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I hunted on our place in Sharp Co. today. I set up on one of our food plots around 3 PM in my blind under a gnarly pear tree. I had one hen decoy out, a feather flex, about 20 yds. away. I had just gotten settled in my blind and pulled my face netting down. I looked down at my phone and heard a loud whop! I looked up and saw what I first thought was a gobbler flailing away at my hen. I grabbed my gun but realized it wasn't a gobbler! Then I thought it was a big hawk. Then it turned around and looked at me and I thought, "Eagle"! Sure enough after doing some checking it was a Golden Eagle! It left several talon holes in my decoy! I've had a bunch of amazing things happen to me while hunting and that's one of the most amazing!
 

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Seen them all along the Miss. R.system. I see plenty of Eagles every year out here.
 

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once had a bald eagle dive at a wounded mallard i shot in a rice field.....I had ot scare the thing off...Good thing too...It was Banded! :thumb: but thats the only encounter i have had with eagles! :p
 

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Is this the critter you saw?


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It is very likely it could have been, have saw several of them this year along with Bald Eagles following the duck migration.

Here is a map that shows their traditional migrations areas:


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That looks like what I saw, 4hunting. The white band on the tail feathers stood out the most! Other than it being brownish, standing about 3 ft. tall and being nearly as big around as a telephone pole! It had a wingspan of about 6 ft. When it turned around to look at me, it had those "shoulders" and that big crooked beak. When I looked on wikipedia for golden eagles, it looked just like the picture they portrayed. I noticed on the HE Alexander website that eagles winter there. It doesn't say what kind though.
 

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I was harrassed by crows all morning on Saturday, watching your decoy grapled by an eagle would have been GREAT to catch on video ! YOUTUBE #1 hit that would have been
 

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I guess I gotta stop production on those "decoy hen hats" I've been working on. I couldn't pay the legal fees on hawk attack lawsuits.
 
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