblers location.
I love to hunt, fish and trap. Family aside my heart belongs to the mountains but I rest my soul in the turkey woods.
The fun has begun.
Posted 24 March 2008 - 06:47 PM
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Posted 25 March 2008 - 02:52 AM
Love hunting mountains for turkeys much more than farmland birds....but they're all exciting to hunt.
Posted 25 March 2008 - 07:50 AM
Remember the Ark was built by amateurs, the titanic by professionals.
Posted 25 March 2008 - 08:54 AM
Goes to show how flexible a turkey can be.
Posted 25 March 2008 - 01:56 PM
I haven't been up NorEast in your neck of the country before but I'm a hankering to travel there now.
I'm going to push myself back out to do the turkey hunting this spring. Hopefully all with a bow.
While I'm at it hows the black bear hunting in those there woods?
Posted 25 March 2008 - 03:00 PM
Posted 25 March 2008 - 03:35 PM
Now about these woods, different story. These woods are 35 miles from my doorstep to parking spot. Black bear are very common here.
You had to remind me. I treat black bear the same way as bees and snakes. I leave them alone. I pray they leave me alone.
Posted 28 March 2008 - 05:58 PM
The last time I was here was 10 years ago. It was mildly posted back then. Now it looks like the land owners have all bought stock in a posted sign company. I counted 4 different landowners to the left of the road.
After you get by the wildlife sanctuary on the right side of the road the woods looks hunt-able. But it would only be a tease. The prime habitat is in the posted land.
I've seen a ton of posted signs in my day. This one was unique, almost Wizard of Oz type laughable.
There is a ton of history in this piece. The oldest signature is 1944.
Posted 12 April 2008 - 07:06 AM
Thanks for coming,
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