Our annual spring turkey hunting season came in this year on Saturday April 11,
2009 for the Central region of North Carolina and the weather was
cooperating this year without being too cold or raining although it was
touch and go according to the forecast the weather prophets issued a couple
days earlier. Friday night
the rain came down pretty heavy and let up sometime in the early hours
around 2AM so the opening morning hunt was still on.
One of my long time friends and hunting buddies
Randy Steele of Cason's
Oldfield, in the Southern part of Anson County, NC near the Chesterfield
County, South Carolina line invited me to hunt with him opening day and week
on an excellent track of land that he and his brother are co-owners of
and I readily took him up on the offer.
I got to his home around 6AM and we got all of our gear loaded up into
his vehicle and it
didn't take long before we were in the turkey woods and heard three different gobblers all fired up.
Those ole boys were across a good sized creek from our position and due to the
heavy rain the night before, the creek was swollen and there was no place
we could ford the creek without getting water at least waist height and it
was a little too cold about 50 degrees to walk around wet
Thirty or forty years ago, I would not have hesitated in the least to
the swollen creek going after those Long Beards, but time has a way of
correcting impromptu judgment flaws; grin if you must! Another thing, those birds would absolutely not answer a single call from
either of us but simply gobbled when they got ready. However, they shock
gobbled to crows squawking and hawks screaming but were immune to our best
After deciding those ole long beards were untouchable by not
being able to get closer to them, we set up at
another location at the edge of a field and did get a chance to see three
jakes and a hen come in front of the Doghouse blind we were in and it certainly was
enjoyable watching the biggest one of the three jakes act like an ole boss
gobbler. In a few years, he should be a big boss gobbler for sure with
all the posturing and bulling that he was doing to the other two jakes. When he
first came out and saw the jake
decoy, he immediately ran up to him and puffed up and displayed a few
aggressive tactics but the jake decoy held his ground and the jake finally
figured out, the jake decoy was no threat to him or whatever goes through a
turkeys brain. A few pixs inserted
of what we saw from the doghouse blind: Note the hole in the screen
netting of which Randy had shot through the netting a year or two back and
harvested a jake. I forgot to ask him about a zipper on the
opening....grin if you must!
We enjoyed watching the three jakes feeding and would mess with them with
a few soft yelps and clucks and watch the blood flow into their wattles and
the color on their heads change to a bright blue with reddish overtones,
however they would not make a sound. Below pix of Randy Steele
catching himself a nap. He had a piece of small trash under one of his eye lids
and was experiencing some serious pain and later that afternoon went to the
emergency room and they found and removed the small spec of "trash" that was bothering
We will be back tomorrow if the weather permits and see if we can get set
up on one of the ole long beards. Below pix of Randy with his gear
as we headed back to the truck. Continued
TURKEY HUNTING 04-13-09
Above pix taken
on 04-13-09 of the hunt location for today. Prior to daybreak, we had
one gobbler respond to an owl call and a few minutes later he responded to a
crow call and that was all the gobbling we heard from him. He was
located a couple hundred yards (guesstimate) in fairly heavy woods and
not feasible to attempt to get any closer to him and opted for a set up
along the edge of the field and wood line where we had the three jakes and
hen come to the decoys on 04-11-09. I tried a different higher pitched
box call and a lower pitch raspy box call but could not get a response from
him. I tried a mouth call but the same results. Randy
stated that this was about the norm for the long beards on this track of
land. Every 15 or 20 minutes, I would cluck a little and rotate
between clucks and yelps but still nothing would respond.
