Fighting Longbeards

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The corner stones of our style of ground blind turkey bowhunting are: setting up in a known traffic area for gobblers and waiting patiently for something to happen. That does not mean that every day is a wild turkey festival or that there aren’t days when you see nothing. Yesterday, things were slow in our 20 yard circle of bow range possibilities.

As you already know, today was different … so far.

The fence post in the middle of this picture shows you where the gate opening is. The paths you see are tire tracks as well as game trails. Our Double Bull blind is on the left side of the road. The picked corn field is next and a stand of woods is on the far side.

Directly in front of the blind we have 4 decoys set up. They are all within eay bow range.

Today we are using 4 decoys. In the back is my Dave Constantine jake and the Dave Smith standing hen. In front are a Dave Smith breading hen and the Dave Smith jake.

A group of yakety yack Jakes showed up on the opposite side of the fence in front of us. They saw our decoys and went back and forth but never noticed the new hole in the fence that Terry made earlier in the week.

A longbeard red head followed behind the group of Jakes.

We saw a handful of round fans across the fence too. Soon a long gobbler came along the fence where the gate opening was. He had already strutted and he sported a big, round fan. I rooted for him to make it to the open gate.

He did. Now I rooted for him to make a right turn and take a walk down to where Fred and I were.

Heck, we weren’t on the same wave length and the longbeard turned around and walked back the way he came. A minute later another gobbler came from the right and walked past the gate opening, going the way the longbeard exited.

All at once one heck of a wild turkey fight broke out down from the open gate. They were loud and energized.

Several longbeards and some Jakes went at it, pecking waddles and gouging their adversaries in the head.

Things got rougher and rougher, louder and louder, meaner and meaner. These gobblers were stirred up.

I got the video camera on them — I’ll work some video up and put it up soon.

When the fight was over one of the gobblers came down the fence toward the gate. I’m thinking, “bring ’em all with ya.”

When he got to the open gate he flapped his wings and continued the way he was going.

Oooops, while we watched the flapper a gobbler slipped up on our decoys and admiored them from the wrong side of the feence.

Out in the field two longbeards fanned when Fred called at them.

They were interested but suddenly one turned sideways.

A hen came through the gate where we hunted this morning and walked down the hill. She was cut off by the two longbeard gobblers. They followed her out of the field.

A big Jake walked out of the field and investigated our decoys.

Two other hens passed through the gate opening and picked around in their feathers.

And another longbeard found our decoys. Fred got it real fired up but it didn’t locate the hole to this side.

Down hill from us we heard gobbles and yelps as wild turkeys assembled in the fields near the closest roost area. And turkey movement stopped in our area.

Fifteen turkeyless minutes passed and the sound from the roost area got bigger. But we waited anyway. After all, it was still ok daylight, and the proverbial fat lady wasn’t singing yet.




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