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Strut Report

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Strut Report - Central Fl - March 31, 2015

I missed most of the first week of the Central Florida season, but the second weekend was eventful.

I’ve yet to connect with a big Osceola but I have seen and heard more than my share of long beards. Gobblers are on the move, both with hens and alone.

There are lots of early morning and late afternoon gobblers visible and audible in the pastures and woodlands near my home and northward. I saw three big gobblers just this afternoon, one strutting with hens, and two wandering alone. Gobblers have been sounding off early in the morning at first light as usual on the roost where I hunt, but gobbling action seems to wane quickly shortly after gobblers hit the ground and get with hens.

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Posted by David Shashy on 03/31 at 09:52 AM
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Friday, March 20, 2015
Tecomate Strut Report – South TX - March 20, 2015


It’s Gobblers Gone Wild down here in south Texas as our season opens on Saturday.  We scouted this past weekend, calling in nearly a half dozen birds.  The last few years have been good for our local turkey population and I am seeing more numbers than I can remember in the past decade.  Normally I would be worried about how henned up the birds are early (and it will be a factor), but with such a target rich environment, we should see some early season success.

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Posted by Hardy Jackson on 03/20 at 07:25 AM
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Thursday, March 19, 2015
Strut Report - Central Florida - March 19, 2015


Osceola Gobblers are fully engaged in Central Florida right now. Last Friday afternoon a short 30 minute noon time ride along country roads revealed 9 gobblers, 6 mature, 3 jakes, wandering open fields looking for hens. There is plenty of gobbler sign at some of my favorite places. I am receiving reports almost daily from turkey hunting companions from the Lake Okechobee area up to South Ga - big time gobbler action occurring right now!

One gobbler I saw mid-day on Friday March 13th in Central Florida north of HWY 70, was locked down in full strut, giving his full attention to a single hen. I have also observed several single hens in places where historically they only seem to when they are likely nesting during the spring.

My good friend Garry Adel took a great old 3 year old swamp boss on opening morning that came in silent to his mid-morning set-up, around 8:40 AM March 7th. We were hunting south of Florida highway 70 where the season is now into its second week.

Me and Gary spent the first two mornings hunting south Florida gobblers without hearing a single gobble. It was windy both mornings, and even though not much turkey activity was observed, Garry managed to score.

Will report again from Florida soon! It looks like we are in for a great spring season!

Good luck hunting, and be safe!!!

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Posted by David Shashy on 03/19 at 08:47 AM
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Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Tecomate Strut Report – MS – March 18, 2015


Finally Sun! !!!!! After weeks of wet and nasty weather the clouds break giving way to golden rays of delight; and to the Magnolia State’s opening week of turkey season. The past couple days have been beautiful with turkeys finally starting to gobble some. Birds here in North Mississippi have not warmed up fully but are beginning to act like spring turkeys. I was very fortunate to harvest this double bearded gobbler this morning. He was hanging out with two other long beards and only gobbled a couple times on the roost. The trio went silent for an hour after hitting the ground. I made numerous setups calling several times with no response. Then after repositioning many times and moving through the timber ever so quietly; I was able to get to a place where the birds would answer my calling. It wasn’t long after that when the group came marching in and my Remington 870 did the rest.

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Posted by Mark Newell on 03/18 at 07:50 AM
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Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Tecomate Strut Report - Southwest AL - March 17th


Opening weekend started off very slow as rainy, windy weather had the birds extremely quiet Saturday morning. Sunday was a better day with a few toms sounding off from the roost but they quickly stopped gobbling once they pitched down. Hunting the majority of the day, sign was evident but the crafty gobblers never would respond to our calling. Hopefully, they will start to get fired up as next weekend approaches. I did hear from other guys that were in the woods that Sunday was a good day. This fine bird fell victim to a friend of mine on a farm in central Alabama. 22lbs with a 10 inch bear and 1 1/4 spurs. A fine Alabama tom for sure!

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Posted by Bowen Slade on 03/17 at 09:05 AM
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Tuesday, March 10, 2015


Well folks even though it’s been very wet, wintery, and wild; the 2015 Spring Turkey Season is here. Just this last week in Mississippi I was scouting for turkeys in the snow. I am not used to seeing turkey tracts in the snow at anytime, much less in March. However, the cold scouting days have paid off so far. With youth season opening this past weekend, I was able to guide a couple young hunters on two very successful hunts.

The first was with 13 year-old Jordan on opening day. His dad, Rocky, was getting married later that day so I kept him out of hot water with both his son and his bride by taking Jordan hunting. It was a cold 26 degrees at Newell Wildlife Service’s The Hills, in east central MS, but birds where still gobbling. I was able to call in two long beards and four jakes, with Jordan smoking the strutter with his grandpa’s old Remington 1100. And yes we made it back in plenty of time for the wedding that both of us had parts in.

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Posted by Mark Newell on 03/10 at 03:03 PM
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Sunday, May 11, 2014


May 8th
I’ll be hunting with Steve Cathey from Casper Wyo at the Hook Ranch, 5000 acres of draws, meadows. and pine hills. Our host guide is Wayne Jordan who lives on the ranch. Wayne and I roosted several gobblers this evening. We’ll meet at 4:20AM and get after them. We are going to try to get in close early in the dark before daybreak. Will report!

May 9th
Great plan. But did not work. Moderate gobbling on roost. One gobbler came close but we never saw him. 4-6 gobblers headed straight away following hens. All quiet since. Trying to find them again now. Fantastic weather. Blue sky and still!  Tough since a hr after daylight. Have seen only 5 hens.

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Posted by David Shashy on 05/11 at 09:45 AM
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Friday, May 09, 2014


I just returned from one of my favorite places in the world to hunt turkeys, Kansas. This particular farm is extra special because you have the opportunity to harvest Rios, Easterns, and Rio-Eastern hybrids. During this past week my two hunting buddies and I tagged out in just 2 and a half days with 6 birds: Three Easterns, two hybrids, and one Rio. It was an awesome hunt which I was fortunate to observe 5 of the 6 being harvested; three of which were captured on camera. The birds had few hens with them which made them very easy to work off the roost.

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Posted by Mark Newell on 05/09 at 10:20 AM
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