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Author Topic: I have the most amazing story....  (Read 613 times)

Offline Hunt Master

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I have the most amazing story....
« on: April 19, 2019, 06:56:16 AM »
I have the most amazing story about a turkey I killed on the 15th but I am waiting on one more thing to photograph then I will post it. Not a giant bird, 10" beard, 1" spurs, but definitely the story of a lifetime.
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Re: I have the most amazing story....
« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2019, 07:31:50 AM »
nice teaser. I can't wait to hear it
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Re: I have the most amazing story....
« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2019, 09:07:52 AM »
 ;D ;D ;D
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Re: I have the most amazing story....
« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2019, 05:02:13 PM »
You're killing me Robert, I can't handle the suspense!
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Re: I have the most amazing story....
« Reply #4 on: April 20, 2019, 09:17:29 PM »
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Re: I have the most amazing story....
« Reply #5 on: April 21, 2019, 10:13:03 AM »
and so we wait, and wait, and wait  @--0--0131  @--0--0117
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Re: I have the most amazing story....
« Reply #6 on: April 21, 2019, 10:38:43 AM »
news at 11
turkey season was a wet one now on to deer hunting in October





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Re: I have the most amazing story....
« Reply #7 on: April 21, 2019, 07:33:53 PM »
 @--0--0117 Were ready
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Re: I have the most amazing story....
« Reply #8 on: April 22, 2019, 08:22:20 AM »
Great story!!!

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Re: I have the most amazing story....
« Reply #9 on: April 24, 2019, 07:57:49 AM »
So, it started off like any other afternoon hunt. Bugfixer had to work so I took off for one of our properties by myself. This property was basically a wooded mountain so around 4 PM I climbed up about 150 yards and sat down where I could see a lot. I was mostly roosting and didn’t have high expectations.

Around 5 PM, I saw a red head moving around at the bottom of the hill. I eased up the turkey fan I always carry with me and he spotted it immediately. He blew up and started showing off. Then he started the slow process my way to whip my butt.

Back story – For the last 2 years, Bug and I have been using a turkey fan to “Fan” in gobblers. It works so well I call it cheating. 2 of the 5 birds we killed last year were due to fanning. So far this year, all 5 birds killed were with fanning. However, we have always hunted together, one fanning and one shooting…

Back to present time… So I see Mr. gobbler headed my way and that’s when I realize I haven’t practiced getting a gun into shooting position while also fanning. Much harder than it sounds. The fan kept getting in the way of my sights and while fanning does let you get away with some movement, I was moving quite a bit trying to figure out the gun / fanning methods. So much so that he stopped. I made a quick guess of about 50 yards and with an unsteady gun, pulled the trigger. I was holding the fan in my left hand and the forearm of the shotgun with my left pinky. I do not recommend this.

Boom!!! Turkey goes down, turkey gets up and runs to my left.

Turkey is further away now. Boom!!! Panic shots were never my specialty.

Back story – Just a few hours before, I was complaining to Bug about how my turkey vest gets heavier and heavier every year. So, I cleaned out a lot of the unnecessary junk to lighten it up. Including the 3 extra shotgun shells. I have carried extra shells ever since I started turkey hunting and I have NEVER fired more than twice at a turkey. Who needs extra shells, right?

Back to present time…
Turkey is even further away now. Boom!!! Third shot. Turkey goes down, I jump up and start running down the hill.

As I get about 40 yards from the flopping bird, he jumps up and begins running. Now, let me set the scene. Open hardwoods, steep hill, slightly overweight turkey hunter in his 50’s, no ammo, upset slightly hurt gobbler, high speed pursuit. Are you getting the picture?

