Well this season has been full of highs and lows for us. I missed all of last week due to training in Hershey. Jr. was wanting to get out and try for his second bird. Sat the 24th we had longbeard come to 31 steps, Jr. crushed him and the bird ended up getting his self together and got away from us. We both were sick but Jr. was devasted.
I woke him this morning at 4 and he was not real sure about getting up, but he managed to roll out of bed. I wanted to hunt a place where we had 4 longbeards in two weeks ago. My first owl hoots were answered with a gobble at 0520, we set up as close as we could. I scratched an old wing on the tree were sitting at and he gobbled again. Then we had a two hens fly down and walk past us. I told Jr. that the gobbler should be next. No sooner did I get that out of my mouth and we saw him hit the ground about 60 yds away, then he just vanished. About 2 min after the first gobbler flew down #2 hit the ground in about the same spot. I gave 3 ever so light yelps and I could hear one of them drumming. We had a B-mobil and a hen set up about 20 yds to our left. I told Jr. to get his gun on the decoys and not to move. He shifted his gun and only seconds after he did the gobblers came within 10 feet of us. They were on a b-line to the decoys. They both were wanting to knock the fire out of Bob but Jr. saved the day at 0553 with a load of #6 shot.
To say we have had a good season would not be fair, we have had a great season. We have learned from each other and had a good time doing so. Jr. will be making his first trip to Missouri next spring, I can't wait.
10 1/4 beard