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Post by raydaughety » Wed May 07, 2008 7:30 pm

Well guys, my 1st turkey season will be one to remember. Chris and I set up early this morning on the other side of the field where I took my first turkey last week but didn't see anything. Chris had to leave and go to work around 7:30 am so I decided to set up on a field where we had been seeing some jakes. It just didn't feel right, no confidence at all so I packed up the decoys and cruised around the club looking for a lone tom. I saw a hen and a few deer while riding around but nothing to get excited about. As I approached a field that we had seen birds in earlier in the season, I shut the truck off, got my binos out and eased to the edge of the field. When I peeked around the corner, I saw a turkey in the field and the binos confirmed that he indeed had a red head. From here a stalk would be impossible so I had to drive around the block of woods to get into position for a stalk. Now, I can't tell you how many times that I got busted doing this by not being patient so when I left the truck I told myself that if it took me 2 hours to cover the 200 yards that it would take to get close enough for a shot then so be it. I had nothing to loose. I put all my camo on and eased down the side of the road. Luckily there was a pine tree between me and the bird so I was able to walk upright instead of crouching real low which is really painful for me to try and do. The last 30 yards were on my hands and knees and when I got to the pine and peaked my head up to see if he was still there, I couldn't believe what I saw. Three longbeards at around 40 to 45 yards. I picked out the biggest one in the crowd and fired. Guys, I've had the time of my life turkey hunting this year but I really wish that Tyler could have been with me today, maybe we could have doubled up :wink: . I really want to thank you all for answering all my questions and reading my long, drawn out posts, ( just want y'all to be there in the moment). Saturday is the last day of the season here in NC and I really hope to get Tyler on an adult bird even though I'm very proud of him for harvesting that jake last weekend. I guess y'all figured out that I wasn't toting my exomag. Oh, 11inch beard, 1&1/4" spur and a 1&1/2" spur, 21.5 pounds.

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way to go ray

Post by dutchhunter » Wed May 07, 2008 7:34 pm

hooked forever love it

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Post by Pink Panther » Wed May 07, 2008 7:46 pm

HI ray congrats on your turkeys great to see the pics , Pink panther :D :D 8) 8)

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Post by Big John » Wed May 07, 2008 8:10 pm

Excellent Job Ray. :) I would say you had a very Good season!!
Both of you got Birds, and the Family photo show's all I need to see!! 8)

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Post by saxman » Wed May 07, 2008 11:46 pm

Thats great Ray,I love that last picture of you and the kids.Wonderful memories.
Congrats to you and Tyler on your fine birds :D
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Post by dick195252 » Thu May 08, 2008 5:24 am

Congratulations on your bird Ray :D , I am allso very happy to see the family picture :wink: The second youngster you have there looks like she will be a fine young lady following in her brothers Foot steps :wink: You must be Very Proud and Blessed :D
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Post by Kenton » Thu May 08, 2008 8:41 pm

congrats Ray, sounds like you had a season to remember.
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Post by Horizontal Hunter » Thu May 08, 2008 8:54 pm

Congratulations Ray. Nice Pictures.

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Post by ecoaster » Sat May 10, 2008 10:15 am

Congrats Ray. The happy hunter and his prize!!!
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Post by Rich » Sat May 10, 2008 4:02 pm

Great job Ray.

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Post by Digger » Sat May 10, 2008 7:07 pm

Congrats Ray on a superb season and some good looking birds and pics.
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