Got a double bearded lightweight today.
Awoke to 21 degrees, 16 mph wind and sideways freezing whatever. Enjoyed a pot of coffee, puttered around with stuff until I figured the turkeys were off roost. Setup on a windswept point over looking a 2 mile valley and called with my Willowridge Death Wish after 2 sets of calling to my utter surprise a group of gobblers on the opposite side chained back. I called aggressively and they moved along their side until they were almost straight across from me, when they pitched off and sailed to the bottom of the valley on my side. No more response for an hour. I was iced over and soaked, like some the kids discussed in another thread I was under dressed.
Changing into more and dry snow camo I stuffed the snow net in my vest and headed down and around where I thought I had last seen the birds. Willow's Death Wish sang out to be greeted by thunderous gobbles. I moved down the tight logging trail and setup in a not so good spot if the turkeys came they would be in my lap with only the snow net between us.
The first set of 3 came in, jakes, thought about taking 1 with the bad weather forecast and all but waved my gun barrel to scatter them as I was convinced a long beard lurked behind. The jakes flew up into the trees around me and they were pissed, started angry purrs, clucks and putts. I yelped loudly, one of the treed jakes caught me causing him to fly off. While he was in flight a thunderous gobble above me snapped my head around. Yeah, I know, couldn't help it, he startled me, feathers rattling and all well in range but incredibly couldn't see him on the brush choked hillside.
More gravelly yelps from me, he gobbled from the trail; 16 feet and the snow net separated us, as you can see he did not win the race.
Nice double beard and only 14 lb. 12oz. I wonder if all the turkeys are going be small bodied this year?
Last edited by charlie elk
on April 10th, 2013, 12:56 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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