April 18, 2015 at 10:37pm
Friday Afternoon I, Scout and Judson Brock headed to their farm lease in Halifax County. After Judson and my double on opening day, our main goal was to fill one of Scout's tags and frankly, to have a good time camping out and getting away before Finals for Scout and I and before Judson's fishing charters picked up back in Wilmington. We all scouted Friday evening, and Scout glassed what looked like very nice birds going to roost in an open Cypress bottom overlooking an extensive cow pasture. We agreed that I would set up with scout and Call a bit and Judson would hunt with our buddy Griffon. 5 came early and we got a jumpstart on the sunrise to avoid spooking the birds on the Roost. Scout took us to where he saw the birds roost, and as we sat down after setting decoys and the stake blind up, I made a few cuts on the slate call. Immediately a bird gobbled three times on the roost by what shortly sounded like a second bird not far away. We looked at eachother grinning knowing we were in the right place. We heard air on wings as multiple birds came off of the roost behind us into the woods. Scout saw the first gobbler and got my attention as the second Tom was just coming out into the pasture behind him. A few clucks was all it took and the lead bird headed into the decoys. The rear bird strutted every bit of the way in, and as the birds closed into shooting range We simultaneously fired, and after the shortest hunt of my life. We had two stud longbeards on the ground. The birds had 10 And 11 inch beards, and 1.25 and 1.5 inch Spurs at over 20 lbs. The coolest part was this was Scout's first bird, and a heck of a Tom to start off with. Thank the Lord for this one, again.