Awesome Sampson County, NC 16 point buck killed by Ben Troublefield using bolt action rifle.
The buck is a non-typical 16 pointer that's rack measured 16' high and 15' wide. He weighed in at 160lbs.
Pictures are posted with permission from Ben Troublefield. Congrats Ben on the buck of a lifetime!
Ok!...Me and the guys I hunt with have had some good times this year, but we all have come up short! One friend missed one nice tom about 40yds out due to the way he was against the tree. Couldn't move for the shot. Me and another buddy called in a nice bird from about 150 yds out only to have him hush up gobbling and not close the last 80 yards and after 1 hr waiting and softly calling about every 15 mins we decided to get up because we thought he was gone only to spook him out of a thicket at about 10 yards and not get a shot at him. We've been on the birds a lot, but just haven't closed the deal. This past Saturday we didn't even hear a gobbler and only saw one hen. So my question is for you seasoned guys is this...What do you recommend for Friday and Saturday?...Run and Gun on what we hear or set up and see what happens. We do use blinds in some cases, but not all the time. What decoy recommendation(setup wise) do ya recommend this late in the season. Just to let you know the gobblers where we hunt have been very vocal until this past weekend when we didn't hear a single one. Any help would be appreciated from anyone more seasoned at turkey hunting than I. I've been turkey hunting for only 4 yrs so I'm still pretty dang new even though I killed my first bird my first season. Beginners Luck I guess! Wish me and my buddies luck if nothing else because we're going to get after them the last two days!!! Good Luck to Everyone Else Too!!
Wishing you all luck today!! Sitting here stuck at work wishing I was out in the woods hunting with my buddies today! I hope you all along with them can bag a tom today! Best of Luck and Safe Hunting Guys and Gals!!
Great Morning in Sampson County! Our day started out at 4:45am heading to the club land near Harrells, NC. We got in and were set up in our blind at 0600am along a dirt road that we've had trail cameras setup on and where we've seen many tracks and strut zones. First bird believe it or not started gobbling at 0615am and it was still pretty daggone dark! Over the next few hours we heard about 7-9 different toms this morning....saw two toms to far out to shoot about 60-70 yards and couldn't close the deal and one hen.....Gobbling started at 6:15am for us how about everywhere else in NC?...They all gobbled about every 8-10 minutes until about 8:30am, but we didn't call alot we just sat it out due to where we were to see what would happen. We very much enjoyed our awesome morning in the woods even though we didn't get anything!! Love Seeing God's creation/world waking up like it did this morning!! Maybe next time we'll get one, but enjoying the outdoors with good friends is priceless!!
Here is a video of some toms on our hunting club land. The green line is there just like some other videos on NCSportman website. Don't know why it's there because it's fine on my computer and even when looking at it in the field. Enjoy It!
More turkey pictures from Sampson County near Harrells, NC. Enjoy!
These turkeys are in Sampson County, NC about eight miles outside of the small town of Harrells, NC. Me and three hunting buddies set up 8 different cameras to help us figure out when the birds were passing through and flying down to the roadways where we hunt. We've been very pleased by what we've seen so far. Good Luck to all this season and take a child hunting!!
Ok! I'm wanting a new turkey vest...main thing is this...I'm wanting it to be lightweight/comfortable as I'm hot natured as I can be. Want it to have good spacing and a seat. I really like the HS Strut SUV Turkey Vest, but I haven't made my mind up yet.
Let me know what ya'll have/use and/or used and what you recommend and what ya'll wouldn't buy.
Just to let you know last year I used a leafy suit made by Remington and a camo backpack...just wanting to change back to a vest and a good one!
Viper/GT....I was thinking about it...Who says or does have the say so on if we can have a wild turkey contest like the trail camera contest or the big buck contest on here?
I'd like to see a Bag-A-Tom Contest and/or a Catch A Wild Turkey Trail Camera Contest. Maybe one with the youngest boy/girl with a tom or biggest spur/longest beard?