At about 0945 Randy said, "Look to the left" and a very nice mature long
beard was about 50 yards or more out walking down the edge of the field in
full strut heading toward the decoy set up. I took a pix of him
through the blind netting but the infrared auto-focus on the camera locked
in on the netting instead of the turkey. See pix below:
The ole long beard
put on a show for us but he soon got out of my view from the small opening
in the Doghouse blind and strutted right up to the decoys, Randy eased
his Belgium Browning A-5 12 gauge out the opening in the blind and fired,
however the long beard did not go down according to him but was still
standing trying to figure out what had taken place. I advised Randy to
shoot again and all we heard was a snap sound from his gun. I
excitedly handed Randy my Remington 11-87 3 1/2 inch Super-Magnum loaded
with Remington Hevi-Shot #5 shells and by
this time the ole long beard had walked off at least 40 yards and I could
see him from the small window on my side of the Doghouse blind and at the
loud boom of
the Remington Super Magnum, Mr. Long beard went down. Talk about
pumped up and anxious all at the same time with bad luck and good luck all happening so fast, it was nearly unreal.
Murphy's Law is still awake! We surmised that Randy had some old shells #4 size shot
shells and the round that fired didn't have enough energy to eject the spent
shell but allowed the bolt to travel rearward enough to cock and engage the
sear/trigger yet the spent shell stayed in the chamber and the gun snapped
on the once fired shell. Apparently, not a single pellet hit the long
beard since he didn't jump, run or fly outright. Below is a pix
of Randy with his first ever long beard:
The long beard
weighed 20 pounds and sported a 10 1/2 inch length beard and had spur
lengths of 1 inch and 1.125 inches. You could see the wear on the tip
of his wings from all the strutting he had been doing. Should be some
good giblets and gravy or deep fried golden turkey nuggets. PS:
Randy gave me permission to give the details of this hunt as it happened
even though we both did a little grinning and this is a real world example
of turkey hunting uncut, unedited!
was an exciting hunt and will have to do it again this week, the weather
permitting. Hopefully, more to follow.
Bill aka Mickey Porter
TURKEY HUNTING 04-14-09
Our local area weather prophets did some serious forecasting of
rain and thunderstorms for April 14, 2009 blanketing our Anson County area,
however we decided to chance another morning hunt since so far we have
dodged the bullet for any serious weather issues. We arrived at
another hunting area well before daylight and heard a distant gobbler or two
but nothing on the land we planned to hunt. Randy has heard numerous
birds gobbling close by on earlier scouting and we decided to set up and
give it a try "Cold Turkey" as the ole cliché goes. Below pix of the
yelped, clucked, etc. but only heard a gobbler a couple times very far away
off this hunting track of land. We saw a total of 19 deer, all does
come across the end of the field and they could not quite figure out the
decoys. I finally got the little digital camera on three of them, the
last ones to enter the field and took a quick shot before they exited the
field; pix below:
stayed a couple hours but did not see or hear anything close by and decided
to go back to the first location at the doghouse blind since the weather was
getting overcast and heavy clouds rolling in. Hey, I believe the
weather prophets are about to nail this forecast on the head today.
The mosquitoes left there mark on my hands with over 17 bites. I
definitely will have some insect repellant with me on the next hunt.....my
bad on this one for sure!
We set-up again in the doghouse blind with the decoys about 20 yards into
the field and it wasn't long before the sky turned dark with thunder rolling
and some serious rain started coming down. The several year old
doghouse blind did pretty good holding back the rain although some water did
get in around the zippers and a few seams but nothing serious. The
rain finally let up and about an hour later a single hen entered the field
and was soaking wet herself. She did extensive grooming straightening
and cleaning her feathers and put on a pretty good show. After her
grooming session, she "spied" the hen and jake decoy set-up and
walked toward them in an aggressive posture clucking the entire time and did
give some purrs also. Below pix as she approached the decoys
displaying a spread fan, wings somewhat outstretched, back feathers ruffled
and neck extended with body lower to the ground than normal:
I thought for a second
or two she was going to attack the hen decoy but finally calmed down and went
back to feeding and continued to feed in the field for at least an hour.
