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#2655760 - Sun Apr 22 2012 11:02 PM 2G Potter County Youth Success
Potter Bound Offline
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Registered: Fri Feb 02 2007
Posts: 703
Loc: Wrightsville / Potter Pa
Hunt Details
Location: 2G Susquehannock State Forest
Weather: Temperature 51 degrees, Slight Wind from the south east, Partly Sunny
Hunter - Trey Barnett Caller – Matt Leber
We were at our location and placing our decoy trio at 5:30. It was a beautiful morning despite the forecast for rain. We set up in a clump of pines in the middle of a food plot. Sometime after 6 I catch movement across the field. A coyote is making his way down the edge of the food plot. I whisper “Trey Coyote” at that moment it stopped in its tracks looking our way. I lip squeaked and it ran to about 35 yards away again stopping in his tracks. Trey was positioned the opposite way and no shot was possible. We sat until just after 7. Not hearing anything except a distant gobbler we decided to move. On the way to the truck we had a conversation with a hen that never did show herself. Maybe a nearby police siren scared her off? We hit a few of our usual listening spots but didn’t hear anything. I received a text from our friend Brandon. He was out scouting and put us onto a bird he heard that was hot. We arrived at the location and parked a few hundred yards from where we thought would be a good place to enter and climb to a set up location. While walking down the road I pointed out to Trey the strut marks on the dirt road. I had a good feeling. We climbed to a good location, found a big tree and settled in. We sat and just listened, letting the woods settle down and hoping one would sound off on its own. It did. This one was on the opposite side of the road. I yelped hoping to get a response. We did. There were two toms on the opposite side of the road and two from our side. One on our side was close. I yelped and then cut on my South Penn Slate while at the same time yelping on my HS Strut Cutting 2.5. They all loved it. A 5th gobbler from the opposite side also joined in. The closest gobbler was the one. I could tell he was coming closer. I sat quietly for awhile. When one of the other gobblers hammered I decide to take the closest birds temperature. I cut and he hammered - close!. I then noticed the 870 moving back and forth. I whispered “do you see him?” Trey said he did but didn’t see a beard. Just then the bird came into my view as well. When the bird got behind a tree I cut one last time. He reciprocated with a booming gobble. Finishing his gobble as he came back into view I saw his beard and whispered “kill him when you can”. I no sooner finished my sentence and the 870 roared. The bird dropped immediately. Trey’s first gobbler. As we were filling out the tag the rain came - perfect timing. It was a beautiful morning that a little rain couldn’t change. A trip to Keeners store revealed the birds weight was 18 ¼ pounds. His beard was 8 ½ “ with ¾” spurs. I’m sure many would agree there is no greater place or feeling than being in the Susquehannock State Forest during turkey season with a loved one.

At the hunt location

The walk out

Back at camp

Trey and Pap

One happy youth hunter

The beard


This boy was eating good. He was loaded with beech and who knows what else. Packed full.
If you come to the end of a path, do not turn back, continue on and make your own trail.

#2655773 - Sun Apr 22 2012 11:18 PM Re: 2G Potter County Youth Success [Re: Potter Bound]
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Registered: Mon Aug 09 2004
Posts: 4796
Loc: Washington PA
Nice hunt. Congrats to all!
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#2655776 - Sun Apr 22 2012 11:26 PM Re: 2G Potter County Youth Success [Re: Deer archer]
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Registered: Wed Nov 05 2003
Posts: 4021
Loc: York County
Congrats.... thumbs
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#2655810 - Mon Apr 23 2012 04:22 AM Re: 2G Potter County Youth Success [Re: Potter Bound]
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Registered: Sun Mar 22 2009
Posts: 674
Loc: Fayette Co, Pa

#2655832 - Mon Apr 23 2012 07:03 AM Re: 2G Potter County Youth Success [Re: Potter Bound]
bigbear Offline
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Registered: Thu May 06 2004
Posts: 2725
Loc: PA
Tell Trey congrats again! I'm glad it worked out for you guys.
I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.

#2655851 - Mon Apr 23 2012 07:22 AM Re: 2G Potter County Youth Success [Re: Potter Bound]
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Registered: Mon Dec 19 2011
Posts: 660
Loc: Lebanon co
Good story! Congratulations guys!
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Its kind of a big deal.

#2655857 - Mon Apr 23 2012 07:28 AM Re: 2G Potter County Youth Success [Re: Potter Bound]
SnoodStretcher Offline

Registered: Sun May 30 2010
Posts: 1410
Loc: Central PA
Nothing like a big woods gobbler! Congrats!

Can't wait to get up there!
I don't hunt turkeys because I want to, I hunt turkeys because I have to.

#2655869 - Mon Apr 23 2012 07:46 AM Re: 2G Potter County Youth Success [Re: Potter Bound]
bigt557 Offline

Registered: Mon Dec 01 2008
Posts: 6981
Loc: Fayette Co Pa
Nice congrats

#2655872 - Mon Apr 23 2012 07:50 AM Re: 2G Potter County Youth Success [Re: bigt557]
Strut10 Offline
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Registered: Sun Mar 06 2011
Posts: 3766
Loc: 2D

Congrats to you both. thumbs
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#2655882 - Mon Apr 23 2012 08:03 AM Re: 2G Potter County Youth Success [Re: Strut10]
Silverspur Offline
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Registered: Thu Feb 14 2008
Posts: 3048
Loc: Chester County, PA
Congrats on a fine gobbler and a great hunt! turkeytrack
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