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After 50-60 hours of sitting in the blind, a mature Tom finally came within bow range! It has been a frustrating season with not many birds seen and the birds just not being where they should be. But as it is in the hunting world, sometimes things just work out like they are supposed to. Friday Morning got up at 3:45, supposed to be strong SE winds, so I elected to go to a small field and set up in the SE corner. All set up by 5:00. I have a jake decoy at 20 yards, a strutter at 10 facing the jake and a hen about 8 yards facing to the side. The Jake is my yardage marker. It was a pretty quiet first 1/2 hour with a few gobbles to the east 1/4 mile away and a few to the SE about 1/4 mile away. They usually don't roost near here but they work this way as the morning progresses. About 5:30 I started hearing gobblers from both directions working closer. I let out a few soft yelps, not sure if they could hear me and the birds to the SE gobbled back everytime and were working closer. About 5:45 a spot movement out in the field N of me, looking through the binocs I see a hen come over the field rise followed by another hen, 2 jakes and a Tom. They were about 150 yards and feeding right towards me. Knowing I might get a shot, the old ticker started to beat pretty good! As they picked towards me I would a couple soft chirps, clucks to keep the first hen on course, meanwhile the Toms behind me were gobbling and getting really close. Eventually the lead hens walked right to me and slightly to my right, to about 10 yards. The Tom ran up to my Jake decoy circled it and as he did I was able to draw without being busted by the others and he turned and puffed up and walked towards the strutter decoy. I also thought i could here spitting and drumming behind me, so that Tom was close as well. At about 12 yards I soft clucked with my mouth call, he stretched his neck out to Gobble. Pretty darn cool! That was the last sound he made as the arrow sliced though the base of his neck and he flopped around and did the upside down bicycle. As I stood over him I could still hear 2-3 other gobblers and they were fairly close, I still want to put my son on a bird, so I took a few pictures and quietly slipped out carrying all that junk I drug in, It was a good work out! He was right at 20Lbs, 9 inch beard, 3/4 inch spurs. This is the first morning this season that they acted like they were supposed to! Needless to say a very fun morning!

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Congrats! Looks like your patience payed off with a great hunt.

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Persistence and patience pay off again. Congrats!

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