Dad's turkey season didn't start out as planned as some minor health issues sidelined him for 5 of the 7 days of his season. So with only two days to hunt, I knew I had my work cut out for me. Monday morning we had gobblers playing the game until around 10 am but just out of range, then they shut down and became tight-lipped the remainder of the day.
Tuesday morning found us within 150 yards of their roost. Three gobblers to our left, three in the valley behind us and two more sounding off 500 yards across the field in front of us.Things were sounding promising. By 6 am, all the birds had pitched down and were hammering hard from all directions. The three to our left had now circled to out the front to join the birds coming across the field. Two hens soon joined the five toms. The two from across the field gathered the two hens and headed to the middle of the field. I worked my K&H diaphragm call and Dual Threat pot call as sweet and sexy as I could make them. Soon the three gobblers were in a race.
Once they entered the small field we were in and saw the decoy the first two broke into strut. I whispered to dad "Don't shoot either one of those - their fans are really messed up." He responded with, "I wasn't - the one in the middle has the longest beard." As the three inched closer, Dad touched one off and the middle bird went down.That's when the show started and we sat back and watched the other two now try and decide who was going to be the new king on the block.
As we watched and I snapped images, I sat amazed again at this awesome bird and smiled to myself as out of the corner of my eye I could see the excitement and huge smile still on Dad's face. At 72 years young, his excitement never gets old. As I get older, I begin to appreciate these moments with him more and more. When we walked out to check out his bird, we noticed rather quickly that its tail was not messed up like the other two, but was not there at all! We smiled, then laughed, at yet another unforgettable hunt. Congrats, Dad!!!
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