Just an idea to spark some posting interest on here during the slower months, maybe have it run from April through June, just so newbies could join and post pictures and maybe win something from NC Sportman. They would have to post and be judged by the NC-Sportman staff somehow. Viper/GT could you guys see what if anything could be offered since you are in the high positions you are...LOL!! Kidding, but I'm not sure who to ask!
Thanks! Sincerely, Gatorman
Well, Guys and Gals it's getting close to making a jelly head out of an ol'thunder chicken and I decided to get out to the Coharie Shooting Range the other day here in Clinton to shoot with my dad/mom and some good friends. We started off shooting pistols and this allowed me to use up some old ammo my dad had laying around at his house. When we got done with that I specifically took my shotguns to check my turkey choke patterns and then to shoot some trap with my dad and friends. Had a great time spending time outside with the weather like it is and time with my Dad and Mom since I've got older it's harder to do with life being like it is now-a-days!
Well, I set up my Federal turkey pattern sheet and walked off my 35 yards/40-45 yards and my extreme 50 yards on the rifle range.
The shotguns I use are a Stoeger Model 2000 that shoots 3 inch shells, my new Browning Gold Hunter that shoots 3-1/2 inch and a Winchester Model 1300 that shoots 3 inch. I shoot Winchester Supreme Turkey Loads #5 in 3 inch shells in all these guns. I shot my Stoeger first at 40 yards with the turkey choke that is supplied with the gun and it does like it always does at 40yrds, a little low at 7 o'clock where it hold the pattern together. The ol'Winchester 1300 with a Carlson turkey choke...a little high at 40 yards holding about 1 o'clock. Same as always! My Browning Gold Hunter Stalker is new....less than year old and when I left the house with what I thought was everything I needed for my day out shooting I forgot my turkey choke for it! Dang It! Well, I had the Invector Plus Full Choke with the gun so I decided to see what it could do. Needless to say I was highly impressed at 35 yards. I used the same Winchester Supremes #5 in 3 inch as I did with the other guns. This full choke was a little high at 1 o'clock. Just to let you guys/gals know I use white packaging paper behind the turkey head targets to see my patterns and change them out after two/three shots at each target. I changed targets and moved out to 45 yrds. needless to say I'm going hunting with this Browning Gold Hunter with the Invector Full choke because at 45yrds I was putting the whole pattern in a 26-28 inch pattern using the WIN. Supreme #5 in 3 inch. HIGHLY IMPRESSED!! I will post a picture of the turkey head target with this post so you can see what pattern I got with 2 shots at 45 yards. I had a great day and was so happy to spend time with my dad and mom! So finally here is my question for you guys/gals...Do you think this is a good or bad idea and do any of you use just your full chokes to turkey hunt? I'm no pro by any means and want some advice! Thanks! Gatorman
Don't know about you guys and gals, but I'm ready for the season to start! Ready to get back out into the woods with my buddies for some fun and fellowship and be graced by Gods creations and hear the world wake up around us as the sun comes peeping through the trees and hearing the ol'thunder chickens let it fly to let everyone know they're up and looking!! I've seen some nice toms and a lot of birds around our hunting club land and on our private family farm so far by glassing and not spooking them! Hoping nothing changes the pattern of the birds too much from now until starting day. So, I got a question for some of you more experienced turkey hunters on here....Do you guys usually set up and let them come to you through calling most of the time or do you run and gun to cover more area and/or combination of both? We use a bad-boy buggie to move around and set-up after our morning hunts most of the time, but we usually stay in place if it's 'action' hot so to speak and if not we move from land block to land block...Let me know! Thanks! Gatorman
What do you guys and gals think about this call?
This joker is $59.95 on the website.
