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Post  VABuckSlayer on Mon Apr 06, 2015 8:07 am

My 12 year old son didn't want to get up Saturday morning early so we didn't go in the morning. We ended up going fishing later in the morning until about 4:00. Had a pretty good day. While we were in the house my wife looks out back and sees a turkey in the field. I get the binos and take a look and it's a nice gobbler. Jake wants to go after him so we get our camo on and head out. The turkey had gone around a corner heading to the back field feeding so we snuck up the tree line to where we first saw him. I caught a glimpse of him towards the back about 100 yards away so I got Jake set up next to a pine and I got in some brush about 10 yards behind him. I made a couple soft calls with a box then a couple more with a slate and nothing. It was windy so I thought maybe he didn't hear me. I pulled the box back out and made a few yelps but a little louder and he gobbled. I told Jake he knows were here. I waited a few minutes and called again and he gobbled again and was closer. I did some scratching in the leaves and waited a few more minutes then called again. He gobbled before I even finished calling and was only about 60-70 yards away. I told Jake to get ready he was coming. The bird came around the point of the woods and was in full strut at 50 yards. He was slowly making his way to us and at this point Jake was on his own. Jake let the gobbler get to about 30 yards and when he had a good shot at his head he took the shot. BOOM... and the turkey started flopping around. He made a great shot and now had his first ever Spring Gobbler! What an exciting hunt! I could feel my heart beating out of my chest waiting for him to shoot. Jake said he was pretty calm until he heard the bird gobble the first time. He did great though and I'm real proud of him! The brid weighed 20 lbs 3 oz. It had a 10 1/2" beard and 1" spurs. Now I have a turkey and a deer at the taxidermist. Anyone have a good rate on a loan? LOL


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Post  nyhunter20 on Mon Apr 06, 2015 8:20 am

Sounds like an awesome hunt. Congrats on Jakes first bird
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Post  MEhunter on Mon Apr 06, 2015 8:48 am

That sounds like an awesome hunt!! My guess is he won't sleep in again on youth day next year! Congrats to you and your boy!

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Post  soil on Mon Apr 06, 2015 9:46 am

You gotta love it when one shows up alone at the perfect time close to the house!  Great job, jake!
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Post  bowGal on Mon Apr 06, 2015 3:04 pm

You  already know I  am so  Happy for   Jake,  Way to get it done fella's, and congratulation's  again, I know you are one proud  Daddy,, Eric,!!!!!!!!!!!!  LOl  now might  be  a good  time to  talk to  Christi about  adding a new addition to the house ,  Jakes going to  need  a trophy room of his own, Wink

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Post  VABuckSlayer on Mon Apr 06, 2015 3:37 pm

bowGal wrote:You  already know I  am so  Happy for   Jake,  Way to get it done fella's, and congratulation's  again, I know you are one proud  Daddy,, Eric,!!!!!!!!!!!!  LOl  now might  be  a good  time to  talk to  Christi about  adding a new addition to the house ,  Jakes going to  need  a trophy room of his own, Wink

I hear ya Barb! Took the bird to the taxidermist today. Now I have a turkey and a deer there. Geez I'm going to need a loan! Shocked

One cool thing about the hunt is Christy watched the whole hunt go down from the back window. She watched the turkey strutting in the field then Jake shooting. Pretty cool that she got to see it all from the house!
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Post  bowGal on Mon Apr 06, 2015 3:52 pm

Bravo  so lol in other words,  Christy  should  be getting  a big ole  Congrats for  Jakes success, and not your calling, Since  She did all the  hard work of   Scouting   out the window's Laughing I am just teasing you,  and by the way, that was an awesome Easter  photo of all of you, ( Brittany is  so beautiful)

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Post  VABuckSlayer on Mon Apr 06, 2015 4:09 pm

bowGal wrote:Bravo  so lol in other words,  Christy  should  be getting  a big ole  Congrats for  Jakes success, and not your calling, Since  She did all the  hard work of   Scouting   out the window's Laughing I am just teasing you,  and by the way, that was an awesome Easter  photo of all of you, ( Brittany is  so beautiful)
Haha she does deserve some cred for seeing him first but my "expert calling" sealed the deal! Laughing and thanks on the Easter pic!
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Post  Willy on Mon Apr 06, 2015 4:27 pm

Way to Go Jake !  Thats a great looking Long beard!   Great pictures too Pops.   Congrats to you both.
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Post  Pa. Bowhunter on Mon Apr 06, 2015 8:40 pm

Congrats Jake , awesome turkey !!!! Nice pics also , but I say the taxi bill should go to Christy !!!! She saw the bird 1st , let her pay for the mount Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy !!!! Don't worry Eric , I'll back you up on that , from a distance if she's mean Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
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Post  VABuckSlayer on Tue Apr 07, 2015 7:28 am

Pa. Bowhunter wrote:Congrats Jake , awesome turkey !!!! Nice pics also , but I say the taxi bill should go to Christy !!!! She saw the bird 1st , let her pay for the mount Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy !!!! Don't worry Eric , I'll back you up on that , from a distance if she's mean Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy

LOL Rick! I told her it was all her fault! LOL
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Post  Maniac Outdoors on Tue Apr 07, 2015 8:29 am

Congratulations to your son Eric on a great looking bird.
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Post  shedder on Tue Apr 07, 2015 12:11 pm

Congrats to Jake on a such a great hunt!!!  Love the story and the pics!
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Post  Godfather on Tue Apr 07, 2015 11:45 pm

Well done!!! Congrats to Jake on a great bird!!
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Post  chukbuk on Mon Apr 13, 2015 6:07 am

That appears to be a very happy boy and prouder Papa!  Congrats
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Post  TheCReW on Mon Apr 13, 2015 4:26 pm

Congrats! Great looking bird and excellent pictures.

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Post  Mountainman Vic on Mon Apr 13, 2015 7:47 pm

Congrats to Jake. That's awesome.

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Post  VABuckSlayer on Tue Apr 14, 2015 8:05 am

Thanks everyone! It was a special day we will never forget!
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