Steve

"...a tough hunt but as last year very rewarding in the end...

Set up near roost tree getting in 1 hour before day break. 3 toms and 4 hens flew down in front of blind at 50 yd's. After a few minutes the hens just flew off. The toms just walked off into the timber not to be seen again. 2 hours later called in a different gobbler he ran in came around corner of blind to see pretty boy which put him into a blur to run as fast as he could to get out of there. Thinking pretty boy may have also scared the hens I pulled him in to the blind. The last turkey seen that day after spending 13 hour in the blind...

The next morning went back to same property just set further up the hill. Heard 1 hen close by and the 4 toms had moved over a parcel. Time to find new birds, found 6 toms strutting with 11 hens...

it was 300PM and all toms still out on strutting area...

I peeked out to see 3 toms fighting directly in front (20)ds...Not ready for Bow shot at fighting toms. Next they receded over ridge. I remained pinned down by the group of turkey. After a hour they seemed to move over the grassy ridge I crawled over and got in a protected pocket which provided relief from the strong south wind. Just got set up here came 2 good toms over hill, hit call 1 time, first tom hung up at 45 yd never gobbled never moved for 45 min other tom stayed on and strutted till dark...

Called in a long beard he was closing distance till a hen stepped out. Game over. They messed around then tom left ignoring my call or the hen which walked behind my blind...

Heard tom struttin' looked out the window and he was closing fast to the hen decoy. I started to draw he dropped his fan. Game over he saw a hen behind the blind...

Saw 2 other tom headed to roost just out of range...

Daybreak and the woods erupted with gobbles too numerous to count. Watched turkey that strutted all morning, none interested to call. After watching the chasing and fighting toms and the size of the toms I once again brought out pretty boy - as he did the job in Nebr., well at noon I once again pulled him in...

1 hour latter I had 5 toms and 9 hens 80 yd's from blind. Calling had enticed gobbles but no takers. So I had quit calling hoping they would wander by for a bow kill. After that seemed not to be panning out I hit the box cutter twice and 2 toms begin hustling my way leaving the flock. I stopped calling got ready. I would like to say they ran up to deeks but not the case. The first tom hung at 40 the 2nd tom walked by the hen decoy. The arrow hit him at 31 yd's. He did the turkey flop then flew...

after about a hour headed to where he had flown over a knob...found him. He had 2 beards. 6in and 10 in. My first double beard...

After 5 days of hunting I was able to harvest 3 toms...

Each year the club ground has offered me excellent opportunity to fill archery tags thanks for all your help. Keep up good work."

Steve

Great writing Steve. Exactly the kind of blow by blow story that puts us in the hunt. Thanks.

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