Haint Gobbler Call
For decades, hunters have been attempting to outsmart the wily long beard wild turkey by mimicking the sounds of his hen. Through slates, diaphragms and boxes, hunters across North America have mastered the imitation of the various voices of the hen with clucks, putts, purrs, yelps, cutts, cackles and kee-kees. And in doing so, countless numbers of turkeys have been harvested. However, it is the sound of the long beard himself that has eluded realistic vocal imitation.
That is, until now.
With the new Haint gobbler call, DND have achieved what had been thought impossiblethe Holy Grail of wild turkey callinga hand-held call that challenges Toms. The DND Haint gobble call absolutely reproduces a loud, resounding gobble of a dominant long beard. With very little practice, the Haint produces the identical sound, pressure, volume and force that naturally resonates from old Tom, and it brings him in with ferocity to defend a challenge to his territory. With the Haint in hand, that challenger is you.
Made from a one-piece walnut barrel with a hand-tuned and patent pending reed assembly, the Haint gobbler call has changed turkey hunting, now and forever. If you dont believe such a thing is possible, visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGi8dI_h58M to see the teaser video. Turkey hunting really will never be the same.
This is a picture of my brother's 10 point. It's his first buck and I'd say it's a great first buck. He was so tickled that he got him! As the story goes...he borrowed my Browning .270 A-Bolt and went still hunting and passed up many does and a few smaller bucks. He saw this buck, he thinks about two weeks back, but passed/let him walk due to it being too late when he saw him. He knew that there was a good buck out there, but had no idea what he'd take as his first one. He asked if he could still hunt this stand after work for the last two weeks and never saw him until this past Monday. He had to watch him cross a hayfield which presented him a +500 yard shot. He patiently waited for him from a enclosed tripod stand on a small head in the woodline to close the distance with light fading. The buck came to the first sweet potato pile...150 yard shot...he wanted him closer, so he allowed him to walk from the first pile to the second one which gave him a 100-120yard shot. He took aim through the Nikon BuckMaster 6x12x50 and squeezed off one shot from the .270. He sent a 150gr. Hornady BTSP down range to him...the buck just stood there, looked in his direction and walked 20 yards and fell dead. My brother said he couldn't blink and/or breathe...LOL!! He climbed down after watching him through the scope a few minutes and went to claim his first buck. The picture with his smile states the rest....BUCK FEVER!!!
This is a picture of my brother's 10 point. It's his first buck and I'd say it's a great first buck. He was so tickled that he got him. As the story goes...he borrowed my Browning .270 A-Bolt and went still hunting and passedup many does and a few smaller bucks. He saw this buck he thinks about two weeks back, but passed/let him walk due to it being to late when he saw him. He knew that there was a good buck out there, but had no idea what he's take as his first one. He asked if he could still hunt this stand after work for the last two weeks and never saw he until this past Monday. He had to watch him cross a hayfield which presented him a +500 yard shot. He patiently waited for him from a enclosed tripod stand on a small head in the woodline to close the distance with light fading. The buck came to the first sweet potato pile...150yard shot...he wanted him closer, so he allowed him to walk from the first pile to the second one which gave him a 100-120yard shot. He took aim through the Nikon BuckMaster 6x12x50 and squeezed off one shot from the .270. He sent a 150gr. Hornady BTSP down range to him...the buck just stood there, looked in his direction and walked 20 yards and fell dead. My brother said he couldn't blink and/or breathe...LOL!! He climbed down after watching him through the scope a few minutes and went to claim his first buck and the picture with his smile states the rest....BUCK FEVER!!! Can't beat it! Now he's hooked! Just to add to the story he closed the deal on a nice six pt on Tuesday of this week too!! Proud of ya brother!!
Just wanted to say that I went out today and the birds were roaming. I saw three toms and about six to seven hens and two jakes. Also saw six deer while out and about...The toms were awesome...really nice beards looking at them from a distance through the binoculars. One looked to have about a 10-11 beard as best as I could tell.
I had pictures of them, but guess what??...I need a new memory card...this one screwed up...YAY!
