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Magnum hunter
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Exactly what sticksender said is how my season went. I had a decent amount of birds to hunt but they shut down with the decoys and calling. Nothing and I mean nothing would coax one in unless a hen decided to come check the situation out, but I only had a hen come close a couple times. I believe the number of hens walking around played a big factor too. I couldn't believe the number of hen sightings this year and I have been seeing numerous hens coming out of the woods in the mornings then going back in. They all got nests. I've concluded that those longbeards won't come in when they got the real thing right in front of them lol.

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Why do you guys think the birds were acting this way this season?

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well, pressure on the state areas can be one reason, 'cause thats all I have to hunt ... idiots pre-calling prior to the season opening dosnt help .... birds seemed call and decoy shy ... also, the Toms teamed up with hens, and once they do that, it is very very tough to get them away from... and like I said earlier, with the hunts stopping at noon on the F&W areas, there is no way to coax a Tom in once the hens nest up in late morning/early afternoon.... plus, the weather could have played into it as it stayed so cold longer .... all are just guesses ....

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quote:
Originally posted by Magnum hunter:
Why do you guys think the birds were acting this way this season?

Weather, cold start to spring .... if the season had been two weeks earlier as some hope you would be hunting in the snow up north!

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The only workable strategy we found was watching them at different times of the day from a distance and then adjusting our ambush spots until we ended up being close enough to their travel lanes to get a shot. The gobblers would sometimes go out of their way to avoid the decoys. So we ended up setting out low-key, hen-only decoys, placed well off to the side of their expected routes, so that the decoys would only really be serving as a calming/confidence effect.

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The season was a mess all through the mid-west. I am usually not one to blame poor hunting on the weather as I am a firm believer that animals have to live in the weather and generally don't care. But I think this spring (if you can even call it that) was so extreme that it had things messed up pretty bad. I really expect the hatch this year to be pretty weak at best.

I talk to a lot of turkey hunters across the nation and guys through the midwest really struggled. Some of the best turkey hunters that I have had the privilege of getting to know were struggling in hot bed states like Kansas and Missouri even. The combination of cold, wind, snow, and rain ... nearly every day really killed the season. There were very few warm sunny days this year and the birds just holed up.

Personally, I had a great season. 5 bow birds and I was beside 3 other hunters when they killed birds (1 bow, 1 crossbow, and 1 gun). All of these birds decoyed well and responded to calls. But I also realize that being in the right place at the right time often is the difference between a great hunt and a bust. In all reality, I did not see many birds this year though like in years past. Besides one day in Kansas, I saw/heard very few birds this year.

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