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We leased 280 acres earlier this year, prime turkey hunting. We've been seeing a lot of hens, a few gobblers and 4 of us were primed for opening day. My blind was set in the edge of a field, and I placed my Dad's home made "pretty boy" out in it - not a bad looking decoy setup huh ? The gobbler rotates with the slightest winds.

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I saw 1 man in the morning, nothing else. He didn't trespass, but came to the fence and was very interested in my dekes at first !

We went in for lunch and check the hog trap. Wild hogs have been rooting my uncles fields and my Dad built a trap from cattle panels and sure enough, an 80 pound little shote was in it ! She looked very wild, not just wild/domesticated but actuially looked javalina-ish and Razorback-ish. She was also VERY fiesty, posturing and fauxc attacking us by rushing the cage. impressive how agressive it was. FINE EATING TOO

Back to the woods at about 1 pm, Dad stayed behind to clean hog and I slipped into his blind. I saw 2 hens going into a long, narrow field about 1/2 mile from my morning stand. Settled in and maybe 30 minutes a couple of hens came in, all around my decoy. Maybe 15 minutes later, way off to my left, out of nowhere were 2 gobblers in strut. I was not going to waste time and be picky, I lowered the boom on the lead gobbler and he fell in a puff of feathers and starting fly/hopping. I unzipped and out of the blind running, must have been a heck of a sight because I tackled the bird making sure I wouldn't lost him.

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Most of my pictures sucked, the above are two of the better ones.

He was 19 1/2 pounds and had 10" thick beard and 1" spurs. Dandy bird IMO, killed with my Dad's shotgun at 52 yards

Now I'm recurve hunting the rest of the season :biggrin:
 

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Dad mad that deke last fall, I'd already processed all mine into fletch John and those are from a jake anyways

I am making a full strut with these, mature tom decoy just to see what happens :biggrin:
 

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Is that a fence in the background of that one pic? :smack: Seriously congrats...:thumb:
 

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Congrats Stealthy! :thumb:

When are we going? :wink:
 

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firehog - yeah, we low fenced a turkey :razz:

Thats out front of my Dad's log house, I thought the apple blossoms would make for a good photo. It would have, but my parents seem lost to the concept of using a digital camera !

Fri/Sat/Sun I'm going to work on my second gobbler, using my longbow. That should be a hellofalotta fun !
 
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