Every 10 or 15 minutes I would hit a few notes on several box calls and it
did not faze her and did not get a response from anything else. I got
an ole trusty slate call out and purred and clucked and she came to the left
side and rear of the blind clucking the entire time and do believe she would
have came into the doghouse blind if there was an opening.
and myself had an enjoyable hunt even though we didn't see or harvest a long
beard today, but it was and is great to be in the outdoors again enjoying
what God has created and thankful for the opportunity to be able to do so.
More to follow.
Bill aka Mickey Porter 04-14-09.
TURKEY HUNTING 04-15-09
Today April 15,
2009 found myself up as usual before daybreak around 0520 with my regular
pit stop to the bathroom and then on to the kitchen to brew a fresh pot of Decaf
coffee and while the coffee was brewing, got dressed and consumed a
quick bowl of cereal to knock the edge off the hunger just in case I would
be in the woods until high noon. With the quickie breakfast consumed, I
checked the weather forecast and it was around 50 degrees and going to be a
beautiful day with some occasional clouds. After getting my gear
loaded, I headed toward Randy Steele's home again to hunt another location
with him today.
I talked to Randy yesterday afternoon and he saw a long beard in the field
where we planned to set-up this morning and he also stated that he has seen
four (4) long beards in the same field earlier.
I arrived at
Randy's home around 0615 and we loaded my gear into his truck. I had
my usual stuff like a portable aluminum stool with fabric netting which helps
tremendously when having to sit a while which is the norm for me turkey
hunting. I had an extra box call to in my hunting vest to do a little
experimenting with also. We drove to the hunt location which was very
close by and after getting to the second gate where he parked, I heard a
long beard sound off. It was getting close to daylight by now especially with the
moon half full and we eased toward where we heard the gobble come from.
It sounded like he was close to the pasture fence line which was mostly
planted pines but a good portion was void of any planted trees at this location.
A fantastic place to set-up and "guesstimated" the distance to the fence
line at about 100 yards. See pix below:
quickly setting up the jake and hen decoys, I took a position at the base of
a tower tree stand and had my back against one of the rear support utility
poles of which I didn't stick out like a sore thumb and by now the long beard was hammering away. I gave a soft tree
yelp but he did not immediately respond, however he continued to gobble. I
gave a series of soft yelps but again he did not instantly gobble. I
put the call up and let him continue to gobble at his own pace and could
tell he was seriously interested in those earlier yelps but I remained
silent on the call. Since he had a fix on
the yelps, I decided to let him do his thing. He was either coming our way
or not! After daybreak, I could make the outline of the long
beard in a large sweet gum tree and he was positioned about three fourths
the way up the tree which was a little ways back from the edge of the
pasture fence and could see him stretching his neck looking around.
It didn't take him too long before he pitched down into the edge of the pasture clearing
and went into a full strut. He did not gobble any more and
was strutting at a very fast pace walking directly toward the decoys which was about 20 yards to my
right. When the long beard advanced within about 30 yards of my
Remington 11-87 3 1/2 inch Super Magnum's Tru Glo sights were already fixed
on his head and neck area and the long beard rolled at the mighty thunderous
sound emitted from the
Super Mag. and flopped around trying to get to his feet but unable to do so. Normally, the Super Mag kicks
like a briar eating mule but I didn't feel a thing and had missile lock on the
long beard flopping around. Randy and myself ran to Mr.
Long Beard and Randy pinned his neck to the ground until the flopping
ceased. This was a classic text book example of Turkey Hunting How To
101 and it
doesn't happen like this too often, or at least in my case. Below is a self-portrait of
myself and the long beard. Naturally, I had to do a little promo for
my Porter Dual Hens box call and don't think a comb has been through my
hair in a few days as evidenced by this pix....grin if you must!
with the long beard and yours truly is the Porter Dual Hen's box called used which has a one piece Honduras
Mahogany base and walnut lid with RB4 wood marquetry inlays. This
identical call is featured on my Sound Page which has a pix and sound file
of this call. The long beard had a 10.25 inch beard, 7/8 inch spur
lengths and weighed 20 pounds. He was harvested at 0645 hours at a
distance stepped off of 35 yards. I used Remington Hevi-Shot # 5 shot
1 3/4 oz. at 1300 fps velocity through the Remington 3 1/2 inch Super Magnum
11-87 general purpose shotgun with a Briley .675 diameter choke tube.
