Spring Turkey Hunting – TENNESSEE PUBLIC LAND

the day is at day three here in Tennessee not a lot happened for anyone’s yesterday we saw I guess we saw a long beard off the road and then saw a few down the bottom when we walked in there but nobody really had any major action yesterday so we are heading into a different spot this morning spot that Warb’s actually been back in yeah basically right at the back this system of fields that runs back there’s just timber along the creek and we need to go he’s gobbling alright let’s do it so it’s our first time in this little area no we’ve never crossed the creek so I didn’t want to do that in the dark so we’re just trying to kind of get the lay of the land so when we came in we got close enough where we could hear birds goblin on the roost which we looking at the map we thought it would be somewhere down in here but we don’t want to come there’s a ferret or a mink see it don’t know i just saw it anyway all sorts of wildlife in here so we just found a spot where we could cross the creek you know getting into this bottom it’s fairly open but we’re just gonna kind of pick our way through well you’re coming into a brand new area sometimes it’s smart to be a little bit more patient and put eyes on it in the daylight so that way they want any come in the next time when it’s dark you know exactly where to go understood up blowing something off the roost a bird that we were on this morning on the gobble once or twice once he hit the ground hopefully get up I’m able to hear something they’ve been pretty quiet after that first hour day hear him, he’s gobbling a lot way back in there I think he’s way back in you want to drive up to the access up there I can get going as well if he’s only got a lot I got 15-20 minutes before he even thinks about flying down just get in there as close as we can be frustrating if we drive all the way over there then they’re just gobbling right here you know that one’s going crazy though I just everything that made it sound gobbled on walls I can I snuck up to this Ridge here kind of right above and across the river somewhere that bird was gobbling we heard off the bridge gobble once or twice when we were getting out of the car to walk in I think I might her to watch her play so we’re getting back in here but since then we haven’t heard him gobble since he hit the ground for sure because he can hear the highways right behind me so even if he is down that private land field down there and he’s gobbling his head off I felt like we’d be able to hear the hope was that even though he roosted on the private over there as you guys saw in the first video there plenty willing to fly back and forth across this river at any point especially if they’re in the right mode there’s a bunch of scratching up on this Ridge here and I know Warb’s hunted here in the past I don’t know what the exact plan is here we might scoot up but it’s it’s hard to deal with the tower right now especially if we can’t hear very go you know but it’s a beautiful morning hopefully Sam or John are on some birds found another little shoal crossing right here there’s a turtle out there in it this could be a good spot for us to come across quietly in the early morning we’ve got another open bottom here in front of us looks like real good turkey

habitat so we’re just easing along this path right here right here along the edge of the creek because as you can tell there’s a little bit of a rise and then it flattens out up there on top that’s where we expect the birds are at is up top we just heard a gobble guys right over here not very far within right there not yet do you where’s he at man that bird came by close Warb saw him probably about 45 yards I never got a look at him cuz I was positioned a little bit different but we’re gonna cut back around to where he was gobbling set up again and call and see if we can get him to come back yeah he just squirted us up through these woods looking for that him that’s what I was worried about it in open woods like that yeah yeah once he get over this top wide open it’s flat up there and y’all could probably see in the footage but we let him move off now we’re gonna hook around the best spot that he was gobbling then try to bring him back up through that it’s obvious he likes something about that yeah the middle of those woods right through there so somewhere right in here is where he was strutting around at when we were over on the other side so yeah it’s just we could probably get it didn’t raise right up there yep yep in the shadows gonna sit up at that double-chocolate he’s definitely coming soon yep

how far was he that las time? I mean probably 100 he’s right over here see yep I think I think I do I think I see him he’s going left coming towards us yeah coming coming towards us I can see him he’s got a skirt just hair left you see him yep I’ll have to swing okay 35 30 25 maybe I’ll have to swing on him yep at least you didn’t take that shot yeah if you locked it when he was moving laughs could you not keep it with you because I’m left-handed so you’ve won as far as you could go yeah I should have just switched to right-hander when he was out there it’s as good as it gets right there right down there at us hey I can’t believe I messed that up sounds like somebody missed that one that’s the first one we’ve called in down the gun gobbling like that this year yeah he just did not want to commit over there to our first set up he wanted to be in this little opening down through this timber that were set up in and it’s there ain’t much room through here means pretty flat y’all notice we let him work off bobbling and then picked up our gear and circled all the way around in here right to the spot that he came from this is where he came up out of when we called him in the first time and I just got a little bit of footage of him moving through the timber and then we got him fired up again I mean we saw him go through there with no hand goblin he just didn’t want to commit to that first set up so then we got into the spot that he wanted to be in after watching him come through this little low gap right here whatever you would call it in the woods circle around used the terrain to our advantage then got over here did some aggressive calling to get him fired back up and then we put it away we didn’t call again just scratching the leaves a few times as he was coming in once we got to the spot that he wanted to be in he was just bobbing right through here looking I just tried to wait for him to get behind the tree and I’m swinging him at that point he’s looking at right right now oh I know horizontally yeah I don’t know how you’d say that well he’s basically paralleling us yes and then paralleling us and he’s looking straight into us and Sam it’s almost silhouetted by that point you know if he comes down the gun barrel he’s got that tree to break him up but by the time the bird gets all the way over here behind the camera he’s looking at us from the side these turkeys don’t mess around

