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Old 04-23-2019, 09:22 AM   #1
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Got a chance to make another run out west and it did not disappoint early. Had to check on a timed protein feeder and decided to make it a couple days of turkey hunting as well to see if they had gotten any more responsive to calls. Heard a Tom gobbling on my walk into my favorite area and was starting to get excited. After a couple of yelps and purrs, I had a nice Tom to my left at 15 yards, 20 minutes into my first hunt. Unfortunately something boogered him up and he would not finish. I'm not sure if it was the decoys or maybe the 30-40 mph winds on my DB popup, but he was coming on a string and I could see a beard out of my silver dollar sized view hole. He just got out of their quick soon after.



So onto a couple hours later, I hear a faint gobble upwind of me in between gusts and try to call him. He responds and we're on. He must have been close because he's on the edge of the treeline before I know it and coming my way. After the earlier busting, I decided I wasn't going to move with him right in my front shooting window looking at the decoys with me behind them. I was going to wait until he got to me and put his fan to me. I had also determined I was going to be a little more aggressive if the bird would allow it. As he was coming in I had a hen enter my view from the right and I'm like great...another set of eyes to work around. So Tommy comes right in to face up Fake Jake and the hen stays out just to the right of the dekes giving me the evil eye. I was able to get the video turned on but needed her to move on away or turnaround and do it quick. Luckily she did move on out of the window's view and you can see her in the background meandering off when I make my shot. Now Tommy is facing up Fake Jake and during this time he does not quit moving for very long. I let it go on for a few minutes but decided I need to take a shot when he allows one. I drew with his fan to me and waited for the right moment. He slips off to the tail side of the decoys and I go to settle my pin. I was just about to release and he moved up just a tad. I normally wouldn't shoot over my decoy but something just made me do it...lol. I'm guessing my subconscious told me to get it done and made me aim a little higher than normal to avoid the deke. Anyway, I spined the Tom but it was DRT with no tracking. Looking back I could have screwed that up. Little high and it would have been all feathers, little lower and maybe some deke.. Both would have provoked personal *** chewings by myself. Thankfully neither happened.



I will say that my dang Fitfort action camera spit teh bit on this bird. I had some great pre-shot reverse angle footage of the decoy interaction but the video stopped recording 5 secs before the shot while the audio kept going. Make no dang sense. I was ****** so I just shelved the whole action camera reverse angle footage for this one. Didn't want to jack with it after not getting the shot. On with the show.


Another 10" beard and a slight shade under 1-1/4" spurs. Beard was thinner than my last but I'll take it with the season we've had. Grim reapers and DSDs did their job that day. I'm done out west for the year as I can't get back out here before the season ends but I do have some local birds here calling my name. If not, I'm happy with 2 archery turkeys to add to the beard and spur pile this year. Can't say enough what good decoys do for a set up and upping success rates. DSDs are worth every penny.




Cool grab of the arrow impact. Look for the white fletchings.. 1-2" high...



"Hit 'em high watch 'em die...Hit 'em low...watch 'em go"



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Post shot celebration. Thought this was a good grab in all the green.



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Solid spurs


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Take it to the tree! Full moon hero shot..


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http://youtu.be/-dvn9DN8GM0

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Old 04-23-2019, 09:55 AM   #2
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Congrats Jason!
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Old 04-23-2019, 09:58 AM   #3
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Congrats on another good Tom and great video
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Old 04-23-2019, 10:23 AM   #4
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Congrats!
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Old 04-23-2019, 10:29 AM   #5
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Beautiful bird and great video, congrats!
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Old 04-23-2019, 10:30 AM   #6
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Great write-up. Cool video. congrats
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Old 04-23-2019, 10:33 AM   #7
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Congrats on Tom! Great video
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Old 04-23-2019, 10:43 AM   #8
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Congrats!
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Old 04-23-2019, 10:47 AM   #9
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Nice job Smart!
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Old 04-23-2019, 01:12 PM   #10
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Good one.. Nice job.. Congrats!! You almost missed..
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Old 04-23-2019, 01:25 PM   #11
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Really starting to rethink my position on decoys. Every time they come in and hang over top of yours and they look GREAT. sure are making these long beards put on a show for the camera. Good stuff, congrats and thanks for sharing
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Old 04-23-2019, 03:03 PM   #12
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Congrats, Jason! You make it look easy! How were the deer taking to the new protein feeder?
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Old 04-23-2019, 03:19 PM   #13
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Dam son you knocking e'm down
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Old 04-23-2019, 04:06 PM   #14
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Another awesome bird and great video Jason!!
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Old 04-23-2019, 04:09 PM   #15
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Nicely done congratulations.
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Old 04-23-2019, 04:35 PM   #16
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Nice bird!!
Congrats on one heck of a Turkey season...You did good.
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Old 04-24-2019, 08:01 AM   #17
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Thanks fellas....appreciate the good words..



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Really starting to rethink my position on decoys. Every time they come in and hang over top of yours and they look GREAT. sure are making these long beards put on a show for the camera. Good stuff, congrats and thanks for sharing

I was in the same boat but glad I made the jump. They sure stick around them longer.



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Congrats, Jason! You make it look easy! How were the deer taking to the new protein feeder?

Not real good right now. We are so green I am mostly feeding coons at night right now. But they are keeping it clear for me until the deer turn back onto feed real good. I guess we have a love hate relationship going right now......but they will get th traps in June. Enjoy it while you can Ricky!!


I cut it back to only the morning feeding this past weekend so it doesn't overload/overfill it. I'm glad mother nature is footing the feed bill but I sure would like to have them on this thing better before season starts.
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Old 04-24-2019, 08:22 AM   #18
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Congratulations!!
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Old 04-24-2019, 08:51 AM   #19
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Not real good right now. We are so green I am mostly feeding coons at night right now. But they are keeping it clear for me until the deer turn back onto feed real good. I guess we have a love hate relationship going right now......but they will get th traps in June. Enjoy it while you can Ricky!!


I cut it back to only the morning feeding this past weekend so it doesn't overload/overfill it. I'm glad mother nature is footing the feed bill but I sure would like to have them on this thing better before season starts.
I hear ya. Our deer are not existent around protein right now. Filled them a month ago and they were almost untouched. They’ll be on it come August!
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Old 04-24-2019, 09:31 AM   #20
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Nice bird, and good video! Congratulations
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Old 04-24-2019, 09:37 AM   #21
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Nice shootin!
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Old 04-24-2019, 09:41 AM   #22
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Nice shootin!



Little high.... little high.... but effective.



Dug the tracking job.


Thanks fellas.
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Old 04-24-2019, 10:35 AM   #23
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Nice!
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Old 04-24-2019, 10:57 AM   #24
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Congrats! Cool video!


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Old 04-24-2019, 11:47 AM   #25
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Little high.... little high.... but effective.



Dug the tracking job.


Thanks fellas.
They don't get much more dead than that
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Old 04-24-2019, 12:11 PM   #26
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Dang Jason, that was a quick kill. Congrats on the 2nd Tom. The hen in the background could care less her boyfriend just got his ticket punched.
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