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#1 Spirithawk

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Posted 24 April 2006 - 10:14 AM

It started out with my son and I getting into the woods just before daylight. My son, Jason, hit his owl hoot and we heard gobbles right away just about 150 yards from us.We knew right where they were roosting. We headed to a spot, next to a pond, below where we heard them and got set up. There was at least 3 gobblers, still on the roost, gobbling to beat sixty. We just knew that once it got light they'd fly down practicaly in our lap. They didn't! Took them forever to fly down and when they did they flew the opsosite direction. Jason would call, they'd answer, and so it went for an hour and a half. They refused to come down off of that ridge. Finally, about 8 oclock, it was obvious we were getting nowhere. We got up and slowly made our way about 2/3 of the way up the hill towards the top. We set about 5 yards apart with Jason slightly behind me on my right. He hit the call and it sounded like thunder when at least 2 answered. Took about 30 minutes of coaxing but finally Jason whispered to get ready that he could see one. I spotted him and another one a few yards behind the first. They came in slow and leery but every few seconds they both would fan out and strut and sound off. Man what an awesome sight. We let them get within 20 yards and on signal I took the one on the left. Nocked the tar out of him with a Federal Premium Mag-Shok 20ga. Guess what I heard on my right? Click!!!!! Jason forgot to jack in a shell! To his credit he pumped one in fast. When I shot, his turkey jumped straight up in the air and when it hit the ground Jason was fast enough to nail it. We stood up and Jason threw his arms around me and said, "I love you dad." At that moment I was as close to heaven as I may ever get. You all know of my heart and lung problems so I think you can understand just how much it all meant to me and Jason too. Besides, this is my first gobbler ever. :lol: Jasons weighed 20 lbs, 1 1/4" spurs, 10 1/2 beard. His has been in one heck of a fight. It's legs were scarred up and one spur was almost tore off. Mine weighed 15 lbs, 1" spurs, and 12" beard. Not bad for my first turkey. I'll relive this morning over and over in my mind for the rest of my life. An awesome hunt, an awesome son, and two awesome gobblers. Man it just don't get better than that! :yes: Will try to post a pic.

Edited by Spirithawk, 23 January 2009 - 03:37 PM.


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Posted 24 April 2006 - 06:04 PM

Wanted to add that we both were very impressed with the performance of the Federal Mag-Shok 20 ga shell. I'd recomend them to anybody. It's a 3" with #4 shot and my turkey was stone cold dead on impact. He flopped just once. Jason was using a 3 1/2" Remington #4 shot and his bird flopped for a good 10 minutes. I asked him if he wanted to use the 20 ga to shoot it again. :lol: We had been debating which gun I would use, as we have 3 Mossberg 835's in 12 ga, due to my heart condition. I opted for the little Mossberg 20 ga pump because of it's lighter weight more than a kick issue. Heck was so pumped I didn't even feel it go off. I now have stole it from my son and it will be my turkey gun from now on. ;) :yes: :hunter:

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Posted 24 April 2006 - 06:14 PM

B) First gobbler ever Norm !!!! that is awesome :D :D
Now there is something to live for. Once again congrats Norm and Jason.
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Posted 24 April 2006 - 08:06 PM

Thanks Eric. So right you are. It was overcast this morning with the threat of rain. Every time it would thunder the turkeys would gobble. Sitting there with Jason and soaking it all in my thoughts were what a magnificant morning. What a great day to be alive. I could hardly wait to get on line and share it with all of you guys here. ;) :yes:

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Posted 24 April 2006 - 09:51 PM

Awesome Norm, congrats to you and Jason! What a way to spend prime time with your son! Those memories will last forever. And the hug too eh! :)
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Posted 25 April 2006 - 05:48 PM

It was overcast this morning with the threat of rain.

You know I think it is better hunting (turkey anyway) when it has just got done raining or it is just about to rain. I have killed more game in drizzly weather
than when it has been sunny. :unsure: :huh:
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Posted 25 April 2006 - 05:58 PM

I tend to agree Eric. I've read that when it rains food naturally tastes better to animals which might be part of it. We once deer hunted all week without seeing a single deer. It poured down rain the last day and it seemed deer were everywhere. I like it because it's cooler. ;) :lol:

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Posted 26 April 2006 - 05:27 PM

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Congrats to you and Jason on the bird.
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