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#1285862 - 04/11/09 03:27 PM The Rookie
8 Point

Registered: 12/07/07
Posts: 1962
Loc: TN

Took a first timer today. He had never see a turkey up close and personal so I took him to my lease and we made a rough 20 min ride in the mist and fog. Took a twenty min walk and I set the dekes out and fell up against a tree. It was no time we had birds popping off all around us. One was directly behind us and a group of 5 and a couple of hens in front of us. I told the rookie to get ready the bird behind us would join that big bunch. Sure enough the old long beard hit the ground and gobbled hard. I told rookie to be still then the bird hammered again standing right behind us about 2 feet. The rookie looked at me and I said don't move just don't move. Next thing I know the bird walks right by rookie at 10 steps and never saw us. I said shoot, Shoot, SHoot, SHOOTthe da... bird and he just sat there. By the time I got moved and on him he was two far away. My blood pressure went through the roof. I said What the he... are you doing. Why the he... did you not shoot. He said said I was waiting for you to tell me shoot...I started laughing so hard I cried. I said well just let a once in a life time bird just walk away. Next time SHOOOT. He asked was that a big one. I said Rookie..That bird had at least an 11 inch beard...We did not hear another bird all day.. Fog sat in and it rained until 8. I guess the rookie will learn but I bet he will Shoot next time after all the text messages I sent out kicking him to all his friends. All I can do is pray for the boy... ....I going back monday to kill that bird. \:D
Dream like you are going to live forever, Live like you are going to die tomorrow...James Dean

#1286404 - 04/12/09 09:16 AM Re: The Rookie [Re: turkeyhunter64]
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Bambi Killa

Registered: 11/19/99
Posts: 4106600
Loc: TN

Good luck dude.
Youth is wasted on the young.

#1286836 - 04/12/09 07:06 PM Re: The Rookie [Re: ]
12 Point

Registered: 08/20/07
Posts: 6767
Loc: Hickman Co.

Always fun taking first timers! Good luck gettin that bird!
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#1287235 - 04/12/09 10:09 PM Re: The Rookie [Re: CopperHead77]
6 Point

Registered: 11/22/07
Posts: 968
Loc: TN

At least he left a bird for you! haha
Hunt & Fish to Live,
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#1287293 - 04/13/09 12:22 AM Re: The Rookie [Re: TNhuntin93]
8 Point

Registered: 08/19/08
Posts: 1089
Loc: Sale Creek (backwoods), TN

"There's nothing like a nice piece of hickory" Pale Rider

#1287389 - 04/13/09 08:03 AM Re: The Rookie [Re: SALECREEKHUNTER]
Gray Ghost
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14 Point

Registered: 01/10/00
Posts: 7877
Loc: East TN, USA

Had the same thing happen with a buddy Saturday afternoon, but he was not a rookie!!
Witness to the Execution

#1287727 - 04/13/09 01:04 PM Re: The Rookie [Re: Gray Ghost]
TnDeer Old Timer
10 Point

Registered: 11/05/99
Posts: 3458
Loc: Plateau

Gerald, this wasn't a son-in-law was it \:D ?

I bet you could have killed him!

#1287762 - 04/13/09 01:36 PM Re: The Rookie [Re: ]
Good ol' Boys "Team Grizzly"
12 Point

Registered: 10/24/07
Posts: 5461
Loc: Wilson County, TN

hahahahahah gotta love hunting with rookies!! even when a kill is not made there is ALWAYS a good memory to go along with it and to me that is what it is all about

John 3:16

#1288056 - 04/13/09 05:49 PM Re: The Rookie [Re: turkeyhunter64]

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#1288576 - 04/13/09 10:03 PM Re: The Rookie [Re: SALECREEKHUNTER]
Buck Assassin
10 Point

Registered: 05/08/08
Posts: 2955
Loc: cocke county, TN

Its not a passion,It's an obsession!

Round here we follow the motto "K.I.S.S" KEEP IT SIMPLE STUPID!

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