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Got a tom... after 21 miles!

Got my tom on opening day. It was my first backpacking trip with my girlfriend and she kept pace the whole time! We filmed the whole adventure and I'll post the video once I get a chance to edit it. 

I landed a job working on a mountain goat study on Kodiak Island, AK for the summer and I broke in a new pair of La Sportiva Trango's during this hunt... they are great boots! 

We also found some good sheds while out and about. The big mulie shed on the left is a toad... the pic doesn't do it justice. The front forks are unreal!

Good luck to everyone out there who still has a tag in their pocket. 

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sweet!

Congrats!  very impressive.  Might try to get out there Saturday to break in my grandfather's shotgun properly.

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That's a good day!

Nice job hawkeye.  That's a nice bird and sheds to boot.

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Congrats!

Congrats!

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I got the video of the hunt

I got the video of the hunt edited and posted: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqQOHQVUsvo

After setting up camp Friday evening, I left Maria in camp and set out to try to find a roost to be set up near the following morning (opening day). I hadn't covered a half mile before spotting a black bear (chocolate phase with a blond saddle) feeding on a scrub oak covered hillside. I ran back to camp and grabbed the video camera and took Maria to see her first Colorado bear... she was excited to say the least. 
 
Opening morning found us covering some serious ground looking for responsive birds but none were to be found. We did spot two strutting toms but they were not in the mood for turkey prattle. We headed back to camp for an afternoon ciesta. I slept for about an hour and began reading a book in order to give Maria a little more rest before heading out for the evening hunt. To my disbelief, just before waking Maria, a thunderous gobble shook the tent stakes loose. I couldn't tell if I was dreaming or not! I quickly woke up Maria and started throwing on my boots. Every time I'd yelp, he'd gobble in response. I'd then cut and putt and he'd gobble right back. He started coming around the hill on a route that would expose the tent (where Maria was filming) so I cupped my hands and threw my calls off to the other side. He cooperated and came to the calls and stayed out of sight of the tent. When he got to about 35 yards... I clucked. He stopped and I harvested this years tom. 
 
It was a great hunt but I've already eaten all the meat... can't wait for next year!

 

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Congrats! Awesome pics

Congrats! Awesome pics

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Thats a lot of work......

hawkeye,

Congrats on a great tom and the shed antlers ! Yes  I will definitely walk that far for antlers, but a turkey !!!! Huh? Way to go and its very cool that your girlfriend was a part of the whole experience.

Quinton

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Quinton, you sound like my

Quinton, you sound like my girlfriend's mom. When she found out how much ground we covered for a turkey she said, "I would've just bought him one!!" haha 

But as you know, this hunting stuff is about more than just the final product. I love backpacking (and needed to break the new La Sportivas in) and I love hunting unpressured turkeys! Multiple birds (pun intended)... one stone (or 3'' mag turkey load). 

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Congratulations

Congratulations again,,excellent video you guys put together. Far more than I expected.

On a side note I thought you mentioned sometime back that you would always be wearing Asolo boots. Why the change? Or did I remember wrong? I'll be looking for new bots by next year and like all the reports I can get.

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My job on Kodiak requires

My job on Kodiak requires mountaneering boots (non-leather upper, extra stiff, crampon compatible etc.). Both my Asolo's and my Zamberlans are backpacking/trekking boots and so I needed yet another pair of boots.

My new La Sportiva's are going to work great on Kodiak but believe me, when it comes to trekking here in Colorado, my Asolo's are my go-to boots. 

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Nice hunt!

Nice hunt!

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