I had a great time in Chadron, NE this last week, but failed miserably on my quest for 3- 3 yr old toms.
Day 1 had us with 30+ turkeys roosted and flying down right in front of me, layed out, peeking over the berm of a creek bank, with my decoy out in front of me. Naturally the "big ole' toms", stayed in back as the hens came 1st, followed by the 2 yr old toms. The 4 hens spotted me and it was "heads up" .. so do I wait for the puttin' to start or take the closest tom. No brainer, shoot
16 1/2 #, 7" beard and 7/16" and 3/8 " spurs. End of that hunt.
That afternoon we found a tom with 2 hens that somwhow got seperated from a another big flock we had watched the night before. We were able to get within 200 yds on the opposite side of a pasture/hay field hill, and call him away from the hens comming around the hill, and he came into the decoy in full strut all the way!! Not a 3 yr old, but way to "picture perfect", to pass up on shooting!!
18.2#, 8" beard, 13/16" & 3/4" spurs.
Morning 2 found us set up again on a 30+ roosted flock, that flew down right in front of me, just over a rise in the ridge, and me seeing only the fanned tail of a monster. He finally cleared the hill and at 23 yds., I just plain missed
It was 5:30 am and still quite dark, but no excuses, cause the next shot wasn't to be, as the gun had hung up. Too late, hunt over
We had them come back that evening headed to the same roost tree in the creek area, but the monster was about 65 yds out and a couple of 2 yr olds were 45 yrds, but I let them pass. Naturally, the next morning, day 3, they all flew the other way with no way to get around on them.
All this time, rain was pedicted after day 1, but kept getting moved back a day, so that helped me make the decision to not take the bird the 2nd. night.
We happen to see a flock of 20+ w/2 strutters in an open field, and called this 2 yr old away from the flock. I decided to cut my losses, and not take a chance of not getting the flock in front of me, so I took and easy shot, and tagged out.
18.8#, 9" beard and no spurs.