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Turkey Hunting The Most Challenging Game

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Old April 20th, 2019
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Default Got it done!

Today was my last day to hunt our short 2 week season and I made it work. My younger brother and I hunted yesterday and heard gobbles but couldn't get a bird to work. He was supposed to go with me this morning & call but he didn't get up LOL!

Three hunters tagged in this morning. I set up at 5:45 am in my turkey lounger front of a big Oak on a nice ridge not far from our pond; stuck my hen decoy out about 30 yards in front of me. Had two different birds begin gobbling about 7:00 this morning; one was to the NW of me and gobbled twice, but the other was due E and was vocal over an hour but just wouldn't come in.

I sat and called every 30 minutes, soft yelps and purrs. at 9:00, the other two hunters texted me to let me know they were heading out.
I had the lease to myself.

About 10:15 I saw a hen ease out from the thicket and pass by my decoy; she continued on to the right towards a food plot where they like to feed and dust. A few minutes later, the gobbler eased out of the thicket, fanned and started to strut. He was 30 yards out. I purred with my slate, but the more he looked at the decoy, he didn't like it. He turned and started away. I had my Mossburg up and found the opening and took the 60 yard shot with the 3.5 Magnum. BIRD DOWN!

Sorry the photo isn't great. I was the only one on the lease & didn't have anyone to photograph me with the bird. I shot him as he was about to cross water so he's sopping wet to boot. Besides, I was so excited about that shot I really couldn't quit shaking!

Gobbler weighed 25 #, had a 9" beard and 1" spurs. He was a good one for our lease.

My thanks to Chadabear. . .your encouragement is greatly appreciated.

Just saying, patience and perseverance WILL pay off and be sure that you don't leave the woods too early!

Remember also, it's not the kill, ITS THE HUNT!
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You deserved every minute of that hunt and kill.
All you #1,2 and 3 type Louisiana hunters need to take note...
This isnt a huntress, this is a killer.
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Awesome hunt. Congrats on a fine turkey.
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Congrats on your hunt!
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Old April 22nd, 2019
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Good stuff. Glad you got one on the ground.
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Great. Congratulations.
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Love any good turkey hunt story and that is one! Thanks for sharing. Congrats!
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Smile Thanks everyone!

This was an especially gratifying hunt. . .and I was really pleased with the shot on the bird thru the woods. I love that Mossburg with the 3.5 mag. . . .

I had begun to doubt my calling. . . the birds on our lease are VERY difficult to work. We only get two weeks in our area and when LDWF moved the dates to April, it just raised the bar so to speak and made all of us have to be better hunters.

He was a good one for sure. I've saved his beard, fan and spurs.
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I had begun to doubt my calling. . .
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The birds on our lease they are so lockjawed, you might hunt all day before daylight and after dark and not hear an response. So I was beginning to doubt. Because of family responsibilities I didn't get to hunt like I wanted and I didn't go in and call every day for the two week season. However, when you do hunt & get no response you begin to doubt your ability. You might too if you hunted these no talking, lockjawed sunovaguns on our lease.

Killing this bird in the woods was sweet. . . .

I'm always questioning myself, my ability, what I do wrong and how I can be better. I just do the best I can. .

Just saying. . .
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