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October jake

Post by hawglips » October 27th, 2020, 10:44 am

I got out Saturday to try an area that I had never hunted before, and was reminded how much I enjoy the fall forest. It was a beautiful fall day. I was also reminded how fun it is to strike one that is vocal and enthusiastic.

I walked and called a lot, covering between 5 and 6 miles, sat and cold-called a few times, and finally struck a bird at 1:30. He responded the first time with a keekee. I was on a steep ridge beside a creek, and he answered as I was about to drop and cross the creek. I had to climb up the hill to get to a point where I could lean against a tree and see about 25 yds ahead while I stood up. He came down the hill, answering each kee-kee run in the process. He did a keekee-yelp-gobble run at one point, which is probably my favorite call to hear. Turns out he was by himself and likely explains why he was so responsive...

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Re: October jake

Post by crow » October 27th, 2020, 12:43 pm

Congrats on a nice one

it is a fun bonus when they are vocal

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Re: October jake

Post by Hobbes_mobile » October 27th, 2020, 2:55 pm

Sounds like fun. Congrats.

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Re: October jake

Post by swampchicken » October 27th, 2020, 3:11 pm

Always like when they talk back too you. Congrats on a fine fall bird!

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Re: October jake

Post by GLS » October 27th, 2020, 7:05 pm

Hal, a camo gun? Red dot? Things will never be the same. ;) Gil

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Re: October jake

Post by hawglips » October 28th, 2020, 9:23 pm

GLS wrote:Hal, a camo gun? Red dot? Things will never be the same. ;) Gil
Yeah, grudgingly had to concede that I can no longer see the bead and the bird at the same time. I’ve missed more the last 3 springs than the rest of my Turkey life combined.

As for the camo, oh well. Couldn’t find a Stevens 301 with wood...

A new normal I guess, because I really like toting the 20 ga and .410 301. Wish they had a 28 ga...

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Re: October jake

Post by GLS » October 29th, 2020, 5:27 am

Once one hits a certain age, farsightedness often enters the picture. It's been over 25 years since I joined the Presbyopian Congregation and went to a red dot. It helps. :D

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Re: October jake

Post by hawglips » October 29th, 2020, 11:43 am

GLS wrote:
October 29th, 2020, 5:27 am
Once one hits a certain age, farsightedness often enters the picture. It's been over 25 years since I joined the Presbyopian Congregation and went to a red dot. It helps. :D
I'm counting on my better-late-than-never repentance to save me from my recent transgressions. The pain of playing everything just right to get to the moment of truth and then missing, is a heavy burden to bear. Especially when one formerly took pride in very rarely missing. I had two fly down into my wheel house right off the roost last spring, and then watched them fly right back in the direction they came from after I whiffed. That second one last year was the final straw. Especially in the wake of missing three afternoon birds the previous year. Ask me after next spring season if I'm going to join the choir or not... :angel4:

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Re: October jake

Post by Hobbes_mobile » October 29th, 2020, 12:22 pm

Sounds like my experience. I changed to a vortex venom three seasons ago. I think I missed more birds in the three years leading up to that than I had during the 20 or so years before. I can't blame all of it on my vision because I just shot too fast on several occasions at birds that were about to head for safer ground and never got down on the gun. However, tighter patterns and worse vision were not going to help in improving that. I bit the bullet and added a sight after previously swearing by the double bead.

I hate to even say it because of Murphy's Law, but my percentage has improved dramatically with the Venom.

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Re: October jake

Post by Hognutz » October 29th, 2020, 1:10 pm

Put the dot on the bird's head and pull the trigger! Dead bird every time!! No guess work. If you miss with a properly sighted in red dot, it's not gonna be the sights fault. You have other issues.. They are the absolute answer to anyone with old eyes! No guff!!
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Re: October jake

Post by GLS » October 29th, 2020, 1:17 pm

Yep. If it is zeroed in correctly, where the dot lies, the shot flies. Gil

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Re: October jake

Post by Hognutz » October 29th, 2020, 1:20 pm

:thumbleft:
May I assume you're not here to inquire about the alcohol or the tobacco?
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Re: October jake

Post by poorcountrypreacher » November 6th, 2020, 9:28 pm

Congrats on the bird, Hal!

I had to go to an electronic sight about 15 years ago, but I always thought that Presbyopia was the fear of Presbyterians. :)

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Re: October jake

Post by GLS » November 7th, 2020, 9:11 am

poorcountrypreacher wrote:
November 6th, 2020, 9:28 pm
Congrats on the bird, Hal!

I had to go to an electronic sight about 15 years ago, but I always thought that Presbyopia was the fear of Presbyterians. :)
That would be Presbyphobia. ;) Gil

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Re: October jake

Post by timbrhuntr » November 7th, 2020, 10:45 am

Congrats on a fine fall bird ! :thumbup:

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Re: October jake

Post by mspaci » April 13th, 2021, 1:05 pm

Red dot is the way to go, put one on 7-8 years ago & have missed just one. Mike

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Re: October jake

Post by Vintage » April 13th, 2021, 6:43 pm

Congrats on the bird. Love my red dots.
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