Wisconsin turkey season runs six weeks long in 7 day periods starting on a Wednesday and ending on Tuesday. The first time period is always saved for my buddy Eric. I also draw this period because if Eric does not get one i will eat my tag trying to get him on a bird. If he is successful i will then hunt.
The season started out rough this year as Wed morning we had plenty of birds but couldn't get Eric turned around in the blind quick enough before the birds were out of range. Thursday morning we switched things up but the birds again came in on the backside of our Ameristep blind and I again failed at getting him turned around in time for a shot. Thursday afternoon sounded more promising as the birds were gobbling and on their way. Unfortunately it was a swing and a miss for Eric. We went back to the cabin and he shot a few times to find out that the new shells he was shooting were patterning high and to the right. Friday morning the birds were loud on the roost and there were plenty of them. Within an hour of fly down and a few adjustments made to his shotgun and some sweet talking from my Knight and Hale turkey calls Eric had a great longbeard on the ground.
Friday evening i grabbed my bow and headed to a different area and different blind. Around 6 pm a gobbler got fired up and made his way to the edge of the woods. Once there he saw something he didn't like and began to slowly walk away. I instantly drew my Hoyt carbon and settled my pin. However it was a small lane and he was moving. I moved to the next window however was not sure if i had enough clearance to get an arrow though the opening but i knew it was my last chance. I yelped, he stopped and i squeezed the release trigger only to watch my arrow begin to flutter almost instantly. I had clipped the blind or the small limb right outside the blind but it didn't matter. I missed. It had been along time since i had but it happens. Saturday morning and evening the birds were henned up and not much happening. Sunday morning i hunted a different farm as i knew i wouldn't have much time to hunt as I was heading to the dells for a land consultation job. Needless to say this farm didn't produce. Monday morning the birds were henned up again and i had plans to write so i needed to get back to my office. Monday night I saw 2 jakes and a hen. Tuesday morning was overall quiet on the roost but soon after sunrise i could see some birds on the ground a 150 yards out. I made some soft clucks and purrs. They answered with there own clucks and purrs. I picked up my vortex vipers and confirmed they were all hens. The lead hen however was bearded (which is legal in Wisconsin). I set down my Bino's and grabbed my Hoyt and Vortex ranger rangefinder. They closed the distance to 34 yards and began to preen themselves. I settled my pin and sent my NAP killzone tipped Easton axis on its way. The arrow found it's mark and she went less than 3 steps. Although more eventful than i wanted but successful in so many ways the first season has come and gone. Tomorrow begins period 2 and another chapter.
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