kygobbler wrote:Nice job on a mighty fine trophy.Too bad you wasnt able to set up under the roost like you was planning. To me, just being able to hear an entire flock waking up and start chattering at the same time is as rewarding as getting a bird. Congrats again on your hen and I hope you fill several more tags this fall.
I know exactly what you are talking about. As an avid bowhunter, I have heard it often as I sat on morning hunts. While I thought it was neat I was more focused on the deer than the turkeys. What really made me do this post was 2 things. First when I was telling some turkey hunting friends about it(most just hunt the spring) their first reaction was,"oh you just shot a hen" But as I told them the story they all got a little more interested and even commented how they really never thought much about calling to fall birds either, except for after busting a flock. I think some of them will be giving it a try.
The 2nd reason was when we were discussing the Learn To Hunt I run and one mentor came to mind. 2 years in a row now, the kids he took out passed on shooting jakes. He claims it was the kids decision, but I don't believe it. My goal is to get these kids hooked on turkey hunting, not impress all the other mentors with the bird the kid you took shot. We all get caught up in these "trophy" mindsets. I know I am very guilty of it. But sometimes something just makes you stop and rethink the way you do things. For me it was how proud of that little hen I was, just as proud as when I shot my first gobbler quite a few years ago, and my best gobbler, a 26lb, 11" beard, and 1.5 inch spurs. I am proud of all these birds the same.
Here's the proof, the definition of a trophy. The 2nd picture is of a girl in our hunt that shot a beautiful 3 year old bird, 25lbs., 11" beard, and 1 inch spurs. The first is a 16lb jake with 6" beard and nubs for spurs. I don't know, I think they both look just as happy with their "Trophy" birds.