I plan to replace the choke tube in the very near future with a Black
Diamond Strike choke tube since I am not totally pleased with the shot
grouping at 40 yards with this set-up; hopefully the BDS choke tube will
perform much better. I would have switched over to the Hevi-13 shot
but had 67 rounds of the #5 Remington Hevi-Shot in stock and a little too
frugal at this time not to shoot them up.
Below pix showing where the long beard (far right in pix) fell and the
large sweet gum tree can
also be seen from this camera position where the turkey pitched down from.
I certainly do
appreciate it when a plan comes together like this morning. Randy
Steele was just as elated as myself and we plan to go back into the turkey
woods tomorrow morning. Below a few pixs taken filleting
the breast meat from the wild turkey harvested. I didn't take near enough
pixs but will try and do a little better next time.
The long beard ready
to give up the breast filets.
An incision is made
along the center of the breast bone only skin deep to pull the skin away
from the breast meat
exposing the breast.
This pixs shows the entire skin pulled back exposing all the breast meat.
Using a thin bladed knife, make a cut at the top of the breast bone
following the curvature of the skeleton and cut as close to the bone as you
can not to waste any meat.
This pix shows one
half of the breast removed from the breast bone and skeleton. Very
little if any breast meat is left to go to waste.
Pix of the turkey
breasts removed and ready to soak in salt water to remove as much blood as
breast filet had a single pellet in it and the salt water solution will help
remove any blood rendering beautimous breast filets ready to be vacuum
sealed and frozen until ready to cook. The antique Old Timer 4 inch
length blade folding hunter has field dressed many, many deer and works
equally well on Mr. Long Beard!
Wild Turkey breast
filets after salt water soaking and paper towel dried ready to be vacuum sealed.
Food Saver vacuum
sealing machine pulling the air from the bag and heat sealing!
Wild turkey breast
filets ready for the freezer. I will fix some wild turkey nuggets from
these beautimous breast filets in
the future. See the wild turkey
nuggets recipe on the
main recipe page of this website.
A most enjoyable hunt and I was back home
0720. Randy Steele and myself will be in the turkey woods tomorrow
morning, the Lord willing and the creek doesn't rise!
Bill aka Mickey
Porter 04-15-09. More to follow!
The weather prophets called the weather right
on the money today....cool start, brisk breeze and clear skies! Randy
and myself set up at the same location we hunted on 04-14-09, the early
morning hunt. The sky was clear as crystal with the moon still half
full and getting smaller and we heard three gobblers sounding off as soon as
we got to the lower field we planned to hunt. One of the long beards
sounded like he was fairly close and on our side of the creek which was a
Somewhere around 0640 a long beard entered the field
and saw the decoys but the wind was moving the decoys around pretty fast and
believe this put him on full alert. Something wasn't just right to him
and he surveyed the decoys a while and spread his tail feathers for a full strut but
would not commit to coming any closer. Next time the wind is blowing
like today, I will stake the decoys in place with a couple sharpened sticks
to keep them from spinning around in an unnatural manner. He was probably 75 yards from
our position and finally skirted the edge of the field heading toward a
small low point at the edge of the woods. He gobbled at least one time but would
not answer to a yelp, purr or cluck and left the area. We stayed about
2 hours and the wind finally got strong enough to where both of us were
getting pretty chilled from the wind that was gusting heavy at times.
An additional layer of clothing would have been great!
relocated to another prime hunting spot but the wind continued to get
stronger and nothing else was
heard or seen and decided to call it a day. That is why they call it
turkey hunting instead of turkey harvesting but we certainly did have an
enjoyable time and did see an ole long beard and heard at least three
different long beards sounding off. We plan to try the same place
again tomorrow morning but change our set-up to the other side of the field
and see what happens.
