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Author Topic: Close but no  (Read 1051 times)

Offline DLR

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Close but no
« on: April 30, 2010, 10:33:14 PM »
I was feeling a little tired today, so I did not get up early to go out to hunt. I got up around 9am and ate some breakfast and got dressed and headed on out the door. I decided to go lower today then where I have been hunting. I get to where I want to be and not really sure about where to set up. There is a deep ravine on the bottom flat so I decided to back up some and set up. Found a great tree and set up the hen. So after I got settled in I started to call softly every 5 minutes or so. I have been sitting now for over an half hour and decided to get aggressive. So with a mouth call and slate call and a box call I start to call with the mouth call and slate then put down the slate and use the box call. WHAT WAS THAT --7-8-9 a gobble. I give another call and a  gobble and this time closer. By the time I put the box call down I saw movement. It's a nice tom, I could see the beard, it was long and wide. He see's my decoy and goes into strut. I reach up and turn on the I-kam video glasses. I am watching this tom walk back and forth in full strut. I am looking down the shotgun barrel, hoping to get all this on video. The tom will not cross the ravine and now I'm thinking that I should have set up closer. The tom is getting spooky and he sticks his head up and I let one fly at him. As I watch him run off I knew I missed. After getting up and walking over to the spot where he was I could see no blood or feathers. I look back and estimate the shoot at 65 yards, just a little far for me to shoot. I got home and down loaded the video to see what I had captured on video. Well you can see me aiming the gun but the video is off to the side not looking at what I am looking at. You can see the tom run after the shot but it failed to video any of the tom strutting. I was kinda disappointed but what the heck I just had a great day  and I had action. Well tomorrow is another day. More on the I-Kam video glasses later...........
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Offline Duane72

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Re: Close but no
« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2010, 06:02:07 AM »
Great attitude DLR! It's always a little disapointing with a miss, but you know he's there. Too bad the video didn't turn out like you had hoped! I would have loved to seen it! Keep us posted. Hope to hear you down him today!
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Offline kjb-4320

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Re: Close but no
« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2010, 06:45:46 AM »
Just keep after them, Your luck will change for the better,  Some where in the woods there is a bird waiting to go home with you @--0--0101
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Re: Close but no
« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2010, 07:19:11 AM »
At least, you got your heart pumping hard!  Great story.  You'll get him next time!
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Re: Close but no
« Reply #4 on: May 01, 2010, 08:43:42 AM »
That does get the blood pumping don't it!!  keep after them  @--0--0101

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Re: Close but no
« Reply #5 on: May 02, 2010, 03:11:28 PM »
Tough Luck. Stay after Them. Like you said tomorrow is another day. Good Luck.

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Re: Close but no
« Reply #6 on: May 02, 2010, 04:10:09 PM »
me too DLR , my partner moved a little too much but I had action, I will try tomorrow, good luck to you DLR, at least were having fun @--0--0118
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Re: Close but no
« Reply #7 on: May 02, 2010, 05:22:22 PM »
keep after him youl get him stay with it  @--0--0101

Offline hawghunter65

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Re: Close but no
« Reply #8 on: May 02, 2010, 05:49:10 PM »
look at this experience as learning several opportunities for improvement.  you are learning how to video your hunts, always consider your setup and obstacles that might hang up a tom, and range setup so when he comes into view you can take him.  nothing is ever foolproof and that's why they call it hunting.

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Re: Close but no
« Reply #9 on: May 02, 2010, 06:16:07 PM »
Great story better luck next time. @--0--0133
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