Last Hunt of the Season By Robert Hoague
Feb 24, 2009 - 5:23:54 AM
As we drove out in Rick's electric ATV the Bad Boy Buggie there were patches of ice on the ground. The morning was pleasant but uneventful as far as deer were concerned. Rick saw a big gobbler.
After the hunt we changed out of our hunting clothes and went into Jacksboro to eat at the Green Frog Restaurant. Twenty years ago I hunted in this area and the Green Frog was our eating place of choice. It was always good. And today was right on track. A delicious, home cooked meal.
We were in our hunting areas by 3:00. An hour later I noticed a gobbler coming down the trail on my right side and took its pic. By the time I got the camera going there were two gobblers.
They were on me quick and I got a good pic of the lead bird as he cautiously checked the area out ahead of the group.
Nice. There were 4 gobblers total, apparently the ones I enjoyed seeing yesterday. They clumped up in front of me and I put the hammer down and nailed some pics of them.
Notice their heads and where they are looking in the picture above and the next 4 pics. They have the entire 360 degrees around them covered.
Right now they are about 15 yards in front of me.
The quartet spread out a little bit and I zoomed back slightly to keep all of them in view.
Notice where the 2nd birds head is on this and the previous picture.
Their pause is over and they continue. These two are the last to start walking.
The last one hangs up in place.
It pivots and walks toward me. Got cha.
It realizes the rest of the group is leaving and hurries to keep up. I get one more pic.
I get out my blackberry to text Rick what I had seen and before I can send the message Rick texts me that he is watching 4 gobblers. But they are not the same ones because he is a long ways from me.
My bucks did not show this afternoon and I had my gear ready to put out of the blind when Rick rode up on the Bad Boy. When I stuck my head out of the blind's shooting window I saw a deer on the back of the Bad Boy.
But I'll let Rick tell you what happened in his own words.