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Woody Williams
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Love this afternoon turkey hunting..

Post by Woody Williams » Sat Apr 30, 2005 9:34 pm

2005 Turkey - Love this afternoon turkey hunting..

I couldn’t turkey hunt this morning because of church obligations so I told the wife that was Ok as I could still hunt this afternoon.

The place that I would be hunting was on the edge of a narrow field (30 yards wide) that the turkeys liked to chase bugs in, dust and strut. I have a Hunter’s View Trophy Den ground blind already set up. That is where my son killed his bird opening day afternoon.

I got to the field about 2 pm and a hen was out in it. No way around it I had to spook her off to get to the blind. When she saw me she left in a hurry but did not PUTT-PUTT-PUTT so that was good.

I staked out a hen decoy and a jake and got in the blind. I did a few yelps and settled in for a wait. The wait took awhile as no birds showed up until 5 PM. I caught some movement towards the end of the field and here comes not one, but three gobblers headed right for my decoys.

They were walking and puffing up about every three of four steps as the proceeded to the decoys. I got the Exomag up and ready. As the lead gobbler got about 5 feet from the decoy he stopped. He all of a sudden didn’t like what he saw.

I wasn’t in position to get a shot at him there and had to move a little. He immediately didn’t like it and a started to walk away the way he came. I got the crosshairs on him and shot. He jumped up into the air about a foot or so and took off running while flapping his wings. I watched him for about 40 yards and then I lost sight of him. I waited about 5 minutes and went for a look-see. There were feathers everywhere where I shot him. I looked past there and found my arrow. The Jackhammer had opened up just fine and the rubber band was pushed all the way back to the vanes.

I then went looking for more feathers/blood or him. I crossed a small ditch that he half-way flew across and picked up quite a bit of blood on the other side. About 50 yards from there he was lying next to a log. Total travel distance was about 75 yards.

I examined him and the shot was a little too far back and was probably from shooting him walking, But the Wasp Jackhammer did a number on him. The blood trail was like trailing a bowshot deer. I walked as fast as I wanted to looking at the trail.

He looks to be a three year old with a little over an inch spurs and a 9 1/2 inch beard.

Needless to say I was very happy to get him as he is my first crossbow killed turkey. The first of many I hope..

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Post by GaryL » Sat Apr 30, 2005 9:42 pm

Big Congrat's W.W. A job well done.... :D
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Post by R.J. » Sat Apr 30, 2005 11:32 pm

Nice looking bird Woody ! Congrats ... good shooting and nice follow-up !
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Post by Digger » Sat Apr 30, 2005 11:39 pm

Congrats on your bird Woody, thats a nice one. 8)

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Post by BUCKSHOT » Sun May 01, 2005 5:34 am

Good one Woody!
Sounds exciting too! :wink:
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Post by Leo in Ga » Sun May 01, 2005 8:02 am

Way to go WW....................

Great story and fine looking bird :D :D

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Post by wildwindom » Sun May 01, 2005 8:10 am

Very nice bird WW.
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Post by wabi » Sun May 01, 2005 8:14 am

Way to go!!!!
Sounds like a chance for a few minutes of nervous waiting to pick up his trail. That's one thing that wories me when turkey hunting - they can be very difficult to find if they go far. Not much of a trail to follow! You may have had to work at it a little, but you did a great job of recovering him!
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Post by Sliver » Sun May 01, 2005 8:49 am

Congratulations WW! Very Nice Bird
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Post by Sandman » Sun May 01, 2005 9:27 am

Beauty W.W. Congrats!!

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Post by Maritimer » Sun May 01, 2005 10:46 am

Congrat's Woody fine looking Tom. :D :D
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Post by ALINALBERTA » Sun May 01, 2005 11:39 am

Good shooting Woody! :D Was this hunt being taped for the television hunting program you were talking about earlier this spring?

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Post by DOXNUT » Sun May 01, 2005 11:50 am

Congrats, Woody!

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Post by peter p » Sun May 01, 2005 12:09 pm

Congratulations Woody and many more.

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Post by TYE » Sun May 01, 2005 12:19 pm

Congrats on the Tom! :D

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