by Brian Lovett, editor
Maybe it's the heat, or perhaps it's the vistas of mesquite and live oaks.
Whatever the reason, Texas remains a world apart from other turkey hunting
destinations.I was reminded of that April 6 through 10, when several other writers and I
joined the folks from Under Armour and Bad Boy Buggies to chase gobblers
with SOE Hunts at the Canyon Ranch near Rocksprings, Texas.
The thermometer read 27 the first morning of our hunt, but the April sun and
loads of hot-gobbling Rios quickly dulled the chill. Ken Beesley of Bad Boy
Buggies and I got between two groups of gobblers and eventually worked in a
bird from the east. I hoped Ken could shoot it, but the gobbler circled
around his setup to me, and I finished the deal at 20 steps.
But we weren't done. That afternoon, Ken and I set up on a distant gobbler
and, after a couple of moves and lots of patience, called him into 30 steps,
where Ken shot him. When we raced to the turkey, I immediately noticed
"Wow, look at those hooks," I said, holding the gobbler's legs up for Ken to
The longbeard's spurs measured just shy of 2 inches. On Ken's first hunt in
Texas, he'd collected the gobbler of a lifetime.
I'll report more about the Texas hunt in subsequent blogs.