posted by Jim on Apr 23
It was an incredible morning with the biggest group of toms and hens together that I believe I have ever had the privilege of calling to. It made for some awesome video footage. Justin filmed the hunt and I had messed up and tried to shoot what we think was actually the same bird we had encountered earlier in the morning.
He strutted straight away from me at the decoys. I put it low on the back of his fan and hit right where I wanted, but it ended up that I must have miss-judged the placement, hitting him a
bit high and I just caught feathers. Body shot placement is crucial when hunting turkeys with a bow, therefore, it is essential to understand the vital zone from all angles and practice often.
The bird rejoined the group and we filmed some awesome toms and eventually called another that broke off and I put a good shot on him this time. We were able to get video footage of several hens getting bred, as well. It was a great first outing for the year and I wish I could have gotten it done right the initial time, so Justin could have had a crack at one, but the season is young. Also, I totally missed the fact that the bird had a double beard until I got home to clean it. He had about a 5 inch short beard and the thick one was right at 10″. Spurs were only around 1″, so I think he might have just been a big 2 year old bird. Good luck to all Hunters Prostaff readers and I’ll keep you posted, as I am now going to try for a headshot only, for the rest of the season. In Kansas, we are allowed two birds, so I am planning to challenge my bow hunting skills with a G5 small game head. Aim small and miss small. The greatest thing about that is it is a kill or a miss, with no in between. I will let you know how we do and I will be filming many other family and friends this season.