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Here you will find talk about what is going on with WKO and any
success we've had. We use only
recent photos and references from our hunts. This gives our clients
an up-to-date, honest report. Check back daily, because like the
seasons it will change.
News from the Porch:
Update: 4.21.14 - We hope everyone enjoyed a nice Easter. The day seemed more like Spring than just about any day we've had this year to date. Our latest hunt did not go all that well. In fact, it's the first hunt since 2008 where our hunter did not have a shot opportunity. The first day there was a 45 degree swing in temperatures from the day before and winds of more than 30+mph ruled the day. The next day was only 5 degrees better at sun up, though wind was not quite as swift, but still 15-20. Action on day 2 was a bit better than the 1st, but not by much as the birds went quiet when they hit the ground. Chasing tight-lipped turkey all day can be a challenge. It wears on you even more when the birds do not show up in areas they've been frequenting and with the wind are super sensitive to begin with. By the third monring the weather had turned around, as did the gobbling but there were no shortage of hens and willing hens at that. The sweetest calls nor the best looking decoys gave us the edge we needed to pack a bird out on this hunt. As with any hunt we hate ending it empty handed. The first two days were a bust and without the third day, it may have went down as one of the worse hunts we've ever had for turkey. Those that know us know we tell it like it is and provide no sugar-coating to how things are or go on our hunts.
For those who have sent emails or left voice mails you should see a reply or get a call today as we get caught up from the latest hunt and spending time with family on Easter. Check back later this week for more updates on the spring season, upcoming events and what dates we have left to book for 2014 fall seasons.
4.16.14 - It's been a while since the last update. We've kicked off Spring turkey here in Kentucky. Spring is running way behind and the birds are as well. We seen 30's again 2 days this week including some sleet and snow. We still have hens in large groups, multiple gobblers together competing for the hens and jakes are hanging close to their brood mothers and not found wondering around by themselves. Roost gobble has been good, short of the cold front earlier this week, and dies off not long afterwards. Most days there isn't a gobble after 9-9:30am which makes it tough. Birds are hit or miss in the fields and are spending quite a bit of time in the timber. We've went 2 for 3 at this point in the season. This year has been a good example of when hunting the opener or early days of season can be tough. We've earned the birds killed thus far and have not had an easy hunt yet. Hopefully over the next 7-10 days birds will begin to transition, hens start laying and maybe by the last days of season enough hens are sitting to make even the oldest of Toms love sick and willing to run and commit suicide.
Often we hear from many of you about sheds. We do spend time between end of deer seasons and turkey season looking for sheds, as well as, during most of our predator hunts. We seldomly find many from January into March. We will find a few in March, but most are found in April. Historically we still have bucks packing antlers into April, which is uncommon for many of you in other states, but trail cams don't lie. We do have some pics already this spring of bucks sprouting some antler. And to get back to the reason of this paragraph, we have picked up several sheds this month and will put a few of the pics up in our trail cam section once turkey season winds down and we're not searching for sleep.
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4.7.14 - Well let's see, I've won the 2 NCAA brackets I entered. I've won a steak dinner from one of my Wisconsin hunters, but I've not heard from any of our Conneticut hunters about tonights game. Oh I can't forget we had a pretty good Youth weekend. The birds hammered on roost and off the roost for about the first 2 hours of both mornings. Although they stayed pretty henned up most all day, there always seemed to be a bird or two that would break off and respond. We went 1 for 2 which means we won't have 100% success this Spring, but they were both great hunts and birds were up close and personal and stayed visible for long periods of time so there always seemed to be a good show to watch.
We are 5 mornings out from the statewide opener. With the heavy rains we had late last week combined with rain today and projected tomorrow, our first few hunts of the year may very well all be damp. So for those hunting with us this spring a couple things, have some rubber boots or at least something you feel is water proof. 2) treat your clothes with Permethone. Ticks are already active, even with the winder we had. 3) Know your gun pattern from 10 yards out to 50 or what you feel it's maximum range is. We'd rather a bird that is at a marginal distance for you walk away and allow us to reposition and try some other calling than to take risky shots and wound or educate the bird.
For those of you looking for a deer hunt we still have a few early September archery hunts, mid October Muzzleloader, a couple of pre-rut late October archery hunts and even a couple of rifle hunts now available that deposits never arrived for. We also have our late December Muzzleloader hunt with openings. For more information call or email. firstname.lastname@example.org.
4.4.14 - We seen over 5 inches of rain fall in our area in the last 24 hours which will make a few of our properties unhuntable for the youth turkey opener tomorrow morning. The last 2 springs have been wet, very wet and this one is shaping up to be even more wet. Roost gobbling has been strong, but as with this time of year once they hit the ground they are henned up and get pretty tight lipped. We have heard spurts of gobbling later in the morning and again mid to late afternoon, but with winter pushing well into March this spring things seem a bit off. Green up is just occuring so the woods are bare and approaching birds from afar on roost can be tough if it's lightened up much at all.
Recent hogs hunts in Texas went well with a mixture of public and private land hunting taking place and success being had on both. Stand hunting on private land over bait and spot and stalk on public was the approach that led to the success and kill of some nice hogs and a lot of meat for the freezer.
Check back next week on a report from our youth hunt.
3.28.14 - It has been a busy spring so we apologize for the infrequent updates. We've had turkey hunts going on in several southern states, as well as, some hog hunting. The weather has not always been that great but success has been pretty good. We get some Kentucky hunting under way this weekend with a special youth quota hunt this weekend at Land Between the Lakes.
Roost gobbling has been good most mornings when the wind hasn't blown or we've seen rain, sleet or snow. Yeah that is right, we seen Snow on Tuesday. Birds are strutting most of the day for hens and staying fairly visible but not all that vocal once things get past 8am which is pretty typical this time of year. Henned up birds just don't talk all that much.
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