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#3236987 - 05/02/13 09:26 AM First solo hunt...got him!
JRA
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As I mentioned in another thread, this morning I went out alone to hunt turkey for the first time. This is my first year hunting and a buddy took me and called in my first two birds...but I didn't feel like an official turkey hunter until I went solo and called one in for myself. I went to the 90 acre property and got there later than I wanted. I got there at about 5:15am to 5:30am. When I got out of my ride I heard several gobblers hammering away (I assume still on the roost). I walked in their general direction trying to pin point their location (It was about a 5 minute walk). The area has a lot of ridges and valleys so I wasn't sure exactly where they were so I set up on top of a ridge in a flat wooded area in between the two most prominent gobbles. I pulled out my push button call (as a novice I was most confident using that call). I starting hitting the call and ole tom starts cutting me off...he was headed my way. I shifted my position so I could shoot. I hit the push button a couple more times and he cut me off each time. I pawed the leaves around me and pulled my gun to my shoulder. He steps in sight about 60 yards away and at first is coming to me. At this point I should mention I was using a .20 gauge so I knew I had to get him close. At about 40 yards he flattens out and looks like he may come no closer. The whole time he is strutting, shouting, spitting and drumming. I will admit I am not good with the mouth call but I did a couple of very soft yelps as best as I could and he turned and started coming right to me. I let him come to about 15-20 yards and that old .20 gauge dropped him like a rock. It was an awesome experience...it may be beginners luck but I learned a lot from my friend and from reading this message board. Thanks for all the tips! 9.5" beard 3/4" spurs and about 20lbs

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#3236991 - 05/02/13 09:32 AM Re: First solo hunt...got him! [Re: JRA]
SAB2
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Awesome job
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#3237000 - 05/02/13 09:45 AM Re: First solo hunt...got him! [Re: JRA]
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 Originally Posted By: JRA
It was an awesome experience...it may be beginners luck


Doesn't sound like it to me. You did everything perfectly. Congrats, and welcome to the club. You will never view spring the same way again \:\) !


BTW, were you afraid that the gobbler could hear your heart beating \:D ?

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#3237021 - 05/02/13 10:04 AM Re: First solo hunt...got him! [Re: PalsPal]
easy45
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Congrats
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#3237026 - 05/02/13 10:09 AM Re: First solo hunt...got him! [Re: easy45]
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Very nice gobbler,congrats!
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#3237031 - 05/02/13 10:15 AM Re: First solo hunt...got him! [Re: Wrangler95]
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Congrats!
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#3237087 - 05/02/13 11:29 AM Re: First solo hunt...got him! [Re: PinchPoint]
KingMojo
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Very cool. Well done
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#3237149 - 05/02/13 01:05 PM Re: First solo hunt...got him! [Re: KingMojo]
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Wow, blitzkrieg on his noggin!

Congrats, you have definitely met the qualifications!
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#3237184 - 05/02/13 01:50 PM Re: First solo hunt...got him! [Re: Nimrod777]
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I like that old wingmaster! Congrats!
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#3237191 - 05/02/13 01:57 PM Re: First solo hunt...got him! [Re: infoman jr.]
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Sometimes when its on its on. That gobbler was used to having women and this time he was lonely and responsive.

congrats!

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#3237193 - 05/02/13 01:59 PM Re: First solo hunt...got him! [Re: infoman jr.]
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Awesome! If you weren't already hooked you are now.
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#3237222 - 05/02/13 02:22 PM Re: First solo hunt...got him! [Re: Gravey]
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Congrats!!! I like the easy ones.....
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#3237227 - 05/02/13 02:23 PM Re: First solo hunt...got him! [Re: woodsman87]
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He gone.
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#3237437 - 05/02/13 07:07 PM Re: First solo hunt...got him! [Re: woodsman87]
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Congrats! Sounds like you did an awesome job and that is a nice bird!
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#3237441 - 05/02/13 07:14 PM Re: First solo hunt...got him! [Re: woodsman87]
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congrats! That's awesome
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#3239212 - 05/05/13 06:54 AM Re: First solo hunt...got him! [Re: woodsman87]
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congrats
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#3239607 - 05/05/13 04:24 PM Re: First solo hunt...got him! [Re: ROUGH COUNTRY HUNTER]
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Congrats to you, sounds like you have been tutored very well and did a great job on calling him in. Congrats!!!!!
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