Redemption!

Discussion in 'Iowa Long Beard Conference' started by sep0667, May 4, 2019.

  1. sep0667

    sep0667 Land of the Whitetail

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    So I’m sure you saw my other post from just the other day about losing permission on my turkey spot.

    Well I was able to find another place. It’s close to my parents so I figured I’d visit them a bit and see if I might have some luck at this new place. I’d never hunted there and had no idea if there are birds there or not.

    I got up early and got there just before 5. I knew where I wanted to set up from looking at satellite maps. Shortly after set up I hear gobbling a few hundred yards away, awesome because now I know there are birds here!! There were 3 for sure, maybe 4 toms gobbling. They gobbled consistently until about 630. I could tell when they pitched down because the gobbling sounded like a different tone, by 7 they were done. Nothing came to my calls or anything.

    In the meantime I saw 7 bucks(velvet already growing), a coyote, pheasants cackling, and a woodchuck climbing a tree 30 yards in front of me(I didn’t know they climbed trees) so I was really enjoying the morning. About 10:00 I look up and spot a hen moving along the tree line. I try some soft yelps and clucks at her but she cuts across the cornfield. As soon as she is out of sight I hear a gobble from the direction she came from, then another. I spot the Tom about 200 yards out in front of me across a creek. I throw some yelps at him and he gobbles back. Then he goes down in the creek bed so i yelp some more. He comes up out and heads my direction. It took about 5 minutes of calling to get him to come over, but once he saw my decoys he came in fast. I got the gun up and watched him come right up to my Jake decoy. I let him bump it and then he jumped on it. I decided I better shoot in case he spooks after he knocked it out of position. I had my decoys about 15 yards in front of me.

    22.4 pounds, each spur was 1 1/8, and 10 3/4 beard.

    I’m glad I stuck with it, what an awesome hunt. It’s so much when you call them in and seeing them strut! [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]


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  3. Ishi

    Ishi PMA Member

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    My motto is never give up! Congrats on the bird and perseverance
     
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    Nice! Way to keep moving forward and not giving up. Hope I get a chance to get out soon before I lose my spot!
     
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    Rjack Well-Known Member

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    Well done SEP. Congrats.
     
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    4DABUCKS Well-Known Member

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    Nice job and way to stick with it! It sounds like it was a great way to spend the am whether or not you got a bird!!
     
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    Daver PMA Member

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    Nice! Success is even sweeter after dealing with the disappointment last week. Congrats!!
     
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    Always fun not knowing a place and things working out. Congrats on a great bird!
     
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    Congrats!
     
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    Good work
     
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    Hardwood11 Well-Known Member

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    There you go!!
     
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