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    Iíll post pics once I get to my computer. Went out for my first two weeks of work in Wyoming...first week was actually the ďoff weekĒ of my on/off schedule. After several days of chasing Jakes and hens on 10,000 acres of private wonderland Iíve been blessed with access to...I had to work. So second week, Iím working or on-call 24/7, so I canít hunt unless Iím 30 min to the hospital. I find a great group of strutting Merriams in range, but itís very, very off-limits.
    Taxidermist in town, Wade from Abbeville, suggested a public spot...it was 30 min from hospital sitting in truck...no way to hunt and be within 30 minutes...oh well...looking like tag soup. Finally, itís time to drive the 22 hours trek back to Indiana for my boys pre K graduation...but that tag was working on me. Decided to give the ole boy from SCís advice ago and hit that very same-as-everything-else spot on my way out of town. 1/2 mile in I hear gobble. Drop left into a coolie and end up in a dry creek bed with decent cover. I continue to descend...GOBBBBBLLLLE! Hmmm. I ease out where this coolie plays out into a gorgeous green creek bottom surrounded by Cottonwoods...never would have known it if not for ONX gps map, but even then, I did not expect this place to be so beautiful. I think I have to be on private, check my onX...smack in the middle of Wyoming land. Gotta fired up gobbler to my right around the bend and a loud hen about 30 yards in front of me just overs rise. I lay on my face until I think the hen has worked away a bit. She moves off...he ugobbles farther away...I see my opportunity to make a move to some good cover at a good vantage point...this is few and far between out there. I miraculously make it. Settle down. See three turkeys ~100 yards coming in from left. I let out an easy yelp run with my cheap knight and hale mouth call. All three go into gobble-seizures while the one around bend to right is losing his mind. Iíve had a couple gobble at me some over the years...Iíve got four blowing my hair back all at once on public land in Wyoming on my last hours of my season there...and while I was in the thick of some mighty fine cover, my heaving breath and pounding heart had everything I was touching dancing...my gun was resting on a branch that rested on five others and everything in the tree was moving to the rhythmic, massively amplified breathing patterns. The three seem to be wondering why the bushes are moving. Where the fug is this famous Wyoming wind? Now the hen has decided she would not be outdone by me...so she jacks her calling up a knotch or two and starts making strange noises, strange cadences, strange timing...so WTH...I try to copy her. She yelps three times with last one slow and drawn out...me too. This was fun, as all four Toms gobble day every-freaking set of sounds we made. Iím nearing passing out due to hyperventilation when the three leave back to the left...they never strutted...as they left, I pulled out my rangefinder and range the miracle-tree at 60, the ďthere is a snowballs chance in hellĒ downed log at 72, and the pretty good chance spot at 80-90. Knowing my pattern is supernatural at 55 and having seen the same setup with dead every time patterns at 75 on the YouTube, I was going to give it a chance at 90 in. So I have the one around corner gobbling every noise I make...every noise she makes. He chases her into the 80-90 yard clearing. Heís just strutting his ass off and hammering at everything. She bolts back to where she came from, he turns to follow...I call, he turns and gobbles trying to see what he knows is there...sheís calling, he turns and gobbles and struts her way...this time, I yelp and throw a double quick cut-cut thing in the middle and he gobbled twice super hard and Iím pretty sure both of us neared orgasm right there. That did it though...he came puffed up and glowing right out 10 to 15 on the other side of my 72 log and I knew there was no way he was going to break strut and cross the log for a hen he did not see. Now or never...I lined it up and 3.5Ē
    Longbeard XR 5s with the longbeard xr choke flat salt-shakered his head at 82-85 yards. Would feel a little bad, but I found out a lot of folks hunt them with .17 rifles out there. Calling in a Tom off a horny hen on public ground to 82 yards is something I am going to be proud of although a lot of lucky decisions allowed me not to screw it up before it ever got going good. Please help me with ID....I was a bit let down...not over size, but I was so zoned in I never paid attention to fact it wasnít Merriams. Then I thought how stupid disappointment in any aspect of that hunt was...and was jacked again. Iím thinking this is 100% Rio....if hybrid, lots Rio/little Merriams. What say ye. I did not weigh, but he was light...maybe 17-18#. Spurs were jake like nubbins (if this was eastern). Just non-sharpened/developed two year old rounded nubbins. Beard 7.5Ē and pencillike. This bird never did not gobble and had the three others convinced that they would suffer mightily for a close up of the trim he was wooing. Any ID help much appreciated. Will be using driftwood and cottonwood bark from that spot to display the fan/beard/and ďspursĒ. Pics are in my gallery in my turkey album, but Ill post once I get to a. device thatíll let me.
    I tell you what, from "smoking a pair of big black dicks" to "wanking across the pond"...you have to be very careful when posting about duck hunting from a smartphone!

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    I remember the good ole days when your novels had paragraphs

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tater View Post
    I remember the good ole days when your novels had paragraphs
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    Congrats! That made my head hurt
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    Have y'all ever taken Sonata? May have mentioned this already, but its a sleep aid, and if you are ready to sleep, you sleep; if you miss the window because you are making a quick post on SCDucks prior to going to sleep...well, refer to the original post to understand what happens! Sorry! Anyhow, here is the bird. Rio or Hybrid?

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    Last edited by WhitewaterDuck; 05-22-2018 at 10:01 PM.
    I tell you what, from "smoking a pair of big black dicks" to "wanking across the pond"...you have to be very careful when posting about duck hunting from a smartphone!

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    This is the view from my perch in the cover I got to. The three from left came in on other side of small evergreen tree in the shade of the tree. The one I called over came from behind the thick stuff to the right. I shot him ~10-15 yards on the other side of that downed log in the clearing. While this was all going on, a beautiful, fully plumed drake woodie landed in the creek between us and put on a show of his own. Beautiful spot.
    I tell you what, from "smoking a pair of big black dicks" to "wanking across the pond"...you have to be very careful when posting about duck hunting from a smartphone!

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    After a near mile hike out with altitude change of ~ 350' and despite bleeding what looked to be a gallon on my back, his head was still pouring blood...another thumbs up to the Winchester longboard xr + longboard xr choke combo.
    I tell you what, from "smoking a pair of big black dicks" to "wanking across the pond"...you have to be very careful when posting about duck hunting from a smartphone!

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    Canít help ya on rio v hybrid, but congrats on killing a bird in a damn beautiful spot

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    Looks like a rio to me
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    Looks like Rio to me as well. Rio or a hybrid... who cares? Congrats on the bird!
    Last edited by KRT; 05-23-2018 at 06:07 AM.
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    Rio for sure, but it doesn't matter when the adrenaline gets to flowing

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    Damn beautiful

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    Beautiful spot to kill a turkey.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KRT View Post
    Looks like Rio to me as well. Rio or a hybrid... who cares? Congrats on the bird!
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    Nice killing.
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    That's a Merriam with a Tan... I've seen some Merriam's killed in Merriam country that didn't have frosted tips. To each is own in Wyoming id call him a Merriam.

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    Congrats, that some beautiful countryside.

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    Congrats on an awesome hunt!

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    Nice work, congrats! Beautiful place and great bird.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2thDoc View Post
    KRT is the resident expert

    Nice killing.
    Finally you start to agree.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Longbeard Exterminator View Post
    That's a Merriam with a Tan... I've seen some Merriam's killed in Merriam country that didn't have frosted tips. To each is own in Wyoming id call him a Merriam.
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