either so like if they see something yeah that one was gone yeah he was gone peace how do you feel defeated yeah just play that one wrong I blame my parents really for being left-handed no that was my fault just not setting up on him right for not being prepared for him to skirt one way or another I mean he could have come across this and I coulda killed him all day I guess but just the way he was coming across here it just sounded like he was gonna come back either straight in or cut across this flat out to our right so sweet hunt oh that was awesome yeah I mean it’s the first one really like responding to the call good and like hammering all like the whole time oh well oh well you say go find another one I guess Jake Jake Jake there’s a bird goblin in this field right here I’ve heard him twice now Jacob sometimes you just gonna have to take him out a couple are they that warm up let him fire up you got my diary gobble that’s what sitting back there then you definitely just did it like I was moving sign here he’s right here that night straight to the right even if he’s got to be able he’s straight down ourselves we can just loop around the field, there he was did you hear him the south of him there he was yeah he’s a long way over there let’s live down in the south let’s go right around my wanna move like pretty quick maybe as quick as we can I think this might be him guys might be the time right up there in the crest of the hill is he by himself I look at that’s all I see is his head he just popped it over there was a deer blowing at us but I’m gonna I’m gonna crawl this decoy up here where he can if i can see him i’ll crawl back here I think He got closer He’s in trouble son He’s definitely getting closer yep

Where from the decoy Where is he Zach? Walking right at the decoy wait just wait You on him? yep I just want to make sure he’s not getting it up because I shot through a lot of brush what I just want to make sure he’s toast, did you not have a shot oh no I hopped out on the edge there and I can just see his head and did you ever hear that deer blowing right he was pop strut up there and I can just see his head he’s just strutting up there looking back and forth and share on the highest point in the field well it’s exactly where I thought he was I told you this is the one yeah sometimes I just got taken off out an old pasture seriously though yeah you have to sometimes I mean this time of day has been better for most of the people that we’ve talked to you then right off the roost yeah me unless you can get right under one most of the birds are with hens right now I think Fred shot every bird that he said I just read his post today we just did that podcast with Fred down in Alabama I don’t know if you guys know who he is but he’s killed three birds already this year probably bore by today and he said I think I think he said all of them were between 1:00 and 4:00 o’clock when the birds were kind of splitting up I could have shot for the longest time but he never he got nervous there at the end read at least turned around and I was like I’m not gonna let him get away but until he got nervous I wasn’t gonna shoot through all that stuff I’ll show you what I was dealing with but so off the bat I just had my barrel pointed right off the edge where it’s thick there just because I knew there was a chance that he was just gonna walk right into the decoy without holding up like that so I just pointed right off the edge waiting for you to give me the green light but he kind of hung up like right in there for me he just danced around right in there and I just kind of

