Archery Turkey Hunting
Successful Archery Turkey Hunt
Good morning Jon and Susie,
My 2019 spring Kansas turkey hunting was great. I always like to get out with my bow early on since the pressure is low. I started out on a farm I had never been to before. I heard one bird and he came close right off the roost but would not commit. I waited a few hours and then went on a walk and spotted the one solo gobbler with seven hens. I called and worked these birds for about an hour and finally they worked my way and the gobbler got within about 30 yards but I was unable to get a shot. The bow presents a challenge on a ground stalking scenario. I then drove around looking at other properties that day and spotted a single gobbler with a hen next to one of our leases and reserved that spot for the next morning. I got to the spot early set up my blind and waited for the gobbles to start. It was a cool morning mid 40’s but clear and calm. I waited and waited but never heard any gobbles anywhere near or far. I was a little disappointed. I kept calling every 5 minutes or so and about an hour in I decided to lay down in the blind to rest my back. It hadn’t been 5 minutes and I heard something hit one of my decoys. I was caught off guard because I had not heard anything all morning. Much to my surprise a nice tom was destroying my jake decoy. He came in without making a sound. I finally got positioned and was able to make a shot on the bird. He made it all the way across the field before dying.
On my third hunt I went to a spot I hunted one time last year and heard lots of birds but never had any work. I went to where the birds were last year and this year I heard only one gobble close but heard a bunch over the ridge. I hunted the single bird and he flew down with hens and worked off. The other gobbles were getting closer so I made a move to get a good view of where these birds were. There were four gobblers and 5 hens. They wanted nothing to do with calling so I tried using a decoy and crawling into the field but the hens spooked and ran off with the gobblers in pursuit. I made a plan to wrap around on the birds and try another vantage point. I made it around a ridge and back to the birds. This time about 100 yards away. I snuck down got below the birds and started calling. Before I knew it three two year old gobblers were at five steps in front of me and I couldn’t get a shot again. The birds worked off and over the ridge. The fourth bird was still with the 5 hens about 80 yards away. This birds was definitely the boss tom. The three two year old birds gobbled non-stop the whole morning but this bird never made a peep. I got my decoy and slowly behind crawled behind it up to a large oak tree about 60 yards from the gobbler and got into a better position and began calling. The old bird slowly worked towards me zig zagging all the way to 30 yards where I was finally able to get a shot and harvest the old bird. He had 11.5 inch beard and a 1.75 inch spur. The other spur was broken off. That’s the first time I had seen that. All in all I had a great few hunts but was a little concerned that I didn’t see any jakes or hear what I thought were any jakes. Hopefully I was just missing them. Numbers do seem to be down this year compared to years past especially in Missouri on the private ground I hunt in the southwest and western part of the state.
Thanks for all you guys do giving people the affordable opportunity to get out and enjoy nature.
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Congratulations Brad! A job well done!