Jerad

I wanted to send you guys some nice success pics [location deleted], but the weather has been cold and wet, and the bird I shot flopped himself into a muddy, bloody mess...so none of my pics turned out "showcase worthy". It was just ugly. The birds were gobbling, but they were henned-up bad. I actually had to put my gun and vest down to sneak up and sprint into the middle of a flock to break them up...fall huntin' style. :) It took about two hours for them regroup and for me to call one of the longbeards to the end of my gun barrel. I was trying Hevi-13 shells for the first time, and they were devastating at 35 yards. I apparently smashed some arteries on this hard-gobblin', late-hatch two-year-old, because his head and neck were flopping, and blood was spraying everywhere. I was amazed and kinda grossed-out at the same time. The kill was quick, but not so clean. I'm not sure what else to say, except that I hope to get another one that'll take better pictures. I've attached a "as he lays" pics just to show you guys what I'm talking about. It was about the cleanest pic that I had... thanks,
Jerad

[location deleted] was nice to me this weekend. I had driven to this farm a couple mornings over the last few weeks to listen for roost sites from the road. The birds had been sounding off well, but I didn't hear a peep from them when I went in Saturday to actually hunt it. It was fairly windy, but I thought I should've been close enough to hear something...wrong. As flydown down came and silently went with no sign of birds, and with the wind gusts increasing and forecasted storms moving in, I pulled out almost every call that I had and began hammering away in a blind attempt to stir up some action. After an hour, or so, something finally answered. The wind was blowing pretty hard, so I wasn't sure if my ears were playing tricks on me. They weren't...a real bird suddenly appeared about 200 yards away on the horizon. He was taking his sweet time strutting around, throwing out the occasional gobble, and working his way towards me. That was until another bird gobbled directly behind me (I have no idea where that one came from). After that, this field bird covered the remaining ground in a hurry...and once he crossed into gun range, I welcomed him with some pellets. :)
Thanks, Jerad

Hi Gents,
After a rough, wet week, the sun came out and the birds are finally working again. The good news is that I got another bird (attached). The bad news is that I spent too many hours chasing him in soakin' wet clothing...
Thanks, Jerad

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