Posted 25 April 2005 - 01:38 PM
The wife and I got back from our Kansas Trip yesterday. My son-in-law and I both had terrible colds the whole time. Just try hunting turkeys when you both are coughing your lungs out :lol: We headed out on the 13th to hunt. We set up where we have for several years and immediately got gobbling responses from a bunch of birds (6-10 at least). The only bird that came to our setup was a bearded hen. I nearly convinced myself to shoot the novelty but kept thinking of a clutch of eggs somewhere so I let her walk. She had about a six inch beard. Later that morning I was in another setup and had a group of turkeys come in behind me. I turned to try to get a shot but the one that had came running was a hen and she was only about 15 yds away. Just then several toms ran into the woods to my right and a huge gobble came from behind me (my original position to shoot) I turned and there was a big flock with a huge gobbler in the middle. No shot. One other day I had a gobbler coming in and a tree fell on the sidehill and scared it off. We finally set up near a strut zone and 3 birds showed up and I managed to get a 22 lb tom with an 11 inch beard and 1 1/8 in spurs. I managed to get another shot off the last morning but failed to connect on that bird. In all we saw turkeys every day and gobblers nearly every time. The toms were very henned up and the subordinate toms much have had their clocks cleaned a time or two because they were hesitant about coming in to the calls. We even crawled on our hand and knees and bellies for about 100 yds trying to get closer to a couple of strutting toms but got busted instead. We had a great time though.
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