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Bukmastr 05-20-2007 08:27 AM

I Quit!!!!!!
I QUIT!!!!!!!!!! I aint going back out turkey hunting the rest of this season... Mainly becuase Im out of tags... Wacked a big Tom this morning.
We sat near a spot we expected Toms to be roosted. No gobbles at all. So rather than wait for birds to wander to me, I hopped in the truck and headed for the next farm. Went back about 1/2 way and gave a good hen expression. Nothing. Up the hill headed for the next call position. Got about 100 yards and heard a very faint gobble that sounded to be about 400 to 500 yards across a big bean field, and probably coming to the yelps I sounded at the bottom of the hill. At 1st I was not sure it was a gobble. But was confident enough to say lets get over to the edge of the field and set up. 3 steps later and a gobble souded at half the distance. We scrambled to the nearest tree as a gobble sounded at the field edge 40 yards away. I hit the call and the gobbles exploded and you could not shut that bird up. He was gobbling so fast I thought there was more than one for a while. The bird paced back and forth on the edge of the bean field but refused to cross over 10 more feet to where I could shoot him. He would of had to go through some tall grass, and he simply refused. I tried despertly to talk him into it for about 20 minutes, I even tried the silent treatment, and a few other little tricks. NO DEAL! Well, I certainly have not gotten to where I am at by making smart conservitive decisions, like wait till tomorrow and set up where he roosted, Sooo, I decided to crawl 15 yards with my gun camera while Dave stayed back and filmed me. I figured If I could get to a certain tree and slip to a sitting position he would only be 20 yards from me. I knew no matter how hard I tried, I was going to make noise, but my foolish pride forced me to make a move. I crawled to the tree very low actually dragging my belly (that scraped off a few of the ticks ) stopping every few yards to chirp like a turkey and make him think the freak in the grass was actually his future lover.
Once at the tree, I realized I had too much obstruction and would actually have to get even closer! At 5 more yards I could almost feel the Toms breath every time he gobbled. I knew he was closer than 15 yards and I had no cover between me and turkey breasts with gravey, except the grass I layed in. I gave him one more yelp to make him stupid and hear one more eruption of gobbles, as I pulled my knees under my chest. I quickly rose to my feet with my gun already shouldered and the gun cam on. There he was less than 15 yards away. I will never forget that look on his face that turned from lust to shock as he realized what was happening. I tried to hesitate to get as much gun cam footage as possible but it was likly only a second or two and as soon as he started to run... BLAMMMO. He rolled but got back up and took off again BLAMMO... He kept going but was looking a bit hurt. The chase was on, I sprinted behind the big tom till he collapsed and died about 40 yards from where I shot him... Got me another one.
Dan's victory dance

buckfever 05-20-2007 01:12 PM

nice hunting. there is times in a hunt you actually have to become a hunter instead of a shooter. i dont call that not being conservative, just doing what it takes to tag the animal. plus you take more pride in the ones you had to work for anyway.

deercook 05-20-2007 03:11 PM

I thought someone actually got fed up with the bird hunting and was going to quit. Thats a nice story and hunt.

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