Three hours of thunder chicken adrenaline

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This was my first ever turkey harvest on my own. My husband and I arrived at our hunting land around 6:15 a.m. on the second day of turkey season in South Carolina’s Game Zone 4. It was actually my opening day since I had to work on the actual opening day. My husband dropped me off at my spot and it was so foggy, I couldn’t see anything in front of me.

What would usually be a 10-minute walk and set up turned out to be about a 20-minute task thanks to the thick fog! There I sat locked and loaded and within a couple minutes of daybreak around 7:20, I heard a gobble! About five minutes after that first gobble, the turkey that yelped that gobble ended up about 150 yards to my left. I called at him about every 15 minutes to keep him at least within earshot. He got silent and then around 9 a.m., I heard a gobble, and it was deep in the woods.

Just when I thought the turkey I had worked at all morning made his way somewhere else, out steps Mr. Tom that had been with me since daylight. He started strutting and my heart started racing! This was the moment I had been waiting for. I positioned my .410 and once he stepped out from behind the tree, I gave him a dirt nap at 9:07 a.m.! A 40-yard successful shot, 10-inch beard, 17-pound turkey made for a great experience all my own!

Hunter: Paige Vick
Georgetown County, SC
03/23/2023 harvest at 9:07 a.m.



Congratulations to Vick, who is now entered in our 2023 Tag-A-Turkey Contest.

This makes her eligible for our grand prize, which includes a 3-year subscription to Carolina Sportsman Magazine, a Thermacell prize package, a Convergent Hunting Solutions Bullet HP Bluetooth predator call, and numerous other prizes.

If you’d like to enter your gobbler in our contest, click here.

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