Annetta's Missouri GobblerJun 8, 2009

I had an awesome hunt at home this year.  Our turkey numbers here in Missouri are not what they have been in the past, so I limited myself to one long beard.  While I was playing with my horses, Cally was off to try and roost some birds.  He roosted three gobblers and a group of jakes for me and had picked out our spot for the next morning.

We headed out a bit earlier than normal to make sure we had plenty of dark to get set up.  The spot Cally picked out was on the edge of a smaller stand of timber on a large open ridge.  Our initial set up ended up being too far over the edge of the ridge and did not make for a good camera angle.  So we moved our decoys and location about ten yards.  We had just set down when we heard drumming, and close. Unfortunately for us, the turkeys were not roosted where we thought they would be and they were too close. 

It was not long before we heard the gobblers fly down. To our dismay they strutted up to our decoys and all we could see were black silhouettes and glowing heads in the dark. It was way too dark to film or shoot. We had to watch as the gobblers strutted away towards other hens. Both gobblers were nice but one of them was huge and had a giant head. After they left Cally told me he could see the big ones spurs with his binoculars and they were at least 11/2”long.

With gobblers so few and far between, things were not looking good.  Lucky for us the birds continued to gobble that morning.  After an hour of calling, another pair of gobblers finally saw our decoys and made a b-line for them. We watched the gobblers interact with our hen decoy until Cally gave me the signal to smash him. My gobbler was a nice two year old and I enjoyed a great hunt with Cally on our farm. But, I am still haunted by visions of that big guy that strutted away.  I guess that is just part of filming. 

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My gobbler right before I smashed his head...

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... and after.