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Location: Colorado Springs, CO & Fort Myers, FL
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My 1st Tom

This was my 1st year really focused on turkey hunting.  This is due partially because while deer hunting in SE Ohio last year I kept on seeing anywhere from 7, 11, and up to 18 turkeys in a single flock always within 20 yards of me - all without noticing me.  I knew I had to thin the flocks by 1 or 2 Toms this spring.  It turned out to be a little more difficult now that it was spring time.

I had set up a blind and decoys at the edge of a large field that is surrounded by fairly large wooded areas.  I had got to the blind just before legal shooting time.  For the next 3 hours I listened to no less than 5 gobblers but none would come close enough for a shot.  Maybe it was my calling or my decoys?!?!  No, it was because they have up to 18 hens in any area and I was just more "hen" competition.  My "clucking" finally brought in two Toms but both were over 100 yards away and heading up hill away from me.  When they continued up the hill and headed towards the next field I left the blind and started my stalk.  I made it up the hill and headed into the wooded area that split me from the 2 birds.  I made my way to the edge of the woods and the next field.  My calling finally brought both of the Toms to within 40 yards of me.  I picked the largest Tom and placed a #4 shot perfectly that dropped him right there.  The beard was 9 inches and the spurs were 1 inch - a nice bird.  I have the fever now.

 

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Congrats!

Congrats ! and condolences - you are hooked now. There is no going back

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Very nice!!!!!! Too bad we

Very nice!!!!!! Too bad we didn't get to hook up. Maybe this fall for some deer hunting.

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No Maybe's about it!

No maybe's about it Shawn.  We will do a combo whitetail and fall turkey hunt - guaranteed! 

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Very cool

I know the feeling got mine first two years ago. Hoping to get my second here in the next few weeks. Maybe this thursday. Again big congrats to you!

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Congrats

Congratulations on an awesome 1st tom! Turkey hunting is very addictive...

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Thanks!

Thanks for the congrats guys!  Good Luck to you SoCoKHntr!  Yes definitely addictive!