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A hard earned Gobbler
« on: May 06, 2014, 10:07:10 PM »
I began with an early 3:30 wake up this morning, it was windy and cold, I didnt expect much and I had to be at work by 10 a.m. As I was driving to my spot I kept thinking to myself, "I should have just slept in." With winds gusting around 25 mph and a temperature of 38 degrees I didnt have much hope but still I continued on. I came upon the first canyon that I thought might have some birds roosted in it at about 4:50. I crow called and got no responses, I move across the draw and called again with the same result. I decided to try the next canyon to the west as I had chased a tom in there on the 2nd but he hung up at 60 yards and I elected not to shoot that far. As I worked my way down the canyon I still hadnt heard a gobble, when I neared the bottom of the canyon I noticed pretty fresh turkey tracks in the road I was on, probably from the evening before. I called and got a response finally. I moved another 100 yards closer and decided to set out my Avian X hen decoy and I took cover about 25 yards behind it. The tom gobbled almost constantly while on the roost and was still pretty hot even after he flew down. I started calling once for his two or three gobbles but he didnt seem to be getting any closer. After about 20 minutes of talking back and forth I can tell he is coming my way. Just then I hear a hen yelp about 150 yards off to my right. I figured this wasnt going to help my chances at all. She called again and the gobbler headed for her. Eventually I could see them milling around in a meadow below me (private land) they were about 150-200 yards away from me and I could see them moving around, the tom was in full strut 95% of the time I saw him in the meadow around that hen. After about 45 minutes of strutting and no gobbling I watched him breed the hen and the hen soon left the meadow but I didn't see in which direction, the tom moved slightly closer to me and was still strutting around. I noticed his head was getting redder since the hen had left (it was only whitish blue when he was with the hen and not gobbling). I called and immediately he gobbled. This went on for about 10 minutes but he still continued to strut in the meadow. Then I noticed movement off to my right and it was the hen moving towards my decoy, she got out to about 40 yards and knew something wasn't right. Either she didn't like the decoy of she could see the sun shining on the bridge of my nose and eyes because my facemask doesn't cover that part very well. I heard the classic "putt putt" and she takes off back the way she came from and I am thinking that this game is over for me. I decide to call to try and keep the toms attention and he double gobbles. I call softly one more time and he gobbles again and I see him moving my way much quicker than before. Now I decide to stop calling and let him find me. Withing 2 minutes he closes the distance from about 125 yards and makes his way onto the huntable ground. He struts his way in and at 40 yards he lifts his head up and I let him have it with 2 oz of copper plated 6's out of my Benelli M2. It was the same bird that gave me the slip a few days ago and I must say it feels pretty good to finally whack him. He had an 8.5 inch beard and 5/8" spurs. Time of the kill was about 7:10 so I was able to get him cleaned and make it to work on time.  :tup:
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Re: A hard earned Gobbler
« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2014, 10:15:20 PM »
Great write up and pictures!

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Re: A hard earned Gobbler
« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2014, 10:16:34 PM »
Congrats jim, I'm glad it finally all worked out for you :tup:

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Re: A hard earned Gobbler
« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2014, 07:00:32 AM »
Great looking bird...congratulations!   :tup:
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Re: A hard earned Gobbler
« Reply #4 on: May 07, 2014, 08:22:37 AM »
Right on!  Way to stick with it. 

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Re: A hard earned Gobbler
« Reply #5 on: May 07, 2014, 08:33:07 AM »
great Job  and nice story to go along with it   :tup: :tup: :tup:

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Re: A hard earned Gobbler
« Reply #6 on: May 07, 2014, 08:56:12 AM »
Great story and a nice bird!

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Re: A hard earned Gobbler
« Reply #7 on: May 07, 2014, 08:12:21 PM »
Thanks everybody, I'll be heading back down to klickitat county this weekend trying to fill tag number two since we can only shoot one a year around here.
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Re: A hard earned Gobbler
« Reply #8 on: May 08, 2014, 12:47:41 AM »
Nice job, Congrats :tup:
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Re: A hard earned Gobbler
« Reply #9 on: May 08, 2014, 11:59:48 AM »
This proves that birds don't just disappear with inclement weather. Nice resolve to push through and great bird.
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Re: A hard earned Gobbler
« Reply #10 on: May 17, 2014, 12:28:43 PM »
Are you driving an older white f150? Were you up there this morning with a young gal?

