First Tom has Big Beard

Whether you're a 10-year-old kid or a 40-year-old kid-at-heart, bagging that first bird is a thrill. This is the place to share photos and stories of your first harvest.
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Ben Sobieck
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First Tom has Big Beard

Postby Ben Sobieck » May 20th, 2009, 11:08 am

The following is from reader Aaron M.


My name is Aaron i just started Hunting in the spring of 2008 and have never
hunted before in my life. I said to my wife that I probably never hunt
turkey but found it is the one of the best things I've hunted for yet. I
bought a diaphram mouth call which I practiced with for a week at home and
my wife and kids thought i was nuts and the dogs would go crazy. I was just
wondering is there a best combination of calls to use?

I found when I was out for the first time I was just using three clucks and
that did the trick as I called a jake to me. It was awesome to see it come
and call back to me. I also found that you don't have to be a good caller to
bring them as I was brutal at it to begin with. The best thing was I went
out a couple more times and went and sat beside a tree on the edge a bush
with my decoy about 15 yards in front of me. It was about 6am, the sun came
up, never seen or heard a thing.

I got up, getting a little impatient because it was the second last day of
the hunt, and I walked up and down the field and moved my decoy around
before sitting down again. After about 5 minutes a big tom landed about 25
yards to my left. He started to strut around, zig zagging back and forth for
my decoy. It took for ever to come closer to me. He was a good size tom.
Then a hen came running by him, came right to the decoy followed by the tom
.The hen checked out my decoy, as did the tom. He was facing me and I didn't
want to move. My bolt action Stevens 12 gauge was sitting on my knees and as
soon as he turned his back I raised my gun, shaking. I didn't know if i
would hit him, then he started to move away from me at a good pace. I
clucked once, a nice light one, and then turned back to me and I fired. He
was 24lbs, with a 10.5 inch beard and 1inch spurs!

Pretty good for a first hunt.

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RE: First Tom has Big Beard

Postby trkyklr » May 20th, 2009, 11:24 am

nice story & bird...1st or latest..& with an old stevens....hey hunt??

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RE: First Tom has Big Beard

Postby trkynut54 » May 20th, 2009, 12:24 pm

Congrats on a very NICE first bird [:D]
Don't hunt harder hunt smarter

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