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Texas Turkey Hunt – Rio Gobbler and Hogs

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Made a turkey hunt last week to Caldwell county Texas which is near San Antonio. I normally make this trip for the opener, which is April 1st, but work had me bowed up and had to push this trip back to this past weekend. Turkeys were not very active and never heard a gobbler on the roost. Riding around we would see a few gobblers out roaming around but they were not very interested in responding to calls. I believe it was just to late in the season and the turkey rut was pretty much over with. I did strike up a few gobblers during midafternoon but had no luck in getting them to come in. I setup one afternoon with my decoys (Hen and Strutting Gobbler) in an area I had seen several gobblers and called in 2 Jakes and 3 nice long beards together. They came in silent, and I was able to take a nice Rio Gobbler at 40 yards. He had a 10” beard and 7/8” spurs. Hogs were everywhere and I kept my .243 rifle in the truck while riding around on the ranch. I took two nice boars and one big sow which made for some fun stalking up on them. It was the slowest turkey hunt I have ever been on in Texas but can only figure it was just too late in the season. Next year I plan on going earlier if work allows. I hope all the turkey hunters had some success and had fun just being out in the woods. It is time to start getting ready for my summer food plots and salt licks back in Louisiana.
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