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Old April 28, 2014, 05:32 PM   #1
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Lots of Turkeys

I just got back from a "walkabout" down back. There are 40 acres of blueberry fields there and. I encountered ten turkeys, this first day of the season...three Toms and 7 Jakes, any of which would have been easy to bag with a shotgun, about 20 yards away...in the open. I was just inside the woods line and they had no idea there was a dangerous killer standing there. I don't want to shoot a turkey, so brought my new light varmint rifle instead of my 12 gauge.

The rifle is a slightly-used .223, Rem 700 Light Varmint, Stainless Fluted that I bought a week ago at LL Bean for just such walkabouts. It weighs 6 3/4 lbs without scope and about 7 3/4 lbs. with a temporary 3-9X Bushnell 3200. (A Leupold VX2 3-9 is on order and was shipped today.)

My trail camera was less than 5 yards from me and the turkeys were on it, but exposure and focus were very poor. (It missed the best pictures at about 10 yards.) I knew where they were in the scene, yet still had a difficult time seeing them. Fun in rural Maine!!!!

(Rifle is shown in this thread "Older Rem 700 SFLV" on another page, so I couldn't post it here.)
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Old April 28, 2014, 05:50 PM   #2
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Ok so if you don't want to shoot a turkey then why did you bring the rifle? I can't think of another season open here at the moment.
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Old April 28, 2014, 07:43 PM   #3
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Coyotes are open, but I wasn't really hunting-hunting, just walking about the property and to pick up my game camera card.

I also have a couple of metallic silhouettes in the field and pot them, unless there are critters around.
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Old May 1, 2014, 01:26 AM   #4
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Ok so if you don't want to shoot a turkey then why did you bring the rifle? I can't think of another season open here at the moment.
I often bring a gun with me for personal protection when out in the woods.
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Old May 1, 2014, 07:57 AM   #5
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Glad you're seeing birds in your area.

Things have noticeably slowed here the last 2-3yrs. My guess is the increase in the yote population. I'm sure this past winter didn't do the turkey any good either but noticed the lack of birds prior to that.

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Old May 19, 2014, 09:26 AM   #6
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Picher,ayuh! Turkeys are plentiful in Maine. My favorite deer hunting area is loaded. Lot's of hens and jakes.Took a nice Tom there last year.My favorite walkabout gun is an AR15,Bushy carbine,adj stock,Timney trigger,and 3-9x scope.Nice on 'yoyes.
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Old May 19, 2014, 01:46 PM   #7
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my son had the right gun at the right time...

It is with great regret I announce the death of "big bird".
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Old May 22, 2014, 08:14 AM   #8
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Nice bird, but I thought they were bigger than that...and yellow.
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