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#1290238 - 04/14/09 08:46 PM I will remember this hunt... (long read)
8 Point

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

Took off Monday to hunt and the weather was terrible. I sleeped in and got up, cooked breakfast for the family, cut the grass and by 12 the skys cleared and I decided I would go sit in a blind on our lease. I hit the fields about 12:30 and hunted for 3 hours did not see anything. I decided I would go for a ride, check out a salt lick up on a flat and look for some mushrooms. Did not find any mushrooms but walked out on the point where my salt lick was and hit a box call and thought I heard a gobble. I hit it again and had a bird gobble immediately. I hit it again and he roared back. I got to looking and he was about 70 yrds below me on a flat. I could see him moving my way. I squated down and peeked over the ridge and hit the box call softer and he roared off again. This went on for about 45 mins and he hung up about 50 yards out on a flat. I changed to a mouth call to free my hands and yelped and cut a few times and got a second bird to gobble off to my left and on the same flat. The old Tom broke into a full strut and started to move off toward the second bird. I cut hard and both of the roared off. They moved back to the flat below me and both started struting. The old tom and a really big Jake. They worked back and forth and it started lighting, thundering and raining. They really got fired up. I turned my head and yelped away from them and that was all it took. The jake started coming my way and the tom raced to beat him to the top of the hill. The only thing he found was the business end of my Bennelli. This is where the story got scary for me. I loaded up on my ATV and started out. On the way I road up on a creek bank and the trail let go under my ATV. The front end pitched down and the backend came up. It threw me off the bike and into the creek with about a 6 foot fall. I hit my shoulder first then my head smacked a rock and then I landed on my Bennelli bounching it off the rocks. I then scrambled to get out of the way of my ATV as my first thought was I would be trapped in a creek that would flood quickly in the rain and I would drown. Luckly the bike hung up and did not follow me down. I got out of the creek and I was ok. Checked my gun it was ok but the scope was off about 12 inches. I set it back last night and will have to check it Thursday. The bird weighted in at 23.5 lbs, 10 in curled beard and 1 in spurs. Now maybe you can see why I will remember this hunt for a long time.

Dream like you are going to live forever, Live like you are going to die tomorrow...James Dean

#1290259 - 04/14/09 08:55 PM Re: I will remember this hunt... (long read) [Re: turkeyhunter64]
8 Point

Registered: 11/02/08
Posts: 2276
Loc: southern middle tn

whenever they get fired up and put on a good show like that it always makes for a great hunt.
if your gonna be stupid you gotta be tough.

#1290359 - 04/14/09 09:21 PM Re: I will remember this hunt... (long read) [Re: buckdead]
Woodpile Boys Neighbor
14 Point

Registered: 11/16/08
Posts: 9510
Loc: Cannon County Outback

Glad your OK man...Scary but ended good...

Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day...Teach him how to fish and he will sit on a boat and drink beer all day!

#1290985 - 04/15/09 11:22 AM Re: I will remember this hunt... (long read) [Re: ]
10 Point

Registered: 09/16/07
Posts: 4904
Loc: Nashville, TN and Louisville, ...

glad it was nothing worse...nice bird!
#1290988 - 04/15/09 11:28 AM Re: I will remember this hunt... (long read) [Re: BowGuy84]
16 Point

Registered: 01/11/04
Posts: 16954
Loc: Allardt, TN

Yeah Id say. Congrats on the bird.
-QDM=Better Deer, Better Deer Hunting
-Let Him Go, So He Can Grow

#1290989 - 04/15/09 11:28 AM Re: I will remember this hunt... (long read) [Re: BowGuy84]
Grizzly Johnson Moderator
Team Grizzly
16 Point

Registered: 10/07/08
Posts: 15791
Loc: Tennessee

Good story, congrats on the bird, and glad it ended well for you after taking that spill...
But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.

#1291004 - 04/15/09 11:44 AM Re: I will remember this hunt... (long read) [Re: Grizzly Johnson]
12 Point

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

Wow, you got lucky,could have been a lot worse..congrats on the bird!
_________________________ (This is not the Russell Crowe movie,this one is actually good).

#1291194 - 04/15/09 02:48 PM Re: I will remember this hunt... (long read) [Re: CopperHead77]
Hillbilly Hunter
16 Point

Registered: 07/15/05
Posts: 18075
Loc: Branchville

congrats!! walk next time and that won't happen! \:D
...they never call me by my name, just Hillbilly...

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