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Re: A hard earned Gobbler
« Reply #11 on: May 17, 2014, 01:54:10 PM »
Congrats ;)
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Re: A hard earned Gobbler
« Reply #12 on: May 17, 2014, 02:06:43 PM »
Are you driving an older white f150? Were you up there this morning with a young gal?
yeah that was me, you kill one of those birds this morning? Saw you were parked there right after we heard them gobble.
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Re: A hard earned Gobbler
« Reply #13 on: May 17, 2014, 02:29:40 PM »
Nope, he hit the ground and shutup. I got up on the ridge and watched them feeding. There was a couple hens with him to. I left about 9 and he was silent. Gonna try it again in the morning and get up there and try to cut them them off if they roost in the same spot.

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Re: A hard earned Gobbler
« Reply #14 on: May 17, 2014, 02:39:28 PM »
Well good luck, they should be in there unless someone messes with them today.
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Re: A hard earned Gobbler
« Reply #15 on: May 17, 2014, 03:13:50 PM »
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Re: A hard earned Gobbler
« Reply #16 on: May 19, 2014, 07:28:42 AM »
 :tup:  Congrats .... patience and persistence will mean many harvested toms for you.    :whoo:

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Re: A hard earned Gobbler
« Reply #17 on: May 19, 2014, 07:43:16 AM »
:tup:  Congrats .... patience and persistence will mean many harvested toms for you.    :whoo:
thanks, I can say I definitely learned a lot from hunting this Tom, be patient, don't overcall, and just because he stops gobbling for a while doesn't mean he's gone and forgot about you.
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Re: A hard earned Gobbler
« Reply #18 on: May 19, 2014, 08:02:01 AM »
Very nice, congratulations on your bird.
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Re: A hard earned Gobbler
« Reply #19 on: May 19, 2014, 08:02:50 AM »
You've come far grasshopper !   :chuckle:

 I find that when they're coming in, 1/3 of the time they'll gobble, 1/3 spit-n-drum. 1/3 sneak in unannounced.   When they go silent doesn't mean they left the area even if they don't come in ...  patience and persistence ... use his natural curiosity and sex drive against him until he's ready to commit.

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Re: A hard earned Gobbler
« Reply #20 on: May 19, 2014, 08:19:43 AM »
 :yeah: that's what I was thinking to myself the whole time, It was nice that it was just open enough that I could see him and the hen most of the time, and I knew when she left he was going to get fired up again.
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Re: A hard earned Gobbler
« Reply #21 on: May 20, 2014, 09:25:13 PM »


You've come far grasshopper !   :chuckle:

 I find that when they're coming in, 1/3 of the time they'll gobble, 1/3 spit-n-drum. 1/3 sneak in unannounced.   When they go silent doesn't mean they left the area even if they don't come in ...  patience and persistence ... use his natural curiosity and sex drive against him until he's ready to commit.

 :yeah:                                                                                                                                        :yeah:

It was SSOOOO hard Sunday NOT too call everytime they gobbled, out of view about 50yds away and could hear the Drum" BBbuuummmmm...Bbbuuummmm" but they were in view of my decoy so I would purr a cluck a little like I was feeding and paying them no mind. So so hard not to call.



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Re: A hard earned Gobbler
« Reply #22 on: May 20, 2014, 09:57:09 PM »


You've come far grasshopper !   :chuckle:

 I find that when they're coming in, 1/3 of the time they'll gobble, 1/3 spit-n-drum. 1/3 sneak in unannounced.   When they go silent doesn't mean they left the area even if they don't come in ...  patience and persistence ... use his natural curiosity and sex drive against him until he's ready to commit.

 :yeah:                                                                                                                                        :yeah:

It was SSOOOO hard Sunday NOT too call everytime they gobbled, out of view about 50yds away and could hear the Drum" BBbuuummmmm...Bbbuuummmm" but they were in view of my decoy so I would purr a cluck a little like I was feeding and paying them no mind. So so hard not to call.
oh I bet it was, I have not yet mastered or feel comfortable enough to use a diaphragm yet so if he is that close and can see me or is an open area in probably stuck holding onto my gun hoping he comes in on his own, I can definitely see how a mouth call would make a big difference in that kind of situation though.
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