Randy Steele, my turkey hunting guide and
this week has taken me to some great hunting spots and we have seen and
heard turkeys each day regardless of whether we harvested a bird or not and
that is really not the main reason for hunting to either of us. The
successful harvest of a mature bird is the culmination of
taking in all the peripheral elements of enjoying and being a part of nature
watching the sunrise, listening to the whippoorwill sing, short fast gobble
of a close or distant turkey, industrious woodpeckers hammering on dead
trees, the overhead passing of a flock of geese heading
North, the smell of fresh plowed soil, the beauty of new plant and floral
rebirth, frogs and insects harmonious early morning melody, squawking crows,
owls hooting; the list can go on and on for one who enjoys and
understands nature. For those that do not hunt, many cannot
understand anything but simply the killing a helpless defenseless animal, bird,
fish, etc. and do not realize it is hunters such as Randy and myself that
help support the management of our natural resources by hunting license fees
collected, taxes on hunting and fishing equipment and a multitude of
supplemental, secondary revenues to expand and sustain our State and Federal economy as
well. Many of the Animal Rights groups (not all) have the pretense of helping
animals but for the most part usually spend about ninety (90) percent of
the donations and monies received on administrative costs which translates
into personal income and wealth with only ten (10) percent mandated by law
that actually will be spent on some type of support/aid camouflaging their real
agenda and issues. Lets not forget those individuals who do the
campaigning for animal rights yet will consume veal that is produced in
countries that have the young calves pinned up to where they cannot move
much at all and fed an iron deficient diet that makes them anemic so the
meat will be white; eat lobster tails whereas the lobster is placed into
boiling water alive; consume Almas caviar produced from a 100 year old plus
Beluga Sturgeon from the Caspian Sea that was harvested just for the roe
(fish eggs) and consume imported ducks that are force fed whereby yielding a much higher fat
content........do you see the picture I am painting? Those type of organizations
and individuals are far from being
alone and prey on our human nature of wanting to help others of which those
traits of giving are noble and worthy but we fall victim and are exploited and I myself are guilty as
well for not researching those organizations and individuals to see what type
of stewards they really are! Visualize and symbolize a wolf in a
returning home around mid-day and a much needed "power" nap,
the afternoon was simply fantastic with nothing pressing on the agenda but
continuing to enjoy a week away from the work place; not that I mind going
to work to earn a living but this type of rest and relaxation
is good for the body and the soul! Too many people are caught up in
the mainstream of earning a living to enjoy basic and simple pleasures of
life failing to "smell
the roses" along life's highway. I can understand those
that do not have the opportunity to do so with our country and world in a
serious depression even though for the past five or six years,
economists and the news media have toned down and veiled the real issues using such
terms as a "new economy", "mild recession", etc.
for political reasons and to help deter national panic among those of us
that help support the "Fat Cats" of our political establishment
Well, enough of VENTING because I believe our Country is still
the best in the entire World offering freedoms that
others wish they had!
As I have stated many times throughout this website, "Two of the Greatest Ships
that ever sailed, Friendship and Fellowship", of which Randy and myself
have exemplified that phase very well this week so far.
After a leisurely afternoon, I prepared my bride and
myself an evening meal, supper aka dinner consisting of: Chicken Fried
Chicken, same recipe as Chicken Fried
Steak but used chicken breasts instead, herbed mashed red potatoes,
green peas, white sauce and home made French garlic bread with butter and
parsley. I saved the white wine for a later date and enjoyed ice cold
Culligan filtered water instead. As most of you know by now, I love
taking pictures of preparing meals but today was a re-run of recipes already
posted on my recipe main page!
My "bride" and myself will
finish off the supper aka dinner with a good hot cup of cappuccino brewed from
fresh ground Starbucks espresso beans topped with frothed half and half
Bill aka Mickey Porter 04-16-09. More to follow!
