3rd Annual Bowhunt - 2006
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At Home - 2006
Because I was in one of the best wild turkey locations I brought along some turkey calls. I selected a Knight & Hale "Screaming Hen" and did some yelping. The gobbler answered me several times as he and the whole group faded away.
Around 9:00 the purrs, kee keees and contented yelps of a group of hens came from down the ridge. It sounded like they were coming right to me so I didn't call. Soon I heard them scratching in the leaves behind me. They were only a few yards from my blind, but on the side i have closed up. I figured the would be in sight any second.
Not so, their sounds faded away as they continued working the side of the ridge and going West.
The frost or snow melted away and time moved on. I regularly heard more yelps and kee kees. So I thumbed through my call carrier. A Woodhaven "Billy Yargus Sting Team" call should do the job. I kept it soft, making a few yelps waiting a while and yelping softly again. Turkeys were continually talking in the woods around me but none showed itself.
Close, but downhill behind me, at 10:50, excited cackles sounded and a few putts. A minute later they made soft yelps. Whatever had got the hens worked up was now forgotten. I let the Billy Yargus do some kee kees and picked up my camera when I saw a white head moving through the brush.
Two hens walked into view
and I aimed the camera at them. The mesh was down and the camera focused
on it instead of the turkeys. I tried a second time with the same results.
The birds now had their backs to me but one turned broadside ... and stopped. It wasn't' where I could use my shooting slit and I would have to shoot through the mesh. Quickly I pulled the blades of my Grim Reaper broadhead back and they locked open. I slipped the Fltecher FlatHead on the BowTech's string loop and looked for the legs and the wind butt of the turkey. Then I settled my bright green top pin where it needed to go and pulled the trigger.
The arrow hit the wild turkey with the loud smack that it always makes when the hit is in the vitals. But the arrow popped high into the air and disappeared in the nearby trees!
The turkeys ran and I kept my eye on the one I had just shot. (Or did my arrow bounce off it?) In 20 yards they took a trail into the trees. My bird stopped and then 2 of the other hens stopped with it. They all moved around quickly and I couldn't tell which bird was the one I had shot at.
As they disappeared down the trail it all ran through my brain, like an instant replay, the sound of the hit was solid, the arrow in the air was flat out weird. Movement near the trail where the hens had stopped caught my attention and I focused the binoculars on it. Turkey wings.
Whatever was up with the arrow in the air deal had nothing to do with the accuracy of my shot, my soon to be hen decoy was down. Actually it had never left my sight. I checked my watch, it was 10:57. I waited to see if a gobbler or any deer would show up and called it quits at 11:45.
As I started toward the hen
I noticed something you don't always see with a turkey, a good blood trail.
The soon to be hen decoy lay still on the ground. And I noticed my arrow
sticking up in the ground 15 yards further down the trail. (I figured that
arrow was gonna go un-found.) There was still a little frost on the ground
when I took its picture.
From inside the blind it doesn't take that wide a slit to cover a lot of area. And there is always the option of shooting through the mesh as long as you have a fixed blade broadhead or one of the mechanicals with blades that will lock in the open position.
After loading my turkey in my truck I drove by the Point on the way out. There were 3 deer there ... at 12:30. So I decided to get back out A.S.A.P.
An hour later I was lunched and re-washed and sitting in my blind at the Point. So far things were going real good, but the rocket was going even higher this afternoon.
Here Is The PIcture Of Me With My Future Hen Decoy...
And The Good Luck Continues At The Point...
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