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  • #31
    I was teasing down through a bottom before daylight. I "knew" where I was going, so I wasn't using a flashlight.
    I stopped and leaned my rifle against a wrist thick pin oak sapling to free both hands.
    I bumped the sapling when I picked up my rifle, eliciting a shocked ...AND... unexpected "OOOOO-WAHHH!" of a Horned Owl I had disturbed on it's roost!
    Yes sir! My cap did a dance on top of my head! 🤯!

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    • #32
      Originally posted by FirstBubba View Post
      I was teasing down through a bottom before daylight. I "knew" where I was going, so I wasn't using a flashlight.
      I stopped and leaned my rifle against a wrist thick pin oak sapling to free both hands.
      I bumped the sapling when I picked up my rifle, eliciting a shocked ...AND... unexpected "OOOOO-WAHHH!" of a Horned Owl I had disturbed on it's roost!
      Yes sir! My cap did a dance on top of my head! 🤯!
      I love that OOOO-Wahhh. I've only heard it a couple times. Mostly what we have around here are the barred owls, "Who cooks for you?" They really belt it out; when you're close up it's impressive.

      It's funny how tom turkeys will shock-gobble to barred owl calls used by hunters, but I have never heard a gobble in response to a real barred-owl call. I hear barred owls all the time, in woods where I know there are turkeys -- never a gobble afterward. But I know they work as locator calls. Just another turkey mystery, I suppose.

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      • #33
        Originally posted by MattM37 View Post

        I love that OOOO-Wahhh. I've only heard it a couple times. Mostly what we have around here are the barred owls, "Who cooks for you?" They really belt it out; when you're close up it's impressive.

        It's funny how tom turkeys will shock-gobble to barred owl calls used by hunters, but I have never heard a gobble in response to a real barred-owl call. I hear barred owls all the time, in woods where I know there are turkeys -- never a gobble afterward. But I know they work as locator calls. Just another turkey mystery, I suppose.
        MattM37, I have crow calls, woodpecker calls, hoot tubes and gobble tubes! Not the first one has ever gotten me a gobble! LOL!

        The VERY first turkey I called in.....

        I had NO idea what I was doing. I had ridden my 4 wheeler all over my hunting area and had no luck.
        Didn't see anything.
        Didn't hear anything.
        I was sitting on a log, wondering what I could do.
        I was about a half mile from a major, local highway. One of those box delivery trucks with a roll up door was going by.
        I know you've seen those trucks with the door bumping up and down when they hit a bump!
        It dawned on me, every time the door bumped, a tom would shock gobble!
        I ran around to a pond dam, set up and began calling.
        Two gobblers came around the dam and stopped.
        I shot at the first bird. He jumped and ran into the weeds.
        The second bird just stood there. I reloaded and shot at him!
        Same effect!
        Reloading, I watched where the birds came from, thinking they would retreat the same route.
        That's when the first bird flopped limply into the bottom of the dry pond and lay there!
        Down the pond dam, around a mesquite tree, open the gate and around the end of the dam!
        What's that?
        A dark form lay in the weeds just off the edge of the wheat field.
        It was the other bird!
        First hunt.
        First time calling!
        ....and I limit out on the first hunt! 😃

        Not good, just lucky! LOL!

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        • #34
          Originally posted by FirstBubba View Post

          MattM37, I have crow calls, woodpecker calls, hoot tubes and gobble tubes! Not the first one has ever gotten me a gobble! LOL!

          The VERY first turkey I called in.....

          I had NO idea what I was doing. I had ridden my 4 wheeler all over my hunting area and had no luck.
          Didn't see anything.
          Didn't hear anything.
          I was sitting on a log, wondering what I could do.
          I was about a half mile from a major, local highway. One of those box delivery trucks with a roll up door was going by.
          I know you've seen those trucks with the door bumping up and down when they hit a bump!
          It dawned on me, every time the door bumped, a tom would shock gobble!
          I ran around to a pond dam, set up and began calling.
          Two gobblers came around the dam and stopped.
          I shot at the first bird. He jumped and ran into the weeds.
          The second bird just stood there. I reloaded and shot at him!
          Same effect!
          Reloading, I watched where the birds came from, thinking they would retreat the same route.
          That's when the first bird flopped limply into the bottom of the dry pond and lay there!
          Down the pond dam, around a mesquite tree, open the gate and around the end of the dam!
          What's that?
          A dark form lay in the weeds just off the edge of the wheat field.
          It was the other bird!
          First hunt.
          First time calling!
          ....and I limit out on the first hunt! 😃

          Not good, just lucky! LOL!
          Good story! We can only shoot one per day in NY, two total for the month. They used to have it one bird in the first half of the month, second bird in the second half, but now it's just two birds, one per day, whenever.

          In the fall, we are now down to just one bird total for the season (shortened), but it used to be two for the season and no law against getting them both on the same day. Sometimes you'd hear about a guy filling both tags with one shot.

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          • #35
            Originally posted by MattM37 View Post

            Good story! We can only shoot one per day in NY, two total for the month. They used to have it one bird in the first half of the month, second bird in the second half, but now it's just two birds, one per day, whenever.

            In the fall, we are now down to just one bird total for the season (shortened), but it used to be two for the season and no law against getting them both on the same day. Sometimes you'd hear about a guy filling both tags with one shot.
            Oklahoma is down to 1 bird fall, 1 bird spring.
            Our season has always been Apr 6-May 6.
            Season is now Apr16-May 16.
            The later season cutd hunters out of the "rut"!

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