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First Gobbler

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Last year my son hunted with a friend of are's but didn't get a chance at a bird. So this year we decided to hunt together. It was Tuesday mourning and are third time out. We got out and set up about 5:15 and could here a gobbler on roost the hole time. About 6:00 they started coming out on the field, there was 3 jakes and some hens. About 10 minutes after the rest came out the strutter and his hen come out and put on a show, that was pretty cool neither of us had ever seen that before. That went on for about 15 minutes while the jakes just huge out and watched. Then as fast as they came out, the strutter walk back into the woods and the hen followed. Not sure if he spotted us since we were sitting on the ground or not. I was calling on and off the hole time while they were doing there stuff to keep them interested. After they went into the woods I was hoping the jakes might get interested and come. So I kept my sweet talk on and the jakes turned are way. They came by at about 50 yards but didn't show any

interest and went on there marry way. About this time we are a little discussed about what had just happened. All that excitement and now nothing, I guess that is part of turkey hunting. Then about 5 minutes later I here a gobble, so I start a little sweet talk and I here the gobble again. Just as fast as they had left they come back on the field, this time the strutter is looking more at us then his hen. He makes a turn and starts coming are way, now it's back to excitement, and at about 40 yards I get my bow ready cause he is coming in. On are drive up in the mourning we had a little conversation about the hunt. If a gobbler comes in I was to get the first chance at him with my bow, but if he looked like he was getting nervous he is suppose to put the hammer on him. Not that I didn't want my son to get one before me but sitting on the ground behind a tree with your bow, you have to take the shot if it works out. So at 10 yards he is in full strut and working his way between us and the decoy. Brandon is in front of the tree watching the hole thing, I am behind him off to the left sitting low tell he turns in front of the decoy so I can draw. The tom gets past the decoy a little and I can see him get a little jumpy and BOOM the gun goes off. Gobbler down and there are high fives and we are excited to say the least. This is my first story so I hope it is ok and first of many with any luck. I will post pictures if I can figure it out.

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Brandon and his first gobbler; 19lbs, 9 1/2" beard and 1 1/4" spurs. Awesome hunt and an a exciting mourning.

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Thanks guys, hope to get out this week and with any luck wack one with my bow. The decoy is a friend of mines, it is a older one made by Primos, Killer Bee. The new one is different.

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