I hunted last Monday and Tuesday but I wasn't able to get back into the woods until a little after 10:00 on Friday. That left me a couple of hours to hunt. As you know it was very windy, so I just went down a draw into a valley, found a tree, sat and called, just hoping that a bird would be able to hear me. I'd call every 10 minutes or so.
I heard what I thought was a hen to my north and started to mimick her. She answered me. About that time, I caught some movement out of the corner of my left eye. Then I saw a red head and a big black body. It was a gobbler and he was looking for a hen. I waited until he stepped behind a tree, then I moved into position and when he came around the other side, I shot him. He went down hard. When I looked at my watch, it was 11:07. That's cutting it way too close!
I used the 3" Winchester Super X3 Composite with the 28" barrel and the SSX turkey choke. I don't think I've ever seen a turkey hit so hard. I stepped it off and it was 43 steps. When I cleaned him, there was not one shot anywhere except in his head and neck.
He had a 9.25" beard, 1.25" spurs and weighed 21 lbs. according to our scales. Not a bad bird.
How did the rest of your season go?
"If he's out of range, it just means that he has another day and so do you."