Today, I notched my first turkey tag on my own property. It was the Missouri Spring turkey opener and, for once, I had the opportunity to go scout for just one day a couple of weeks ago and follow it up with a quick and easy hunt. It was definitely a good feeling.
Some light calling right at legal daylight with several different calls (my home made wingbone call, a Lonnie Sneed "Outlaw Hen" glass slate, and Primos 2" Hooks diaphragm) resulted in some gobbling, and a nice Tom flying down with a couple of hens to within 150 yards of my position.
The gobbler and his girls wasted no time strutting and moving my way, but something down the hill caught their attention and actually spooked them toward me. Not a bad thing, but they ran below the terrace line to my right, initially precluding a shot. Thankfully, they all calmed down, and the gobbler make a critical mistake when he poked his head up above the terrace edge. He was greeted with a 2 oz./#6 load of 3.5" Winchester Long Beard XR at 41 yards, and the hunt was over at 6:54 AM.
That's the third bird taken in the third different state so far this season. Next weekend, the adventure travels to Kansas when I to try and make it a "Midwest 4-for-4". It will be my first ever guided turkey hunt: an attempt to bag a pure Rio Grande gobbler and get within 1 subspecies of a Grand Slam with just the Osceola remaining. It will also be nice to have someone do all of the legwork!
For now, I'm just happy to have another one-and-done hunt in the books this season, and getting it on my own place really made this a special hunt.