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Any Mississippi turkey hunters out there getting ready for next week? I would love to see pics and hear reports of your hunts. Good luck and post pics if you can. I'll do the same as soon as I can get out in the woods. Unfortunately I'm going to miss the first couple of days. Happy hunting. -tnscouter

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Not from Mississippi, but will be down there hunting the last week of March. I’ll try and get a post up during/after my trip.


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I’m from north Mississippi. Hadn’t got out yet but hope to this weekend to listen.

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I have never been before but am going to try my luck this weekend. Saw some gobblers during deer season so hopefully they are still around. I’ve heard it is a blast but have always been bass fishing During turkey season. I sold my boat last year and need something to keep me in the woods over the next month or so.

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Good luck to all going out and be safe! Jealous in a way, my seasons aren't until the beginning of May!


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Hickory Nut, if you kill one you will never drop another line over the next month or so.

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That’s what I’ve been hearing over the years. I am looking forward to trying it. Hopefully I can find some birds.

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Good luck to you southern hunters. May 1 can't come soon enough up here!


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Originally Posted by HickoryNut
That’s what I’ve been hearing over the years. I am looking forward to trying it. Hopefully I can find some birds.

They can humble you. Which just makes it worse. Tried the last two years to get a gobbler for my wife. Last year she blew 2 opportunities. One is the biggest gobbler I’ve ever seen and I’ve killed a 22+ and a 24+. She was ready to scream by the time season was over. But she did shoot a coyote.


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I must say turkey hunting is difficult. I tried late Friday afternoon to find some on the roost. No dice. They were not making a sound. Got up early Saturday morning and tried to set up in a large hay field I’ve seen them many times before. Hooted and made some soft calls to see if they would react. No reaction at all. Went to a different area with big timber and hay fields and tried some calling but no answer. It was cold for this time of year low 30’s. I wasn’t sure if that may have shut them down. I know they move in the cold but not sure how they react in cooler weather as far as calling. It’s not a large chunk of property but two 60 acre tracts with woods and hay fields that have not been cut in at least a year. Still a nice way to see the sun rise and be in the woods to see them come alive.

Saw a family friend on the way back home walking out from hunting. He said he didn’t hear anything either and said the front may have kept them quiet. Is that even a thing? Does cold weather keep them quiet?

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Hickory,

Now weather does not change a thing. The last two years in Missouri m, weather went from 60 to 22 and 2” of snow over night. Me and the boy smashed two that morning in the snow.

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Hey Fullfan congrats on the Double with your son! Sounds like that was a good time for sure. I will do some more scouting and listening. My uncle has a lot of experience turkey hunting and travels a good bit during the season. I think him and his buddy go to Missouri at least once a year to chase turkeys. I am not sure what part they go to but say they typically have a bunch of birds in the area they hunt.

I am not going to give up on them just because I didn't hear or see anything. Good luck to everyone. I will report back when I have an encounter with one of these majestic creatures.

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Hey Fullfan congrats on the Double with your son! Sounds like that was a good time for sure. I will do some more scouting and listening. My uncle has a lot of experience turkey hunting and travels a good bit during the season. I think him and his buddy go to Missouri at least once a year to chase turkeys. I am not sure what part they go to but say they typically have a bunch of birds in the area they hunt.

I am not going to give up on them just because I didn't hear or see anything. Good luck to everyone. I will report back when I have an encounter with one of these creatures.

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Congrats on the hunt with your son.


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We’re back from Mississippi. Left Monday at 2pm after work, drove straight thru the night and got there in time to hunt at daybreak on Tuesday. Got on some birds still in the roost, but they flew down and we never heard a gobble the rest of the day. We put on plenty of miles, but never struck a bird. Wednesday morning we found birds on private land and got as close as we could on the bordering public, which was still about 400 yards. Another repeat of fly down and never gobble again. We started putting on the miles again, and struck a bird around noon. Worked him for an hour, but couldn’t get him to cross a road and fence from private to our piece of public. We spent the evening in a spot where we had seen plenty of sign and killed our first bird about 5 pm. We called it a night, and were back at it early again Thursday morning. We got on birds off the roost, and had several hens and gobblers closing fast. They were just over a rise, but already in gun range. A last minute gun adjustment was picked up by a hen still in the roost tree. She headed for the next county, the birds over the rise went silent, and we never heard them again. Back to putting on the miles. About 1pm we struck a bird on public land, and by 130pm we had our second dead bird. We headed back to where we worked the birds in the morning, only to find another hunter just stepping out of his car when we pulled in. We asked him where he was headed, and he was going exactly where we had planned on going. We left the spot to him, and headed to our backup spot. As we were putting on our gear, an atv rode down through the chunk of public we were going to hunt, with a radio blasting. Out of options close enough to get to in time, we opted for an early dinner and some much needed sleep. Today was going to be our last day, but 400am greeted us with high winds and rain. The forecast called for higher wind and heavier rain as the day went on, so we packed up and headed home. All said, it was a great trip, and Mississippi has a couple less turkeys than it did before we got there. Public land hunting down there is tough, and if you’re “from the north” you’re not a fan favorite, especially if you’re trying to hunt “their turkeys”. In 4 days we put in nearly 19 miles of walking. The birds are there if you’re willing to put in the time, but don’t expect it to be easy.


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Congrats on your two birds and a fun trip.


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Great effort by covering lots of ground. We get the same treatment from locals when we hunt the Mark Twain. Have discovered that every man in Arkansas does not work, and they hunt The same area we do in the Twain.


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Originally Posted by Fullfan
Great effort by covering lots of ground. We get the same treatment from locals when we hunt the Mark Twain. Have discovered that every man in Arkansas does not work, and they hunt The same area we do in the Twain.

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Glad to hear you had some luck. Congrats on the birds! Great story as well thanks for sharing.


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