The last three birds from the World slam.
For all the Turkey hunters out there... I started on a quest to kill a World Slam in one season on March 30th and on May 3rd , it was over!
It started off on a Rio trip to Sonora, Texas on March 30th where I killed 3 Rio's in a day and a half.
From there I was back home in the Swaps of the Atchafalaya Basin for my Easter which proved to be the hardest of all 6 to harvest!On April 5th, after 5 days of hard hunting, I finally got my Eastern.
Then I took off for South America to the jungles of Carlos Cana Cruz to hunt the Oscellated turkey which proved to be almost as tuff as the Eastern in the Basin but ended with 2 dead birds and a Brocket Deer.
After a few days of work, I took off to St. Cloud Florida to hunt the Osceola. After 12 hours of driving, 5 hours of sleep, it was the shortess of all the hunts lasting only 10 minutes and ended with a real trophy bird. 1.5 inch spurs and a 10 inch beard!
After having the three hardest out of the way, it was back down South to Durango, Mexico for the Goulds! First morning, 3 hours into it, my first Goulds was dead!
Last, but not the least, my friend PJ and I took off to Wall South Dakota for my Merriams.The merriams has been the bird that has given me the slip in the past so I was a little nervous that it might not happen. But the first afternoon, on May 3rd, I had the last of the World Slam on the ground!We both took 2 Birds on that trip and headed back home.
Counting Down the days till next years turkey season...
Just got back from New Mexico after a few days chasing Elk. It was a bitter sweet trip for us. We took a bull and a cow but the trip started great and ended with a costly break down and loosing a bull of a life time for my friend.
Our hunt started Monday morning with a herd of 150 plus elk! We did everything right until the shooting started. Shot a 360 class bull and a cow right off the bat, hunt over!!!! Not so fast....
The cow dropped in her tracks and the bull was never to be seen again. Blood trailed it over 3 miles and a day and a half to never recover it!
Ended up getting a bull but it was not the one we really wanted!
Oh... broke the truck and ended up with a 4000.00 dollar repair bill while trying to recover the bull that we did get! Gotta love Elk hunting!
Started hunting early this year with a spot and stalk bear trip to New Mexico.It was a blast but I worked for my bear.3 days of climbing to 11,400 ft elavation was work but it was worth it to get 1 shot at a blonde color phase bear.
Heading back there in 5 weeks to chase Elk!
Hope everyone has a great hunting season!
Well....Its that time of the year again! Long nights,heat,bugs, and frogs!Here are a few pics from opening night. Finall count of 255.
Its been a great year so for!
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.
364 DAYS LEFT AND COUNTING!
Here are a few pics from the past two trips last week. I think Bucks Only posted one of them last week but I had to show it again. The high water brought in a few this year! Now that the freezer is full, its time for the Thunder Chickens!
Good Luck too all the turkey hunters this weekend!
The boys and I went down to the marsh and had a great time shooting Rabbits the past few days. 2 airboats, 6 guns, alot of horsepower= 144 rabbits! Here are a few pics...
Went frooging Saturday night with LT and we caught some of the biggest frogs ever. Check these out!
Brought a good friend yesterday morning since Im tagged out,I figured I could learn some more from him. He has taught me a great deal about Turkey hunting so I brought him to see if he could finish it up.
Same story as the rest of the season, get on the birds at first light and wait till they are ready to come back at 10:00.
Congrats PJ on another fine bird and a great end to the season.
LT, maybe time for one more before the season is out!
Well fellas, after 3 years, several chose calls, and 19 days this season, the GHOST is dead!
Just one week after I killed his 3 year old buddy, the GHOST made his last mistake.
I have a very long history with the Ghost, he has made me loose alot of sleep in the past few seasons but tonight I can rest easy.
This morning he started on the limb real early and gobbled till 6:45 when he flew down.He gobbled a few times as he moved toward the back of the camp as has done time and time again.I waited till he was behind the camp and then I made my move to his sweet spot.
At 7:30 he started back my way so I gave him a few purrs to let him know where I was and then left him alone.
He got about 80 yards out and gobbled his head off but would not come in to the spot where I killed his buddy last week so I fought the urge to call at him and let him forget about the hen he heard and walk off.
At 8:20 he gobbled behind the camp again so I made my move of 60 yards and got in place for the long wait.
At 8:45 I called to him one more time and he gobbled his head off again and would not move so I did not call again knowing with in the hour he would come looking!
At 9:45, like clock work, with out saying a word, he came in at 25 yards straight to me looking for that hen.
With one shot from the SP-10, the 3 year chase was over and so was my season!
He had a 10.5 inch beard and 1 1/4 and 1 3/8 inch spurs!My best one yet!
