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Finally got on a bird. This season has been a swift kick in the nuts so far. Haven't been able to get on a workable bird until this morning. Heard 5 or 6 different birds. They started gobbling about 6:15. They only hit 2x max except 1 bird a good bit away and wasn't gonna chase him. I strike a trot to the closets bird, of course he only gobbled once. I got sat down and yelped a few times. Nothing, so I sit tight and pull out the scratch box, nice easy purrs and feeding yelps every few minutes. Finally bout 7:20 or so he hammers. They kept hammering, put my old crow mouth call back in and let it rip. He gobbled a few more times then went silent. 10 minutes or so goes by and I see and hear nothing. I cackled hard loud and long with some yelps in it. He triple gobbled and I then knew where he was. I went silent and so did he. 15 minutes and nothing until I put the binos up and see him strutting at 90 yards, as I watched him I see a few hens and another gobbler. I gently yelped and scratched leaves and purred. The hens decided to feed right towards me dragging him along. Finally got close as I felt confident to kill and figured the hens where gonna catch me. 46 yards from old crow handloads and he started flopping. Ran up to him and scattered another gobbler and about 8 to 10 hens. Some where closer then i had seen.
Went 10 1/2" beard. Spurs 7/8" and weighted 13lbs 9oz. Blackwater birds are tough. Heard a ton of road callers all morning. Love hearing the bird gobble after the truck begins driving off.


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Congrats! Public land birds deserves more of a congrats than any other! Ive struck out, blew a few opportunities due to inexperience , but learned alot this season, hopefully next will be better!


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Nice work man.

I went out a couple days ago to a spot I called in some hens, and had a shot on a jake but didn't hear a peep.

Saw quite a few trucks where I haven't seen them before so the stay at home order is for sure increasing pressure around here.
 

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Awesome hunt! Yep we’ve come close too but just don’t have the experience to close the gap. Great job.
 

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You just had to ruin the thread with a foot pic didn't ya!!!!!!! hahaha Good job on the thunder chicken brother!!!!
 

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Finally got on a bird. This season has been a swift kick in the nuts so far. Haven't been able to get on a workable bird until this morning. Heard 5 or 6 different birds. They started gobbling about 6:15. They only hit 2x max except 1 bird a good bit away and wasn't gonna chase him. I strike a trot to the closets bird, of course he only gobbled once. I got sat down and yelped a few times. Nothing, so I sit tight and pull out the scratch box, nice easy purrs and feeding yelps every few minutes. Finally bout 7:20 or so he hammers. They kept hammering, put my old crow mouth call back in and let it rip. He gobbled a few more times then went silent. 10 minutes or so goes by and I see and hear nothing. I cackled hard loud and long with some yelps in it. He triple gobbled and I then knew where he was. I went silent and so did he. 15 minutes and nothing until I put the binos up and see him strutting at 90 yards, as I watched him I see a few hens and another gobbler. I gently yelped and scratched leaves and purred. The hens decided to feed right towards me dragging him along. Finally got close as I felt confident to kill and figured the hens where gonna catch me. 46 yards from old crow handloads and he started flopping. Ran up to him and scattered another gobbler and about 8 to 10 hens. Some where closer then i had seen.
Went 10 1/2" beard. Spurs 7/8" and weighted 13lbs 9oz. Blackwater birds are tough. Heard a ton of road callers all morning. Love hearing the bird gobble after the truck begins driving off.


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Congrats, those Blackwater birds are hard to come by
 

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Late to reply, but congrats! Nice public land bird!


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