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#3226662 - 04/19/13 03:59 PM Swam the creek to bust the roost !!
Deek1965
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I went to missouri for the week to turky hunt. Spotted a huge gobbler,jake,2 hens in a crop field over the small swollen creek and up a 20 ft bluff. I waited by creek until dark and watched the huge black gobbler crash threw branches and roost halfway up a large tree. I snuck back in before daylight with bro in law. I figured tow 3.5 12s fired at once could knock out gobbler at 60-70 yds. We reAch creek edge and gobbler still 70-90 yds away just out of reach. What to do?? I knew fly down was going over fence to crop field. I am committed now. I find sloping bank into swollen creek,take off coat and vest. I slip into the dark swirling water with a submerged tree at my back to save from sweeping away. The cold water is shocking sucking my breath away. I move to far bank 15yds. Bank is tall and newly collapsed. My boots get stuck and I can't get onto tree trunk. I have to back out and move 20yds downstream. One hole was neck deep. Argh! I find another barkless mossy husk that I might climb to stand on far bank. I struggle with cold and slowly balance onto log and onto bank. I am breathing hard. I look up and gobbler head against the sky looks like a snake doing figure 8. I point 3.5 12 ga 870 hevi shot magnum blend as fast I can. BOOM gobbler falls out of tree at 35yds and no flopping dead as a tater sack. I am excited till I remember now it is back into creek with gun and now 25 lb turky. I slid back in almost falling forward under water and waded back across. Got home 15 min later tired and cold but happy.
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#3226682 - 04/19/13 04:12 PM Re: Swam the creek to bust the roost !! [Re: Deek1965]
chrmayo
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Awesome! A lot of ppl against shooting one roosting but hey if it's legal I say good job.
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#3226696 - 04/19/13 04:23 PM Re: Swam the creek to bust the roost !! [Re: chrmayo]
catman529
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Congrats, you did more than I would swimming across a cold swollen creek. But it paid off. 25 lbs is a big bird too. I walked across a small shallow creek last year and shot one out of the tree at only 10 yards from the tree. Walked up on him by accident and wouldn't risk getting busted before I got the shot!
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#3226732 - 04/19/13 05:30 PM Re: Swam the creek to bust the roost !! [Re: catman529]
rem270
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Great Job!

If you can get close enough to one on the roost without it seeing you and flying off you deserve to kill it. Thats just like sneaking up on a bedded deer and getting a shot at it.
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#3226841 - 04/19/13 07:23 PM Re: Swam the creek to bust the roost !! [Re: rem270]
easy45
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Congrats , I'd done the same thing
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#3226968 - 04/19/13 09:42 PM Re: Swam the creek to bust the roost !! [Re: easy45]
Meathunter73
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Congrats
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#3226998 - 04/19/13 10:37 PM Re: Swam the creek to bust the roost !! [Re: rem270]
WMAn
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 Originally Posted By: rem270
If you can get close enough to one on the roost without it seeing you and flying off you deserve to kill it. Thats just like sneaking up on a bedded deer and getting a shot at it.


The only thing easier than killing one in a tree is shooting one at a distance with a scoped rifle. Considering the marksmanship needed for the latter, even it is probably harder than lifting one off a limb.
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#3227007 - 04/19/13 11:19 PM Re: Swam the creek to bust the roost !! [Re: WMAn]
catman529
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 Originally Posted By: WMAn
 Originally Posted By: rem270
If you can get close enough to one on the roost without it seeing you and flying off you deserve to kill it. Thats just like sneaking up on a bedded deer and getting a shot at it.


The only thing easier than killing one in a tree is shooting one at a distance with a scoped rifle. Considering the marksmanship needed for the latter, even it is probably harder than lifting one off a limb.
not if the sky is lightened or you are swimming across a creek. Not anyone could kill one off the limb the way he did. Aint the same as walking in the darkness on wet quiet ground and shooting him when it's light enough.
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#3227013 - 04/19/13 11:42 PM Re: Swam the creek to bust the roost !! [Re: catman529]
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A bird is a bird, and at 25 pounds, a nice bird at that! Congrats! You worked for it!
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#3227226 - 04/20/13 11:16 AM Re: Swam the creek to bust the roost !! [Re: Outdoor life]
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All I will say is I'm glad we aren't reading news about a hunter drowning after being swept away in a raging creek..... or that rescue squads are out looking for a body.

I'm glad you got your bird, but sometimes it might be worth the risk, sometimes not.
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