May 12, 2013 at 8:53am
Just wanted to share how the demise of my last big Gobbler unfolded...I'm all about hearing and sharing Play-By-Plays of our success so I wanted to share this hunt...Few might remember my Pal Dex who I called his very first Gobbler in on the last day of last season 2012 and whom I also called a big Bird in for a few weeks ago and in the excitement, He shot a 3.5 inch turkey Load about a foot from my ear (It's alot better now btw)..Well, He calls me and ask if I wanted to try again...I really didn't feel it would be worth it because we had hunted this area once already and hadn't heard nor seen a thing a few weeks ago, Not to mention the land-owners Grand-daughters Boyfriend had been in there and had them booger-ed up..But I get up and go anyway..On the way Dex tells me that the land-owner seen 2 Toms the past Tuesday..That got me excited so we set up on corner of field where he seen them...about pink light, I hear a gobblin tom 150 yards up field and behind us..Dex can't hear him Gobbling but I can so he wants to move? I was against it but he insisted so we scoop everything up and truck 125 yards up field edge and plop down again..I stick single Avian feeder in field and settle in...Start Light tree talk again, No Gobble? Uh Oh!! Few more tree yelps..Nothing? Oh No we goofed!! I cutt sharp 3 times and Then...GOBBLEOBBLEOBBLE!!!! 50 yards right behind us and I could tell he was now on the ground and coming fast and breaking sticks...I tell Dex DON'T MOVE!!!!...Guys this Gobbler came through the timber and I swear I think he brushed the back of my Gobbler lounger at 1 point..I thought he was gonna jump between us to enter field but he spots Decoy and clucks and then runs 10 yards to my right (So close I could feel him running) then into the field at 15 yards (I shoot left handed and dex shoots right so I was on right with Dex on Left) I click safety off and am following the Gobbler half strut to decoy when he does a alarm putt and starts to leave fast?? I was like WTH I'm stone still??? Then out of the corner of my left eye I see Dexs Barrel coming into view and thought 'Oh Hell No!!!!' So I get his head in scope and squeeze at 23 yards!! He (Dex) was Gonna do it to me again!!!!!! I couldn't believe it!!! I asked what happened to Right he's mine - left he's yours??? again he stated he wasn't going to let him leave and got excited and was a half breath away from shooting when I did..What the Crap?? I love my hearing so Me and that Boy gotta have another talk!!!! lol Anyway, If HE hadn't have wanted to move in the First place, the Gobbler would have walked right into his Gun from up the field and it would have been his Bird lol...I shot him @ 6:17 lol so we set back up and call a Jake with about a 5 inch Beard in but I talk him outta of shooting him then I call a bearded Hen in that had a thin 7/8 inch beard and she puts on a show at the decoy until she looses interest and moves on...We had a awesome hunt and I just wanted to share and even though my Gobbler had a 11 3/4 inch Beard..I don't even recall seeing a beard when he came into field but Dex said 'Man, It (Beard) was swinging!!' I do know he was a Big TALL Gobbler!!!lol Got long winded but Hope you enjoyed the Hunt!!!