slowly I know I was that this my right shoulder left against this thing at one point and then shot him I don’t normally like this luckily I like the two beads on this gun that you can just line up so you know you’re down on it and everything’s good and I can shoot sideways like that I have one opening that you said I could shoot them I’m like I’ll just wait he’s not nervous yet had he got nervous I could have made it work through there – just a one small spot but alright what’s your final guess three is that pretty close I’ll say 31 okay 30 31 32 33 and a half I think he was probably actually closer and that’s not so good work Zack my favorite number yeah just your standard two-year-old he’s got a heck of a snoot on though I don’t know if you guys saw I’m whipping it around but he was ready that might up the flu he was very proud of that yeah dude he was I think what was the coolest the coolest is that was up there and we were over there we worked all the way around yeah we were right and we were closer to him probably when we heard him gobble actually we got to a point though where he was more willing to come to her setup he was it will show you on the map but he would have had to come through some thick nasty stuff to get to us and I’ll I mean I’m sure he was down in this part of the field at one point during today even it’s a lot easier to call turkeys to a spot that they want to be in and I’m not much of a caller so I have to be in spots that they want to be in I think another thing that I guess to me immediately it was like if we go right at him we’re gonna be either bumping him because we got to come through this thick it’s basically a thick hedge row I mean yeah the the it’s not just a fence row it’s pretty deep which is what most fields around here are mm-hmm and we walked all the way around and we walked so far away that we couldn’t hear him gobbling anymore and I’m sure he probably was and I think the biggest thing in in my head was that he’s probably not going that way he’s probably not going back towards access he’s probably coming down here rivers down here I mean there’s more habitat down here mm-hm and we figured you know immediately like let’s try to get in front of him especially early in the year I mean I guess he was he was by himself that’s the first time but if you’re hunting like a flock of turkeys henned up turkeys you’re gonna have to be where they want to be and it helps even if it’s a lone bird but I mean I know a lot of guys are probably dealing with turkeys that are henned up and as seasons start to open up in the north you’re gonna be dealing with end up turkeys and the the biggest thing is just being exactly where the whole flock wants to be right I’m not opening up there though I can just see his head when I popped out on the edge of the field and I guess like if you know that there’s a chance that there’s birds in the field or if you know for a fact that there’s birds in the field you got to be really really careful about how you go about getting into the field listen if you’re gonna try to do that that’s the hardest part about fields one of the hardest parts about field turkeys I think as if they’re already out there and you’re not on them right off the roost it’s how do you get in there we used the topography we use the shadows and we got all the way around them folks I mean this time of day hunters start bailing off these fields you know it’s the middle of the week people are going to work I was thinking about that earlier today is like when these birds are going to the fields at least one we’re hearing and I get out towards the fields after all the hunters are most likely leaving the woods, let’s go show this bird to those guys you guys out hunting that’s why you’re talking about we were wondering if you knew any photographers that would take pictures of a dead turkey meet at camp that’s gonna kill it’s gonna kill warb oh we got to get out there yeah the birds are gobbling you’re like so good doing that dude yeah I was trying to hold on yeah I like the one that walk was like you know it was your normal walk but that looks cool that’s a good closing shot there to transition and us going back to people we can even do – I doesn’t got this vision okay so that you can like get even like push his feet in and then shut that after I close it it’ll get the black and then next time you’ll see us we’ll be at camp with those guys just go ahead and put those push those in there and then I’ll shut that side move these underwear how’s it going Sam Mike good to meet you hi congratulations man yeah dude hey

Mike nice to meet you nice to meet you oh yeah we all wish yeah yeah shut up yeah the sad one I’m glad we could have to the episode yeah yeah did you measure awesome no we haven’t done that yet we should be that we gotta tape let’s do that I got a tape from the trunk his beaks a little rotten he’s got a long snood shake if you shake it off how do I get into you take that sneer too long oh he has a long snood guy’s just shaking that it’s out of it this mystery yeah you can’t measure numbered against against the no rules rules Oh Jake we’ve got us a good got a season record got you’ve got a 48 inch your focus room biggest fantasy work four footer well the height is pretty awesome that’s hilarious we were just talking about that fun night it’s like the majority of weird high 48 all right guys like I’m gonna cut this clip well take some photos you guys can see some of that all right well I got back to camp showed those guys the bird and we got Sam with us who was a professional photographer so we figured he’d give you a little bit of the rundown maybe how it goes about taking trophy photos and maybe some of the gear he uses sure that’s easy well it’s not easy but first trick is to try to like turkey or shoot a deer whatever try to keep it in as good a shape as possible if you have a turkey and shoot a turkey don’t just throw it in the back of the pickup and jam a bunch of stuff on it and then expect to get good photos after so when it comes to shooting trophy photo locations it’s like definitely shoot some photos right there in the field like that’s when everything all the memories and everything the smiles are gonna be the biggest at that very moment but if you’re hunting a specific location and there’s this place that kind of gives a lot more story to the entire trip move the animal there shoot some extra photos just so down the road you can look back and it’ll bring back just that many more memories and the reason we’re shooting them here is because zach and i pretty much started on this bridge behind us every day that’s where we’ve been listening so yep probably 60 years we’ll be able to look back and we’ll remember exactly where I was from 50 60 years we’re gonna be old man know also like at camp – can’t be good one – so yep I guess I’ve always just liked getting really nice trophy photos for a long time now is because I don’t really know anything I just would rather have a nice picture because the mountains just gonna deteriorate over time yep pictures keeping lasts forever that’s right snaps um all right go ahead so we’re gonna move Jake around a lot but right now I’m shooting on a little bit longer lens a telephoto lens and I almost always shoot I get back far but then so I can zoom all the way in with the lens to keep work Jake is still gonna be in the frame and what this does it doesn’t really compress the photo but that’s what they say basically it flattens out the foreground in the background a little bit it allows you to blur out more of the background and just gives it a little bit better overall feel for like just a real clean crisp photo so that’s why we’re standing yeah that’s my way from yeah the other thing a big tip is never shoot the photo from above like always be at least level if not down a little bit if you only do that your photos will be a hundred times better I mean I think I think and one of the other tips that we haven’t said yet is you’re gonna want to say a lot of things like work it may be mentioned what just lends oh so I went from one extreme to the opposite so this is a 14 millimeter just super wide and this allows you to just get incredibly close but you can also tell there’s it brings it so much info from the background that you’re able to tell a little bit more of a story that single image and it do some kind of unique shots read you know I can shoot down here I still have Jake’s face it’s a frame even though I’m shooting at the neck so it just gives different perspective everything