Turkey Turkey Turkey

This years Turkey season has been one of highs and lows all year long. We started this year bow hunting hoping to pull an early bird. On the first day of bow season we had a nice group of turkeys roosting just behind where we sat up in the trees. With Temps still in the 30’s that morning and no mating activity what so ever I knew the odds of calling in the Tom’s away from the hens where very low. The plan that morning was to piss off the momma hen as much as I could hoping she would want to kick some ass and bring the boys in. From the word go I spent the next hour and half mimicking her and talking over her until she couldn’t take any more and brought the entire group over to find out who this monthly little girl was. With her where two of the biggest tom’s I have seen in years! The two big boys stayed back out about 30 yards and just wouldn’t come any closer. We had 30 birds in the decoys 10 yards away but they just didn’t like what was going on so I tried the shot. As I pulled the trigger there was a loud snap and turkeys went everywhere as my bow string snapped and sent my arrow off to the left… Let’s just say that was end of my bow season…

The following week was the gun opener which in KS falls on a Wednesday morning. Gary Mellard and headed north to try our luck as we had scouted the turkeys and found they had changed ends of the property. We sat up in a tree row hoping they would work there way up trees and out into a large bean field to feed. That morning we had about 100 turkeys roosting in the trees 100 yards to the south of us. As they flew down some came out in the field others dropped straight down. Over the next hour and half we had 2 sets of hens and 6 jakes that played with our decoys. As our usual luck goes we had about 30 turkeys fly down late into the field at 8:30, whey they stayed in the trees so long I have no idea. Alright, the big boys where late getting down was my thought get ready! As they come into the decoys what we thought where big boys where 26 hens and 4 jakes…. They enjoyed playing with the decoys for the next 10 minutes until they got board and headed over join their other buddies that never came out of the trees. As the worked the other way up the tree row in the opposite direction we couldn’t believe the number of tom in there, at over 100 yards we counted 9 big tops we could see their beards from that distance… We had over 50 turkeys in the decoys that morning which provided a heck of a show but not one mature tom… The plus side was I knew where the turkeys where going and we where they would end up that evening.

Gary had a Ducks Unlimited commitment that night so I want back to see if they birds would come back down the tree row like I thought they might. It took them until dark with only a few minutes left in day two big toms wondered over to the decoys and calls… My first tag was filled a few minutes later. A great start to the turkey season. IMG_1093

Paige and Dakota trying to figure out what this wonder smelling bird is.

Paige and Dakota trying to figure out what this wonder smelling bird is.

Nick with a nice Tom

Nick with a nice Tom

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