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Third time's a charm. Gobbler down.

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Third time's a charm. Gobbler down.

Postby i got worms » Thu May 05, 2016 2:01 pm

They say good things come to those who wait.

Opening day turned out to be more of a scouting mission, likely due to to the fact that I didn't do any pre season scouting :lol: . I've always been a fly by the seat of my pants kinda guy anyways. But it wasn't a waisted day as I located my target, a nice Tom who had a preference for agriculture, and came up with a better plan for my next outing.

My second day was "oh so close" as my target came in hot and heavy but hung up short and skirted my decoy setup just close enough that I had a bead on him but just far enough that I decided it'd be wise to wait for my next opportunity.

Which brings us to day number three. This time I said screw the decoy in hopes of coaxing him in a little closer. As the thick fog lingered and daylight started to settle in, his familiar gobbles rang out from the adjacent woods. Unfortunately he had taken up roost much deeper than days one and two. No matter as my box call cutting eventually brought him out of the woods and up the fields edge on a crash course with my Winchester 1300. A deep breath was in order to settle the thump in my chest. As he walked across in front of me at about 20 yards out, I waited for that brief moment when a Turkey stops moving, head up to analyze it's surroundings, and I took the shot. My 3" Winchester Supreme #4 Turkey load did it's job and I had my Tom!

He came in at just over 19lbs with a 7-1/2" beard and 7/8" spurs.

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I've arranged a hot date for him with my Traeger real soon!
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Re: Third time's a charm. Gobbler down.

Postby fatluke » Thu May 05, 2016 5:41 pm

Awesome bird and great follow up game plan.
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Re: Third time's a charm. Gobbler down.

Postby Netman » Thu May 05, 2016 5:45 pm

Mmmm traeger Tom
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Re: Third time's a charm. Gobbler down.

Postby Joel » Thu May 05, 2016 7:28 pm

Awesome tom, congrats sir! Gotta love those foggy mornings.
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Postby Out4trout » Thu May 05, 2016 8:41 pm

That's a nice Tom down !! Good when a plan comes together
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Re: Third time's a charm. Gobbler down.

Postby banjo » Fri May 06, 2016 7:22 pm

Nice bird.
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Re: Third time's a charm. Gobbler down.

Postby i got worms » Tue May 10, 2016 8:56 am

Thanks guys. This will be my first bird in the Traeger so maybe I'll follow up with the tasty results.
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Re: Third time's a charm. Gobbler down.

Postby CBB » Tue May 10, 2016 9:00 am

Very nice Tom and a great write up on the hunt. Nothing like the sound of a gobbler coming in hot and the show they put on
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Postby bradford2 » Tue May 17, 2016 7:02 pm

Good shootin!
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