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Gone Hunting.. => Turkey Hunting => Topic started by: MI_Bowhunter on May 19, 2019, 01:02:40 PM

Title: Finally tagged out in MI!!
Post by: [Blocked] on May 19, 2019, 01:02:40 PM
Finally tagged out in MI!!!

22#, 8.5" beard and 1" spurs

Got up at 0330 on Sat and got set up before light. Set out a strutting tom decoy and a hen.    Heard lots of gobbling early then it all just went silent once they got on the ground.

Finally I saw movement to my left and four hens came running in.   The ran right in and milled around the decoys for a long time.

After a time I caught movement on my right.  Two hens came running out of the woods and made a big circle in the field then ran out of sight.    The turkeys in the decoys didn't seem to affected by this and continued eating and milling around.

They finally started to move off to my right and started making a lot of noise.  I leaned a bit to see around the window of my blind   and there was a tom there strutting like he owned the place.

I watched him for a while and he never came out of strut.  Finally I got him broadside and leveled him.  Only ended up with one pellet through the breast. despite having his head tucked in tight

After the shot  all the birds hung around and just kept feeding and milling around.  Seemed like it took them forever to move on.  I didn't want to flush them as my buddy is still hunting the area. 

It seems like it too a long time to play out but shooting hours began at 0537 and I was done by 0650.

I was still drinking my hot cup of coffee on the way out.

My buddy was hunting another part of the farm so on the way out a looped back to him and helped him call a bit.   We did see a nice fat tom waaaaay across the field but he was not about to leave the 4 hens he was with. I told him to hunt my spot that evening, which he did with his brother who shot a bird later the same day from my spot using my decoys in the same configuration....It's a hot spot!!!

This is a first for me, tagged out in two states.   I could not have asked for a much better season.  Its been just an awesome season. 
Title: Re: Finally tagged out in MI!!
Post by: [Blocked] on May 19, 2019, 01:16:57 PM
Congrats on a Whopper of a spring season!  But I don't see a stick in the picture - I thought Robert taught you his style of hunting while you were down there
Title: Re: Finally tagged out in MI!!
Post by: [Blocked] on May 19, 2019, 01:53:45 PM
Don't worry I took notes and keep that option in my tool box.   ;D
Title: Re: Finally tagged out in MI!!
Post by: [Blocked] on May 19, 2019, 03:17:47 PM
nice work. i'm surprised the hens aren't on eggs. they are around here

congrats
Title: Re: Finally tagged out in MI!!
Post by: [Blocked] on May 19, 2019, 05:23:27 PM
Congrats, Mike, that is a very nice tom!
Title: Re: Finally tagged out in MI!!
Post by: [Blocked] on May 20, 2019, 09:38:50 AM
Great bird, congrats of a successful season.
Title: Re: Finally tagged out in MI!!
Post by: [Blocked] on May 20, 2019, 09:40:51 AM
Congrats!!! Very nice bird!!!
Title: Re: Finally tagged out in MI!!
Post by: [Blocked] on May 20, 2019, 10:04:51 AM
Congrats on the Tom .  ##$%#1118
Title: Re: Finally tagged out in MI!!
Post by: [Blocked] on May 21, 2019, 07:24:35 PM
Congrats on a great bird and great story! Also kudos on your season, absolutely awesome!