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  • Spursuaded Tom Takes a Dirt Nap

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    Well I can finally post a successful turkey post lol....I was blessed Monday evening with a chance at redemption after 2 failed turkey hunts....My other two hunts where blown by none other than ME!! My man GT will always tell you that patience has killed more birds than anything. Well I am a firm believer of being patient and being that I am an avid bowhunter, I learned to be extremely patient. Well on Friday April 20th I guess I woke up and left my patience out the house because I had zero that morning. I had been watching some nice birds at this particular spot that I decided to set up on. I went in early that morning set up my blind and placed my decoys...Low and behold the birds went to gobblin their heads off no further than 60-70 yards away....except on the opposite side from where I had been seeing them. I am still farely confident I will get a shot so I sit there patiently waiting.....j/k remember I left the patience at home. Anyway they fly down and start walking through the gate about 65 yards and into the open field. First came 3 hens and then 3 jakes....I said I know there has got to be toms and sure enough 2 big boys come strutting thru the gate. A little time goes by and the jakes and hens have passed my decoy setup at about 30 yards and moved down the field edge. However the toms seem to moving away from the rest of the group. That is when panic set in and 1000 things went thru my head...They were standing in a little bottom and I guessed them to be around 50 yards....Instead of waiting for them to meet back up with the group I decided to fire at one....I was so anxious to kill a bird I just couldn't stand it...All my buddies were killing birds and I wanted to get in on the action. I said 50 yards..I got them. Boy I was wrong. After watching them fly off into the distance unscathed I sat there asking myself why oh why did did I even attempt that shot...I thought 'What an Idiot'..Not that I was not capable of making it but why...I had watched them same birds do the same thing 3 or 4 mornings. Granted they roosted in a different spot but same general area and they always traveled this particular bottom in the field. Everything that I have practiced, learned, and experienced the last few years totally left my mind b/c of being so anxious to get a bird. So I pack my stuff up and I am so disgusted with myself I decided to call it a day. I walked to where they were standing and it was about 65 yards from my blind. I was way off. I would have never taken that shot but anyway... As I am walking back to my jeep I decided to check out another spot that the birds like to hang out. I crawled for about 50 yards on my belly to get to the edge of the field where the bird was at. It was one tom and one hen and in another act of desperation I fired off another shot at a bird that was probably 50 yards away only to see a few chest feather fly along with him for several hundred yards. Then HE hit the ground running. Needless to say I didn't find him and I went home.

    Well this past Saturday I am back at the same spot and set up in the right place this time. The birds sound off in the same spot so I am getting excited....Well that didn't last long because they all flew into the middle of the 50 field and proceeded to walk straight away from me. I hadn't called or anything but I knows they saw the decoys. Anyway, I had to work so my hunt was over pretty quick.

    Anyway on Monday the 30th after taking my wife to the Doctor I decided to try and get in b/w them on the way to the roost since I know where it is at. Needless to say I got a chance at redemption on a nice 2 year old tom...I left the big one in the field with hens....He will hope give me a shot with the bow but we will see. I watched this bird come from 300-400 yards on a b line. The only call I used was the proven 'Spursuader'. I was flooded with emotion after the shot b/c the the events that had taken place prior to that. I just felt so blessed to have another opportunity at a great bird. This time I was patient and it paid off for me big time!!
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    Great story
    Sounds like weve been having the same luck lol, but its great you got one. Everytime I think I know what the birds are going to do something here latley something screws up my fault or not and unfortunately I have not been able to go this week because things just keep popping up, but I know where one was last week and maybe hes still there and I can get em near the end of the week when I can finnaly go again. Good job and good luck on the remainder of the season DCB hope you get another.
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    Congrats
    Well congrats again DCB.Great story and good photos.That smile on your face couldn't be any bigger.I don't blame you.I was so anxious by the time that second bird of mine came to where I could get a good shot I was afraid the bird was going to see my gun shaking,lol.There's no better feeling once you see him laying on the ground.Hope you get another big one real soon.
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    OH YEAHHHH
    GREAT P-B-P Buddy..Man, If you would have had the camera rolling...That would have been SWEEET!!! He's a GOODDUN!!! Love those thick Beards when you don't shoot them half off like I did LOL...Glad the Call earned a Place in your arsenal...Gonna mail your Dad's in the AM...Congrats again Man...Just think...You know where another one is already!!! LOL...Good Luck!!!!
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    Outdoor life
    Outdoor life...Meant to tell you GOOD LUCK Bud, Hope your staying after them!!!
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    Congrats
    Nice bird there DCB - looks like Cam is as excited as you. :) This aint the road crosser is it? lol
    Great p by p and glad you stuck in there & got one. Congrats again!
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    Thanks
    Thanks everybody!!

    GT- I can promise you that the bird I left will swallow this one lol....He is a 'Cowboy' Hopefully we can face off real soon.....

    Justintime_ Nope this is not the road crosser lol...Unfortunately him and 2 other toms I had watched for a couple months got taken out opening weekend while I was gone....Luckily I had reserves lol.....
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