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THE BACKYARD GHOST LIVES ON!

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Having a very long history with a bird I think of as the Backyrd Ghost, it almost came to a end this morning!

Starting 2 seasons ago, I got on a turkey right behind the camp yard but made a stupid move on him and bumped him and the rest of the season it was like he was never there!

Last season, after seeing plenty of signs of his presence, he started gobbling the last morning of the season and he never came into the set.

This season, after 12 stray hunts, several very close calls, and this morning he almost met his maker!

After sitting down till 7:45 and not hearing a peep out of him, I left the swamp and started heading to a new spot to see what I might find when at 8:00 he started!I moved back to my original set and sat till I figured where he was at.I waited till he moved out and I headed to his sweet spot.I knew that there where 2 birds gobbling but he would always shut the other one up after 2 or 3 times.Figuring the smaller of the 2 would be the lead bird if they came back, I wanted to shoot the second bird.
I made a few purrs and 1 yelp and saved the call knowing he was very call shy.
Finally at 10:35 I spotted the yellow tops moving coming straigt for me at 20 yards. I started looking to see if I could see the other birds movement but the lead bird came face to face with me at 8 yards and the gig was up! He gave the old Im out of here cluck so let him have it being I have not pulled the triger yet this year.
I watched the Ghost fly off at 25 yards to live another day.
The lead bird was a 3 year old with 1 inch spurs and a 9 1/2 inch beard. 12 more days to find the Gost and get back on hime!
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Nice
Cool Story!
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CON GRATS ON THE BACK YARD GHOST
Micah an i heard this bird last day of the season 50 yrds behind the camp an sat for 1 hr he never left the tree thanks to my DAD an a friend making LOUD NOISES HE NEVER LEFT THE TREE. After him hunting him all season it paid off hopfully well get big boy if NO TREAPASSERSSSSSSSSS GET THE CAMPYARD GHOST HIM FIRST CONGRATS ON HIM BUDDY.
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Nice
Nice turkey -- congrats
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