Conclusion: Feelin' Minnesota

In this interactive feature, Editor Brian Lovett shares a scenario from his 20+ years of turkey hunting, asking "What would you do?"
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Conclusion: Feelin' Minnesota

Postby Brian Lovett » April 6th, 2011, 4:25 am

In "Decision Time," Editor Brian Lovett shares a scenario from his 20-plus years hunting turkeys. Each hinges on a critical decision. Post what choice you would have made, and then see how things actually turned out.

Conclusion: Feelin' Minnesota

I was in bluff country, so there was enough rise and fall in the terrain to conceal some movement. Sticking close to the far edge of the pasture, I slipped around the field, walked up a county road and then eased into the pastured woods on the other side, glassing as I went.

Had I bumped the bird? I yelped to find out. Hallelujah, a gobble fired back in response, probably 120 yards away. I set up and readied my gun.

That's the last noise I heard from that rat. I stayed there about 15 minutes until the stupid bird popped up 10 steps in front of me. I demolished a deadfall with my first shot but killed the longbeard with my second effort.

I felt pretty smug about that -- until the turkey started flopping in the biggest, wettest cow pie west of the Mississippi River. Suddenly, I didn't feel so smart carrying him out of the woods.

What decision did you make?

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RE: Conclusion: Feelin' Minnesota

Postby dewey » April 6th, 2011, 8:01 am

Sounds like the turkey may have gotten the last laugh "Oh yeah you are gonna kill me, well I am going to flop in this giant steamy cow pie"

Good stuff thanks for sharing Brian.

"Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will." --Mahatma Gandhi

"Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat."--F. Scott Fitzgerald, American writer


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