Well I tagged out this morning. I got out later as my daughter and her family were over so I headed out after breakfast. I drove by the field to see if there were any there so I could plan a route to the blind. There was a fl8cknof Jake's and a flock of longbeards. I quickly snuck into my blind and stuck a funky chicken decoy out. As I was stepping into the blind the Jake's start clearing the trees between the blind and them. They worked around out front a ways. Suddenly I see 2 toms fly into the field. The jakes immediately charged the toms driving them out of the field. After that the jakes saw the funky chicked and headed over to check it out. With the toms gone and time dlipoung away I picked one out and shot him at 30 yards. He'll taste good on rhe grill this summer.
Got in the blind at 10 am and was done by 10:15 am. It's been a long season.
The 2 lakes i bass fish have slowed way down the last week. A swim-bait ripple shad was hot ticket for a while but that is just a pike attraction right now. Been switching to a Senko and helped a little. Pads are coming up fast now and we should see a spike up in activity soon. Cannot wait to throw the frogs soon as that is the biggest rush watching those eruptions in the water!! Thanks for posting as i found it to be quite slower than usual also. Which means i need to find better ammo during those times.
I am giving it a last hurrah tomorrow. Sorry I haven't been able to check in here much. I have hardly been able to get out this year between work, a baby at home, and a recent trip out of the country for a relative's wedding.
Last time I was out I had a real nice Tom within 20 yards after a very long standoff. I think I screwed it up by rushing myself a bit. He stood around 50 yards out literally strutting back and forth like someone had drawn a line in the mud that he wouldnt cross. He must not have wanted to fight with the strutter decoy we had out. He did that for 45 minutes to an hour and finally came our way after a hen led him towards us.
They came past us but were outside the decoys and angling slightly away from us. Then the tom turned and started angling straight at the strutter decoy. That meant he was basically quartering to me and when he was 15-17 yards or so out I drew because in the back of my mind i was thinking if he kept moving that way and past the decoy he would quickly be in a spot I would have had no shot.
In hindsight I think he had realized (once he got close enough) that he would have been able to whoop up on the decoy and he was coming in to do just that. I probably should have waited to see, but I didn't and right as I hit the backwall of my draw his head popped up on alert and he turned around and walked straight away knowing something wasn't quite right. I could have easily shot at him at 20 yards but he was facing away and I just didn't feel comfortable. I am confident I would have hit my mark but I didn't like shooting at something walking straight away when I am not experienced with bow hunting turkeys.
I know some people will say that I should have shot, but I have been bow hunting for awhile and never wounded anything because of a poor shot or poor shot selection, so I didn't want that to be a first. Hopefully I get a shot at redemption tomorrow!