Long Beard Success!
Being two hours away from home at college, I figured I'd just have to forget spring gobbler and wait for the last weeks of the season. With my class and work schedule and finals this week, it seemed like there was no chance. That changed last week while I took a break and went groundhog hunting. I managed to see at least four gobblers strutting away in a field about 1000 yards away. I didn't have anything to lose so I decided to go before my morning class last week and try my luck. All of my turkey stuff was a home, so I went and bought a Walmart mouth call and a cheap $8 hen decoy. It did not go as planned, as I got caught up in the adrenaline rush of hearing three gobbling like crazy. With my lack of experience, I forgot to look around until I had a gobbler come in quiet about 20 yards away. I was unable to get off a shot, but it showed I had a chance. It wasn't until this morning I was able to go out again.
No finals or class today, so I wasn't rushed and didn't have to miss the late morning turkeys. I found out where they roosted last night, and snuck in early this morning. For two hours, I listened to about 6 gobbling but never moving. Im guessing they had all of the hens with them and were just content. I decided to pick up and move towards them, getting about 100 yards away from the gobbling. Once I was set up, I started calling loud, and instantly had three gobble. I started to call quieter each time and those three couldn't come in soon enough. They came in all fanned out and gobbling in sync. I had them in at 35-40 yards and they wouldn't separate enough for me to get a shot without worry. Finally, after 5 minutes of them being together, this one strayed away a couple feet and I let him have it. He ended up having a 10.5 inch beard (11 if you count the longest stray whisker), just about 1.5 inch spurs and about 21lbs. This is the first turkey I have ever harvested by myself, with just me calling and just setting up the hunt on my own. I'll definitely never forget this one.
Last edited by kwing1; 05-07-2019 at 04:16 PM.