Jason couldn't hunt today so I went out by myself. I had planned to sit where I'd saw a gobbler fly down twice before, but it was too rough going in the dark. Soooo, dumb old me headed straight up the seriously steep hill that the turkeys have been roosting at the top of. Jason would have had a fit thinking I'd spook them off the roost, but I was getting desperate for a shot at a turkey and was going for broke. I made it near the top, without making too much noise, though my lungs felt like they were closing up and going on strike with my heart following close behind, and sat down in pitch black. As it got lighter I was starting to wonder if there were any birds there when right on top of me I heard a gobble. He was close, REAL CLOSE, only three trees away, but I couldn't see him at all because of a tree between us. Yeah, I thought. Here we go, game on! He gobbled a couple times and then started putting like mad. Next thing I knew he sailed out of the tree, down the hill side, and landed where I'd first wanted to go. Seems that's his pattern. Too far away for me to shoot and out of sight to boot. Not to be too discouraged I got out my friction call and made a few yelps. He gobbled a few more times but was steadily moving farther away. As I was sitting there trying to figure how to get to that magic spot he flies down too in the dark, on another day, I suddenly started hearing more putting close by. I yelped and shazam three young birds flew down behind and to my left. Danged if they didn't head straight for me with the biggest one in the lead. I pulled the trigger and the 3 1/2" mag 12 ga. knocked him down hard. He was only about 15 yards from me. He's no giant but he sure will taste good injected with Cajun herb and butter marinade and then put in the smoker. He weighed 17 lbs on the nose, has a 9 1/2" beard, and 1" spurs. I'm having problems with my digital camera so the pics my wife took are not very good but I'll post them later when I get the chance. At the moment I'm one tired puppy and a hot bath and a nap are both very high on my priority list at the moment. Not going to bother scoring him for the contest as Leo, Eric, and maybe Paul already have this one beat. Now that I've got one for the smoker though, I can afford to be a bit pickier and hold out for a big bird. We've had a tough season so far but it apears it may be getting better. I'm not going down easy guys, you'll have to earn my crown and pink plunger.
And to think, I almost stayed in bed this morning because they were predicting more rain. Patience may kill turkeys but so does persistance too.
Edited by Spirithawk, 27 April 2008 - 07:12 PM.