Randy and myself returned to our first hunt
location of yesterday and immediately heard a gobbler sounding off. He
appeared on be on our side of the creek and had hopes of at least seeing the
ole boy since they have been immune to our best calling efforts so far.
I hurriedly set up a single hen decoy about 25 yards out and the long beard
continued to gobble but would not answer to a call and at about 0650
we heard him fly down with several heavy wing beats. Mr. Long beard
did not show and apparently flew off in the other direction. We heard
several hens passing through the woods on the far side of the field giving
there normal clucks. The temperature was about 10 degrees colder than
yesterday, however the wind was fairly calm and the cold didn't seem
to penetrate my normal layers of clothing. Below pix of the
set-up for this location:
We stayed at this location for a couple hours and decided to go back to the
doghouse blind set-up. We heard two different gobblers sounding off
and one was on another track of land. There is not any food for the
turkeys on this very large cultivated field and I am sure this hurts our
best efforts for this hunting location.
We went back to the doghouse blind
location and put out the hen and jake decoys and a single hen came into the
field around 1055 and dusted herself several times before feeding.
Another hen entered about 20 minutes later and came very close to our
doghouse blind giving an occasional purr and cluck. I continued to use
my box call and slate but did not get a response from a long beard. We
stayed until around 1315 hours aka 1:15 P.M. and will go to another location
in the morning and see if we can get our communication line
established with an ole long beard. Couple pixs of the hens feeding:
Pix of Randy Steele tucked
in tighter than an Alabama tick waiting on Mr. Long Beard::
Again, it was a
pleasurable hunt and the weather conditions was fantastic with the various
birds feeling their "oats" this morning. Everything around
us is alive of which the Spring season is a time for rebirth and the various
hues of green is totally awesome!
Bill aka Mickey Porter 04-17-09.
More to follow!
Randy Steele and myself had high hopes this
morning of seeing and maybe connecting on another long beard. We
arrived at our hunting location we were at on 04-15-09 and heard a distant
gobbler sounding off. I gave a short series of yelps and a long beard
immediately gobbled straight across from where we planned to set up and
quickly set the decoys out and positioned the camouflage netting around the
base of a deer hunting tower tree platform. I gave another
serious of yelps but the gobbler did not respond. At about 0620 when
heard and saw him fly down but he was headed in the direction of a 4 to 5
year old cutover and we did not hear or see anything out of him the balance
of the morning. That turkey might be one of the long beards Randy has
seen in this field on numerous occasions and he might have had some hunting
pressure from the adjacent track of land.
To our left across the field that had planted pine
trees bordering Randy's property, we heard some of the most awful sounding yelps
imaginable and figured it had to be other hunters in there. After a
few more yelps from whoever it was, they gave a horrible sounding gobble
call from two different sources; one sounded like a tube and the other
sounded like a duel sided box call with rubber bands on it. After they
continued to call, a hen about 75 to 100 yards from us began clucking and
cutting and came out into a clearing and we watched her for about 15 minutes
before she meandered out of view.
I continued to call every 15 or 20
minutes with a couple box calls and a slate but did not get a response or
hear another long beard.
Randy and myself both have some "honey do"
projects scheduled and decided to call it a day. Randy said he would
probably go back to the location he harvested the long beard on Monday and stay
I presented Randy with a host gift of one of the
box calls used this week; a Porter Dual Hens field grade model mahogany base
with a walnut inlaid lid and planned to photograph the event but my little
digital camera was on my computer desk where I left it last evening.
So much for the pixs...grin if you must. Archived pix and sound file
of this call from the Sound Page:
The call has aged a
couple years and has a deeper pitch and mellower tone now. The right sound
board has a real raspy old hen type sound and the left sound board is a
younger hen and is what you hear on the sound file.
