Two weeks of vacation to hunt turkeys and I'm done on day 4... ... I suppose now I'll have to actually DO something around here, now...
This is one of a pair of birds that hosed me yesterday. So I decided to hose him back today.
Yesterday, I had this dude and another longbeard strutting for about a half hour 30-40 yards out of range. Then 2 hens dropped outta the trees right into them and they all drifted off. So this morning I got in on the same spot... .just a tree or two away from where I sat yesterday... .and waited for them to fire up. When they did, one was about 150-200 yards behind me and the other was about 300-400 yards in front of me. I got up and moved to tree about 15-20 yards in the direction of the closer bird and set up facing thataway. Gave him a few tree calls. He was gobbling... ..but not AT me. Just gobbling. Then things got quiet for a minute or two and he gobbled from the ground. Gave him a flydown and he hammered RIGHT back. I cut him off, then did a flydown with my hat and did some sharp cutts. Got the gun on the stick and the dot turned on. About a minute... .maybe two... . I look right and he is out through the timber in full strut. He just starts picking his way toward me........strutting... ..breaking and walking... ..strutting some more. At 34-35 yards he gave a textbook opportunity, which I obliged and my season was over. 6:19 AM.
Just an AWESOME hunt and an AWESOME morning to be out.....taking in the sights... .. breathing in the smells... .hearing the sounds of God's AMAZING creation !!!!!