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Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Mount Weather, Va/ 2H camp
After a mediocre morning I bumped into a bird gobbling on his own while running and gunning at 10AM. I set up and gave him a call and he hammered right back and started closing ground. I was on the side of a steep ridge and he was below me. Between scratching the leaves and a few more calls, I see a fan pop up over at 40 yards. My gun wasn't positioned just right so I couldn't swing slightly for what would have been an easy shot. He gobbled again, and then went behind a tree. When he popped out I dumped him at about 40 yards.
He started rolling down the hill so that was a fun chase. I go to pin him down and see a small beard! Noooo. Turns out he was a super jake I guess. Fan was pretty much full. First young bird I've killed like that in a long time Oh well. He gobbled very well and sure had me pumped up. I have not had a hot bird commit like that in weeks. That's number 2 and 1 more tag here for me to fill. We're in the last week here.
The sleep of a laborer is sweet, while the rich man tosses and turns, worried about his possessions.