I've had a couple of very memorable animal encounters while turkey hunting. Probably the most memorable was when I was using a brand new jake deke for the first time, and a coyote came in and grabbed it by the neck. What I learned was that coyotes can absorb lots of lead, but I gave this one a little more than it could absorb. The deke still has four punctures in it from the 'yote's canine teeth.
UI've had a couple of close encounters with black bears while turkey hunting. I called in a BIG black bear once, as big as a couch. It came right to me -- about 12 feet away before it turned broadside and then swung its head to look at me again. After a staredown, it ambled back down the hill. Another time I had a black bear within 5 feet of me. It came in from my right and stopped right at the end of my gun barrel. When he turned his head we made eye contact, and he was gone in a flash. As fast as that bear ran, I know you'll never outrun a bear.
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