Monthly Archives: April 2017

When you’re hot, you’re hot

Screen Shot 2017-04-11 at 5.32.30 PMCountry singer Jerry Reed said (Or is that “sang“) it best when he said, “When you’re hot, you’re hot…when you’re not, you’re not“.

Well, we’ve been “hot” the past several days. Lindsey, Hunter and I went to the camp in Texas the past several days and as of Monday afternoon, we’ve all three limited out. It’s been amazing. We’ve all taken four turkeys in three days of hunting.

The last one was really something. Lindsey and I were riding down the road and saw a big gobbler of in the woods. We went on past about 100 yards in the direction he was going,  got out and set up in the woods. I gave a big gobble and before I could get my facemask on good, here he came, gobbling and strutting! We hadn’t been there three Screen Shot 2017-04-11 at 5.32.19 PMminutes. Boom!

It seemed like everywhere we set up the past few days, we had gobblers and were able to get them up within shooting range, strutting and showing out. Lindsey just started turkey hunting last year and we may have ruined her with all this action the past few days. It isn’t always this easy.

Everybody here isn’t doing as well, either, so I know we’ve just been in a zone. It is this kind of hunt with lots of birds and friends and family having a great time that makes hunting what it is. It doesn’t happen often, but when it does, it is a memory for a lifetime.

I did have one thing that didn’t go exactly as planned. Yesterday I was set up in some brush and getting ready to gobble back at a big old bird when I noticed some motion about three feet away from me. I looked over it and it was a large four-foot Texas rattlesnake. Just as a note, any rattlesnake that gets that close to you is “large”… He was moving slowly right toward me. I quickly rolled over away from him, came up and shot him. That will get your blood pumping. I guess in the end, that ended up good, too, because I could have gotten snake bit!

Here’s hoping that the you get in on some good turkey hunting before the season ends. It has been tough in some places, but keep after them. You never know when you will be in the right place at the right time.

And, oh yes. Keep your eye out for snakes.

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Turned the tables on two!

Screen Shot 2016-04-15 at 1.16.15 PMThe tables got turned on a couple of gobblers that had been giving me the run around over in Mississippi. I was having trouble getting them away from the hens, but I’ve got two now.

They still aren’t acting quite right. These gobbled early, then just shut up for an hour or so. I think the hens left them then, because when I called after that, it wasn’t long at all until I got a shot. I’m hearing a lot of people are having a tough time. My advice is be patient. Plan on staying up in the morning and if the hens slip away, you can get those gobblers gobbling again and they’ll come to you.

We are going to head out to Texas for some hunts and I’m looking forward to that. You can take four birds in Texas now.

This colder weather is setting them back a bit, even in Texas. They just seem to do better on the warm, good weather days.

Either way, get out there and get after them. You can’t kill them at home. You’ve got to get out in the woods.

Be safe out there!