Pix of 20 lb. gobbler
taken this morning April 12, 2005 around 8:19 AM.....his beard is 11.5
inches long and the spur length is 1 inch and 1/16. The other pix shows how
close the turkey was to the decoys. I have only heard two toms gobbling so
far this season and they were a good ways off. I went yesterday morning and
heard one gobble around 7:10 A.M. and he answered my call but he would not
I relocated on him
this morning or where I though he was and didn't hear a single gobble. I
set up at two different places and made some sweet seductive yelps on the
ole mahogany box call but nothing would respond.
The second time I
relocated, I again set up the hen decoy and the young jake decoy and after
the first series of yelps I heard a hen yelp behind and to the right of my
position....my first thought was, dang there is another hunter in here close
to me because it really didn't sound that good of a yelp for a turkey.
Another short two note type yelp was heard and I heard movement coming to my
position. I was set up for the turkeys to come in front of the decoys but
it doesn't always go as planned. I could tell the noise in the woods were turkeys running and they kept getting closer and closer. The first
turkey to come out from my right side was about 15 yards from me and his
waddles were crimson red and his head was bright blue and white. He
immediately went right up the jake decoy less than two feet from the decoy
and bowed up a little, turned his head sideways and did a little head bobble
to intimidate the jake but the jake decoy stood his ground. I didn't turn my head to see what other birds were
coming out since this ole boy was a keeper and aligned the green and red tru-glo sights on the gobbler's head
and fired the Remington 11-87 super magnum with the Remington # 5 hevi-shot
and it just about took the turkeys head off...the turkeys behind and to my
right flew and ran off but the ole boy in the picture is in the
refrigerator waiting to be marinated before deep frying in the very near
PS I could not
grin real big or at all; my store bought teeth were still in the soak tank
at home. Still, not bad for a self-portrait!
The below pix is where
the ole Gobbler fell. He was closer to the decoys but the shot knocked him
away from them some!
Below is pix of the turkey breasts ready for vacuum
packaging for later usage.
The turkey breast fillets weighed 5 pounds total.
Later, Bill aka Mickey Porter