i know i havent been posting on a regular basis for some time now.
but since i switched careers and became a truck driver i dont have near the free time that i used to have for hunting.so i dont get out very often for calling yotes and the like.but i do manage to make time for my biggest passion when it comes to hunting,and that would be hunting wild turkey.
spring season here in Mn started last wednesday,but i was out on the road until friday morning.got home with the semi about 6 am.
went home grabbed my bow,my blind and the rest of my turkey hunting gear and hit the woods.
i was all set up and ready to take a shot by 8 am.
the weather was rather dreary,overcast,cool and windy.well it wasnt windy in the clearing i was sitting in at the bottom of the hill in the middle of the woods by the river,so that was a plus.
didnt hear any gobbling until around 10 am,and then it was only 2-3 gobbles.around 11 am i seen a hen enter the field on the far side from me but didnt see a tom following her.i was getting a bit hungry at this point.so i grabbed my can of pringles chip and proceeded to shake a few chips out of the can.
thats when i heard a cluck to the right of my ground blind(no windows open on that side to look out).i peeked through the only open window and towards my right.there were four hens there followed by what looked like a 2 year old tom in full strut.
they appear to be making their way towards the front of my blind so i nock and arrow and get ready.but the tom decides hes going to go towards the tree line instead.which leaves me a bad angled shot out a very narrow portion of the window and to my right.
i come to full draw but i am shaking so much i shoot low and miss him.
well he didnt get spooked and just made a circle in front of me but about 60 yards away,and hung out with the hens for what seemed like and eternity.
at about 12 or so they went back in to the woods where the single hen came out of.
so i patiently stay put as i know the birds like to use this field all day long and there are a lot of toms in these woods.
about 2 pm my brother calls me to update me on my mother who has been in the hospital.as we are talking i see three hens come out of the woods where i seen the young tom and the four hens went in earlier.
these hens are being followed by that young tom and three more hens.so i tell my brother "i got to go,birds are coming back out".
now these hens and this young tom are walking single file in my direction.but i also see two more toms standing at the edge of the tree line now.i grab my binos to get a better look at these two.nice mature birds so i decide to wait to see what they do.
i can tell these two are staring at my decoy,so i grab one of my custom made pot calls that i got from Rodney and make a real light purr with it.now these two toms start my way.they are walking shoulder to shoulder.when one makes a move the other mimics his move.they do this all the way in,shoulder to shoulder mimicking each others moves.
they get to about 50 yads and one goes into full strut,drumming and spitting,spitting and drumming.
i take a couple of deep breaths to calm my self down.they slowly approach but still walking shoulder to shoulder with one in full strut.
they get to spot i ranged earlier in the day,its 27 yards out and my decoy is at ten yards.i come to full draw and tell my self to wait until they are closer/they take a couple more steps and i figure they are at about 20 yards now. so i steady my bow take a deep breath and let it out as i place my 20 yard pin on the bigger bodied of the two,which just so happened to be the one in strut. i tell my self to stay calm and steady the bow.
then i loose the arrow.
PERFECT SHOT! he dropped right where he was standing and never got back up.i hit him right above the right shoulder and the arrow was coming out the left shoulder.now i start to shake from the excitement of the hunt and the successful shot. i wait a minute or two and climb out of my blind to tag and weigh my bird.
my biggest bird to date, 21.84 lbs,8.5" beard with one spur at 1 inch,and the other at 1 1/16th of an inch.
he had a beautiful fan until he flopped around in his own blood puddle
my season lasted about 6.5 hours,what a shame as i love to spend as much time in the spring turkey woods as possible.but i got my bird so i am happy.on the upside i still get to guide/call for my son and his girlfriend in another three weeks.we will be hunting the same field in the middle of the woods and down by the river,this is where they each got their first ever birds last spring.like i said,lots of turkeys in this spot.
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