As I am running to cut him off, I grab a stick off the ground and begin to gain ground on him. As he is running figure 8’s, up and down the hill, in about a quarter of an acre piece of woods, I am swinging the stick like babe ruth and he is ducking the bat like a prize fighter. He keeps looking back at me and honking like a goose every step. Sometimes he would run into a tree and I would gain ground. Sometimes I would trip and fall and he would gain ground. I’m swinging at this guy like he’s a turkey piñata but haven’t scored a head shot yet. At this time, I would have paid $500 for one of those shells I left behind at the cabin…

I finally score a decent hit to his noggin and he slows a bit so I decide to dive on him like I’m sliding into second base. In midair I remember this second baseman has spurs and think maybe this wasn’t my best idea yet. I land directly on him. He grunts, I grunt and then he shoots out like a wet football and is back up and running. The chase resumes.

When I get close again, I reach out and grab his tail. He is still trying to run and the whole “Tiger by the tail” cliché comes to mind. I’m swinging my trusty stick, landing mostly body shots, that he takes like a champ. Now we are now both honking like a goose. A quick picture of a caveman trying to catch a velociraptor before starving to death comes to mind.

He pulls free leaving me a handful of tail feathers. Now, we are both close to total panic and almost completely exhausted and near death. I take one more swing for the fence and hit a home run. He goes down, I grab what’s left of his tail feathers and dance to avoid his spurs as my boot goes for his head. However, he has one more last desperate trick in mind. He sticks his head under his wing denying me the coup de gras. So now I’m holding his tail, dancing to avoid spurs and kicking his wing to try and get his head and neck out. It eventually pops out and my foot finds his neck, In a minute its all over. When he’s finally done, I lay down beside him and try to prevent the heart attack that seems to be on the way.

When I can breathe again, I stand up in complete disbelief that this just happened. My best guess is the chase took 5 to 10 minutes even though it felt like hours. As I reach up to remove my hat and wipe the sweat away, I realize I have no hat. Somewhere in the crazy chase I lost my Turkey Thugs hat with the attached veil. My lucky hat! I spent another 30 exhausted minutes looking for it before I finally found it.

Turkey, empty gun and hat in hand, I make my way down the hill and back to the truck. Now the only decision left to make is do I tell this story or take it to the grave? Well, you now know the answer. A real turkey thug always tells the story…

10” beard. 1” spurs. 21.5 lbs. 8 tail feathers remaining….

PS… before I left, I stepped off my first shot. 75 yards. I miss-judged that one a bit…

PSS.. I went back several days later and got my stick. That was the photo I was waiting on. The stick is going up on the cabin wall with the other trophies…
« Last Edit: April 24, 2019, 08:06:15 AM by Hunt Master »
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Re: I have the most amazing story....
« Reply #10 on: April 24, 2019, 08:18:13 AM »
Man I am in tears!  Hilarious story and well written!  Glad you finally got your bird.  I declare you 2019 turkey champ right now!!!

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Re: I have the most amazing story....
« Reply #11 on: April 24, 2019, 09:37:46 AM »
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Re: I have the most amazing story....
« Reply #12 on: April 24, 2019, 09:56:00 AM »
The stick is now mounted in a place of honor...
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Re: I have the most amazing story....
« Reply #13 on: April 24, 2019, 10:13:17 AM »
 --099-780 --099-780 --099-780 --099-780 Man what a great story HM!! I have never chased one that long but i have had to tackle a couple you went for the bonus plan buddy!!! So will this be your new way of hunting turkeys-- Fire 3 starter rounds to get them going then chase em down and kill them with a stick? --099-780 --099-780- you are a bad man if it is. Congrats on a great well earned bird.
« Last Edit: April 25, 2019, 09:35:05 AM by BLUETOE »
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Re: I have the most amazing story....
« Reply #14 on: April 24, 2019, 11:14:36 AM »
Man I am in tears!  Hilarious story and well written!  Glad you finally got your bird.  I declare you 2019 turkey champ right now!!!
I'm with Ben - contest over.  Anyone that tries to top that one is likely to die in the process, and we just can't have that!

That is a classic for the ages!
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