First Gobbler!

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2010/05/12 11:51:03 (permalink)

First Gobbler!

Went out for my second time turkey hunting ever on Monday (5-10. Went to Washington Co. with my buddy who was calling for me. Got set up by 545. There were birds all around us. Heard 2 gobble infront of us down in the valley. Then, we heard the hens to our left. The gobblers made their way away from us and towards the hens in the field. So we circled around and tried to see if we could get on the other side of the field. On our move, We called an heard a lone gobble front on top of the ridge. We decided to set up on this bird thinking that he might move down to check out the hens too. We set the decoys on an old logging road clearing and we were behind a bunch of brush. We continued calling with geting responses on every call. Then we saw him strutting down the fence line. What a show... We were set up perfect for him to come down the clearing right to the decoys. Then, he began to wander away from the decoys and to our right. I army crawled to a nearby bush and set up. My friend whispered to stand up because the bird was not coming to the decoys. I stood up and shot. It was through light brush and over the bush but a perfect shot. Dropped at 35 yds. My first turkey ever! Awesome experience!



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    RE: First Gobbler! 2010/05/12 11:54:55 (permalink)
    NICE bird man, congrats!


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    RE: First Gobbler! 2010/05/12 13:57:14 (permalink)
    awesome. congrats

    Better too far back, than too far forward.
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    RE: First Gobbler! 2010/05/12 13:59:44 (permalink)
    Awesome bird
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    RE: First Gobbler! 2010/05/12 16:04:57 (permalink)
    Nice bird, congrats!
     
    I'd like to make one suggestion for your bud, his choice of colors under his camo may not be the best for Spring gobbler.
    The black and red perfectly match the head of a gobbler.
    Hate to see some youhoo pop off a shot at the color, and it has happened before....

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    RE: First Gobbler! 2010/05/12 17:05:01 (permalink)
    Ya thats my buddy. I told him that too. He had a full head piece on and his jacket was zipped up but I know what you mean. I'll let him know again thanks. Some idiots out there that shoot at anything....

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    RE: First Gobbler! 2010/05/13 07:32:05 (permalink)
    Congrats Justin! Thats a nice bird.
    Eric, I thought that too. Gotta be careful.

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    RE: First Gobbler! 2010/05/13 16:32:26 (permalink)
    Can't be too safe IMHO. My father was shot several years ago by a guy that mistook him for a turkey. He was in complete camo, seated against a tree, no other color showing, hen calling, in Spring season. The shot hit my father's right arm (his gun was shouldered and he had a gobbler coming but not in range) and only "stung" him, nothing penetrated his skin. The shooter was behind and approached at an angle and stated he thought his arm was the top of a gobblers fanned tail. Fortunately, the tree stopped most of the shot string.
     
    I've been very cautious since.

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    RE: First Gobbler! 2010/05/19 18:43:41 (permalink)
    Nice pics...

    I echo everyone's comments here. I've had guys walk right up on me while calling thinking they were stalking a bird. Bunch of fools. Can't be to careful.
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    RE: First Gobbler! 2010/05/19 19:08:39 (permalink)
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    Nice pics...

    I echo everyone's comments here. I've had guys walk right up on me while calling thinking they were stalking a bird. Bunch of fools. Can't be to careful.


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    RE: First Gobbler! 2010/05/21 00:01:50 (permalink)
    Saftey for sure.....Area we hunt in WVA had a hunter killed while hen calling by another hunter in a gobbler only season.
    Same area this year, a guy pulled the gun up on my uncle...

    Better too far back, than too far forward.
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    RE: First Gobbler! 2010/05/21 16:00:54 (permalink)
    One of the reasons I no longer hunt behind my house.
    Got sick and tired of being stalked by young amish boys....

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