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Season In A Nutshell

What a long Season! Henned up birds, Bad weather, and very long walks!

I started the season opening morning locating some birds roosting over water, boy thats real fun, you never knew which way they would go.

Never giving up on them, I hunted those birds real hard! I would set up in one spot and they would hit the ground, gooble their heads off and go the other direction with half the hens in the Basin.

On 4-1 I finally had a little luck. I got real agressive with a very vocal hen and after a 2 hour chat with her, she came in and brought a boyfreind with her. BOOM! First one dead. He wieghed in at 19 1/2 pounds, 9 1/2 inch beard, and 1" and 1 1/8" spurs.

One week later, same spot, I worked a bird that shuck the ground when he goobled! Making a promise to myself to kill that bird that day! I stellted in for a real long day.Hunted that bird till 11:15 and headed in to eat and return at 3:00. Walking into the area I busted him out. I thought the day was over for him. After a little advice from my hunting buddy, PJ, he convenced me to stay in the area but to wait 1 hour before saying a word to him. One hour went by and I made a call with no response. I stayed in spot and called every 15 minutes.

At 6:20 , as my butt felt like a brick, legs where cramping, I made one last call to be cut off! It was on! Called him and a couple buddies in the rest of the way only to here them spitting and drumming to finally getting to see them and 20 yards. He was the strutter and the the over 2 just stayed away from him.

At 6:28 , I couldnt take it any longer with the bird at 15 steps, BOOM, Big Gobbler Dead! He wieghed in at 22 1/2 pounds( my biggest bodied bird ever) 1 1/4 and 1 3/8 " spurs, 10 1/2 " beard. Season OVER!

I tried to get a few buddies on a good bird after that but he would always hang up, never to see him!Hunting him to the last day.