I called very little and they responded easily even with this wind blowing like it was today! I was very surprized. I also took the time to check out my shotguns and they both are still in good shape...man I love the kick of a turkey load! HA!
Can't wait for next Saturday morning...ready to go out with my buddies and see what the good Lord has in store for us!
All you guys and gals have a great opening day on Saturday and be safe please...don't need any ambulance calls for help! Post your opening day gobblers if ya get one. Practice Hard, Hunt Harder! But Be Safe and Have Fun...take a kid hunting! Later...THE GATORMAN
My brother's nice buck shot in Sampson County, NC.
He hunted this buck straight behind our parent's house on a creek feeding into the Big Coharie River. One shot from .270 WIN took him down. He was so excited and I was so proud after tracking him for only about 50-60 yards. His biggest deer so far.
Not sure how many people hunted today due to the weather, but I'd have to say it was a great day to be out trying to get a nice one! I had to wait until 6am for my first conference call from work then they said wait until 10am for a conference call to see if we were going to work or not. The came at 1010am and they said, 'No'....so out the door I went to our hunting club land near Harrells, NC. Needless to say...it was messy, but the few guys that turned out first thing, only turned out once the whole day. The dogs ran their butts off all day long...we ran six different bucks and three were shot. We had a great day and I enjoyed the day the Lord blessed us with in Sampson County. I guess as the saying goes....'If you're not in the woods, you don't see the deer!' It was a awesome day in Harrells, NC...how was yours?
I just wanted to say that North Carolina has some awesome deer posted on the trail camera picture contest this year so far!! There are some nice wall hangers pictured in the contest...go voted when able and help someone win or post your own to win yourself!! Best of Luck To All That Are Hunting for their trophy this year!!
If you haven't looked check out my trail camera pictures and vote for mine or someone elses you like best on the NorthCarolinaSportsman Trail Camera Contest! We all need your votes, so help us out if you can! I post 4 or 5 pictures this morning of some action we've had on our farm. Enjoy all of them and the others and VOTE!! THANKS! SampsonGatorman
Well...my opening day started out well, I had everything lined up and out the door I went at 5:30am. No problems(as of yet)and made it the 16 mile drive to the big city of Garland, NC to Pearls for a sausage dog for the road and meet a few friends doing the same before heading to Kerr Station to our hunting camp. Well I got my breakfast and headed back to the truck and guess what...LOCKED MY KEYS IN MY TOYOTA!! GREAT!!
Well, a friend pulled up and we tried the old coat hanger deal and it didn't work, so I told him to go ahead to the camp I'd figure it out to keep from messing up his opening day. A nice fellow saw me working hard to get in and stopped...he had two slim-jims and tried both doors...nothing...then a guy from the garage across the street came over with a complete kit with the wedges and all the different slim-jims and guess what???.....Still couldn't get it my truck...94 Yota...manual locks. I called my wife for my spare keys...she was up letting our lab out so she made the drive. She wasn't mad, just glad I was calling her to say something really bad had happened. I got my keys and was on my way to our hunting camp. Got there and the first hunt was a about lined up. Hunted all day and had a pretty good day...nothing big...one eight point and a few does were shot. I saw two really small does, not big enough to harvest. I went back to my families farm to still hunt and got in the stand at 5:45 over looking a harvested corn field saw nothing until dark. Was riding out on the farm road and low and behold I saw Mr. Bullwinkle just walk right out of the soybean field in front of my truck. He walked around the farm gate we had on the road and into the wood he went! So my day end on a good (funny) note!!
Thought to myself on the way home...ONE: Always carry or have a spare key on your vehicle when you go out! Can save alot of time and heart-ache.
TWO: You don't always get one on the first day, but seeing a big one to keep your hopes up for the rest of the season is always a great thing...GOD IS GOOD!! ALL THE TIME!!!
Hope everyone had a safe first day and wish you all a safe hunting season!