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Strut Report

Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Tecomate Strut Report – ALABAMA – March 25 - 29th

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Turkey season is full swing in the “Heart of Dixie”. Turkeys have been a little sluggish due to lots of cold weather, but thanks to good hatches during the past two years there are lots of gobbling birds to pursue. With a very liberal limit of five gobblers available to the hunter to take in a season, one can chase turkeys all they want in the Yellowhammer State. Here is a bird I took this past week one cool and wet afternoon. I heard a gobbler fire off one gobble earlier that morning in the poring down rain. He never answered our calls and went somewhere my friend and I was not. I went back to the area to glass some of the fields that was nearby. I had lots of Reconyx game camera pictures of turkeys using a particular corner of one of the fields in the afternoons. I quickly spotted two long beards and twenty something hens with my Leupold binoculars. After a long crawl to a cedar hedge row I was ready to intercept one if they would come into range before they went to roost. At around 6:00pm they broke off from the flock and headed my direction. I never called to them, but I knew some of the routes that the turkeys used in the past as they headed to roost. Luckily they took the route that I was setup in and was able to put one on his back just seven minutes later. My Remington 3.5 inch 870 super magnum preformed great killing the bird easily at 45 yards. 

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Posted by Mark Newell on 03/26 at 11:19 AM
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Tecomate Strut Report – MISSISSIPPI – March 25 - 29th

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We are over a full week now into the Magnolia State’s turkey season. Turkeys are starting to come around and act like they suppose to this time of year. However, the cold temps the past few days and even more cold temps in the future may be a factor this up coming week. But you never know if you don’t go. This past Thursday I had an awesome hunt with two of my good friends from Northeast MS. It was a cold 28 degree morning, one of the coldest days of turkey hunting in Mississippi I have ever experienced. The birds did not gobble right away at the normal early morning sounds of owls and crows. I ended up having to make several series of hen calls to get a gobbler to respond. We quickly repositioned ourselves to an area where we knew turkeys liked to use. Thirteen-year-old Eli and I setup quickly by a big pine tree, while Bro. Kerry positioned himself about 10 yards or so up the logging road we hoped the turkeys would come to. The birds were all alone and responded great to all of my calls. It didn’t take the two birds long to come into view both strutting and gobbling. When they got to where Bro. Kerry, Eli’s dad, could film them I counted to three and we put both gobblers on their backs. What a literally “cool” hunt, one I will not soon to forget because this was Eli’s first turkey and was part of a double at that. Check out my nose in the picture, you will see where my trusty Remington 870 left its mark. Ha, it happens. 

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Posted by Mark Newell on 03/26 at 11:17 AM
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Thursday, March 21, 2013
Tecomate Strut Report - TEXAS - March 18 - 22nd

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Brush Country Rio’s of South Texas are fired up! This tripled bearded 4 year old came on the run, straight off his roost the first morning. 10.5”, 6.5” and 6” beards. Great sharp curved spurs. And I heard several other gobblers in the distance. Weather was great the first morning, March 16th, cool and clear. Sunday morning warm but good as well with several gobblers sounding off before daylight and throughout the morning. Lots of hens but lots of gobblers too. So when the hens cut us off we simply moved on to the next willing participant. I came close on more gobblers Sunday morning but no shot. Gobblers were responsive and coming to calls all morning.

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Posted by David Shashy on 03/21 at 10:54 AM
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Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Tecomate Strut Report – FLORIDA – March 18 – 22nd

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The Osceola turkey season opened March 16th here at Tall Tine Outfitters and our hunters have enjoyed 100% success with 11 gobblers having already hit the ground. Despite cool temperatures, the gobblers are responding well to calls and are readily coming into the decoy sets. Great hatches in the previous few years has resulted in an abundance of mature birds which in turn has increased competition for receptive hens. Gobblers and hens are still bunched so as the season progresses and nesting begins it is only going to get better.

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Posted by Ted Jaycox on 03/20 at 11:07 AM
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Monday, March 18, 2013
Tecomate Strut Report – MISSISSIPPI – March 18 – 22nd

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Turkey season is here for many of the southern states across the Tecomate Nation. One of those states that opened this past Friday was my home state of Mississippi. We had 5 hunters in camp for opening week.  Everyone agreed that “Rutting” gobbler activity was slow this weekend with only three of us actually hearing gobbling birds. However, our success was excellent with 7 gobblers being taken Friday through today. Hard hunting and good intel from our Reconyx cameras helped us be successful. There is so much emphasis put on game cameras for deer hunting. I believe game cameras can be just as effective on turkeys if not more effective. Here is a pick of my kill this weekend with my trusty 12 Gauge Remington 870 Super Magnum.

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Posted by Mark Newell on 03/18 at 03:48 PM
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