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5/15/10 - I was in my turkey blind at 5:00AM. My blind made of natural brush faces a cut cornfield. There is a tree line 100 yards ahead of me that curves towards the left. The nearest woods were about 50 yards to my left. A B-mobile Tom and a hen decoy were set out just about 20 yards in the cornfield. I was sitting and waiting till daybreak. Suddenly at about 6:30AM I heard two gobblers in the woods to my left. I started calling on my Hunters Specialties Double D diaphragm call. They responded a few times and then silence. For the next half hour I was waiting and looking out in the field. At about 7:00pm I see the heads of two gobblers bobbing along the far tree line at about 100 yards. I called and no response. I continued watching them come to about 70 yards from my blind. Standing there heads flushed bright red staring in the direction of my decoys. But they did not move toward them. Instead, they started walking away toward a hill on my right. I called and called and still no response. The two gobblers got hung up on the hill opening and closing their tail fans and their wings. They seemed to be sunning themselves. Just then another gobbler comes toward the hill from the far right and the three of them start strutting. I called again and they responded but did not move toward me. Instead they started to move further away. Just then a hen comes walking along out of the woods to my left just 15 yards away from my blind, yelping as she moves. She sees my decoys and starts feeding around them. Hearing and seeing the yelping hen, the three Toms suddenly started moving toward me at full strut. They get to about 40 yards from my blind. Three hens following in their footsteps. I raised my shotgun and put my sights on the biggest one of the three Toms. I call again and the Tom responds. I take my shot and down he goes. Big bird down! The others litteraly fly the coop. The entire hunt that day took under 3 hours. It was the quickest hunt I have had for turkey.

 
 
 
 
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whitedeerhunter
Posted: 2/27/2012
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Nice gobbler good luck this season
jmasiakos
Posted: 5/24/2010
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Yup. The bird in my picture is this season's bird.
jmasiakos
Posted: 5/24/2010
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Thanks!!! You are so right about Turkey hunting. Just when you think they are heading your way, they turn tail and head the other. Just this morning - my last chance for the season - heard another gobbler in the woods. It was so loud, I called and then nothing! I guess he wasn't in the mood to play today. No problem though. I have a nice bird in the freezer and a tail fan drying out in my basement! Looking forward to doing some scouting and glassing this summer.
allflockedup
Posted: 5/21/2010
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Congrats on the gobbler!!!

That's the crazy thing about turkey hunting, one day they come in just like the shows on tv, and other times they won't respond to anything.

Some people tell me that turkey hunting is easy, I tell 'em they're nuts!

In my eyes any turkey you harvest, wheather it takes 10 minutes or 10 years, is a true trophy. Congrats again, and thanks for sharing!

btw- is that your bird in your profile pic? That's a top notch turkey!!

 
 
 
 
 
 
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