April 12, 2015 at 3:26pm
A good buddy of mine, Judson Brock of Muddy Fly Guide Service and I headed to Ivanhoe, Nc for the opener saturday morning. We set up facing a Pine Savannah with a long lane that extended 300 yards to our left with a freshly turned over plot in front of us and another lane to the right with a grown up field behind us. Daybreak came with many different gobbling birds, and it was obvious we had several birds in the area. The birds gobbled on roost for twenty minutes, responding to a loud cut on the slate call. When they shut up for a few minutes i told Jud that I suspected that they were off the roost and to be ready. Three heads appeared down the lane to our left, and as they closed in to about 150 yards we could tell they were all mature gobblers. A few subtle clucks and purrs was all it took as the big boys strutted and moved towards the small field facing us on a fast pace. We agreed that if the shot presented itself we would take a double, and at 35 yards as all of the birds were in full strut we took our shots. At 6:40 we had two mature toms on the ground after what was one of the coolest hunts either of us had been on. Both birds sported 10' beards with 1 and a half inch spurs and were both over 20 pounds. The only regret was not having a camera to film this epic hunt. Gotta love NC, we are blessed with it all here, and the good Lord for the opportunity.