In summation, this
has been one fantastic week with both of us harvesting a two year old plus long beard
and we have some lasting memories of this weeks hunt and certainly did enjoy
one another's company and plan to hunt some on the upcoming weekends, the
Bill aka Mickey Porter 04-18-09. More to follow.
Randy Steele and myself hunted today getting a
much earlier start due to the days getting longer and were in the turkey
woods around 0600 hours which was not none to early either. The
weather was absolutely gorgeous with the temperature in the mid to high 50s with the
wind very still and just a little fog in low areas. However, we did not hear a
single long beard gobble at either of the two locations we previously harvested a bird
We did see one lone hen feeding about 0900 and that was it for the morning.
I left the little digital camera back at home for the second time in a row
and guess that comes with not double checking my hunting gear and a mild
case of CRS (Can't Remember Sometimes) disease. I
planned to take a pix of the new Cabelas Gobbler Lounger
recently purchased and very impressed
after my first usage of the lounger. It has all the comfort one needs
and weighs six pounds and not bad unless you plan on walking around most of
the hunt. It sits very low to the ground and has a good tilted back
support. There are not any supporting members that will cut your
circulation off and a well thought out design, however a permutation of the
carrying stray will be done in the near future to beef it up and lengthen it
Pix below of the Cabelas Gobbler Lounger:
With shipping the cost
was around 38 bucks and worth every penny of it too. If anything, you
might get too comfortable and doze off....grin if you must! It is
rated at 225 lbs. and I exceed that amount by 10 to 15 lbs. and did not have
any trouble with it but I didn't crash flop down onto it either. I am
sure if you did that a few times you would break a rivet or something loose.
Yesterday afternoon, I pattered my new Indian Creek Black Diamond Strike
choke tube that has a .665 restriction (inside diameter) and very pleased
with the performance at 40 yards shooting Hevi-Shot-13 # 6 1 3/4 oz.
Remington 11-87 shoots about 3 inches POI (point of impact) to the right from
POA (point of
aim) even with the Tru-Glo rear sight adjusted about as far left in the
track as it will go without hanging out of the track; (note: I shoot left-handed), and it appears that I am
not alone in some Remington guns especially the 870 Empress shooting a little to the right from the point of
aim out at around 40 to 60 yards! My Briley choke tubes shoots to the
right of POA and peculiar to this gun/barrel combination. I fired two rounds and adjusted
after the first shot and there were enough pellets in the turkey target
head/neck area at 40 yards not to be overly concerned about the point of
being a little to the right of point of aim. I will simply have to shoot a little
Kentucky windage at the longer yardages unless I put some optics
on the rig or opt for another shorter turkey barrel. There was also a
noticeable reduction in felt recoil using
the new choke tube just as Indian Creek advertises and I looked up their
patent number 5317825 and the patent describes in detail the construction
and claims which was very interesting as well. Below target fired at 40
yards and there are plenty of pellets in the darker area of the turkey neck
that did not show up with the scan taken. I certainly did not fire enough
rounds for any conclusive evidence but enough to get me more or less on
paper with that particular load and choke tube and confident that it will
perform well enough out to 40 plus yards to harvest turkeys.
Target courtesy of www.ammoman.com .
I plan to fire a few rounds of the new Hevi-13 #6 shot size with a 2.25 oz.
payload next week and see what the pattern looks like. That will be a lot
of pellets going down range for sure hopefully with a good margin of error!
Bill aka Mickey Porter 04-26-09. More to follow.
Randy Steele and myself hunted one more time and didn't hear a single gobble
that morning but did see a lone hen visit the field at the Doghouse blind
set-up. Several of my friends and co-workers harvested mature long
beards using my field grade Dual Hens box call and will post their pixs of
their harvest on the Photo Gallery page when I receive them. It is
time to get back going in my basement workshop and finish up some overdue
As always, "Two of the Greatest Ships that ever Sailed, Friendship and
Bill aka Mickey Porter 05-10-09.