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Texas Turkey 3-25-22

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Made my first turkey hunting trip this season down to south Texas this past weekend. This is a 4-gobbler limit county, and you can take all 4 gobblers in one day if you want. I arrived late Thursday night and made plans to hunt one of the ranches I have permission to hunt on Friday. When I arrived at the ranch Friday morning before day light it was 35 degrees. I always carry a rifle in my truck for hogs and coyotes when I am on these ranches. As daybreak broke, I did not hear a single gobbler but did see a big boar hog crossing a cow pasture and made a solid shot on him. I spent the rest of the morning listening and scouting but did not hear a turkey. Friday afternoon I went back to the same general area and setup with my gobbler and hen decoy. As the afternoon passed, I would make a few calls and finally got a response from a hen. She came in and hung around for over an hour. Right before dark I heard what sounded like 3-4 gobblers in the distance and made a few loud calls to them with my box call. They responded and closed the distance to within 200 yards. But it was getting dark fast, and they hung up and would not come any closer. They ended up roosting along the creek I was setup on and gobbled way after dark. Saturday morning, I went back to the same area, and they were back gobbling once the other songbirds started chirping. I made a few soft calls and would get a reply. I could hear hens with them, so I let out a fly down cackle and made a few load yelps and got them fired up! The hens were cackling and yelping to every call I would make and so was the gobblers. It was awesome just to hear all this. Once they hit the ground, they moved away from me but would still gobble at my calls. About an hour went by and finally got one of the gobblers to break away and start heading back in my direction. As I would call he would gobble. The rest of the flock start heading back towards me. Next thing I knew I had the entire flock working their way in my direction gobbling at every call I would make, and the hens were cutting up also. I finally could see them out at about 100 yards along the creek. It was 4 big gobblers strutting and 6 hens. I got aggressive with my calls and that agitated one of the hens. She started load yelps and started a fast walk towards my direction. The gobblers and other hens started following the lead hen. Once the hen spotted my decoys, she made a beeline towards them and passed right next to me. I had my gun up and ready for the approaching gobblers. I had decided once the gobblers got within range 30-35 yards, I would shoot the first one that gave me a good shot. As they drew closer all 4 gobblers were in full strut, I sat tight and watched as they came into the kill zone and drew a bead on the lead gobbler. As I watched, two of the gobblers lined up with both of their heads in the bead of my red dot scope. I squeezed off the shot with my 12ga Browning gold, with 3 ½” #6s and watched two gobblers roll. Man I was pumped up, two gobblers in one shot! Both gobblers had identical beards at 10 7/8”s and one had 1 5/8” spurs and the other had 1 1/2” spurs. What a way to start off my 2022 turkey season! I’ve got a few more trips planned for Texas in April and will also be hunting Louisiana birds. Good luck to everyone chasing the thunder chickens and be safe.
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   Cajunsim
Congratulations on a successful trip. Nice thunder chickens and heard they have a good crop this year.
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