It was a great season, hope everyones was as good as mine!
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!
Made the long trip down the river this morning to a spot where I have been on a bird all season but have'nt closed the deal on yet.
After sitting till past daylight, the bird never said a word so we went on to the next spot to only have the same luck.
In a last minute attempt, I made one last effort to check one more plcae and this bird was hot! After some fancy calling from PJ and a long walk , he smacked him at 10:24 this morning!
1 inch spurs and a 9 inch beard! Nice bird PJ!
I would like to congradulate L T on his first solo turkey!
Atfer 7 years of him following me around with several close encounters, he got his first long beard on Saturday Morning.We left the camp and I told him that we would seperate because he didnt need me anymore, he could call on his own now and we could cover more area this way.
At 7:35 the Turkey Gods put the voodoo mo-jo spell on him.With one shoot he was hooked for life bagging a 3 year old with 1 inch spurs and 2 NINE INCH BEARDS! Great first bird L T!
Hey fellas! Just my to cents about airboats and bowfishing....I happen to like the the hum of a big block motor!
I was reading the post about bowfing at night and it distrubed me! Why would anyone want to take away another free mans enjoyment??? I served in the USMC for ervyone to be free, not just for a select few. If you dont like to bowfish at night then dont do it!No one has the right to take that away from anyone if its legal to do. Not everyone will agree on everthing...its part of life!!!Get over it and move on to the things that you like to do.
I own a airboat and love to ride in it every chance I get but I dont bowfish out of it...if I ever do it and like it, then so be it.If I dont like it, I wont do it again but I will still enjoy my boat!
My point is this is still a FREE COUNTRY! Enjoy it and stop arguing about petty stuff.Do the things you enjoy doing and be respectfull to others as you want to be respected and everthing will be allright!
I will post a few pics of my boat for those of you that like airboats, those that dont, please dont look and make yourself angry over them!
Well guys....it was another good hunt down in the marsh this weeken! Saturday mourning , a bow hunter took a nice 10 point. That just started it up. After seeing many deer and NOT SHOOTING the young ones, Sunday mourning was the day! It started about 7:20 when a nice older 8 point came out and Colby made a great 419 yard shot on the deer and dropped him like a bad habit.Shortly after a real nice 9 point came out on the other side of the marsh at about 300 yards and then bang...hunt over! Gotta love it! 2 hunts in one week and 6 wall hangers!
Well guys, the deer gods where on our side this weekend!
After a bad start to our hunt with problems with the airboat making us late for a afternoon hunt, we ended it with a bang!
Friday morning will be a hunt that I remember for the rest of my life.At 6:45, on the other in of the Marsh,LT had his first rack for the wall! A real nice 8 point.
Over in my stand, I had Couv with me and we where seeing lots of deer but no shooters...And then it happended! Two bucks started fighting not a hundred yards in front of us and every deer in the area wanted to come join the brawl! I grabbed the grunt call and went to work.After a few minutes, I looked behind the stand and there was the first good deer of the morning for us, a nice 8 standing 80 yards away.With one shot, Couv put him down!
Thinking to myself, I decided to stay in the stand to maybe shoot a doe, but to my surprise, my doe ended up being a 10 point at 220 yards coming to see what was going on. Long story short, we where in the airboat at 7:45 headed to the camp with 2-8 points and a 10.
You gotta love the RUT!
After several years of wanting to go on a Elk hunt, a good friend, Burt, twisted my arm to go on a late season rifle hunt to New Mexico with him. On the first morning of the hunt, before the sun broke over the mountains of Eagle Nest, I had filled my tag with this 6x6 which would prove to be the only 6x6 we saw on the 5 day hunt. I was real glad I didnt wait for a bigger one!
Well guys, he finally messed up! After several days in the woods and several near misses, today he fell to the old SP-10.
I have hunted this bird very hard for the entire seasonal and have had nothing but bad luck. Everthing from deer getting between us and spooking him off, jakes busting me because they ran in and he stayed back, and the worst was friends showing up at the camp to cut the grass and run him out.
This morning at 6:10 he few down and we started our long 1 hour talk and he just would not come in. Remebering what a very good turkey hunter told me, I shut up and stopped calling.15 minutes later he panic gobbled 30 yards away but it was to thick to see him. I held still and didnt answer and 5 minutes later he was standing 15 yards out and with 1 shot with the old SP-10, it was over!
He wieghed in at 21 pounds, 9 inch beard, 1 and a quater inch spurs.Time for 1 more before it closes.
Went down to Fourchon Monday fish with the crew on the Data Man. The fishing was a little slow but we had a great time. We ended the day with 10 blackfin and one nice wahoo.