May 31, 2018 Update

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I never made it back out to Kansas for the last couple of weeks of the season.  Work got too backed up while I was hunting during the first part.  Anyhow, I found it interesting that it was 19 degrees on the first day I hunted and 91 degrees on my last day.  Overall, gobbling activity was lower than previous years in both Iowa and Missouri…but ESPECIALLY in Iowa.  I was still lucky enough to tag out in both states.  The farm I hunted in Kansas was new to me, so I had nothing to compare it to.  I think Missouri (at least along the Iowa border) is OK, because I saw quite a few birds.  They weren’t as vocal though, so I was probably dealing with older birds and not the usual loudmouthed two-year-olds.  The Iowa farms I hunted in <delete> county were a little different this year.  I didn’t see or hear many birds there.  <Delete> was especially worrisome.  The east fencerow had been dozed, and some of the ditches had been cleaned up.  I didn’t think that would have a big impact on the wildlife, but I didn’t hear a gobble within a half mile of that place.  I’m hoping it was just like that on the days I listened, because that farm has gone silent in the past, too. 

Here are some pics I took.  I didn’t any good ones of when I took Gus to Kansas, which was probably the most fun hunt, even though we couldn’t get a bird within shooting distance. 

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Definitely had some older birds this year.  Two of the younger (unscientifically based on spur length) ones clocked in at nearly 27 pounds, however.  And I think this is the first year I’ve ever tagged a bird with a legitimate 12+ inch beard.  Many have come close, but none had hit the 1 foot mark.

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And this guy was impressive, but his other spur was broken off…

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Now it’s time to put away my stuff.  🙁

Thanks,

Jerad