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How’d you get your start? #3080062
03/25/20 07:46 PM
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How’d you get into turkey hunting?
Age when you killed your first?

Re: How’d you get your start? [Re: gcr0003] #3080099
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I was 8 and my teacher and her husband took me. Been after them ever since. I still ain't near as good as north40r

Re: How’d you get your start? [Re: gcr0003] #3080111
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Weve been doing it a couple years now but I cant see any end to it. If deer would hollar back at you from 200yds away, I might not ever make it to work in the winter.

Re: How’d you get your start? [Re: gcr0003] #3080120
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The first time hunter advice thread that is pinned at the top of the turkey forum is a great start. I also have learned a lot by many folks on here. It does help to go with an experienced turkey hunter. I was fortunate to learn to turkey hunt from a couple of turkey killers, but you truly never quit learning. I started at 15 and killed my first Jake by myself at 15. Killed my first mature gobbler at 16 and it had two bears and 1 3/8 spurs and is still my biggest to date.

My grandfather got me into it, but he was not a run and gun type hunter. He would put 2 hens and a Jake decoy in a field and wait. Once I started hunted with my first turkey hunting mentor who was a “run and gun” type hunter, it changed everything. My grandfather killed many just sitting on a green field but I love the chase. I’ve been bitten by the bug ever since and am 25 now. I’ve killed a few birds but I’m nowhere near as good as many of the other well known turkey killers on this site.

Re: How’d you get your start? [Re: gcr0003] #3080125
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30ish. No mentor or friends who hunted turkeys so all my learning was by error and more error. Lol I still learn something every time I step into the woods to hunt them. I killed one my first season and have steadily grown to love turkey hunting more than deer. My job doesn’t allow me a ton of time to chase them but I try every chance I get. Good luck on your journey, if it bites you spring time will never be the same.


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On a good day there's a bunch of assholes in here. On a bad day there's too many assholes in here.
Re: How’d you get your start? [Re: gcr0003] #3080127
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I allways made fun of a buddy for hunting turkeys, I was bored and he said come go with me I was already up st the club so I agreed. After a few attempts we finally struck a birds 30
Mins later I had 2 long beards hammering it at the end of the gun barrel!! 2 came in strutting and smoked one of them. I can replay that in my mind like it was yesterday and from then on out I’ve been addicted and I thank my friend every open morning for that great morning I’ll never forget.i believe I was around 23 then

Re: How’d you get your start? [Re: gcr0003] #3080148
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Youth pastor took me when i was 14. Killed one on my first hunt. Hooked ever since.

Re: How’d you get your start? [Re: gcr0003] #3080164
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Pretty young. Fall hunted with my Dad and Spring Hunted with my Uncle, his brother. Killed my first in 1976. I was 12 .

Re: How’d you get your start? [Re: gcr0003] #3080185
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I started just to see what all the fuss was about, took me 2 years to get one but I learned a lot by making stupid decisions. After that first one I was hooked!


"A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of." Luke 6:45
Re: How’d you get your start? [Re: gcr0003] #3080229
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Was in my early 20s. Killed my first turkey in the Old River Swamp WMA in south Mississippi with one of my good friends


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Re: How’d you get your start? [Re: gcr0003] #3080255
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11 years old. Eddie Salter guided and called for me. Fosters Loop Road

True story

Been down hill ever since

Re: How’d you get your start? [Re: gcr0003] #3080352
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Started about a decade ago right out of college with my then girlfriend's dad. I hunted 4 years without a bird. Not because he didn't put me on them, but because I kept screwing up opportunities. After that first one, it's been game on ever since!


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Re: How’d you get your start? [Re: Clark8907] #3080358
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Originally Posted by Clark8907
I was 8 and my teacher and her husband took me. Been after them ever since. I still ain't near as good as north40r



You can put the pom poms up for now son! I ain't even close to tagged out!


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Re: How’d you get your start? [Re: gcr0003] #3080359
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I went once or twice in high school just not many birds around on my families land...i killed 1st when i was 30 or 31 a few miles from me I'm 35 now...i saw 1st turkey around my house 4 years ago and I've lived close by my whole life except 5 years...so far my total is 2 birds...deer is much different story i hope the turkeys can grow here and I might change my mind on favorite game but for now deer rules

Re: How’d you get your start? [Re: gcr0003] #3080360
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Grew up in the country with an old 20ga shotgun and plenty of land to hunt. Didn’t take long to make 2+2=4. We were blessed spoiled back then from the early-80’s thru mid-2000’s with ridiculous #’s of turkeys. Over the last 10-15yrs there has been a serious decline in population but that just makes the chase more rewarding when everything goes right.



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Re: How’d you get your start? [Re: gcr0003] #3080378
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I took my uncle and cousin on a lease I had in Wayne County TN when it was absolutely covered in turkeys. I let them shoot all the ones they called up and never lifted my gun even when I had an easy opportunity to double with my uncle. I just didn't get it because there were so many birds it just seemed too easy. Fast forward 5 or 6 years and I went with my brother on a place we had permission on in Alabama. . I'd been practicing with a mouth call all off season and decided I was going to give it another try. We heard a few birds but most were too far off the property but I struck one about 7:30 in a deep creek bottom that I thought we could get to. We walked down in the bottom and he answered me several times but I told my brother he was on the other side of a big creek. I started cutting hard at him and I heard wings flap and we dove for cover. He came in on a full run from about 150 yards and stopped at 50 yards and was gobbling his head off. I was shooting a 20 gauge and needed him to come 10 more yards but he got nervous when he couldn't see a hen and skirted us by using a blow down for cover and walked by us at 15 yards gobbling as he left. I looked at my brother and told him I was hunting every damn day until i killed one. I was mad at em like nothing else and I finally killed one on the last hunt that year. I've loved it ever since.


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Re: How’d you get your start? [Re: gcr0003] #3080402
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My dad got me started. Killed 2 when I was 5 years old. He was a Luke warm turkey hunter, but he would get me on a couple every year. When I could drive, I really went head over heels for a gobble. I’d say my addiction has steadily gotten worse since.

Re: How’d you get your start? [Re: gcr0003] #3080443
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We saw a few deer hunting when I was a kid and that got me interested. Started reading everything I could get my hands on about them.
We hunted my dad’s family farm in Virginia every Thanksgiving. They had a pretty long fall season in those days. And first one I ever killed was in the fall. Few years later, AMB and I started getting after them pretty good and I got my first spring bird on his family’s farm in Brewton. Places have come and gone but I still go a little every year. It’s a tad difficult when there aren’t many turkeys where you live. I haven’t kilt one in a hot minute. Maybe this year.


I just know what works for us. — Whild Bill
Re: How’d you get your start? [Re: gcr0003] #3080451
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My daddy an grandaddy were turkey hunters. My older brother and daddy started takin me when i was 5 or 6. I started shootin atem when i was bout 9...i missed probly 5 or 6 before i finally killed one when i was about 14. It was a jake, i killed my first longbeard when i was 19....an i been wakinem ever since. I have learned alot since i started...but the hardest thing for me was actually killin the turkey...i went through some dark times..but i finally partially finished my turkey education and am refining my craft.


"I dont quit.. And ill fight alone if i have to"
Re: How’d you get your start? [Re: gcr0003] #3080455
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my brother got me started in the 90’s - was late 20’s when i killed my first one

my dad was a dove/quail hunter - but he had a friend in the heating & cooling business that was eat up with turkey hunting & he taught me a lot

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