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Del in KS I had already summised that you are an extaordinary turkey hunter. Recently this was verified from a mutual aquaintance although no details were mentioned. Are you willing to share you best turkey story with us?

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from Del in KS wrote 4 years 49 weeks ago

Ish,

Go back 6 pages and read the story I posted under Your best turkey stories. Then come back here and read this one.

Two years before shooting the big bird in that story I got really lucky and bagged my best bird ever from that same spot. That year the night before the season opened I walked down the logging road past the 2 old graves and little crossroads. The plan was to wait until fly-up time listening for birds flapping wings as they fly up to roost in large oaks located there. Then sneak out to return the next morning to hunt. But something went awry. I clumsily got too close and birds flushed scattering every which way just before darkness set in. Feeling like my best chance had just been blown I headed for the truck. Next morning found me at the little crossroads shortly after dawn. After a few yelps 2 birds gobbled but would not come in. Well we just had a nice little conversation in turkey speak. They wanted me to come to them. But luck was with me when a jake gobbled to my rear. Cupping my hand next to my cheek and turning my head I yelped with a diaphram trying to sound like I was a hen going to the jake. A moment later there was a black blur that turned out to be an old gobbler running down the trail coming fast. So fast that it looked like he would be on me before I could even aim the gun.At 15 yds the old Tom saw the gun barrel moving, slammed on the brakes and started to do a Fred Flintstone back the way he had come but it was too late. My shotgun blast took most of the bark off a sappling and also rolled the bird. He went 26 lb, spurs went 1 3/8 inch and a beard like a maiden's hair. The spurs were two toned and had a noticable curve. There is a pic of this turkey on page 6 of my photofiles. Someplace I have a pic of the 2 old graves. The name on the marble headstone is Jos. Sears born 1800 died July 1865. A small stone next to Joe has no name on it. Apparently Mr Sears died a couple months after the civil war ended and Lincoln's murder. Here's a tip learned that day. If you are hunting a gobbler with hens wait until they fly up to roost then flush them well. The idea is to scatter them so he is separated from the girlybirds. Next morning get between him and them and he will be much easier to a call.

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from Del in KS wrote 4 years 49 weeks ago

Ish,

Thanks for the complement but I still have a lot to learn. Beekeeper knows more than I do about turkeys. He's just too modest to admit it.

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from 2Poppa wrote 4 years 49 weeks ago

Great story Del.
Thanks for the tip!

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from Del in KS wrote 4 years 49 weeks ago

Ish,

Would that mutual aquaintance have 2 Eagle Scout sons?

2poppa,

Glad you liked it.

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from Jim in Mo wrote 4 years 49 weeks ago

ish,
The mutual acquaintance is quite the gentleman and has a beautiful family. Just by our conversations he has invited me to visit if I'm passing through. Did you guys go to the museum in Cody? That's a place I'd like to visit.

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from ishawooa wrote 4 years 49 weeks ago

They spent a day at the BBHC, it was busy at work but I managed to knock a couple hours and walked across the street to join them. I think we all talked more than we looked. Of course I can go every day so perhaps they saw more in the "Smithsonian of the West" after our lunch. Thanks for the great turkey story. Maybe TV needs a good western turkey hunt for everyone to watch, if you are interested I will speak with a couple guys.

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from Del in KS wrote 4 years 49 weeks ago

Ish,

Go back 6 pages and read the story I posted under Your best turkey stories. Then come back here and read this one.

Two years before shooting the big bird in that story I got really lucky and bagged my best bird ever from that same spot. That year the night before the season opened I walked down the logging road past the 2 old graves and little crossroads. The plan was to wait until fly-up time listening for birds flapping wings as they fly up to roost in large oaks located there. Then sneak out to return the next morning to hunt. But something went awry. I clumsily got too close and birds flushed scattering every which way just before darkness set in. Feeling like my best chance had just been blown I headed for the truck. Next morning found me at the little crossroads shortly after dawn. After a few yelps 2 birds gobbled but would not come in. Well we just had a nice little conversation in turkey speak. They wanted me to come to them. But luck was with me when a jake gobbled to my rear. Cupping my hand next to my cheek and turning my head I yelped with a diaphram trying to sound like I was a hen going to the jake. A moment later there was a black blur that turned out to be an old gobbler running down the trail coming fast. So fast that it looked like he would be on me before I could even aim the gun.At 15 yds the old Tom saw the gun barrel moving, slammed on the brakes and started to do a Fred Flintstone back the way he had come but it was too late. My shotgun blast took most of the bark off a sappling and also rolled the bird. He went 26 lb, spurs went 1 3/8 inch and a beard like a maiden's hair. The spurs were two toned and had a noticable curve. There is a pic of this turkey on page 6 of my photofiles. Someplace I have a pic of the 2 old graves. The name on the marble headstone is Jos. Sears born 1800 died July 1865. A small stone next to Joe has no name on it. Apparently Mr Sears died a couple months after the civil war ended and Lincoln's murder. Here's a tip learned that day. If you are hunting a gobbler with hens wait until they fly up to roost then flush them well. The idea is to scatter them so he is separated from the girlybirds. Next morning get between him and them and he will be much easier to a call.

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from Del in KS wrote 4 years 49 weeks ago

Ish,

Thanks for the complement but I still have a lot to learn. Beekeeper knows more than I do about turkeys. He's just too modest to admit it.

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from 2Poppa wrote 4 years 49 weeks ago

Great story Del.
Thanks for the tip!

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from Del in KS wrote 4 years 49 weeks ago

Ish,

Would that mutual aquaintance have 2 Eagle Scout sons?

2poppa,

Glad you liked it.

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from Jim in Mo wrote 4 years 49 weeks ago

ish,
The mutual acquaintance is quite the gentleman and has a beautiful family. Just by our conversations he has invited me to visit if I'm passing through. Did you guys go to the museum in Cody? That's a place I'd like to visit.

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from ishawooa wrote 4 years 49 weeks ago

They spent a day at the BBHC, it was busy at work but I managed to knock a couple hours and walked across the street to join them. I think we all talked more than we looked. Of course I can go every day so perhaps they saw more in the "Smithsonian of the West" after our lunch. Thanks for the great turkey story. Maybe TV needs a good western turkey hunt for everyone to watch, if you are interested I will speak with a couple guys.

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